Le Coucou

4.7
1919 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 1919 People Are Saying
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CM
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Wonderful menu with new inspiration on French Classical. The duck for two is a must!

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PN
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continue to go back to Le Cou Cou because it is some of the best French food in NY. The quenelles are spectacular, as were the crepinette and the sweetbreads. Dover sole Veronique was the best preparation of this classic that I've had. And what a great dessert chef- the Vacherin and the Omelet Norvegienne capped off a great anniversary meal. We try to go at least once a quarter, and haven't been disappointed in the years its been open.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar food. Outstanding service. Had very high expectations and was not disappointed!

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at le Coucou was fantastic. The dishes were exceptional and we were thrilled that they had a wonderful vegetarian option for one of the members of our party. Thanks for a wonderful dinner!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful decor and typical French atmosphere and service. The lobster appetizer was stunning but my halibut entree was disappointing. I only ate a few mouthfuls. Bland garnish and oversauced. Wine list was superb.

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M
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Enjoyed the Seared Duck and the lobster salad. The Pear cocktail was amazing.

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KD
Dusseldorf Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Perhaps the best restaurant in the US. Certainly the best in NYC. Expensive but price to value is very good compared with other top NY restaurants. A place to return to often for new exciting and creative cuisine and wines.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect

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

Best place for a Sunday lunch or a Date night. Reservations are needed. Food and service were impeccable. The wine list out of this world. Can't wait to go back.

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AJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very,very good...of course expensive.. the hostesses are not very friendly for a restaurant of this caliber.

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CW
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting and amazing food. Can’t fault really!

Great for a date.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb !!!!

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EC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We typically eat at West Village restaurants (Buvette, Via Carota, i Sodi) but the reviews for Le Coucou were so compelling that we had to try it. The month wait for a reservation was worth it. It is the best restaurant we have been to in NYC. The decor is beautiful; soft lighting, rich and welcoming. The wait staff is superb and very friendly and helpful, although there are so many they tend to hover more than we’d like. The food was inventive and delicious with a great presentation. Le Coucou is a bit expensive but well worth it.

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FK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had this year. Went for lunch with a client. Food was spectacular. Would return just for the quenelle in champagne buerre blanc or the sweetbreads in a tomato fondue. Absolutely
Superb.

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely dining room. High-end dining for special occasions. Vast, expensive wine list.
My steak was undercooked and the accompanying sauce very salty. Raw oysters ice cold and excellent.

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PM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just loved this restaurant. Beautiful decor, cozy and intimate and the service was impeccable. The food was delicious and prepared to perfection. It is worth the price to dine on fresh, beautifully plated cuisine and to have the wait staff treat you like family.

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our appetizers more than the main courses.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so delicious that we practically licked the plates/bowl clean before we allowed the server to take them away.
The dinning room decor was elegant and classy with open kitchen concept. Love the bar set up!
The service was impeccable and friendly.
Will recommend for people for date night or celebrating special occasion!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere but the food doesn’t worth the money!

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the second time there and the Sweet Bread and the Halibut was as great as I remember them the first time, it's wonderful to have dishes served in pots and pans, the other fish dish was exquisite according to my friend, we had a beautiful table by the busy kitchen, only issue that I can think of it that it is a complicated process to get a reservation, I tried before late spring and gave up. On these two other occasions, a friend of mine got a reservation through Open Table (?) Best Anders

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Cou Cou exceeded my expectations in every way!

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LF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish was well prepared and exceeded my expectation

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply stunning. Dynamite food, preparation, ambiance... can’t say enough nice things. Didn’t catch our server’s name, but she was funny, knowledgeable, and more than willing to help you through any questions that arise.

A friend that works in the industry recommended Le Coucou, and I assure you after my experience tonight, I’ll be back for more. Not to mention, I will be dreaming through the night about the tarragon broth that accompanied the most tender sweetbreads ever.

Oh. Here’s a pic of the eggplant terrine that blew my socks off as well.

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e
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely out if this world! In the top ten of best dinners ever.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable dinner with my wife

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JH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice place, good service, average food, not worth the price. My wife and I were really disappointed as we were looking forward to trying this place given all hype.

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SM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Went to restaurant for lunch. It’s a lovely
place down to the last decorated detail. The bar and bathrooms were especially well done. We had a table near the open kitchen. Although the kitchen tiled walls are beautiful, I’m not sure that I liked the table location ( I thought the open kitchen fad had gone away in restaurants) and tables were close so we could hear every word of couple’s conversation sitting beside us. There is a front room that is a better location. The food was a miss. I had fried veal head for first course. It was a breaded deep fried croquet made out of tasteless meat/glutenous /fat bits and accompanied by a diced green tomato which just tasted very acidic. Would have never put the two together. Salad (extra cost) was uneventful and my main course was ground up chicken formed into a ball with a piece of gamey foie gras in the middle , surrounded by mashed potatoes and pineapple . Husband had beef tartare. Chef must be into grinding up meat. Bread was average. Service ok. Don’t need to go back except maybe to sit inlovely small bar area for a drink.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very special food.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody was down to earth and professional from the hostess to the manager. Would recommend wholeheartedly.

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L
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A restaurant experience doesn't get much better than this! highly recommended.

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AC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Coucou did not disappoint. The food is excellent and the service outstanding. We will be back!

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JH
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cozy spot tucked in Soho. Excellent breakfast spot. Quiet and cozy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I indicated in advance that we were celebrating a birthday. At the end of our meal, which started around 20 minutes late as the place was very busy, we were not even offered a complimentary piece of chocolate as the two ladies at the table next to ours. We did have a sweet treat, which we paid for.

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BV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife and her parents for her birthday. The quenelle was excellent as was the duck. I wasn’t blown away by the rabbit but it was good. Desserts were fun and their vanilla ice cream is amazing! Wine recommendation was good as was the dessert wine especially the cured apricot pairing. Nice ambiance, not too crowded like many nyc restaurant table layouts.

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FO
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in NYC. If I had the money I'd eat here at least twice a month. The service is always spot on professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The food has yet to disappoint, I find myself thinking about a sauce from there often. Thanks again for another great meal!

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c
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we really enjoyed our dinner at le cou cou. service was very good, and food was fabulous; particularly the tarragon and tomato sauce on the sweetbreads. the filet with marrow sauce, accompanied by the oxtail potatoes, was absolutely delicious. we also had the duck for two - memorable! wonderful, albeit pricey, meal.

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K
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Dined alone and wasn’t made to feel rushed whatsoever. Easily my favourite restaurant in town!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, lovely ambience

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent epicurean experience !!! The whole restautant concept is meant to appeal to all senses and does not disappoint.

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KF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a gorgeous dining room, always beautifully presented by knowledgeable staff.

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