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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SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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
139 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great and very romantic restaurant.

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. The entire experience was wonderful!

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EB
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Brought our daughter here to celebrate Spring Break!

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

This is the best restaurant in New York.

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MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice way to celebrate a loved ones birthday.

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AG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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Dallas
3 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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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Coucou may be NY's finest restaurant and a blast from the past in terms of extraordinary French Cuisine and the ambiance and service that go together with it. It is a joy to dine there.

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p
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Ambiance was beautiful. Food was delicious. Loved the open kitchen with very friendly cooking staff. My only complaint was that the service was TOO FAST! In a lovely dining spot with a beautiful long white singular candle on the table, white table cloth and soft lighting, one expects to linger a bit between and over each course. We felt rushed by our waitress! It was a shame. She was lovely but just served us too fast! We would have liked to have lingered.....

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A bit pretentious/neurotic since the Michelin star

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was really delicious, I have to come back to taste all the menu!

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible evening! We booked Le Coucou for my husband ‘s birthday and loved every minute of our evening. Every dish we tried was phenomenal, service impeccable and ambiance was warm, fun and inviting. We had a fantastic time. Will be back.

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M
London
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food adequate, not stellar, hostess very unpleasant, waiters and service staff very nice

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

Food very traditional French and ok but not exceptional considering the price , ambiance very good, service very good, probably wouldn’t return

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A
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

After several other visits to le coucou, this one was a bit disappointing. The service was okay, not great (rushed, bordering on negligent) as in the past. I guess we should have ordered a $500, or more, bottle of wine. The first course plates were simple, but excellent. The duck l’orange was disappointing....good, but not outstanding, with mediocre presentation (as if the kitchen could not take the time to plate properly). The restaurant itself is a gem....a peaceful, attractive oasis.

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A
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and romantic with white tapers on each table. Feels vaguely dangerous, but candlelight makes all the difference in the ambiance of the room and at the table. How is it that no one thought of that before? Highlights: duck a l'orange with black truffles (copious and decadently rich) and an intensely lemony "crepe soufflé." Waiter provided excellent guidance; we only went wrong when we chose items he didn't mention - hence, the disappointing Oursins au Champagne (uni, cream, champagne gelee) and mille-feuille vanille with pineapple. The elegance of the candlelit space was a "wow" at first sight. Although some customers dressed casually, this is a restaurant for which one would want to dress up.
Warm reception and excellent service from arrival to departure.

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

The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. The service was impeccable. The food was divine. My fiancé was in heaven.

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FC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, impeccable service, and beautiful atmosphere. From the person who greets you at the door, to the waiters who refill your drinks, the service really stands out. Mains were absolutely brilliant (recommend the pigeon and bouillabaisse) and I would go back just for the mille feuille. A wonderful restaurant for any occasion, but particularly special for dinner.

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p
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Second visit. Highly recommend.

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JG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most memorable culinary experience at Le Coucou. Loved the sophisticated and refined ambiance. My husband and I enjoyed every aspect of our evening there. Loved the Huitres Granite aux Algues, Foie Gras grille aux artichauts, Halibut Beurre Blanc, Filet de boeuf and Mille Feuille and Gateau au chocolat for dessert! The service was impeccable. Our new favorite restaurant for special occasions. See you again soon.

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JB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an enjoyable experience. Le Coucou is truly a delight from the moment you enter. A beautiful atmosphere, upscale yet you feel relaxed. The service was top notch and the food was absolutely remarkable. We were dining for lunch, as coming from out of town and unable to walk in, we couldn't secure a dinner reservation anytime this decade. The Quenelle de brochet was otherworldly in it's silky, citrusy champagne buerre blanc. The filet de boeuf was as good as any you can find, and yet the Canette d'orange was so good and so savory, we actually were dragging the filet de boeuf through it's essence. Wine options by the glass were more than sufficient, surpassing many by the bottle offerings found elsewhere. Service from Guillermo was impeccable. And cocktails from Michael worthy of praise. I can't recommend Le Coucou highly enough. That is, if you secure a reservation.

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BA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Just loved it.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice food and ambiance but definately overpriced!

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