Kuma Inn

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Lower East Side
A clandestine second-floor location makes this dinner-only spot feel like a true find. Chef King Phojanakong channels his culinary pedigree (including stints at Daniel and Danube), along with his Thai and Filipino heritage, into elegantly presented small plates, such as an omelette studded with plump Washington Bay oysters, and hunks of seared ahi tuna luxuriating in a spicy miso vinaigrette. Desserts like the coconut ginger rice pudding, and a custardy twist on key lime pie made with kalamansi, might inspire you to keep your discovery close to your vest.
Venue name: Kuma Inn
Contact:
Address: 113 Ludlow St
New York
10002-32
Cross street: between Delancey and Rivington Sts
Opening hours: Sun–Wed 6–11pm; Thu–Sat 6pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average small plate: $9. Cash only
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