113 Ludlow, LES
Alexis: After Alex's basketball game at Anna Silver we decided to stop in at Kuma Inn for dinner. The other choice was Black Iron Burger but having just come from TX, he decided we'd had enough burgers for a while. So Kuma Inn it was - mostly Filipino dishes served tapas style.
It's a tiny restaurant, seating only about 30 at the most, with bamboo and rice paper sculptures all over the walls and covering the sconces. A Tribe Called Quest quietly playing on the soundsystem. Sadly they do not have a liquor license but you can bring your own beer, wine or sake, with a corkage fee (!) ranging from $1 per bottle of beer to $5 per 750ml bottle of sake or wine. No booze, but bring your own. And pay us for the privilege! Sounded like pure nonsense to me so we didn't bother. No matter, as they had a small list of in-house non-alcoholic drinks. Alex got a Thai iced tea and I got a glass of kalamansi juice. They came in glasses too small to justify their $3 price tag but hey - maybe it's im-por-ted.
Alexis: Overall, the food was very very good. My only gripes are the timing of the food, as mentioned earlier. Also the corkage fees for alcohol are not too appealing, and the a/c was a-crankin! I had to pull out a shawl halfway through dinner and was afraid the food would get cold too fast. I'd definitely go back. The food is delicious and not so far removed from the traditional preparation that it will satisfy my homecooking cravings in a delicious way. One caveat, if you'd call it that - CASH ONLY.
Alexis: *** - work on your timing and I'll throw another star in there. Otherwise food and service are enough to carry you for now.