Le Coucou

4.7
1863 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
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New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of the best French restaurants I have been to. The breakfast was fantastic. I can't wait to go back and try dinner.

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H
Calgary
249 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with good value for lunch. Wine list is overpriced and pretentious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was incredible and service was excellent...until it was time to wrap up. We declined dessert and then waited almost 20 minutes before our check came. It is such a bummer to end a meal with a server’s disappearing act!

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v
Detroit
1 review
1.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Expensive , very poor quality food, overcooked hdlibut with heavy dressing, chicken fois gras bland
Will not return.

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JA
New England
10 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a truly great meal and experience at Le Coucou. Some of the best French cuisine in the city.

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KB
New York Area
207 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had another wonderful meal at this great restaurant. The food and wine are always delicious and the service and hospitality/helpfulness are superb. Obviously, we will be back very soon!!! 👍👍👍👏👏👏

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RC
New York Area
6 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, excellent food! This restaurant deserves a Michelin star!
The thoughtful and accommodating service given by the staff only heightened the dining experience.
The food was delicious from appetisers to main courses and dessert.
We would come back again!

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M
San Francisco
56 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! It was amazing. It was like we were in Paris.
The Quennelle, the vegetable terrine, the chicken and foie gras- all superb. And, the professional and caring service was a perfect match. We loved it.

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h
New York Area
12 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A treat for all senses. Perfect in every way-delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, knowledgeable and nice waitstaff and great wine! LOVED it. Very special.

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JW
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t believe no Michelin stars!! A very special place.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il ne manque que quelques amuses-bouche avec l'apéritif pour obtenir une étoile car tout y est : accueil, service, originalité et qualité des produit !
A recommander sans hésiter

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e
New England
34 reviews
4.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Le Cou Cou was excellent as always for fine traditional French cuisine with a modern touch. Once again I am surprised at how fine dining restaurants in NYC are incapable, with todays technology ,of greeting regulars as such rather than blindly asking if this is your first time there when in reality it is your tenth. Hospitality is everything in a city with countless fabulous options. That said, this is a stunning restaurant with fantastic food that should not be missed.

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B
Denver
14 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is about the fifth time we have visited the restaurant. We are very pleased every time and this time we shared the duck which was sublime! Great service and excellent wine options. Everything was perfect!

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B
New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I didn’t like service from first step went in to restaurant.
Unnesessary attitude.

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MZ
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an extraordinary restaurant with classic French food taken to another level.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal. Great night and experience. I would definitely recommend and return when I have a chance.

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KS
New York Area
26 reviews
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, especially the quenelles. The service was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. The restaurant is lovely as well, with a relaxed elegance. We highly recommend.

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LF
Philadelphia
41 reviews
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really amazing experience! It started the minute we walked in until the end. I won’t be able to write all the details but a few highlights... I wasn’t happy with the seat the had selected for us. They immediately moved us, without any attitude and gave us an amazing seat. The service is detailed and nothing is missed- really nothing. I was happy to see great wine choices by glass. We usually get very different types of food and I prefer wine pairing with each course, rather than a bottle that fits all the courses. But Many places I am confronted with not the greatest, most elegant wine choices - not here.
Finally my goodness, Chef Daniel has really mastery over sauce making. There wasn’t one that missed the mark and I tried very very MANY different ones that night. The sol is to die for. Read the Newyork times review. Book your reservation. Travel to ge there and you won’t be disappointed at all.

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MH
Minneapolis
1 review
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After eating at Spring in Paris a few years ago, I was thrilled to read about Le Coucou. My wife and I were not disappointed, by any stretch of the imagination. Refined, almost revelatory, cooking flows from Daniel Rose's open kitchen and the service more than matches the food. The lamb chop with accompanying braised neck is one of the most inspired dishes in recent memory and, overall, the sauces teach of greatness.
Though one is hard-pressed to find a bottle of wine for under $100, the list is quietly amazing and intelligently supported by the sommeliers.
This is the kind of experience that makes setting an alarm for 12:01 a.m., thirty days from your desired reservation worth it. Book now...

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Without any doubt it was an amazing experience, Great ambiance, the place is gorgeous. Very good food and service. After last night Le Coucou is one of my favorite restaurants in New York.

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OT
Miami
1 review
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Coucou was highly recommended by a friend who co-owns a very successful restaurant in Miami.
It lived up to the recommendation.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! This place definitely deserves one or two Michelin star!

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JC
Denver
120 reviews
5.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my gosh if you go no where else in New York you need to go to Le Coucou. The food is outstanding, the staff are superb the ambiance, the wine list all amazing. The owner-head chef Daniel Rose is really making this place a destination . Treat yourself and just go for lunch or better yet dinner, you won't be disappointed.

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HW
New York Area
918 reviews
5.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Coucou is one of the best. And the price of dining there, while very expensive, is in fact half the cost of NYC's world-class rivals. The food and service are top-notch.

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AC
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service!

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AS
1 review
4.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had lunch. The first course was a fried veal head...looked wonderful but was all fat. Maybe 2 pieces of meat in the entire pattie. The second course was fabulous and so was the ambiance!

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DG
Jacksonville
6 reviews
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences of my life. No lie.

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CS
Baltimore
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner. Le Coucou is very special. Worth staying up until midnight to secure a reservation. I hope to have the opportunity to return one day.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excelente sitio en medio del soho ruidoso , un oasis

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j
New York Area
91 reviews
4.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My first visit to Le Cou Cou was stellar, I had to go back the 2nd time. My 2nd visit however was not as memorable as the first. I probably ordered the wrong thing and we were sat in the open entry way. Which is great for people watching, but not intimate as I would have liked. I did mention we were celebrating our anniversary, I'm surprised they sat us in the open. The decor is always fun to glaze at and it's a fun place to people watch. The food is well presented and not a crumb left behind, inc. the service who were so attentive to even our water levels. The lunch is a prix-fix with a selection to suit any diner and their appetite. The service is so methodical and well organized, it doesn't feel human. More robotic and relayed to my dismay. The restaurant is a place to take your best instagram against the backdrop. It's attached to a hotel so you will get a mix of locals and tourists. I think 2 visits is enough for a while.

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AH
Miami
1 review
5.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely. Don’t second guess, just go, you won’t regret it.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
4.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is excellent. The servers are professionals but seem very unhappy. Not sure why

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T
New York Area
13 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special place! Food was inventive and exciting. We had two diners with food allergies and the accommodated us with ease.

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MM
Orlando
38 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Le Coucou the night before our wedding. Wow...we ordered the Quenelle de Brochet, the Crépinette de Volaille au Foie Gras et Fruits, the Filet de boeuf and the Omelette Norvégienne. The Quenelle and Filet (those oxtail potatoes were delicious!) were our favorites. This is a wonderful date night/special occasion location.

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s
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant several times and it is just marvelous. The people are so friendly and anxious to make the experience a total pleasure. I live on the upper east side so it is quite a trip for me and my friends or family but it is well worth it. Friday's peach dessert was absolutely delicious....and the cheese assortment was equally great. My guests loved the oysters and sweetbreads.....and were very pleased with the wine recommended by their server. I can honestly highly recommend this restaurant and commend them for the excellent job they do of maintaining a very high quality of everything--food, service, etc.

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RC
New York Area
13 reviews
3.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were looking forward to dining at Le Coucou, as we have been trying to get a reservation for over a year! What a disappointment. The restaurant is lovely, the service was impeccable, but most of the food was awful! Perhaps it was our choices of food, but 3 of the 4 meals were not as good as we would have liked.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night dinner -queen Elle de brouchet, champagne caviar sauce, dick for 2 with good grad, peaches & cream to finish. Perfection

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R
New York Area
39 reviews
2.0Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately, this restaurant was definitely not worth the repeated attempts to make a reservation. Both I and my work colleague were sick after lunch at Le Coucou last week. And the interesting part is that we ate different appetizers and different entrees. Both of my dishes were average as far as taste; they were certainly not outstanding. And of course, feeling sick to the stomach a few hours after the meal was not something that was welcomed by me or my guest. So I would suggest that the kitchen review their cooking methods so as to spare other guests of a similar, or worse, experience.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent intimate lunch place . Memorable lunch with my daughter

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CH
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly attentive service, modernized french classics and excellent preparations + beautiful bar and cocktails.

Staff is knowledgable and accessible — not stuffy or aloof like some other french restaurants.

Menu is curated and succinct and I absolutely love the coucou illustrations — adorable!

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