Restaurant is gorgeous but the food presentation and service did not live up to reputation
The food was aimed at the lower middle half of the American palate. Sugar and salt in plentiful amounts. Not always bad, but when you charge $63 for sole, you should expect that it is best in class. I was served a chewy piece of fish that should have been used to entertain the local feline population. The pigeon was beautiful to look at, but the sauce obscured any real pigeon flavor, sweet and heavy. The only really outstanding dish was an appetizer of sweetbreads - full, rich, highlighted the creamy nature of the sweetbreads and a full meal unto itself.
One of the best restaurants I have been to in New York ever!
Just gorgeous, elegant with delicious food, gracious service and creative and amazing cocktails. It's a foodie's paradise and while it is a stunning restaurant it is surprisingly comfortable with a fun and professional service staff.
There is no complaint about anything from me, and I am usually not so impressed. I highly recommend and cannot wait to go back!
Waiter corrected my friends’ pronunciation of “crêpe”. Also interrupted her in the middle of a story to take order without waiting (ideal) or asking.
sometimes a place is so hyped up, it fails to meet expectations. that is not the case here. everything was exceptional! if you want a great fine dining experience, come here! and even though it's french food, i walked away from lunch feeling great (had thought it might be rich and heavy and feel stuffed after lunch but that wasn't the case at all). i thought the portions were good (although i definitely would've eaten more if it had been given to me but always better to be left wanting a little more) for a satisfying meal without being over-full. the service was fantastic. had about 4 people constantly circling our table helping out with different things (but not that it was overwhelming or annoying, just excellent fine dining service). the restaurant was absolutely gorgeous, beautiful, grand. the food was on point. was so excited to try the pike quenelle because it's such a traditional french dish but one you don't often see and it was outrageously good...the lobster sauce with it was like the best lobster bisque you've ever had...i scooped up as much as i could with a spoon and then used bread to sop up the rest. the crab crepe was excellent. i love buckwheat and it was excellent in the crepe. the crab had a nice refreshing citrus note to it. the lemon tart to finish the lunch was a perfect ending, great flavors. my husbands potato soup and ribeye entre were both excellent and he was very happy with them. going for lunch was great because you get to experience it without dropping 500 bucks, although the cost can still add up pretty quick with drinks, etc but a great special occasion spot.
One of the great Manhattan fine dining experiences!!!
First time at Le Coucou, and it definitely will not be the last. Staff were so friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. Each individual staff member was available to answer any and all questions from the food to the wine. Food was superb (again, our server was so great at recommending the appetizers that would pair best with our entrees) enough said.
Atmosphere was beautiful, lighting was soft, and there was no music being pumped into the dining area. All you could hear was the open kitchen at work, and it really added to the experience. Can't say enough nice things about this restaurant.
Treated us like royalty !
Was the perfect spot for a birthday lunch. The restaurant is quite expensive and almost impossible to get into for dinner, so lunch was a great option at $52/per person for a two-course meal. The wine selections are outstanding, but be prepared to pay $15-$25 per glass. Still, it's some of the best wine by the glass you'll ever find. The service is incredible and friendly, almost unheard of these days.
Awesome ! Super-unforgettable !
Un dîner spécial et inoubliable !
Possibly the best meal I’ve ever had. I rated value high as it was worth every penny. Beautiful space, professional friendly staff, and the food ... speechless.
Unique selection of food which can be hardly found in NYC. Kind & comfortable staffs and very young but gentle & neat atmosphere.
We had an enjoyable but entirely forgettable dinner at Le Coucou. The restaurant is meticulous in its presentation of food but lacks inquisitiveness about how different ingredients work together. Its nod to traditional French dishes seems to mean that it doesn’t actually explore what would make a dish exciting rather than merely good. And when it does attempt something innovative, like the buckwheat crepe combined with fresh crab as an appetizer, the crepe gets in the way with a rubbery texture and heaviness that does not enhance the crab. As an entrée, my husband ordered the monkfish which arrives in a copper pot. This creates problems as its sauce continues to cook the fish making the fish chewy and less aromatic as the dish progresses. The greens accompanying the monkfish actually combined much better with the sole veronique I ordered. The one exception to this lack of culinary inventiveness were the quenelles—the delicate pike flan with foam and tangy sauce. The piece of lobster accompanying the flan combined perfectly and the blended flavors were sublime. The service tended to be a bit obsessive with lots of whisking of plates off the table as soon as they were used with a staff member pacing back and forth along a row of tables just waiting to pounce. Despite all the hype, I would not recommend Le Coucou until it actually begins to explore the full complexity and possibilities of the food it serves.
Love this place . Great service and food.
Great food and service, very attentive and personal...went for a birthday and we’re planning to go back!
My wife and I had a fabulous Anniversary dinner at this great restaurant. The service and wine were excellent. And the food was superb, as always. Special thanks to Michael, the Maitre D’, and Chef Lorna for their efforts to insure we had a memorable dining experience!!!!
Wonderful after-theater dining experience from the moment we walked in the door.
I was treated like royalty from the moment I entered the restaurant! The service was impeccable and nuanced in a way that made the experience very special. The food was a dream, and they really went so far above my expectations to ensure I had a wonderful evening. From someone who has been in the food service industry for more than 20 years, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
I made reservations for my wife's birthday. We've wanted to try this restaurant for a while but it's a tough reservation to get. The food was exceptional, the service excellent and it was a truly special experience. Hope to get back there again soon but I'll have to get lucky to get a reservation at a reasonable time.
As usual, the food was quite good.
The Crêpe souvenir de Lannilis, Poireaux and the
Salade de betteraves au vinaigre de cidre were all superb.
I will say that we felt the ‘Choucroute’ à la juive was (and I'm sorry to say this) very ordinary and as such, an uninteresting and disappointing entrée.
However, what a total delight it was to enjoy the pistachio ice cream, flambée à l’eau de vie. Absolutely wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that we ordered another.
We had two bottles of an excellent Stephanie recommended Burgundy, the vineyard of which escapes me at the moment. Lovely.
So all in all (with the exception of the duck) the four of us had a wonderful time and enjoyed the cuisine, feel and unique look of Le Coucou.
Looking forward to my next visit.
PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!!!! Probably my new favorite restaurant in NYC! AB FAB!!
Gorgeous interior and impeccable service. The food was creative- to be honest, I was not excited when I reviewed the menu but the dishes taste better than they sound. We had the seaweed crepe with crab, oysters, lobster tail, chicken with foie gras, dover sole and pigeon (there were three of us). Dinner was the mille feuille which was perfect! It's a little pricy but for a special occasion, it's absolutely lovely.
Perfect in every way.
Le Coucou offers some of the most graceful, sophisticated food and service in NYC. The dining experience feels both indulgent and incredibly refined. Thank you!
Even for NYC this restaurant is pricey, but that's really the only complaint. The food is memorable and the service is excellent.
The rabbit was a bit dry. The port glasses were both not clean. The waiter recommended way too much food to be ordered. Overall pretty good
Stellar restaurant. For sure one of the best in NY. And makes the point that the place can be amazing and kind with people with a toddler! A lesson for others.
Spectacular dinner in every way... exquisite food, wonderful wine pairings, beautiful space and ambiance, great service, and ... not noisy. Fantastique!
Amazing food and drinks! Excellent for celebration of special occasions!
Our lunch at Le Coucou was a nice respite from the busy Manhattan weekend of subway construction and traffic. Entering the dining room of vaulted ceilings and chandeliers, I felt I was in a former bank building. Surprisingly, this was a former Holiday Inn for budget tourists who wanted to stay in lower Manhattan. That budget feel has been transformed into an elegant dining room. I settled in with a classic Sidecar Cocktail as I waited for my lunch companion to arrive.
Our first entrees were Tête de veau ravigotée (fried veal head, sauce ravigote) and Raie au poivron et câpres (Poached skate, capers, sweet pepper vinaigrette). Each was nicely presented and had warm and tender textures. Eating boiled calf’s head is a Lyonnaise specialty which I could get used to at Le Coucou. The skate was equally delicate and cooked to a subtle tenderness.
The Quenelle de brochet, sauce américaine (pike quenelle, lobster sauce) replicated as close to the authentic Lyonnais cooking, made out with really local ingredients amongst which pike, usually fished in Rhone Alps streams, and free-range eggs from the neighbouring French region of Bresse renowned for its quality poultry. Freshwater crayfish is another essential element of the quenelle dish since it composes the creamy Nantua sauce, here américaine, traditionally accompanying the pike dumplings.
The Entrecôte Bourguignonne (ribeye, escargot, shiitake, garlic and parsley butter) was another dish created as homage to the Bourguignonne where the sauce was made with a base of red wine with onions or shallots, a bouquet garni reduced, strained and poured over fresh lettuce with escargots.
Our lunch completed, we left the rural dishes of France behind and returned to the crowded streets of Manhattan. Le Coucou made us feel like Americans in Paris, if only for a brief respite.
The "Jewish-style" choucroute (so-called presumably because there is no pork) was fabulous. A creative take on a classic dish.
Sublime space, excellent food!
First time there with my wife and son. Simply great!!
I do like French food. But this just wasn’t good. Certainly not at that price point.
Only the cheese board should be better
Vermont is not france
Continues to be the top of the food scene in NYC. Top ingredients. Imaginative yet recognizable preparation.
2/3 through dinner i pulled a long blond hair out of my food and that ended my hunger
Superb food, beautiful setting,excellent setting