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August Cardona Finds Great Food, Value at Kuma Inn

New York City is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems that many New Yorkers aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.

2011_10_kumainn.jpgAugust Cardona, the CEO of Epicurean Management—as in Dell’Anima, L’Artusi, Anfora and the recently opened Ellabess—raves about Lower East Side gem Kuma Inn.

"Kuma Inn is the perfect example of why NYC is the best dining city in the world. If you can find it down on Ludlow Street, you’ll be happy. It has hardly any signage and is on the second floor, but serves fantastic Filipino-Thai-Southeast Asian food by one of my favorite chefs - King Phokanakong. Really he’s one of the nicest guys out there, and his food is delicious (and a great value). I love the rice crepes, Chinese sausage, wasabi pork shumai and the drunken spicy shrimp. Plus, it is BYOB, so you can bring your own Tsingtao or Singha, or stop by September wine shop, which is just a couple blocks away. Otherwise, definitely try the fresh coconut water. Oh, and I love the music and pictures of the Philippines in the bathrooms."
· Kuma Inn [Official Site]
· Previous Editions of Dining Confidential [~ENY~]
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Kuma Inn

113 Ludlow St., New York, NY