Kuma Inn

Asian Restaurant and Filipino Restaurant · Lower East Side
113 Ludlow St (at Delancey St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–Midnight
Beer, Wine, BYO
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    "Chinese sausage, pork buns, and coconut rice are some of my faves."(35 Tips)
    Bin Y.
    "BYOB - grab some beers nearby from Top Hops and have a blast."(24 Tips)
    Jamie W.
    "The rice crepes and the sauteed chinese sausage are my favorites."(12 Tips)
    Charles B.
    "drunken spicy shrimp, pork buns, and the garlic rice are also musts."(11 Tips)
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  • Chinese sausages
  • BYOB
  • rice crepes
  • pork buns
  • seafood
  • chef king phojanakong
  • cozy
  • scallops
  • tapas
  • intimate
  • romantic
  • hidden gem
  • lively
  • wine
  • chili
  • mussels
  • sake
  • shrimp
  • great value
  • tarts
  • Luyba Z.

    Great for sharing! Come hungry and try a bunch of different dishes!

    Luyba Zeylikman · February 10
  • Amy J.

    Tuna tartare is great. Edamame is an awesome twist from traditional with lime and basil. Rice crepes were also great, crispy on the outside, chewy inside with a killer sauce. Coconut rice yum too!

    Amy Jacobs · February 7
  • Abner A.

    BYOB! a hidden jem in LES/Chinatown, small place but get reservations ahead of time for bigger groups

    Abner Aceves · January 22
  • Mallory S.

    Chinese sausage and the rice crepes are where it's at. Cash only. BYO saké.

    Mallory Stanton · November 25, 2015
  • Ting T.

    BYOB. Easy to miss as its tucked away on the second floor above a bar. Don't miss the chinese sausage, garlic rice, lechon, pancit. Staff is awesome.

    Ting Tsai · October 31, 2015
  • Andrew C.

    I'd recommend the rice crepes and the tofu, but the wings and the garlic shrimp were forgettable. Love that it's BYOB.

    Andrew Choi · August 12, 2015
  • Bin Y.

    BYOB - grab some beers nearby from Top Hops and have a blast. Anything here recommended on the menu is great but if available all the skate, pork belly, and scallop dishes are fantastic. Cash only!

    Bin Yang · June 19, 2015
  • Jen M.

    Rice crepes and Chinese sausage were great!

    Jen M · May 16, 2015
  • Ben

    Small place, unusual collection of shareable plates. Byob. Great food.

    Ben · February 21, 2015
  • Kimmie O.

    Tita Em's Adobong Pal, Rice Crepes, Arroz Valenciana Saffron Rice & Deep Fried Pork Belly Lechon Kawali 😍

    Kimmie Ohh · January 30, 2015
  • Sandra R.

    The atmosphere is trendy but really relaxed. Bring a group of close friends and share a bunch of these Asian small plates. Picky eaters beware.

    Sandra Rubinchik · November 16, 2014
  • Untapped Cities

    Run by King Phojanakong, Kuma Inn offers an Asian tapas-style experience, with several smaller dishes. They have several signature dishes on the menu, from a yellowfin tuna tartare to grilled salmon. Read more

    Untapped Cities · November 16, 2014
  • Clarissa B.

    Hole in the wall. And up the stairs.

    Clarissa Blanco · November 15, 2014
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥

    You have to try the pork buns...

    Phoenix 💥💥💥 · October 15, 2014
  • David Z.

    a cozy and cool space. Try the Chinese sausage and Byob!

    David Zhang · September 21, 2014
  • Caitlyn F.

    Amazing hidden gem in the LES don't miss the tuna tartare and don't forget to byob!

    Caitlyn Fowles · September 5, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Gabriel Thompson, chef of L'Artusi, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Sautéed Chinese sausage w/ Thai chili-lime sauce. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Basanth V.

    Cash only.

    Basanth Valeti · July 21, 2014
  • Lu L.

    We were the first people to walk in and we were the last get our food. I would say, they are racist against their own race as everyone is white and I'm Filipino.

    Lu L. · March 12, 2014
  • Village Voice

    Village Voice is proud to welcome Kuma Inn to the 2014 Choice Eats food fest! http://bit.ly/1cRzdNV. Creative dishes like noodle crepes with Thai marinara sauce will definitely not bore you.

    Village Voice · March 5, 2014
  • Pete K.


    Pete Kuri · February 21, 2014
  • Kurt J.

    Everything is incredible

    Kurt J · February 15, 2014
  • Fabien B.

    Try the Coconut And Lemongrass Panna Cotta

    Fabien Butazzi · February 10, 2014
  • Fabien B.

    The coconut and lemongrass panna cotta was fantastic but I can't say the same for the rest: inedibly burned pork belly and overcooked octopus. I'm sure it's just very unfortunate but still... :(

    Fabien Butazzi · February 10, 2014
  • antonio

    Definitely stick around for dessert!

    antonio · February 4, 2014
  • Luke H.

    The sauce that comes with the muscles is To Die For!

    Luke Haseloff · January 14, 2014
  • Suzanne W.

    Doesn't quite live up to the hype but the pork buns are a highlight.

    Suzanne Weinstock · December 12, 2013
  • Alex K.

    Call in advance to ensure you have a table, I recommend the strip steak if they have it-- it has this universal grandma's homemade flavor that can't be beat.

    Alex Koplin · November 16, 2013
  • Johannes S.

    Drunken Shrimp, Chinese Sausage and Shrimp dumplings! If you take the tuna tartar, make sure you get it before anything else, as it works more like a salad.

    Johannes Schunter · September 15, 2013
  • Nisha C.

    Get the drunken spicy shrimp.

    Nisha Chittal · August 30, 2013
  • Jeremy K.

    Easy to miss - go through the red doors and up the stairs! Mushrooms/bamboo was delicious, but the reason to come here is the "hidden" vibe + BYOB!!

    Jeremy Kuriloff · August 23, 2013
  • Heidi T.

    Hard to find but well worth it. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend the tuna tartar, Chinese sausage and the garlic rice is fab. Everything was great.

    Heidi T · June 18, 2013
  • Marta D.

    Tiny, but you can find nights to go without much wait. Everything great - especially rice crepes, Chinese sausage, and tuna tartare! BYOB w/ low corkage, but cash only.

    Marta D. · May 25, 2013
  • Emily

    BYOB. They charge really low corkage. Around $5 for a bottle of wine.

    Emily · February 16, 2013
  • Emily

    If you like key lime pie, try the kalamansi custard tarts. It's a soft custard cream made with the kalamansi fruit, a Filipino lime.

    Emily · February 16, 2013
  • Village Voice

    Kuma Inn (& 50+ other eateries) will be sampling their fare at our 2013 Choice Eats tasting event on 3/19 - can't wait! http://ow.ly/h6OAc

    Village Voice · January 25, 2013
  • Alex G.

    Chicken adobo is really good.

    Alex Godin · January 21, 2013
  • Soo Y.

    I would go back if only for the garlic rice. Contrary to popular opinion, the pork bun would only be good if you've never tried any other pork bun in NYC. It's huge and very filling though.

    Soo Yoo · December 30, 2012
  • Alice H.

    BYOB! That's all you need to know...

    Alice Hu · December 19, 2012
  • Brad L.

    Don't sleep on the rice crepes and the chicken wings adobo. Get some sticky rice to ball up and dunk in the wing sauce. Eat with your hands!

    Brad Lauster · November 13, 2012
  • Melissa B.

    Rice crepes are delicious. Garlic rice okay, its exactly that. Another vote for sausage.

    Melissa Basu Gordon · October 11, 2012
  • Jai B.

    BYOB for a dollar a drink

    Jai Balagopal · October 7, 2012
  • DJ B.

    Place is the jumpoff

    DJ B · September 21, 2012
  • Ella E.

    Oh my goodness Chinese sausage with chili lime sauce is heavenly dish. Amazing flavors in everything. BYOB but they have beer and wine too. Yum yum yum.

    Ella Evans · September 17, 2012

    The best : chinese sausages and the mushrooms with bamboo shoots

    RODRIGO CORREA · August 23, 2012
  • Adam S.

    food is light and delicious. chinese sausage, pork dumplings, coconut rice

    Adam Sirois · August 18, 2012
  • kimberly c.

    I cannot get enough of the mussels in kaffir-lemongrass gravy and the Chinese sausage!!

    kimberly c. · August 14, 2012
  • Ariel D.

    Chinese sausage and signature tofu dish! Can't go wrong.

    Ariel Davis · July 15, 2012
  • Claire S.

    Get the Chinese sausage!

    Claire S. · July 1, 2012
  • Niketa P.

    Chinese sausage is a must!

    Niketa Patel · May 21, 2012

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