Le Coucou

4.9
2952 Reviews
$50 and over
French
After taking the Parisian dining scene by storm, acclaimed chef Daniel Rose brings home the James Beard "Best New Restaurant" award for his very first stateside restaurant. Located in SoHo, the space is a gracious modern nod to fine European gastronomy, with crisp linens, fliberking candles, and whitewashed brick. Updating classical French cuisine with charm and verve, Rose shrinks the intercontinental divide separating the City of Light and the Big Apple, proving that the true essence of fine French dining can thrive in any time zone.
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ElisabethMF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back at Le Coucou! Amazing food, great accueil and service, a memorable pre-Thanksgiving dinner. We will be back very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. Even from the moment we got a confirmatory call just so lovely and welcoming. The minute you walk into the foyer the hosts are excellent.

We received a great table and, candlelit, our server was helpful, dignified, approachable.

We chose a la carte options and each item was so carefully balanced and composed, a beauty to enjoy with the eyes and with the palate.

The cuisine reminded us of the best dining we have experienced in Paris, but yet an American flair that showed class and the hint of whimsy.

Particularly of note for us were the seafood dishes but every course including the dessert was exquisite.

We will remember this evening for many years and look forward to visiting again soon.

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vipplrodriguez
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excited it’s back!

Overall, pretty close to pre pandemic. Drinks and wine hit the right spots.

From the nibbles, the grilled foie gras was a standout. The duck breast was scrumptious though the confit was too moist.

Enjoy!

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yoonsun
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Food came out kinda slow but it did not matter at all. Whatever you order, it’s gonna be perfect. I spend quality time over here. Love it.

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vipNelsonM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

About last night....
Le Coucou is my undisputed favorite restaurant in NYC. Chef Rose and his team provided an unbelievable VIP experience last night for my wife and I. The food is modern take on French classics executed with precision. Our waiter, Richard, was on point. Sommelier Gabi, paired perfectly, service was impeccable by the entire staff.

Chef Rose remembered us from our visit to his restaurant in France a few years back and have been his #1 fans ever since.

VIP experience with a very special chefs table made possible by our host Casey. Hostess Linda made it happen and took care of all of the details to make this a night to remember.

Le Coucou is a beautiful space with excellent service and delicious food. Bien Fait!!!! Mmagnifique

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipDawnS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinning

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vipBlfofoodie123
Richmond
48 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food by an Amazing Chef and staff! A beautiful dining room that is managed by the service staff to perfection. The food is creative but not intimidating. Well done by all.

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JonathanL
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good place, great variety of wine. Pairing was not the best but food was excellent

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vipmikeyclimb
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

took quite a while to get drinks, bread. service in general was quite good and professional especially given that they opened 11/7 and half the staff is new.
started with bigeye tuna a la Portuguese, quite good but the accoutrements masked the delicate flavor of the tuna. next was quenelles, a bit different from before, served in a lobster bisque which was a surprise but delicious. main course, sole, sort of almandine, with olives. different and also quite good. the above paired with a lovely Chassange Montrachet made for an evening where le Cou Cou re-earned its Michelin star after too long an absence.
for a date, celebration, business highly recommended

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AlexLe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dressed up place with with amazing service across the board that will help feel at ease and right at home. For those who know what they want and need and for those who need help navigating a “formal” setting, this place accommodates all. The sommelier pairings were excellent and food recommendations from the server to sommelier to the bussers were all on point as well. Everyone was kind and attentive. Never felt rushed and we even arrived 30 mins earlier and were still able to get seating. Highly recommended if you are in the area.

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ValR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I did the classic tasting menu which gave me the chance to try their classic dishes. They didn't have a wine pairing, but Samantha created a perfect one for me. I would definitely ask to be served by Samantha again when I go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Increíble, aunque el precio algo elevado

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JudyR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We were initially sat at a table next the the wait-station, which was disruptive and then moved to a table next to the hostess desk, which was a little better, but not much. Neither tables should be where customers are sat who are paying $300+ for a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The dinner was nothing i ever experienced but I loved it!!!

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gazump
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the post-pandemic pandemia period, menus have shortened, prices have increased, and service and cuisine have been spotty, most often citing lack of qualified personnel. Le Coucou shows that it is not necessarily true.
The service was attentive to small details (table cloth partially covered by a napkin because of a spill of a few drops of sauce) and the food was perfectly executed with generous portions and copper ware to keep it warm when necessary. Interesting choices in the menu and on a Sunday night, black sea bass and lobster sold out most probably because of a crowd larger than expected. Not too many choices of wines under 150 dollars, although the bottles are usually of properly aged wines.

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Angus
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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EvanD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Beautiful space. Servers very friendly and competent. Service very slow. Our drinks didn’t arrive until 30 minutes after we ordered them. Our first app didn’t arrive until one hour fifteen minute since being seated. Our reservation was at 9:15. We left the restaurant at 11:45 pm. Service incredibly slow.

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vipCarolineL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, my fav in NYC!

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vipBillbone
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s nice to be back this week at Le Coucou, which has been closed for a year and half due to the Covid pandemic.

The restaurant has been a favorite spot for me in the past for special occasions so when I heard about the opening, I made a late night reservation to go alone just to make sure things were as good as before.

I was not disappointed.

The beautiful dining room, created by Stephen Starr, was filled to capacity. I was given a “Chef’s table” directly in front of the open kitchen and was delighted to see Chef Daniel Rose at the prep table, just like the first time I was here several year as ago shortly after the restaurant opened. He was calmly directing his team and tasting the dishes.

The current a la carte menu has some of the dishes that I remembered from before like the Quenelle, the Ris de Veau, and the “Whole Rabbit” as well as some new dishes that are modern takes on some classics.

Le Coucou Restaurant Manager, Andrea Veraado, provided some personal attention which is what he is supposed to do. He is new to the restaurant since the pandemic and a native of from Genova, Italy which didn’t detract at all from his skill as Maestro di Casa of a French Restaurant.

I was in the mood for the sweetbreads but was intrigued by the “coucou” menu, a 4 course Prix Fixe tasting menu of surprises prepared by the chef. It was delicious and I won’t detail every dish since it presumably changes every night. The best course was the crispy monkfish with an heirloom tomato and citrus sauce.

New to Le Coucou is the handsome and young Mark Henning, formerly the pastry chef at Per Se, who served several tiny delicious sweet treats to cap the meal.

Overall, Le Coucou continues to be one of the finest restaurants in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply among the best! It’s hard to imagine that it could be better than it was before the pandemic, but it is!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Love this place

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vipYouOnlyLiveOnce
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our best friend's 50th at Le Coucou and it could not have been more special or impressive. Casey and the team rolled out the red carpet and went out of their way to accommodate special requests and create an unforgettable experience. The food and service are perfection and the atmosphere is elevated yet comfortable. My party all had dinner at Eleven Madison Park a couple of days before and we all agreed that Le Coucou was better across the board by a mile.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. The best duck and baba rum. Superb. Congratulations on the reopening

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Capichi
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional culinary journey. Starting with the Hors d’oeuvres, continuing with Gourmandises and finishing with the Plats, it was definitely a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that Le Coucou is back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance all excellent. Problem was my Italian leather gloves were picked from my pocket at the coat check. Management promised to make good on this and they never did.

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OpenTable Diner
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food .good service.

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vipllmandww
Charlotte
77 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely space - food was fabulous. Took a little time to get any service/ welcome at the table, save water delivery. Nice wine choice via sommelier. We’ll be back. Love the Paris-based Spring.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular! Among the best dining experiences any of us have ever had.

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JuanCarlos
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Waited too long to be seated. Especially when we were seated at a mediocre table. Right next to the entrance. Cold draft every time someone opened the door. The kind of table one gets when they’re a walk in. Asked to sit in the main dining room and they told me that would not be a problem if I wanted to wait another 30 min. This is NOT the type of service one is supposed to get at this level restaurant. Food was ok. Service was very good except they left the crumbs on the table too long after the plates were taken away. Not impressed.

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vipJakeNYC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and creative food. Impeccable service and a great and cozy ambience. A bit pricy though.

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PabloC
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

El mejor lugar para comer en todo NY sin duda

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JadeG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a single complaint. Everything was spot on and we will be back.

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vipMamasays
New England
33 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! 4course tasting...out of this world

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious French food in a charming and beautiful setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Too many workers standing around just chatting with each other. Best employee was the water server. Way too many staff with nothing to do.

Food was above average but nothing exceptional compared to other Michelin restaurants.

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Lafite61
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Coucou was outstanding in every way. Beautiful space, with great lighting and generous spacing between tables, which allowed for easy conversation (at normal volume) at our table. The food was traditional in style yet creative and perfectly executed; truly delicious. Save room for dessert, which was exceptional. Service was superb: attentive and professional, but not hovering. With wine, this is an expensive evening, and easily worth it.

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eatwithshannon
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite NYC restaurant, they really treat you like gold when you visit.

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vipAmandafox9
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, our favorites dining experience in the states. From the moment we walked in until we left every moment and every detail was impeccable. It was like art watching the staff, both front and back of house seamlessly attending tables, food and beverage. We thoroughly enjoyed our table as the view of the kitchen was front and center. My boyfriend ordered the quenelle de brochet and duck. It was as good as any I’ve had in Paris. Thoughtful and approachable wine list exciting novices and aficionados alike. And then there is dessert... DO NOT SKIP. A big thank you to Guillermo for taking us through such a beautiful afternoon. We cannot wait to return.

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Le Coucou is rated 4.9 stars by 2952 OpenTable diners.

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