For your next special occasion/fancy night out dinner in SoHo, consider the French fine dining at Le Coucou.
Lovely lunch. The servers were perfectly attentive, polite, and hospitable - they were there when you wanted them, but not hovering. The meal was well-paced. Our group was there for a leisurely lunch as we wanted to spend time catching up; the staff definitely respected that and let us take our time. We were not rushed at all. The food and wine were delicious. The restaurant is beautiful inside. I love that the kitchen is open, and I was impressed by how clean and orderly it was the entire time we were there. I’d definitely go back for dinner.
Love Le Coucou
Mixed feelings. The food was outstanding and the ambiance welcoming. Very nicely decorated space but there was a big gap between those and service. Immediately after we ordered and the bread was served they brought us a duck for two, which we did not ordered, and started plating it. This was before wine or appetizers were served. After an apology, service started with the appetizers (oysters, outstanding cabbage filled with lobster and scallops, blood sausage). They gave us a complimentary order of eel. The mains were extraordinary (rabbit and beef). We didn’t like that we felt rushed. Plates were coming quickly one after the other with not enough time to savor them. They also rushed to clear the plates even when one of us was still eating. They never removed the bread crumbs from the table. The staff didn’t have clear roles, the same person could serve wine, take an order, clean. Disorganized. They would often bump into each other. They never bothered to re-light the candle on the table next to us. When we asked for the bill, the “complimentary” eel had been added. We let them know, they apologized and quickly removed it. I think that a $400 dinner for two should be about the experience and not only the quality of the food. The experience was lacking. We would return if they considerably increased the service and professionalism but just well cooked food does not justify the stratospheric price. 5 stars for food, 2 for service. Try at your own risk.
Exceptional food and service.
Lovely experience. Everything exceeded expectations.
having been there several times for dinner I decided to reward my wife for running the women's
half marathon (13.1 miles) with a special brunch We were not disappointed. While expensive, food, service, and ambience are certainly worthy of one Star.
suggestions: omlette for sure
Awesome, still #1 Restaurant in NYC!!!! -:). Coming back this Saturday for my birthday celebration
My friends and I had a great time at Le Coucou. I have always been wanting to try the restaurant, so I decided to go for my birthday this year. I made the reservations late, so only time available was breakfast. The ambiance and interior is beautiful, and the staff was very professional but did not feel stuffy at all. The food was taking a long time, so the manager (I assume) brought us a basket of pastries to hold us over. I love pastries, so it could not have been more perfect. In addition, all the beverages, sides, and a shared entree were comped due to the wait, which was very unexpected and a pleasant surprise. Everything we had was delicious, and I cannot wait to go back for lunch or dinner next time!
My husband and I dined at Le Coucou, to celebrate my birthday. This was our second dinner there and we were not disappointed. We arrived early and sat in the bar area, which is really lovely and appealing. I do wish that it was separated a bit from the entry to the restaurant, but like it nonetheless. My husband ordered a glass of rosé while we waited. We began our dinner by sharing the "Choux farci aux fruits de mer" (cabbage stuffed with lobster and scallop), which was delicious - delicate but rich in flavor. I then had the "Agneau de Colorado en deux services" (a beautiful, but admittedly small lamb chop, served in a small puddle of a deep red wine reduction, alongside delicious grilled spring onions. The second half of my dish, the braised lamb neck with wilted chard and tomatoes was equally succulent and actually more than I could eat (I happily took home a doggie bag with the portion that I could not finish.) I had ordered a glass of red wine to accompany my entrée (I regret that I do not remember what it was.) My husband ordered the Navarin de Lotte (monkfish in a mussel broth with turnips). A sizable portion of it was served to him from a copper pot, which was then left for him to finish. He happily devoured all of it. I had a taste of the mussel broth which was a richly flavored seafood broth. He had a glass of white wine with his entrée. We then finished our dinner by sharing the Gateau au chocolate Coucou. It was intensely chocolatey, but tempered by the white coffee ice cream that was served with it. Just as we thought we couldn't eat another thing, we were served a small plate of sweets, all of which we happily consumed. Service at Le Coucou is impeccable without being overbearing. It is formal French dinner service with a fresh contemporary rendering. The restaurant is quite attractive, with wonderfully high ceilings, from which hang large, distinctive light fixtures. Despite the clearly high end environment and tabs, the aura is unfussy and casual.
Did not love our entree (duck) but server took off bill which was very nice and unnecessary. Is this restaurant “fine dining”? Based on prices it would appear so but open kitchen format seems too informal. Also lack of dress code does not make sense spending $500+ on dinner for two.
Duck was served rare (not my preference), foi gras was in actual shape of liver (turn off for me) and included hearts. Would never have chosen if knew all that. The duck leg confit was very good.
We had a lovely time. I would like to mention specifically that we were almost an hour late due to horrendous traffic, and we did keep them informed, and apologized, but they did not hold it against us, and the evening was stellar as always (this is our 3d visit).
Have heard a lot about Le CouCou, so expectations were very high. They were surpassed. Outstanding french dinning. One of the best I’ve been outside France.
Food was average. The egg starter was judged exceptional while the boudin was uninteresting. The entrees we didnt finish as they were failures.
But the most unerving was the wine service. When he average bottle on the list is $300 a little care and attention is warranted. The waiter tried to advise us when it was obvious he had no idea and finally agreed to ask the sommelier. Who came and read the names on the list and was incapable of describing the wines (we’re talking american pinot noir here). Wine was closed so we ask for a decanter, and then every waiter tried to pour the wine. If it’s decanting, it means it takes a bit of time to open. A bit of training would help.
Anyway we decided to cut the fun short as it was such an annoying experience.
Superb food and service and a wonderful space furnished tastefully. The only problem is once you are done you have to leave and then you step out into an unattractive Manhattan neighbourhood. So stay as long as possible and have your Uber driver pick you up at the door.
Amazing place, deserves at least a Michelin star! Special mention for the glass of Château Yquem with the dessert.
The service and environment is excellent. I also love the caviar soup. However, the sausage and the chicken and foie gras are not good.
Outstanding Restaurant with perfect Service.... Food was absolutely amazing, and
the lunch menu (2-courses) a very good value for Money Option.... Will go there again
any time !!!
I was finally able to get reservations at le Cou Cou, and it was worth the wait. The service and attention to details is superb. The brunch menu is a prix-fix of $54 for two courses. So definitely not an "everyday" type of casual meal, depending on your budget. There are so many wonderful choices, it's difficult to choose. The menu leans traditional French. The bread is delightful, each dish is unique in its own flavors. I can't wait to go back. The ambiance is very romantic and cozy. Good for a date, family dinner, or get togethers.
Amazing. Perfect in every way. Great, cool professional staff.
The best about the restaurant is the interior decoration, especially the bar. The food is not great and totally overpriced.
Wow!!! We had the loveliest lunch with friends at Le Cou Cou. The setting is gorgeous; the service is impeccable. And the food.....absolutely the best quenelle I have had, the beef tartare got high marks from my husband, the Merlan Colbert drew rave reviews from our friends. Reservations are hard to come by (with good reason) but worth every bit of effort you must expend. Go and enjoy this remarkable experience.
Wonderful. We've been to many Stephen Starr restaurants. This was truly special
The atmosphere is gorgeous. Romantic and modern - so rare. Very classy establishment yes still casual enough to feel relaxed and comfortable. The food is generally very good. We did have an odd entree of deep fried white fish that was rather rich and the portion was overwhelming for a elegant luncheon. Still - I would return in an instant. It is a favourite spot in Soho.
Fantastic such nice food and atmosphere
Le Cou Cou is outstanding. One of our favorite restaurants in NY! The food is outstanding and the room simply gorgeous! See you again soon.
The ambience is absolutely beautiful. Feels like you are in France. The food was delicious. Clean, beautifully prepared and served perfectly. We will definitely be back!
I would mark this for everyday dining, date, special occasion, and business but special occasion fits best, and I could only choose one of those options Loved every bit of this beautiful place. From the ambiance to the peaceful vibe, fabulous service and out of the world food. On my list to go back to every time I’m in New York City.
Great experience! The atmosphere and the food were perfect. Not too noisy which is very rare in the city. Service was excellent.
Had a great time at Le Coucou. Excellent food and attentive service from our waiter Ethan. Would highly recommend it.
Anniversay. I feel like they couldve given us a better dessert for that. Food was good. Great service!
I had the Sole Veronique, which is 63 dollars. It comes without anything on the side. So, I asked for potatoes, for which they charged another 12 dollars. When you add the tax and the tip, it is about 95 dollars. They shouldn't charge for potatoes....too greedy $$$$!! I Won't go back. There are many good restaurants in Manhattan which are a much better value. It is one of the most expensive restaurants in New York and Michelin doesn't think it is one of the best as it hasn't given it not even one star.
World class service and very attuned to the overall dining experience in dealing with diners. Allowed us to enjoy the whole experience at our pace, making for a very special and distinctive experience.
Wonderful food, beautiful ambiance, exceptional service. Such a fabulous place. Cannot wait to go back! From soup to nuts...perfection. Thank you for a beautiful experience!
Horrible experience which was unfortunately my birthday dinner. Waitress asked us before we even had a chance to sit down if we were ready to order cocktails. Immediately upon serving them, she hovered continually, until we gave up and agreed to order, however I told her (since we had really just sat down), to please not deliver the appetizers for a few minutes. Nonetheless, the appetizers were delivered very quickly. Then we then waited almost an hour for the entrees to be served. It is uncomfortable at this kind of restaurant to have to wave our arms trying to get a waiter's attention - this is not a diner - but after about forty minutes, we called over a waiter as our waitress disappeared. He summoned the waitress who told us this was intentional since I had asked her to not serve the appetizers too quickly (an absurd excuse) and told us our dinner was being plated. This was clearly untrue as we did not get our entrees for another 15 minutes. By this time, we had to hurry to complete our meal, because although we were seated at 5:30, it was already 7:30 and we had to leave to go to the theater. I called over a manager who apologized and told us he was going to give us a desert to take with us for our troubles. When we got home later that night, we saw that he had actually given us what was someone else's leftover - literally a piece of cake that had been cut with half of it missing, adding insult to injury. One other thing to mention - they have changed the menu and we struggled to find appealing entrees to order. Neither of us enjoyed our entrees - my monkfish was overcooked and entirely without flavor and my husband's steak had an "off" taste (and this was not due to our aggravation!) We had been to Le Coucou several times before and it had been my favorite restaurant, but we will certainly never go back again.
One of the most physically attractive restaurants in NYC or elsewhere
Complex very high priced food offerings
Attentive service and knowledgeable staff
Beautiful restaurant. Very professional and friendly service. Food was delicious, lovely presentations.
Flavors are really interesting, all dishes executed perfectly. Nice wine list, unfortunately no real bargains
The food was really delicious. Good value. Service excellent. We will definitely return
Family trip to NYC
Spectacular experience in every way. My second visit and this was better than the first. The food (crab in buckwheat crepe and lobster salad) was exquisite. My dining partner had the poached skates as the started and it was simply beyond words. Excellent wine choices made by the wait staff and the Negronis from the bar were amazing. Sounds like all superlatives in this review but it was a superlative experience. Finished with a hazelnut beignet-type dessert - not too sweet and just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. Service was efficient and professional and not intrusive. Ambiance hit the spot by being comfortable and cozy.