Kuma Inn

Asian Restaurant and Filipino Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Sacha S.
    Sacha S2 weeks ago
    It's cheap and the food is okay. Good place to know in the area.
  • Judy C.
    Judy CariMay 10
    It on the third floor!!
  • Tracy Z.
    Tracy ZhaoNovember 4, 2016
    BYOB - brought my own sake. Rich flavours.
  • Tina S.
    Tina SJuly 1, 2016
    Great drunken shrimp dish and bring 2 bottles... BYOB
  • Luyba Z.
    Luyba ZeylikmanFebruary 10, 2016
    Great for sharing! Come hungry and try a bunch of different dishes!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JacobsFebruary 7, 2016
    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!
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesJanuary 22, 2016
    BYOB! a hidden jem in LES/Chinatown, small place but get reservations ahead of time for bigger groups
  • Mallory S.
    Mallory StantonNovember 25, 2015
    Chinese sausage and the rice crepes are where it's at. Cash only. BYO saké.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiOctober 31, 2015
    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.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiAugust 12, 2015
    I'd recommend the rice crepes and the tofu, but the wings and the garlic shrimp were forgettable. Love that it's BYOB.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangJune 19, 2015
    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!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MMay 16, 2015
    Rice crepes and Chinese sausage were great!
  • Ben
    BenFebruary 21, 2015
    Small place, unusual collection of shareable plates. Byob. Great food.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Tita Em's Adobong Pal, Rice Crepes, Arroz Valenciana Saffron Rice & Deep Fried Pork Belly Lechon Kawali 😍
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikNovember 16, 2014
    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.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2014
    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
  • Clarissa B.
    Clarissa BlancoNovember 15, 2014
    Hole in the wall. And up the stairs.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥October 15, 2014
    You have to try the pork buns...
  • David Z.
    David ZhangSeptember 21, 2014
    a cozy and cool space. Try the Chinese sausage and Byob!
  • Caitlyn F.
    Caitlyn FowlesSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing hidden gem in the LES don't miss the tuna tartare and don't forget to byob!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    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
  • Basanth V.
    Basanth ValetiJuly 21, 2014
    Cash only.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 5, 2014
    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.
  • Pete K.
    Pete KuriFebruary 21, 2014
    Everything!!!
  • Kurt J.
    Kurt JFebruary 15, 2014
    Everything is incredible
  • Fabien B.
    Fabien ButazziFebruary 10, 2014
    Try the Coconut And Lemongrass Panna Cotta
  • Fabien B.
    Fabien ButazziFebruary 10, 2014
    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... :(
  • antonio
    antonioFebruary 4, 2014
    Definitely stick around for dessert!
  • Luke H.
    Luke HaseloffJanuary 14, 2014
    The sauce that comes with the muscles is To Die For!
  • Suzanne W.
    Suzanne WeinstockDecember 12, 2013
    Doesn't quite live up to the hype but the pork buns are a highlight.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KoplinNovember 16, 2013
    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.
  • Johannes S.
    Johannes SchunterSeptember 15, 2013
    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.
  • Nisha C.
    Nisha ChittalAugust 30, 2013
    Get the drunken spicy shrimp.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KuriloffAugust 23, 2013
    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!!
  • Heidi T.
    Heidi TJune 18, 2013
    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.
  • Marta D.
    Marta D.May 25, 2013
    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.
  • Emily
    EmilyFebruary 16, 2013
    BYOB. They charge really low corkage. Around $5 for a bottle of wine.
  • Emily
    EmilyFebruary 16, 2013
    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.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 25, 2013
    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
  • Alex G.
    Alex GodinJanuary 21, 2013
    Chicken adobo is really good.
  • Soo Y.
    Soo YooDecember 30, 2012
    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.
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuDecember 19, 2012
    BYOB! That's all you need to know...
  • Brad L.
    Brad Lauster (@bradlau)November 13, 2012
    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!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa Basu GordonOctober 11, 2012
    Rice crepes are delicious. Garlic rice okay, its exactly that. Another vote for sausage.
  • Jai B.
    Jai BalagopalOctober 7, 2012
    BYOB for a dollar a drink
  • DJ B.
    DJ BSeptember 21, 2012
    Place is the jumpoff
  • Ella E.
    Ella EvansSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • RODRIGO C.
    RODRIGO CORREAAugust 23, 2012
    The best : chinese sausages and the mushrooms with bamboo shoots
  • Adam S.
    Adam SiroisAugust 18, 2012
    food is light and delicious. chinese sausage, pork dumplings, coconut rice
  • kimberly c.
    kimberly c.August 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I cannot get enough of the mussels in kaffir-lemongrass gravy and the Chinese sausage!!
  • Ariel D.
    Ariel DavisJuly 15, 2012
    Chinese sausage and signature tofu dish! Can't go wrong.
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.July 1, 2012
    Get the Chinese sausage!
  • Niketa P.
    Niketa PatelMay 21, 2012
    Chinese sausage is a must!
  • O-O T.
    O-O TagarinoMay 2, 2012
    small Chinese plate dishes FTW!
  • Timothy F.
    Timothy FloroApril 20, 2012
    White washed filipino food. If you want something authentic filipino, this is not it.
  • Josephine D.
    Josephine DoradoApril 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolute nom. Inspired by Filipino & Thai influences, Chef King Phojanakong creates tastiness like scallops w bacon & kalamansi & lechon kawali. Go thru the unmarked door & upstairs to find this gem.
  • Mercy M.
    Mercy MurugiApril 11, 2012
    In swahili... They'd serve something very different!!
  • Maya R.
    Maya RaoApril 4, 2012
    Chinese sausages - yum!
  • Smitch
    SmitchApril 3, 2012
    The rice crepes bolognese and the drunken shrimp are outstanding.
  • Cathy L.
    Cathy LiFebruary 25, 2012
    les. byob, so cheap. Always have fun w/ friends
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 22, 2012
    Village Voice is excited to have Kuma Inn at the 2012 Choice Eats food fest! Full list of restaurants here: http://ow.ly/8QjDQ
  • Camille M.
    Camille MarieFebruary 8, 2012
    Skip anything seafood. not fresh.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    Impress your date at this intimate dinner spot, which offers shareable Asian “tapas” created by chef King Phojanakong. The small plates are also affordable, with most in the $7–$12 range. Read more
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimJanuary 5, 2012
    it's BYOB so plan ahead. i recommend september wines a couple of blocks away.
  • Viral P.
    Viral Patel 👨🏾December 13, 2011
    The honest is a giant bitch
  • Suraj 🙇🏽
    Suraj 🙇🏽December 13, 2011
    Come for the Chinese Sausage, stay for the pork buns
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WitoverNovember 23, 2011
    LOVE THIS PLACE! Everything I've had here has been fantastic! The rice crepes and the sauteed chinese sausage are my favorites. Delish! And it's byob so the bill is always so reasonable.
  • Bea B.
    Bea BeaNovember 23, 2011
    Cash only.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CNovember 11, 2011
    Chinese sausage and garlic sticky rice!!!! Yuuuummm
  • Jake S.
    Jake SimmsOctober 14, 2011
    Meh. It's okay. Just overpriced for mediocrity
  • Michael L.
    Michael LearmonthSeptember 24, 2011
    Seafood is the way to go here - scallops, shrimp, tuna excellent. Great gluten-free menu
  • Jason L.
    Jason LeeSeptember 24, 2011
    byob, $1 corkage
  • Barbara H.
    Barbara HoudayerAugust 25, 2011
    This is a BYOB. Kuma Inn goes great with a nice Bordeaux ;) Read more
  • Indulgent Eats
    Indulgent EatsAugust 18, 2011
    Two words: PORK BUNS. also, BYOB for a small corkage fee.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LandauAugust 4, 2011
    Chinese sausage is great. And comes with a HOT sauce to match.
  • China Daily USA
    China Daily USAAugust 2, 2011
    There may not be a sign on the door, but it's a gem in disguise. Try the Chinese sausage.
  • Dens
    DensJuly 19, 2011
    Feels more cool than the food is good (hidden staircase, no sign). Pass on the paella, but shoot for the chinese sausages. ps: BYOB.
  • RACHELISTA
    RACHELISTAMay 19, 2011
    Tiny asian tapas restaurant - seats about 20 tops. Chinese sausage, pork buns, and coconut rice are some of my faves. Never disappoints.
  • Aly
    AlyMarch 22, 2011
    the chinese sausage and the pork buns are to die for. and byob is always a blast!
  • Amalia H.
    Amalia HohbergerMarch 2, 2011
    Chinese sausages and BYOB.
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺January 27, 2011
    Try the pork buns, rice crepes, And Chinese sausage. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Yum!
  • mjs
    mjsJanuary 27, 2011
    Smells SO good in here
  • Emily Punkimeowmeow d.
    Located upstairs in a tiny space. Great place to try asian tapa sized dishes. BYOB.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 5, 2011
    Try the Mussels With Coconut Curry
  • Oliver A.
    Oliver AdrianceDecember 21, 2010
    Come not only for the food, but the gangsta rap as well... seriously.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 20, 2010
    This Choice Eats attendee brought Adobo & Atcharra: Pork Belly braised in soy, vinegar and garlic with pickled vegetables
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.October 21, 2010
    The rice crepes are great. If you need cash (cash only) there is a ATM in the Duane Reade across the street.
  • Shan P.
    Shan PooviriyakulAugust 18, 2010
    A great twist on Filipino food. As a Filipino I've never found Filipino food to be so delicate until now. Love the fried pork belly and the pancit was nice and tart. MUST try the thai chili ice cream!
  • Regina C.
    Regina ConnorsAugust 6, 2010
    There's a very good reason that everyone raves about the Chinese sausage. The flavors of it are amazingly complex and satisfying. But the scallops with bacon, kalamansi and saki is orgasmic!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BJune 10, 2010
    love this place. the chinese sausage will change your life. drunken spicy shrimp, pork buns, and the garlic rice are also musts. Do it.
  • Andy Y.
    Andy YuMay 18, 2010
    Chinese sausages live up to the hype, fried pork lechon fails.
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler ReedSeptember 12, 2009
    Go to Kuma Inn and get the Chinese Sausage and Garlic Rice. Amazing stuff.
  • Fritz D.
    Fritz DesirSeptember 8, 2009
    Favorite place to eat in NYC and I'm not just saying that because the owner's a friend. Awesome Asian-fusion.
  • Zeb D.
    Zeb DropkinAugust 6, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    the pork buns are recklessy great!
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KearneyJuly 26, 2009
    Don't leave without eating the Chinese sausages
  • Michael K.
    Bring a bottle of wine (small cork fee) and get tons of small dishes including the Chinese sausages.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMarch 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Kuma Inn. Order the Chinese sausage with lime, and the garlic rice. Match made in heaven.
  • harryh
    harryhMarch 8, 2009
    Asian small plates. Dishes you'll definitely want to order: Chinese sausages and the mushrooms with bamboo shoots.
  • naveen
    naveenJanuary 28, 2009
    Check out Kuma Inn. I think I went here many years ago and downed three giant bottles of sake. don't remember. must go back to check out -- go up flight of stairs
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