Permanently Closed - Kokum

4.0
97 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Brought to you by the Owner of Chola, Dhaba and Chote Nawab, Kokum re-invents South Indian food, showcasing the flavors of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in its authentic preparations and dishes. Named after a tamarind like souring agent, Kokum presents South Indian food in a sophistisated and contemporary environment with dishes that go beyond just the standard fare of dosas and sambhar. Besides an extensive wine and beer list, Kokum also features a cocktail list that uses unusual flavor combinations from Kerala and the Southern India.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, South Indian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH: DAILY
12:00pm - 3:00pm
DINNER:
MONDAY TO FRIDAY:
5:00pm - 11:00pm.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY:
12:00pm To 11:00pm
SUNDAY:
12:00pm To 10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 684-6842
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
E. Chan
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Catering
Corporate & parties.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
27th and 28th st
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Parking details
Metered parking on a time schedule.
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Public transit
Train station, Lexington 28th St.
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and have always had a wonderful experience! But we arrived at this restaurant, but this place was closed! I believe they lost their lease. :(

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EF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was evicted. I had planned a celebration for 8 people and made reservations in advance. No email, call, text, bat signal, nothing. Super awesome to see my family's face when we walked up to the place. The sidewalk was warm and welcoming, I would say however that the feeling of crushing embarrassment did temper the overall ambiance a bit.

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Naples
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Although we received a confirmation email, the restaurant was closed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I'm appalled that I was able to make a reservation at a business that was not open on Tuesday the 22nd.
I booked this place to take my family for their special 20th anniversary and had to end up at a crappy place because this was closed

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Don't like the new menu.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What amazing food. My friends and I didn't quite know what to expect but as soon as we opened the door and the smell hit us we knew we'd picked a good place. The servers were attentive and the food was authentic and full of flavour. Recommended ordering the peppered lamb starter.

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r
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great apams and avail (Kerala cuisine). The rest of the menu looked really inviting. Will go back to explore further.
Nice, low key, dignified service.

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S
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious ! we ordered the fried prawn for appetizer, the lamb curry and fish for mains along with the biriyani. Everything tasted good. Service was ok. Nothing over the top for such a place. Will be back just for the food!

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N
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 12 to celebrate a birthday. The staff handled all of us very well, food came out hot and fresh (not to mention delicious!), and were very accommodating. The chef specialty curries are delicious, we didn't feel the need to try the more North Indian "typical" options they'd added to the menu. The dosas were also delicious and authentic. We chose Kokum because we had a wide variety of people (some who ate mostly meat) and Kokum had meat options in curries and dosas, which worked out best for us.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Way overpriced food that is unremarkable. It's not that the food is bad, it's just not interesting or complicated as South Asia food should be. Service was excellent.

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N
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guys at Kokum really know what they are doing. Some of the best, more authentic, Indian food that I have had over the years in NYC. The service is top notch. The ambiance in the restaurant is on point, very hip. Overall wonderful experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My Food was ok. My husband's was too spicy. He asked to make it mild prior to ordering. Real photo pictures on a Menu would be helpful for those who Are not sure what to order.

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b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

They recently changed their menu, and it feels a bit more generic now. This used to be my favorite South Indian place in curry hill.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Once we got over the old bottles used instead of proper glassware, we enjoyed the food. Loved the fried Prawns and Chicken. Will definitely be back to check out other dishes on the Menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall 1food service ambience

Awful. Took a cab to get there and arrived a few minutes before our reservation. They couldn't fulfill the reservation and told us it was our fault for making it at the last minute. We suggested that they should close reservations on open table if they get busy and can't fulfill them. The guy was rude and told us we should go elsewhere.

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

OK food, choppy service and they didn't have naan!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic South Indian taste! Had a great family meal!

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Kokum has one of the best Southern Indian selections in the city. The staff is very helpful for explaining some of the unusual dishes and the service is wonderful.

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E
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely excellent. I was very impressed. Food quality was also really good - we all loved our meals, and it was great value for money at such a high level of service and food quality. Highly recommend.

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N
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly the best Indian restaurant for recent college grads looking for a trendy experience.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed everything we ordered. The dosa masala was a good value and generous portion. We had that as an appetizer and then a chicken curry as an entree that was delicious. I plan to go back. Had not particularly noticed this place until Yelping the options in the area.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Went there with a couple who were visiting NY with their kid. Everyone loved the food. The dosas were a big hit. They have a large menu, so we're likely to eat here again to explore it.

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TM
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tried this spot for the first time and will absolutely make it a go to place! Waiter was excellent...and the dishes prepared with great care...not your typical sauce laden Indian by ANY stretch!

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T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The rest of the food is amazing as well, not just dosas, but the dosas are out of this world! It's not your usual run-of-the-mill Indian cuisine. The only complaint I have was the noise level of the surrounding tables, but that is not the fault of the restaurant. Dosas were crispy, very filling, and come with a variety of dipping sauces. The vegetable biryani was very flavorful. Our appetizer of breaded eggplant was good - crispy with a sweet dipping sauce -- although it was a small portion. All in all, a delicious meal.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is for those who want more than just tikka masala or dosa. Go here to try some real Indian cuisine. Especially their sea food dishes. Mouth watering delicious!!

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

These thugs sold us an $8 bottle of wine for $50. Food was OK.
http://www.empirewine.com/wine/urban-riesling-2014-i6913/

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The only fish choice in this restaurant is tilapia while the pictures for signature dishes such as fish polichathu shows a different fish. I wish they had choice of halibut, salmon or pomfret for their signature fish dishes.

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f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband, son (16), and I had a wonderful dinner here. Be sure to order the paneer makhani and the mango lassi (request it without ice if you want a larger serving!)

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Kokum cuisine is mouth watering. Never had a bad experience here, usually try the south-indian dishes and Fish (authentic Kerala styled). Staff are very helpful with advising on dishes, spice level etc. Try the food here, you wont regret it!!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food that also includes some options that are not too common elsewhere, has some pretty tasty South Indian options. Service was a bit slow, even when the place was relatively empty when we dined.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Would definitely try another indian restaurant next time. I didn't find it as a very tasty place for the money I paid.

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was extremely friendly, and the food was delicious.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Kokum. In a neighborhood full of Indian restaurants, this one is truly a gem. They specialize in South Indian cuisine and the flavors are delicate and subtle, even if you order something a bit spicy. My favorite is the fish moilee. Try it out, even if you're not a fish lover. The coconut flavoring is so delicious, but not overpowering.

After visiting Kerala in India, I was craving certain dishes and this restaurant was my savior. The service is excellent and if you get there early for dinner, it's not too crowded. I recommend making a reservation though, because they do fill up, as it's a small space. Definitely GO here if you have the chance.

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R
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice people, awesome dinner. Southern Indian fare feels healthier than traditional Indian and we weren't disappointed. We ordered items to share and cleaned every platter! So much flavor and a nice selection of vegetarian options.

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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent South Indian food - this coming from a person who as born and grew up in Bangalore!! I particularly liked the chicken chettinad and the avail. The tarka dal, although not particularly South Indian was also great. I am looking forward to returning to the restaurant to try their other dishes.

I have already recommended the restaurant to a couple of people.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a birthday party here and they were very accommodating and the whole atmosphere was wonderful. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. The food was very tasty and we love the variety of both South and North Indian cuisine. Highly recommended!

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SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

If you want overpriced ($20 for 5 tiny pieces of meat in a curry, with no rice) and mediocre food in a cramped space, then go here. The chicken wasn't even mixed properly with the gravy and the paratha was hard as rock (almost as if it had been microwaved).

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m
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

HI , I read reviews on line which must have been paid for .
The food was average at best . Meat in all dishes was tough . Dishes were over sauced . Ambience was ok but not great and the service was minimal . It was all so disappointing .

I would never go back nor recommend this to anyone .

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2015
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Food is good. Would have been better if served hot. The personal does not distinguished serving starters vs main course. All the orders arrived at the same time.
Fast food. Pricing is ok

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