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About Permanently Closed - Kokum

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.

106 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, South Indian

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

Cross Street:
27th and 28th st

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 684-6842

Website:
http://kokumny.com/

Catering:
Corporate & parties.

Parking Details:
Metered parking on a time schedule.

Public Transit:
Train station, Lexington 28th St.

Executive Chef:
E. Chan

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Kokum - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

3.8

ambience

3.5

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (117)
Neighborhood Gem (71)
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Great for Lunch (39)
Kid-friendly (14)
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Romantic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (3)
Spicy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Vegan (1)
Cozy (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2016

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

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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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 22, 2016

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2016

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Don't like the new menu.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2016

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

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!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Amazing all around

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2016

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2016

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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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2016

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.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Spicy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2016

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2016

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

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Authentic South Indian taste! Had a great family meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2016

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2016

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2016

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2016

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2015

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2015

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2015

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!)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2015

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!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2015

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2015

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2015

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2015

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2015

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2015

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 10, 2015

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2015

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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