Photo courtesy New York Magazine
You might not have much luck stopping by this BYOB Southeast Asian Tapas joint on a weekend night (unless you swing by for a very early dinner) but it's worth putting on the To Do List regardless.This place is consistently packed for good reason. Great food in a relaxed yet casually romantic setting with the option to BYOB. It's like the chupacabra of dining locations in New York City. And, they take reservations! More often than not, most BYOB restaurants are able to slide by with mediocre food (except Mooncake of course) simply because the perk of bypassing a liquor tab far outweighs ambiance and quality of food for a lot of value-driven diners. Can't say that I can easily forgive a joint serving up questionable food just to pop a bottle of my own. Or at least, most of the time.
Kuma Inn is located on the second floor of a building on Ludlow between Rivington and Delancey and has been serving up noteworthy and affordable Filipino small plates. I'm eyeing the steamed p.e.i. mussels in kaffir lime coconut curry, drunken spicy shrimp finished with sake, kalamansi and thai chilies, yellowfin tuna tartare with a rice noodle crisp, and a side of coconut rice. Pop open a bottle of perfectly chilled dry riesling and/or a Sapporo and cheers your dinner date(s) to a well deserved weekend treat.
113 Ludlow St.