Le Coucou

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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 York Area
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it 10/10

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time at Le Coucou . First experience was so outstanding, we wanted to go again even though we only had 3 nights in New York. Again, considering it was a Monday night , we didn’t wait for the table at all, but even the 45 minute waiting beyond the reservation time during our first visit was not important as the good and the service was so amazing. So in short another great feast by all means..

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KO
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is outstanding.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I have long heard about Le Coucou before about it's traditional and unique take on Parisien cuisine, I was looking for an authentic experience but I have to say I'm extremely disappointed. Compared to other french restaurant in New York like cafe boulud, Daniel, the food is just way below average, not to mention food in Paris. To be fair, I think the decoration and ambience are good, very romantic atmosphere. The service during dining is good, but they totally missed my girlfriend's checked coat. I came for a lunch two course menu. I also ordered pomme frites and a bottle of cider. I have to say the dishes we tried are so disappointing. The foie gras terrine is fine, but the skate cheeks is simply horrible. I don't think the fish is well prepared, the smell is so strong you just cannot enjoy it by itself. You could cover it up by the sauce but the sauce is just so sour for me. For the main course, the chicken and foie gras is ok, but just too rich. Bavette à la Bourguignonne is also so rich you simply cannot finish everything. There is no balance of the dish. The steak itself is so hard on the outside and not tender at all inside. So in general I'm really disappointed. I really like French cuisine and I would really love to say a good word, but Le Coucou just didn't give me much of a choice. I don't know if it's because the lunch menu is significantly worse than the dinner. If that's the case then don't bother to have a lunch menu because people would want to have the same quality of food.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Made reservations several weeks prior and still we waited for 15 minutes or so past our appointed time. Noisy, and not one waiter given to us so we waited again for staff to pay attention. The food was exquisite - no complaints there .

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal.

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JZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great wine, and, great bread~
it should be a great restaurant for dating

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

duck and terrine are perfect!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are no words to describe how perfect Le CouCou is

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CF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Manhattan!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Amazing food

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SV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the decor and the service was great. our starters where amazing. We had the Oysters and the Sea Urchin. The Oysters where the best we have ever had. Our main course was slightly disappointing. We had the duck and I expected a different taste. Something was missing...my friend had the Bouillabaisse and she loved it!

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EM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, very attentive service and best of all interesting and well executed dishes! All adds up to a most enjoyable experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat... and great value... might cost a little more, but worth every penny!

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around! Both the food and service were incredible. Le CouCou is one of the most professional restaurants at which I have had the pleasure of dining. Definitely worth a trip.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would say compared with other French restaurants, food was decent and delicious and deserves the one star Michelin rating.

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P
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great and very romantic restaurant.

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. The entire experience was wonderful!

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EB
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Le Coucou, and in particular I must complement the somm for the excellent pairings he chose to accompany our various courses. Bravo to all involved.

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d
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

For a special occasion this romantic special restaurant is worth the high pricetag. The food is different and fabulous and the wine list (for French choices) is among the best but quite overpriced

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PK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and unique experience. A perfect spot for both lunch and dinner, both casual and when celebrating.

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DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Le Coucou was a nice lunch with beautiful presentations, although somewhat on the pricier side of things. Both of us were full from lunch, even though the portion sizes were not that big due to the richness of the food. If you come, I suggest pairing a lighter dish such as oysters or fish with the heavier meats. My friend got both fried veal and steak and it ended up being too heavy for one meal, and you might miss out on the excellent desert.
Huîtres, Granité aux Algues – Obviously fresh as you would expect from any good restaurant, but I think the seaweed ice added another dimension to the oyster dish. You had the fresh ocean feel from the oyster mixed with this small icy burst for an interesting taste.

Crépinette de Volaille au Foie Gras et Fruits – The chicken itself was well-seasoned but nothing exceptional. What was exceptional, however, was the fruit on top and the foie gras encased in the middle of the chicken. The foie gras became infused with the flavor of the surrounding meat, and alongside the actual sauce on the side combined with a taste of the pineapple and puree made for a single mouth-watering bite.

Baba au Rhum – Definitely one of the better deserts I’ve had, and something to try for anyone going for a desert where the alcohol in it is more than just a hint. Unlike something like Tiramisu where the alcohol is just a small part of the dish, here it was as important as the pastry and the filling. The rum/rum sauce at the bottom was sweet, counter-balancing the heaviness of the rum itself. The pastry itself was light and fluffy, while the filling was smooth and creamy. It all came together in a way that allowed the pastry to absorb the rum, balancing out the taste in a delicate way.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Brought our daughter here to celebrate Spring Break!

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k
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in New York.

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MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time at LeCoucou. The service was outstanding, the food was spectacular, and the ambience was beautiful and elegant. Christian, my bartender, was very knowledgeable and suggested exactly the perfect cocktail. Like he read my mind. The somm (forgot his name) was so kind and I thoroughly enjoyed his pairings. My server was professional and very helpful. Thank you all for being such a great lunch date for a solo diner. The host was a little cold and not entirely inviting, but everyone else was just wonderful. Thanks again!

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LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and elegant.

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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere is cozy yet sophisticated. Service was a bit aggressive. Felt like we were being rushed. Had the halibut dish which was very good. Flavorful, light and delicate. Not sure but seemed like the menu was very similar to last year when we came.

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Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice way to celebrate a loved ones birthday.

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AG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Certainly worthy of a special night out. Wonderfully attentive service without being ostentatious.

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BK
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is very cordial and pleasant. The food is very French and well explained by the waitress. Nice visit. Remembered the birthday also.

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g
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great. However, something wasn’t quiet fresh as I

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special lunch with my daughter

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Very very attentive service. Could have used more explaining about what signature dishes there were and perhaps more about the restaurant- like why are the chefs shouting “Oui” so that it’s audible in the dining room... I can guess but I’d like to know!

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

don’t know why all the Asian will put at inside area, and all the Caucasian are seated at window side. Feels like there’s zone divided for coloured skin.

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TF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible seat in the back room. Incredible food. Hot Patrons!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience - great choice for a romantic date night

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M
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a Prix fixe lunch menu with a variety of choices and upgrades. Excellent service and food quality. Will definitely return.

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TC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the best dining experiences that we have in all of New York City. We love George he is our favorite Attendant. The cocktails are amazing you need to have one with any meal I don’t care if it’s breakfast.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in a wunderdul ambiance! Would def. come back!

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