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Posted by Xel on 10/06/2006
Kuma Inn, if you is a satisfying, at times elevated, delight! I think one need only order 3 dishes, seriously -- the chinese sausage with carmelized onions, sticky rice and a spicy green dipping sauce (oh my gawd! yummm), the delicately thin pork cutlet on a bed of sauteed watercresss with a lemon/miso butter, and the market greens. I frequently crave the chinese sausage and must head down to Ludlow. There was also a great shrimp special with a sake/butter that was as good as my fav menu regulars. Other dishes have fallen short of the amazing dishes listed above, so why stray. The prices are great, for the meal above with a sake (btw, they have a nice sake menu as well) is about $38 bucks. For 2 people, I order 2 chinese sausage and share the rest, so the price goes down. The music is fun too, they put on unusual mixes like 70's rock.
Posted by Matthew on 06/26/2006
Nice Asian tapas (or is the plural tapae?). Atmosphere was really terrific--low-key, good music, v. attentive staff. It's hidden away on the lower east side, but definitely a great vibe. Portions are small, since these are tapas, so expect to order several dishes.
Posted by Anon on 05/18/2006
I could not believe we were charged over $400 for 8 of us for tiny portioned tapas/appetizers + a small pitcher of wine (for 2 persons). I kept hoping it would get better but I was dismayed by the mushy pork, mediocre salmon, tough London broil, and ho-hum tuna. The only tasty dish was the chinese sausage & rice w Thai chili. Ambience is crowded since it is such a tiny room. Ventilation stuffy. No credit cards. Very expensive for TINY appetizers. Eat before you come because I was hungry when I left.
Posted by momo on 08/11/2005
Love the idea of Asian tapas. Definitely get the signature dishes, they are the stars. I thought the best were the scallops and the tuna tartare. The lime with the edamame gave it a nice creative twist. some of the other dishes were a bit too salty. And be forewarned, the garlic rice is yummy, but very strong. I found the coconut rice difficult to eat with the other dishes. The chef obviously puts a lot of care and effort into this place, taking time out to speak to everyone.
Posted by Marijke on 08/07/2005
These are the most incredible asian tapas imaginable! The owner/chef is a creative genius! We had 3 of the signature dishes: edamame beans (so delicious), tuna tartar (orgasmic!), & sea scallops (very succulant). We were so taken by the amazing food, the friendliness of the owner - who spent time speaking with us about the food, his upcoming appearances @ whole foods, & his inspiration, and the lovely calm atmosphere. We recommend it whole heartedly. You MUST try this place for a quiet yet extraordinary dining experience!
Posted by runner on 04/24/2005
Really like this place. The tapas are great size for two and nothing disappointed us. The chinese sausage is amazing...get two orders. The staff is super friendly and attentive. Great low key place for a date.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/14/2005
The food was fabulous! And very affordable. But bring your coat! There was an incredible draft by our table that left our party of four feeling very chilly. But I would recommend the food any day.