Kuma Inn, Asian: Southeast, Lower East Side, 10002, New York City, NYC, Restaurant, Find. Eat. Drink., King Phojanakong, Tapas, Asian, Upstairs, Hidden Gem,





Sun - Wed: 6pm - 11pm

Thur- Sat: 6pm - 12am





King Phojanakong’s food is delicious and I could eat it everyday.

Chef Gabe Thompson of Dell’Anima and L’Artusi

Chef / Owner: King Phojanakong


When Chef King Phanojanakong opened up Kuma Inn on the second floor of a former tenement building on the Lower East Side, it was a financial decision. The walk-up space was affordable and he figured if things didn’t work out, he could convert the apartment-turned-restaurant back into an apartment. So, he put a standing chalk board on the sidewalk, fired up the stove and waited for the customers to arrive. It worked. His peeling-paint entrance may not be the most grand, but it definitely adds to the appeal. Now plan on booking in advance if you want to score a table.