After reading raves from Below 14th and NYCEats, Gothamist decided to try Kuma Inn for ourselves. And after the visit, we are glad we did. What better than some Southeast Asian tapas, sake and Tsingtao, and a mellow environment on a dreary night? Some of our favorites were the crab cakes (above left), a grilled tuna accompanied by delicious sauces (above right), and the wasabi pork shumai (right, after Gothamist dug in). The chicken adobo was all right, but not that special. And even though the mix stix (various meats on skewers) are bland, it seems like they'd work well when paired with one of the interesting vegetable options, like the trio of salads or mushrooms. So, thanks, Lockhart and Alaina, for your suggestions.

New York magazine's Underground Gourmet on Kuma Inn, which is located at 113 Ludlow between Delancey and Rivington, 212-353-8866. It's cash only; NYC Eats wisely advises to make reservation if you're going during a busy time, but we went late on a weekday and found it easy to get a table.