Le Coucou

4.7
1728 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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.
What 1728 People Are Saying
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OT
4.0Dined a day ago

Experience was great!

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l
5.0Dined 2 days ago

A finely wrought modern spin on classic French cuisine. Most everything done to perfection.

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ML
4.0Dined 2 days ago

The waiter was not nice at all, adjitated to every asking
We were a burden to him
Couple from Japan next to us shared negative experience.
We are sorry to mention that and suggest for Managment to pay attention to waitressing stuff( he was the only one)

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OT
4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was a bit salty

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F
5.0Dined 4 days ago

The cuisine, the space and the service are all world class. Our return visit was as good as the first which we loved.

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FI
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Not as good as two prior dinners. This lunch was good but both sauces (for quenelles and sweetbreads) were lemony - almost too much so and I love lemon. No longer great.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding food, but my spouse was given the wrong main course which we didn't recognize right away. No server explained the dishes and our waiter did not come over to ask how the food was. By the time we realized the error I had nearly finished my dish. When called over the waiter recognized the problem, had the correct dish brought out and was very apologetic. However, the timing of our meal was thrown off and this kind of mistake is surprising in a high end and costly restaurant such as this.

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AP
4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent; interior is lovely; service did not meet my expectations.

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P
3.0Dined 6 days ago

I thought the food was good but not spectacular as I was expecting for a restaurant in top 100 in the world. The poached skate was excellent but the softshell crabs were average at best.

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KM
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Exceptional in every way! Service, aesthetic, quality and selection are all perfect.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Excellent! Le Coucou is among the best in New York at the moment. I wish they would add an area that does not require reservations similar to Le Bernardin.

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TT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

A truly great restaurant. Superb food , beautiful service, warm and welcoming yet glamorous. A gem.

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MV
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Dining at Le Coucou was a real gastronomical experience.
The dishes were creative, the sauces outstanding. Service
was outstanding and we enjoyed the theater of an open kitchen.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Nice brunch date spot

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n
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The lunch was very good. Service left something to be desired. We waited so long for our Bloody Marys and then the order was wrong. I had asked for a non-spicy drink and what I sipped literally burned my throat. Service overall was rather perfunctory. Everyone did their job but without a genuine smile or special niceness. The room is just gorgeous!! One nice touch was the extra dessert brought to us.

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r
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Very disappointed. I had worked hard to get this reservation, and now I don't know what all the fuss and accolades are about. I just did not think the food was special in any way.

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AG
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Special place for a special occasion. Service was impeccable, menu unique and experience memorable.

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TE
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Boudin Noir, Quenelles, Ris de Veau. If seeing these words makes your mouth water, brings back memories or speaks to you in any way, you will understand why this restaurant gets all the accolades. It’s authentic French food, not dumbed down in any way, then elevated to a new level.
I’m really disappointed by people saying there are other cheaper French options, when for real authentic French food like Lyon’s quenelles, it is very difficult to find in the US if not downright impossible, and then to have it elevated further surprised us all. We took our friends here who are French, one of whom lived in Lyon for years (we are francophiles) and they were at awe as well with every dish. Daniel Rose’s talent and passion for French cooking amazed us in Paris at his Spring restaurant and Le Coucou elevated our feelings even further.

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LN
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Le CouCou never disappoints with the food preparation and presentation. The service was a bit scattered and I found this unusual. Usually everything is spot on. The soft shell crab was prepared to perfection as was the steak and escargot. The Tile fish had a crispy skin but tender and juicy on the inside. Enjoyed a nice bottle of chateauneuf du pape wine.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Beautiful. Amazing. Top notch. And that was just the service and hosting. Food and decor were perfect for a birthday breakfast. Made the morning very special.

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AG
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Another wonderful evening at Le Coucou. We're from Detroit and have eaten at Le Coucou the last three times we've been in New York this year. Certainly not inexpensive, but most assuredly worth it. The interior is beautiful, the food is subtly exquisite and the service incomparable. We cannot recommend it enough.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Surfait as we say in French, for overrated
When one intends to serve French dishes with French names, it would be highly appreciated the waiter understands the order

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OT
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Unfortunately their signature dish was not available... since it’s a “sinature” it was disappointing. But other than that, everything was perfect

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M
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Breakfast was perfection! I had poached eggs that were perfectly cooked, perhaps sous vide! Le Coucou complete was just that! Fresh grapefruit juice, the perfectly crisp bacon and an onion potato fritter which was not greasy at all and delicious. I had a Cortada , half coffee and half warm milk, so good I had a second. Both my husband and I would recommend highly.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Their eggs are cooked to perfection

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

I went again at breakfast. I enjoyed and they are very nice to me. I asked them where I can get good information about food shops and what they used for a cocktail.Thank you very much for the hospitality. I want to go there again!!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

For a similar price we could eat at Gunter Seeger and the atmosphere, service and food presentation is much better there.

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SG
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was incredible. For appetizers the three of us split 2 soft shell crabs and also ordered the leeks. I highly recommend the soft shell crab and the leeks for something light. Then for main I had the steak with foie gras which came with oxtail and potatoes. It was spectacular! Contemplated ordering dessert as it was pricey ($17) although went for it because everything was so delicious. The food was spectacular. The service at the beginning was not good as the restaurant would not seat us in the EMPTY restaurant while we had a reservation. Then once they sat us after waiting everything went uphill and was INCREDIBLE. This food is dreamworthy.

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JC
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Lovely waitress and the sommelier was very helpful.

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C
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Excellent food and great selection of wine. My wife ordered the signature rabbit plate and I had a pigeon dish. Both are rich in taste and flavor.

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LB
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Amazing food with gracious service.
Still can’t forget the oysters and chicken with foie gras. Great egg dish as well. Great job!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Anniversary lunch

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BH
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This was our fourth or fifth visit to Le Coucou and, as usual, the food was fabulous! Special commendation to the kitchen for the Dover Sole Veronique, the Sweetbreads, the Lobster Fraicheur first course, the Quenelles de Reims, and the Filet de Boeuf (which may be THE tenderest and most delicious steak in the City!) Jake took us to a good table, befitting "regulars," and the service was uniformly fine. The wine steward steered me away from a $175 bottle of southern Italian red I was considering by saying, "Good choice, sir, but I think you'll enjoy THIS one just as well, and it's much less expensive." ( She was pointing at one on the list for $45! Now, how often does THAT happen in a high-end Manhattan restaurant!!!!) The only sour note of the evening was several outbreaks of very loud almost-shouting in the kitchen. It was obvious that Chef Karen was very unhappy with some things going on...and was letting her staff know about it in a loud tone of voice. We were sitting at the opposite end of the room from the open kitchen, and it was loud even for us. We mentioned it to our server and some of the managers and they apologized. (One staffer murmured something about "Chef Karen's voice DOES carry..!" ) But, overall, one of the very best restaurants in Manhattan, albeit perhaps not for those on a tight budget.

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NY
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This is my second time to Le Coucou and it was a winner yet again. Shared the soft shell crab, the duck and the chocolate mousse/coffee ice cream. Everything that seems to come out of this place is just perfection.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was fantastic! And the service was just as great. Zero complaints. This is a perfect restaurant for a special occasion or a Friday night dinner. Excellent!

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MK
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was excellent, and the restaurant is beautiful. Many of the staff did not seem particularly happy to have us, which was strange. I would go again though.

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B
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Nice restaurant, and is definitely quite good and would be considered excellent in most places outside NYC. However, we went here expecting a top-level french restaurant, and it simply wasn't up to par.

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SG
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Finally landed a reservation. (How does everyone do it???) Lovely! I was afraid that it might be all looks and no substance, but it was everything. Beautiful setting, tables placed comfortably apart, great service and above all, the food was delicious. Looking forward to another visit.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Amazing meal! Top 3 meals I’ve ever had

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great experience from just about beautiful the end. (Our Table was still being occupied by a pair that doesn’t understand the concept of either table turnover/guests are waiting) I was a little put off when another table of 4 was sat ahead of us - and our reservation was “first.” No explanation by maitre’d/host - not anything done for us and our extra wait time. Other than that hiccup.... meal was fantastic- had the lobster and scallops with pine mousse wrapped in cabbage and the “soup” of monkfish and lobster claw meat Every bite was delicious and the aroma was fabulous. Dessert was also great - loved the white chocolate coffee ice cream that accompanied my chocolate mousse- the expression/coffee nibs just added to the flavor.

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