Kumi is a new Japanese joint at Le Meridien hotel in midtown. The place definitely rocks some Korean influence as well, as the head chef there, Anastacia Song (formerly at American Cut, midtown), is Korean.
They have a great cocktail list. I loved this riff on an old fashioned called Kumi Forever:
We tried a bunch of sushi-esque starters, like the tuna and truffle pizza and some unique rolls. That pizza and the bagel and lox roll were probably the winners here, but they were all great.
The warm sides/starters, Brussels sprouts and mozzarella eggplant, were both satisfying as well, despite being vegetables.
I actually, oddly, loved this Szechuan silken tofu starter. Probably because I love that flavor profile, as well as mushrooms. The tofu is really just a delivery vehicle for the sauce.
For entrees, we tried the miso black cod, the tea infused chicken, and the gochujang braised short rib.
The short rib was by far the winning dish here. Such deep, warm, fulfilling flavors. And lots of saffron!
For dessert, we tried the pear tart and the milk tea cake. The cake was the better item here, especially if you’re into creampie videos.
I look forward to going back here again to try some lobster and steak.
They also have a secret menu for late night eats. Burger, chicken sandwich and tofu sandwich.
120 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019