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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DE
Birmingham
82 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The food was great as was the service. The venue is friendly and beautiful.

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

Le CouCou was a delightful experience from start to finish. It was both a luxuriant and relaxing dining experience of the finest quality in terms of food, presentation and service. We shall return.

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

Birthday dinner

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CL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attractive and pleasant restaurant with an outstanding wine list, strong on French wines. Many very expensive wines, but some good choices in the $90-150 range.
I am very fond of quenelles and bouillabaisse, which are not available often on menus of even very good French restaurants. Both were excellent.

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

It was fine once but we don't plan to go back. First impression not great. We had an early seating and the host wanted to sit at the worst table in the dining room when there were very few people seated. The menu is limited and the service was pleasant but not warm, except for our dessert person.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I brought my friend here for her 92nd birthday. They did not greet her with a warm welcome, and our birthday treat consisted on two nickel-sized crackers. We paid $300 for lunch for two courses. I would not recommend. We expected warner service.

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

I went to the restaurant to celebrate wedding anniversary in the morning with my husband and the baby but there people who were manager and staffs offered uncomfortable seevice for us. They were not greeting with fully welcoming and keep made a sigh when they were near our table. so We had a very uncomfortable time to have a brunch.I would not recommend...

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

Food was divine, service was adequate but not great sat a looong time with our empty plates. Finally had to ask that they be taken away.

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AP
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is very beautiful: high ceilings, exposed brick walls, tables spaced far apart, lovely chandeliers. Very civilized. Service is professional but friendly. Food was very good. Prix fixe lunch menu of $58 for 2 courses is pricey, but this was a special occasion (milestone birthday), so we splurged. Wine list has a lot of very expensive wines but we were able to find a few under $100 and chose a delicious Chablis for $75.

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

This is a special place. It was our second time dining here and still as magical as the first. The service is first class and the food sublime. The service is at tentative without being hovering. The wine recommendations were excellent. Loved every minute and can’t wait to return!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, dinner at le Coucou was exceptional. Darlene was a superb waitperson, who was very knowledgeable of both the menu and wine list. She was astute about recommendations, including some courses that would be appropriate to share, and timing, always aware of “where we were” in our dining. She struck just the right balance of conversation and professionalism and was appropriately attentive. Then there was the food...exceptional! The “Navets en guise d’escargots” was a fun and very good play on Burgundian escargot with sea urchin adding a delicate brininess to it. The “Foie Gras Grillé aux cerise” Gourmandise course was a beautifully prepared, melt in your mouth delicacy. Superb! The “Halibut Beurre Blanc with fermented daikon” was excellent, if a bit bland, color-wise on the plate. My partner’s “Agneau du Colorado en Deux Services” is exactly what the name suggests: two separate lamb dishes, both of which were very well prepared and delicious. It is hard to believe that we had dessert after all of that, but we did, and they didn’t disappoint. The Crepe Soufflé au Citron was probably the most lemony dessert I have ever had - in a good way - and, finally, the “Mille Feuille à la Vanille” was equally good with a delightfully crisp mille feuille, strawberries, and vanilla cream. We highly recommend le Coucou and are sure you won’t be disappointed!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved everything, specifically the service.

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I
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

WONDERFUL. Early Sunday lunch before 1 pm curtain at Public Theater. First time. Eager to return. We enjoyed cold cucumber soup with fried oyster and caviar, smoked salmon with salmon caviar, chicken with foie gras which was superb, chicken cooked in vegetable broth, coffee/chocolate cake. Interesting wines by the glass. Like Le CouCou more than Spring, its Paris cousin.

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WI
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Classic French Cuisine, slightly revisited and modernized. Some excellent dishes, I would specifically recommend the foie gras and the morilles (morrels). For some others the sauce was a bit on the heavy side (e.g. sweatbread/ris de veau). Excellent wine list but ridiculously overpriced.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal and great service😀

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful lunch in a beautiful setting.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, the atmosphere even better. Everything was so perfect. I will definitely go back as soon as I can.

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DW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This was a very pleasant experience. The food is very good and unusual. Waiter service outstanding but after the food was delivered nobody ever refilled our water glasses or cleared dirty dishes which was shocking to us.

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C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael the bartender makes a great old fashion
Beautiful atmosphere
Food was perfectly done, little less salt please
Staff very gracious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The hostess was rude.

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P
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

I went for breakfast and the bacon was delicious but I found the eggs too salty and too rich. They were cooked in a lot of butter. The service was ok but we did sit with empty plates for quite sometime even though the restaurant was not busy. It lacked ambience as there was more staff than customers. Might be better at dinner time??

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BC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The hostess with the long curly hair was rude and didn’t look like she wanted to be there.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The same omelette tasted much better yesterday

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed the dishes and atmosphere there.
One thing I didn’t like was a waiter took the wine glass although I was still working on. It happens to me sometimes as I enjoy till last sip but they better ask before taking it and expect that service level for this place.

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WE
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. The pigeon is spectacular, with fried artichoke raviolis, the four gras with cherries better than ever. A definite favorite.

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal I have had in a long time! French food can be rich, so I like to go at lunch and try to not order too much. Two courses with a shared bottle of wine and dessert was plenty for me and my husband. I had the salmon followed by the chicken/foie gras and he had the cucumber/oyster soup followed by the bavette steak. We shared the Baba au rhum for dessert which was delicious but rich!

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AH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Would like to have seen a little more interesting menu selections.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and service!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3th time at le cocou! Every time we enjoy every moment we spent in there..

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c
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Ladies bathroom was dirty and unattended. There was toilet paper all over the floor. It was a pity there was so many floor staff on the restaurant floor and nobody looking after the bathroom. However food was excellent, lamb was extremely good.

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CP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I believe that the receptionist must have been in training since she could not do anything without having to ask a senior staff.
The food was good and the Dover Sole with grape sauce simply superb.
A strong negative for us was the lack of implementation of the very clear dressing code as advertised. Most people were appropriately dressed (Friday evening) but several tables had guests with shorts, "flip-flops", T shirts, tank tops. We find this rather inappropriate and unpleasant

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food incredible

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AK
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s pretty good. You should go there. That is all. Thanks. Bye.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We were visiting NYC for my wife’s birthday on July 4th and made a reservation at Le Coucou since it is a highly ranked and regarded restaurant placed on various lists. Maybe it’s the luck of the draw or maybe some sort of prejudice, but the first table we were given was immediately next to the service station, the kitchen and the pathway to the toilets. In a restaurant of such reputation, I’m not sure this table location would be impressive to the reviewers and critics that matter. We requested another table and were accommodated but probably to the second worst location, right by the entrance. We decided to drop the issue at that point, as it was clear we were either not seen as valued guests or were just extremely unlucky. The food was delicious, salmon lox appetizer and whole rabbit main dishes especially stood out. Another disappointing factor was how fast dishes were served, basically non-stop one after another with no real breaks. We were done in under an hour, table successfully turned by the restaurant. Overall, good dinner just really fast and on a subpar table.

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even when I complained about my table being too close to the kitchen and was noisy, the reaction was extremely positive, I rejected the offered champagne to calm me as the waiter was slow to start our drinks service, immediately we were treated very well.
The food is positively one of the best I had in Michelin Starred restaurants in NY in this last trip. Congrats to the chef and staff, and waiters as well

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c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guillermo was an excellent server. The food was delicious. Love the decor.

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and experience. Was one of our highlights of our trip to NY. Unpretentious, elegant. An open kitchen and wonderful space. Felt like I was in “Ratatouille.” Sole Veronique and “All the Rabbit” delicious.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anything you order will be incredible. The service was a little cold for what you’re paying, efficient if not a little slow.

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LF
Dubai
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the booking as always. Everything was perfect.

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B
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing always. The food, the staff, the decor and the wine. If you love authentic French cuisine run there

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