Le Coucou

4.7
2635 reviews
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French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris has made his way to NYC to open a restaurant with famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Expect to experience chef’s personal vision of classic French cuisine in the most charming of settings designed by Roman and Williams.

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For your next special occasion/fancy night out dinner in SoHo, consider the French fine dining at Le Coucou.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From start to finish, dinner at le Coucou was exceptional. Darlene was a superb waitperson, who was very knowledgeable of both the menu and wine list. She was astute about recommendations, including some courses that would be appropriate to share, and timing, always aware of “where we were” in our dining. She struck just the right balance of conversation and professionalism and was appropriately attentive. Then there was the food...exceptional! The “Navets en guise d’escargots” was a fun and very good play on Burgundian escargot with sea urchin adding a delicate brininess to it. The “Foie Gras Grillé aux cerise” Gourmandise course was a beautifully prepared, melt in your mouth delicacy. Superb! The “Halibut Beurre Blanc with fermented daikon” was excellent, if a bit bland, color-wise on the plate. My partner’s “Agneau du Colorado en Deux Services” is exactly what the name suggests: two separate lamb dishes, both of which were very well prepared and delicious. It is hard to believe that we had dessert after all of that, but we did, and they didn’t disappoint. The Crepe Soufflé au Citron was probably the most lemony dessert I have ever had - in a good way - and, finally, the “Mille Feuille à la Vanille” was equally good with a delightfully crisp mille feuille, strawberries, and vanilla cream. We highly recommend le Coucou and are sure you won’t be disappointed!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything, specifically the service.

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I
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

WONDERFUL. Early Sunday lunch before 1 pm curtain at Public Theater. First time. Eager to return. We enjoyed cold cucumber soup with fried oyster and caviar, smoked salmon with salmon caviar, chicken with foie gras which was superb, chicken cooked in vegetable broth, coffee/chocolate cake. Interesting wines by the glass. Like Le CouCou more than Spring, its Paris cousin.

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WI
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Classic French Cuisine, slightly revisited and modernized. Some excellent dishes, I would specifically recommend the foie gras and the morilles (morrels). For some others the sauce was a bit on the heavy side (e.g. sweatbread/ris de veau). Excellent wine list but ridiculously overpriced.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great meal and great service😀

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful lunch in a beautiful setting.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is amazing, the atmosphere even better. Everything was so perfect. I will definitely go back as soon as I can.

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DW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

This was a very pleasant experience. The food is very good and unusual. Waiter service outstanding but after the food was delivered nobody ever refilled our water glasses or cleared dirty dishes which was shocking to us.

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C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Michael the bartender makes a great old fashion
Beautiful atmosphere
Food was perfectly done, little less salt please
Staff very gracious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

The hostess was rude.

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P
London
22 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I went for breakfast and the bacon was delicious but I found the eggs too salty and too rich. They were cooked in a lot of butter. The service was ok but we did sit with empty plates for quite sometime even though the restaurant was not busy. It lacked ambience as there was more staff than customers. Might be better at dinner time??

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BC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The hostess with the long curly hair was rude and didn’t look like she wanted to be there.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The same omelette tasted much better yesterday

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I really enjoyed the dishes and atmosphere there.
One thing I didn’t like was a waiter took the wine glass although I was still working on. It happens to me sometimes as I enjoy till last sip but they better ask before taking it and expect that service level for this place.

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WE
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as always. The pigeon is spectacular, with fried artichoke raviolis, the four gras with cherries better than ever. A definite favorite.

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the best meal I have had in a long time! French food can be rich, so I like to go at lunch and try to not order too much. Two courses with a shared bottle of wine and dessert was plenty for me and my husband. I had the salmon followed by the chicken/foie gras and he had the cucumber/oyster soup followed by the bavette steak. We shared the Baba au rhum for dessert which was delicious but rich!

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AH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Would like to have seen a little more interesting menu selections.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place and service!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

3th time at le cocou! Every time we enjoy every moment we spent in there..

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c
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Ladies bathroom was dirty and unattended. There was toilet paper all over the floor. It was a pity there was so many floor staff on the restaurant floor and nobody looking after the bathroom. However food was excellent, lamb was extremely good.

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CP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I believe that the receptionist must have been in training since she could not do anything without having to ask a senior staff.
The food was good and the Dover Sole with grape sauce simply superb.
A strong negative for us was the lack of implementation of the very clear dressing code as advertised. Most people were appropriately dressed (Friday evening) but several tables had guests with shorts, "flip-flops", T shirts, tank tops. We find this rather inappropriate and unpleasant

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New England
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food incredible

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AK
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s pretty good. You should go there. That is all. Thanks. Bye.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

We were visiting NYC for my wife’s birthday on July 4th and made a reservation at Le Coucou since it is a highly ranked and regarded restaurant placed on various lists. Maybe it’s the luck of the draw or maybe some sort of prejudice, but the first table we were given was immediately next to the service station, the kitchen and the pathway to the toilets. In a restaurant of such reputation, I’m not sure this table location would be impressive to the reviewers and critics that matter. We requested another table and were accommodated but probably to the second worst location, right by the entrance. We decided to drop the issue at that point, as it was clear we were either not seen as valued guests or were just extremely unlucky. The food was delicious, salmon lox appetizer and whole rabbit main dishes especially stood out. Another disappointing factor was how fast dishes were served, basically non-stop one after another with no real breaks. We were done in under an hour, table successfully turned by the restaurant. Overall, good dinner just really fast and on a subpar table.

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even when I complained about my table being too close to the kitchen and was noisy, the reaction was extremely positive, I rejected the offered champagne to calm me as the waiter was slow to start our drinks service, immediately we were treated very well.
The food is positively one of the best I had in Michelin Starred restaurants in NY in this last trip. Congrats to the chef and staff, and waiters as well

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c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Guillermo was an excellent server. The food was delicious. Love the decor.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and experience. Was one of our highlights of our trip to NY. Unpretentious, elegant. An open kitchen and wonderful space. Felt like I was in “Ratatouille.” Sole Veronique and “All the Rabbit” delicious.

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Anything you order will be incredible. The service was a little cold for what you’re paying, efficient if not a little slow.

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LF
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for the booking as always. Everything was perfect.

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B
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing always. The food, the staff, the decor and the wine. If you love authentic French cuisine run there

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful attentive staff. Beautiful restaurant... Food was very good.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What one should expect from a Michelin starred restaurant!

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RF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wine, perfect service, amusing waiter, Daniel Rose in the kitchen. All great!

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c
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In 2014 my husband & I had been to Daniel Rose's small, elegant restaurant SPRING in Paris and so we were excited to visit his new restaurant in Manhattan. It's a beautiful and comfortable space -- there's room between tables so you don't feel like you're right up against your neighbor. We opted for two appetizers -- oysters which were delicious, cold, briny & sweet. The order has only 3 oysters but the restaurant added an additional oyster for the two of us to share. I could have eaten a dozen We also had a foie gras chicken warm appetizer that was delicious. My husband opted for the Lapin as an entree and it is served in 3 different ways -- medallions, legs in a broth with vegetables, and the rest of the meat in a casserole smothered in onions. I had bouillabaisse -- a sort of deconstructed version - with sea bass, eel, stuffed squid -- and a delicious rich, full body broth. The sommelier suggested a white burgundy from Le Coucou's extensive wine list which was a wonderful accompaniment to both dishes. The dishes were very filling but we wanted to try dessert, a chocolate ganache with coffee ice cream. Because it was my husband's birthday, the servers brought us the restaurant's version of a Milles Feuilles - light flaky wafer with cream and sweet small strawberries. Looking forward to returning to this lovely place.

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a
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant for classic French cuisine. Wish I had a chance to try all items in the menu.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great luxurious restaurant with fantastic food & service.

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T
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and ambiance! The food was great even though it is definitely expensive. However, worth visiting for a special occasion :)

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C
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful location
Excellent service
Interesting food

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous Food , served well and staff very helpful

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C
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You do not want to miss this. Everything are just wonderful, foods, wine, service and setting.

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