Le Coucou

4.7
2001 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:00AM - 10:30AM
Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Dinner: Sunday 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 271-4252
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Rose
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Howard & Canal
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Public transit
6, R, J, Z to Canal Street

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.1

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.
What 2001 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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JB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant—not arrogant.
Lovely surroundings. Attentive, helpful staff.
Presentation A+. Food also A+.
Highly recommend

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was better than the food. A little stuffy and pretentious.

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GR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible breakfast. Food was perfect and the ambiance was amazing. Will definitely be back!

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s
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to le Coucou quite a few times and it never ceases to astound my taste buds.
The room is beautiful and the service is perfect, friendly without being intrusive.
I love Le Coucou.

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EA
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Beautiful decor and lighting, professional and friendly staff and a kitchen that wowed us with the food. The blood sausage and the sweetbreads (with a perfectly pitched tarragon cream sauce) were particularly memorable but there was no dish that was less than superb. Even better than advertised!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food! Great service (:

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S
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance. The service was great, attentive without hovering. The food was delicious, the pancake was so good. All the attention to detail was perfect. Felt like we were in France!

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DS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Definitely lived up to expectations, great atmosphere, delicious food.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant!

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

Excelent coffee and breakfast.

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TS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing. Most well deserved Michelin star of 2019

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BF
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French restaurant in Soho, marvelous service and great food every time.

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LW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!
The decor, the incredible food, the service. ... Everything was perfect. It was hard to get a reservation but definitely worth.
See you next time in NYC!

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JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb cooking of wonderful ingredients. The kind of French cooking I crave, with intensely flavorful sauces. Definitely a new favorite.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 3rd meal ...have had dinner and lunch ...wonderful every time ....food is very good ...service and ambiance great ...not intimidating

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j
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, and the staff was very attentive.

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NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Waiters and waitresses make you feel special and a valuable guest. The food is great and the presentation is very good. For 2 people, we shared two appetizers and each got their own plate. The food was more than enough and we were full by the end of dinner. We also got a dessert and they service small chocolate pieces. I would recommend for a special night!

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K
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection

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S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, the room are all excellent. This restaurant is a cut above all but the 4 or 5 best in the City. It belongs with them!

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impeccable Service, Sommelier and a lovely Sunday Afternoon lunch!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience: Casual elegance
Service: Impeccable ( Thank you especially George )
Food: Sublime

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JE
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! The best service we remember anywhere in the world we've been in a long time. Food is very special. Decor is lively.

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RS
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough good things about this remarkable restaurant. We were delayed getting there by a storm and terrible Manhattan traffic. We called ahead to warn the restaurant and they could not have been more reassuring. When we arrived the greeter was just as pleasant. To me that is what separates a great dining experience from a mediocre one. The cuisine is superb and as advertised, this is a French restaurant. The only drawback is the incredibly price-y wine where you are hard pressed to find a bottle of wine under $100. And the alternative, bringing your own, is met with a $95. corkage fee. Other than that, I would gladly eat here once a week.

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food. Service could be better. Hostess looked at us up & down upon entering. Server made us feel rushed.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

travel from Philadelphia...steven starr is magic......le coucou is by far the best starr restaurant I've had the pleasure to dine. service is top notch!

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CG
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Cou Cou is our favorite place for a special dinner. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, service is impeccable. The food is delicious with attention to every detail. One small quibble is that we would like brewed decaf with our delicious dessert. Currently the only decaf is espresso or Americano. We have brought this to the attention of the restaurant. Otherwise, everything is supberb!

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LS
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Difficult to get to but worth the trip. Wine, oysters, sole Veronique were all lovely

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

High end French food. Knowledgeable and respectful waiter. Lose points wrt hospitality (lacking) - 25 min wait despite lunch reservation, no option to order a la carte, main course only arrived 70-75 min after reservation started.

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GA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Divine!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It doesn’t get much better than this anywhere! Every plate was spectacular. Don’t miss it.

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E
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast, in a quiet, serene setting. Attentive, professional service. I have only experience the restaurant for breakfast and will return again and again.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been wanting to eat here for a long time.
Got table just a few days in advance ( probably because I requested a 5:00 seating)
Food was excellent and service most accommodating!
Will definitely return.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Le Coucou offre une cuisine raffinée et un service attentionné. Mention spéciale pour la décoration intérieure qui est juste sublime !

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff were outstanding. Food and wine were exquisite. Wine list is extensive and expensive with limited moderately priced selections. Ramp access for wheelchairs and scooters is difficult to navigate due to the small landing automated doors that swing out together.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked an early dinner here and it was absolutely incredible. It blew our minds. The duckling dish was from another universe, the wine list was immaculate and the wait staff were knowledgable and very helpful

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BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 6th or 7th or 8th dinner at Le Cou Cou. As usual, it was superb in all respects. (We were introducing sophisticated Phoenix friends to one of our favorite Manhattan restaurants and they were impressed.) It was especially impressive to see that although the UN Secretary General and his large security detail, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kissinger, were dining there that night, all was handled with perfect aplomb and no hassle. Michael is a REALLY GOOD maitre' d..!! (And the Dover Sole and the Boef and the Rabbit and the Lobster Salad are all simply terrific..! ) Bravo Le Cou Cou...!! !!)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel Rose continues to provide a brilliant, yet traditional, French culinary experience that is a truly satisfying and applause-worthy delight.

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i
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had lunch and were very disappointed. Food was mediocre, service was impersonal and hurried, and the servers appeared bored or in a hurry to be elsewhere. The lobster appertizer lacked finesse, and the horseradish sauce overpowered the deliciously cooked lobster completely. The halibut was slightly over cooked, and not to their usual high standard, but still delicate and very good. If this would have been my first visit to this restaurant, I would probably never come back, fortunately, we have dined here several times before and have always had wonderful food and impeccable service. So normally I would have rated it 5 stars, but today it is only 3.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good overall experience with very nice food. The restaurant is beautiful and has a good ambiance. We were surprised, however, by the uninterested waiters who had no personal touch whatsoever. Also, we indicated upon booking that one person had a severe gluten allergy but they did not ask about this at all nor did they have gluten free bread or any other options. We thought this was strange and unprofessional as it is a very common, yet serious, allergy these days.

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