Le Coucou

4.7 based on 1772 reviews
Cuisine Type French
Price Range $50 and over
Neighborhood SoHo

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About Le Coucou

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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  1. Dinner
  2. Lunch
  3. Breakfast
  4. Brunch
  5. Cock-Tails
  6. Dessert
  7. Wine

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4.7
Excellent
Based on 1,772 reviews
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Moderate
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm still thinking out the food 48 hours later. That says it all. Sigh.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Cou Cou is a wonderful addition to the NYC food scene. Frankly, took me back to my first encounter with Bouley TriBeCa in the '90s. Exceptional service & food by an talented & passionate chef. Most diverse restaurant (front & back) I've had the pleasure to dine. Congrats D. Rose

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about the experience was excellent. Most particularly, the food. This was the best meal I have had in ages. I recommend in particular the rack of lamb. It was the best I have had in a number of countries.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing meal, great service. The entire experience was perfect for our anniversary celebration.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and great ambience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and great ambience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful time celebrating our daughter's birthday here. The food, ambience and service are phenomenal! My new favorite restaurant 💕

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really enjoyed our food. The DUCK and LAMB were off the charts superb. MY husband had the pike and wanted to go back the next day for it again. Will return soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Over priced and over rated. The sommelier was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect dining experience - great food, service and ambience. Lunch is a prix fixe menu with plenty of tempting options. Drinks and wine by the glass were excellent. We were able to savor every course with great timing by the wait staff. The kitchen was sensitive to my request for the grilled lamb chop to be more rare than their usual preparation - the flavor was marvelous. Looking forward to returning!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love this restaurant! The food was really tasty and the restaurant was so beautiful. I would definitely wanna go there again!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only 4 stars because 5 is perfection but Le Coucou does not disappoint. The space is beautiful, a perfect blend of rustic and elegant. \n\nWe really enjoyed the service; from the hostess to the sommelier to the server everyone was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and well executed. We tried a few dishes including the oysters, the quenelle, the bourride, and the rabbit. I could have the bourride broth and nothing else for the rest of my life. \n\nDefinitely recommend!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It took one hour for the food to arrive. Not as good as the first time here.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The four of us arrived early to have a drink at the bar before dinner. Although she was not very attentive we enjoyed our cocktails and we tipped her 30%. On to dinner...food was very good except for the warm oysters which were fishy. Once again the service was not up to par. Extremely disappointed and would influence my returning. We were at coat check and asked the bar tender that served us earlier for a glass of water. She never deliver d. We walked out to our uber. Too bad. Would have loved to recommend this find.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Met up with a few friends for a lovely, relaxed breakfast. We had so much to talk about that we stayed way beyond paying our check. Food was perfect, impeccable service, wait staff was so kind and thoughtful and very generous with the coffee. We never felt rushed and can't wait to go back! A true gem of a place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful restaurant with an energetic open kitchen and highly trained staff that work together in an elegant ballet. Food was very good French style cooking, so sauces are prominent and often the star of the show.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I expected a great meal and I got one. For appetizers, me and my companions had: salad d'hiver which was just right. Everything crispy; the lentil soup which had my friend lavishing praise with every bite and the eeel. My companion who had the eel was very generous in her praise. The entrees were duck confit (me), halibut(friend) and the lobster salad (friend). There wasn't one entree that wasn't wonderful. And for dessert - chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream - just devine and a poached pear which was scrumptuous. \nThe service was professional and attentive. The decor is excellent. I will definitely return and bring more friends with me.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Whole experience beyond expectations

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A beautiful environment with 5 star service and food. One of our best dining experiences in New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have a pleasant experience here. I was waiting for my friend who ended up didn't show up because she was stuck in the middle of something. Server Noli is being very considerate and makes me feel very comfortable. Food is really great. I'll definitely come back again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved Le Cou Cou. I have a couple of suggestions for the chef.If you accept suggestions,please let me know. Monique Knowlton

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I do not understand the fuss. The food is good, some of it very good; mostly slightly modernized versions of classic French dishes. I might be jaded, but I was underwhelmed. The portions are fine, except for the lamb chop (4 oz) which is perhaps enough (for someone, although not sure who) and is delicious, but pathetically lonely on the plate. The room is lovely--sort of high/low--elegant industrial as is the downtown style these days. The service, however, was jarring. I had no expectation of traditional French service, but having the server reach across my partner in mid-bite to pour wine, seemed pretty amateurish if not rude. When serving the next table, their server was almost sitting on our table (in jeans, which I guess made it cool). When we raised the question of the lamb chop portion with the server (constructively, I think), he argued with us, saying several times other people found it sufficient, which really was the wrong thing to say (to be fair, the manager took the price of the dish off the bill). And well before we had finished our meal (we sat down at 1:30), the staff started folding napkins around us and then began their family meal in the dining room. I don't at all begrudge them their meal of course (and there are a lot of them, which accounts for the cost of the meals) but it was a discordant end to a Valentine's Day lunch. So you ask would I recommend it--I guess I would say not until I have a better experience there (should I be able to score a reservation again).

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was the second time I've been to the restaurant and the quality was consistent with my first visit. Very creative and still substantial.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We truly enjoyed our Brunch! The atmosphere is lovely, food delicious, service wonderful and prices very reasonable. We will be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was a second visit to Le Coucou for Sunday brunch. We had an amazing first experience and brought friends this time for a second round. The pomme darphin was greasy and soft rather than crisp, and the Gougeres came deflated and undercooked (though still tasty). When we pointed out the gougeres were not right we were told that is how they are supposed to be. The server was not very engaged and forgot our sides, so when we reminded her that they were missing, they came after the main course was finished. On the plus side, the oysters with seaweed butter were even better than the first visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A special Sunday brunch \n\nThis is a beautifully elegant place for brunch with excellent service. With a different antique sugar bowls at each table, gigantic chandeliers overhead and french pressed coffee in a carafe you are in for a treat. Avocado toast with poached eggs, lox with bagels, eggs with bacon, potato pancake and greens - all dishes were cooked to perfection.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice place but waitstaff didn't offer drinks other than cocktails, we had to ask several times for coffees. Eggs well prepared. Delicious pastries

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a spectacular and special restaurant! Not only is the room beautiful, but the food and the service are impeccable. A very special place!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I just hate restaurants that don't have prices on the menu, I find it to be pretentious. I don't mind expensive food, I prefer fine dining but I that turned me off. The food was beautiful but not good. Very fishy & and not served hot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Without a doubt- one of the best restaurant experiences one can get in NYC dining today.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great meal. Every course was delicious. Service was fantastic. The wine recommended by the sommelier went well with each course and was within our budget.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overhyped. Hard to get a reservation at a decent hour, but not sure why. The food is good, but there are far more 4-star restaurants in the city I would recommend going to first.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

first of all, decor was breath-taken, gorgeous. I am a new yorker but felt like taking a pic like a tourist!\nwait staff were attentive, food was very good. chicken foie gras dish was OMG, orgasmic!!!\ncons---wine, we order french wine 2005 $150 but it was very acidic and kinda light, I regret to spend that much money, $20 Malbec was better.\nit is very expensive so can't go there often.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Let me start by saying i usually love le cou cou. However two of us had lobster and we're sick by the time we got home. Food poisoning. The sugar for the coffee was in a container that was filthy. The vase for the flower was filthy. I was really dismayed by our experience and hope that the manager reads this and talks to the staff about a) food safety, b) set up and break down procedures such as making sure containers and cases etc are clean.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yes le Cou Cou is as good if not better than everyone has been raving about. The space is gorgeous the service is top notch and the creativity and skill of dishes coming out of the kitchen is top notch. Recommended dishes include the oysters, any and all fish dishes ( loved the grilled romaine with lobster for lunch one day) Wallet friendly wine list if you really look deals are there! Don't forget dessert! Everything is awesome!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

French pancake was super nice! Great coffee:)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice restaurant! Taste is the one of top restaurant in NY. Every meals are special attires.\nTaste, ingredients, dish up...perfect!! Servers and ambiance are nice, too. Only weak point is location. There are littre bit far from mid manhattan.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful restaurant that harkens back to French cuisine of old. Great food, great service, lovely space. Go.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was pretty good. I liked most of the dishes I had. Only thing I was not very happy about this restaurant was services. My boyfriend and I arrived a bit earlier and we were kept waiting for 20 min. It was not a peak time, so the hostess and host continued chatting, being not so attentive to every guest in the meantime. We did not get seated until I told them we waited more than 20 min and our reserved time had already passed. It looked like they forgot about us. Then, our waiter was tot terrible but seemed to be very busy so we needed to be patient all the time. I think the restaurant needs improvement in their services.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

exceptional service upon walking in the door! classic dishes done delectably! a surprisingly casual crowd given the price point but not the downtown address. one of the prettiest dining rooms (and kitchens!) in NYC

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not one for hyperbole but one of the best meals I've ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Terrific food and service. One of the best meals I've had in a while.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent. Food very delicious. Five dishes, (celeriac n salmon, lobster tail w sauce lauris, terrine, duck, lamb rib chops) all very good to heavenly. Pricing reasonable to quality. Wine list reasonable but high end (bit tough to find much under $200), heavy on French. Might help to research before you go. Basically two large rooms, open kitchen, tall ceilings, lots of real estate from a NYers point of view (not sitting on top of next table). Hard surfaces, not a velvet room, a la Gramercy Tav, Gabriel Kreuther or Daniel, but comfortable. Service attentive, could use a bit of fine-tuning to get to the truly polished level. Small drinks bar. Not a question of if but how soon we can get back. Better still, close to home.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was really good and good amazing. I'd definitely go back again!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent overall with exception of server. In a restaurant of that quality I expect a better knowledge of the menu and more attentiveness. Also, a little understanding of the French language should be a requirement for a French restaurant. I should be able to order the menu items in its native language.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very enjoyable lunch at Le Coucou. Initially we were put in a bad 2-seater table at the side of a passage way and by the coffee machine, but we asked to be moved to another table and it was not a problem. Would go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding addition to the NYC dining scene is this parisien Daniel Rose's addition. Enjoy innovative French cuisine in a gorgeous space oozing with understated elegance, with the attentive but inobtrusive staff. No wonder it was the NY Times best restaurant for 2016. Keep the above in mind, and book way in advance, as Le Coucou's reservation calendar fills up very quickly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went with two of my friends and we had a great time. The eggs were cooked really perfectly and I love the avocado toast!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful overall dining experience. Our rabbit prepared creatively and tasty. My sole was fresh and cooked perfectly. The service was attentive but warm. Our opening cocktail set the tone for a 'stimulating' foodie evening. We will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service, food esse great, but Croque Monsieur could have more bechamel sauce.\nImpressive wine list with great options around $40.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

EXCELLENT!! beautiful space, service, atmosphere and lighting. I would go back weekly if i could

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le CouCou has been praised as the au courant representative in NYC of classic French cuisine, successor to others that have given up the ghost. That's really not quite correct. It's very, very sophisticated brasserie food, in my view, at least at lunch. The quenelles de brochet were perfect in a luscious lobster sauce, and yes, that's a classic dish. But the even more sumptuous crepinettes of chicken and foie gras certainly never saw the underside of a silver dome anywhere in Paris. It wasn't even a classic crepinette, which would be encased in an ultra-sheer natural sleeve. It was a patty, but what a to-die-for flavor! The hot oysters and the eel for the first course were also out of this world, and the dessert was the best riz au lait ever, ultra light and delicate. I should also say a word about the wine list, which had many affordable items of considerable charm. We chose a 2006 Savennières, Domaine du Closel, which I have had before from other vintages. It was superb, and at just over twice retail, an excellent value. I have since located it at a NYC retailer, and purchased six bottles for my cellar! Was I disappointed that it's not really classic French? Hardly!! They passed my icewater test (it's better than I can do at home) with flying colors, and I look forward to returning for dinner, assuming a dinner spot is ever available.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful space, food was just OK. Stand out was the dover sole it was amazing, the rest of it was disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hard to imagine a better dining experience. Creative outstanding cuisine, service both friendly and fully professional

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very attentive to detail, with beautifully executed menu and attentive service and wine service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food and ambience. Super recommended

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good !!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointed after hearing such rave reviews. Really underwhelming dishes. The duck confit and the chicken foie Gras had sauces that were entirely too sweet-- cloying. So we didn't get dessert. Expensive for the 2 mediocre dishes we got as a Valentine's day set menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb Food. One of the best meals experienced in a long time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience - from the service to the cutlery to the food. Unfortunately we were only there for breakfast but I hope to return for dinner sometime soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a fabulous time. The staff was very attentive and pleasant and the food amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was one of the best meals I have had in NYC. If this restaurant is any guide, French cuisine is still in the ascendancy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent cuisine complemented by attentive,personal and responsive service. Environment a bit noisy but small price for exquisite dining.\nReservation achieved by 'microsecond' access to Open Table reservation website for important occasion ;My wife's birthday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Spectacular food, service and overall dinner! I will be going again for the third time

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou was great but possibly overhyped. I loved my meal, and the venue was very cozy and furnished beautifully. The dessert menu was underwhelming for me. All around it was excellent, but I was expecting it to 'wow' me and it didn't- especially considering the price point.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The quality of the food is the reason to go to Le Coucou. The decor is a little heavy (my wife said the entry could be a setting for 'Return of Frankenstein'). So if decor is your thing, go elsewhere. But if you care about interesting food ideas that are well executed, come here. The sweetbreads arrived in an exquisite sauce, and the duck with foie gras was beautifully prepared. Even if Boris Karloff appeared and bit me in the neck, I would fade away with a blissful smile on my face.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible from start to finish.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was there for breakfast. It felt transported to Paris with the ambiance and the delicious food. As expected, pastries were excellent and Eggs Benedict simply delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been dining there from day 1 - love it! \nChef Rose is a very talented chef who is also a pleasant, down to earth and super friendly. \nEvery time we dine there, we feel like we just took a flight to Paris and dined in one of the finest Parisian restaurant. Hope the menu and the atmosphere will remain the same for a long time. Highly recommended!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the food and service perfect. Great place for lunch.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing flavors, beautiful space, small portions, service was plain. In my opinion overpriced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service is incredible!!! When we arrived we waited by bar for a hot minute, and the bartender was very personable and an incredible mixologist. Ourwaiter (forgot his name but know he is from Puerto Rico) was attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable. The food is delicious, and that is heightened by the incredible service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

if you really need lots of words to fill the space I can oblige. It really isn't necessary to use all this space to say that it is the absolute best restaurant ever !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot would highly recommend food and service of the highest level

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great option for Sunday morning breakfast; got very busy for brunch crowd. Everything was well-made and presented beautifully.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great room great food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful & delish

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a beautiful & charming restaurant. The ambiance is incredible with great & friendly service. The food was delicious. The celeriac remoulade very unique with the salmon & the duck & foie gras fantastic. We couldn't resist dessert which was over the top. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Truly an elevated experience. Even with Chef Rose out of town in Paris and GM Troy Weissmann off duty, the entire team runs the show to perfection from the front door to the back of the kitchen. Also Jordan is the best bartender in NY. Is this a real review that people will see? I hope so. Definitely will be back. 5 stars.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Rude and arrogant manager who ruined dinner with a dispute over a gift card. Staff was efficient but cold. Won't be back. Had dinner at the River Cafe the night before and they were 180 degrees from this unpleasant experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I write about food and won a James Beard award. First rate food and vibe. First time there, looking forward to return. Refined, focused, ingredient driven. Lovely room. Service very good and developing a rhythm and confidence. A pleasure to enjoy food that isn't chef-centric and that isn't including cheap, exotic ingredients that are a distraction. Some restaurants call themselves French to drive up prices. This restaurant is really French, and a great value.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. It's a beautiful restaurant with amazing service. My family and I went there for brunch at the end of a weekend for my wedding dress hunt. It was the perfect ending of a fantastic time in New York.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice venue and food was delicious . Especially fond of crepes, French pancake and gougeres . Service was terrific by Noli who was friendly,attentive and helpful.\nPresentation was lovely and table was comfortable . Drinks and wine were superb . Overall was a wonderful experience and looking forward to returning soon.\nMaybe host and hostess could have been a bit more welcoming and bar area near entrance could have used some tidying up.

5.0
Excellent
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lunch at Le Coucou was fantastic! Delicious food with a creative twist. Excellent service and ambience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the finest dining experiences of my life. Every bite was exquisite. The space is beautiful, the hosts and management humble...no preening, not a pretentious attitude in sight. The service skilled, warm, unobtrusive, just flawless. Such a treat to have adequate space between tables and a comfortable noise level, but the flavors coaxed from the freshest of ingredients is what makes this place a repeat destination. Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Long leisurely lunch with long time friend- extremely delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food prepared in a way that captures the essence of traditional French Bistro cooking but modern at the same time. Atmosphere light and lively, service excellent. Only complaint, it is very difficult to secure a reservation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

No talent in the kitchen, food is barely average French fare. Wines by the glass lacking and mediocre. Nytimes review is , as always, wrong again raving about this restaurant.\nThe decor is warm and lovely.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fancy lunch spot for girls get together. Great cocktails and wine. The whole building vibrates every three minutes or so but wasn't a problem.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

For appetizers : The bay scallops are sweet and fresh. The pike and lobster claw is rich and tasty. The portion size is substantial too.\nFor dinner : The duck and foie gras is cooked to perfect medium rare with delightful sweet sauce. The lamb chops are flavorful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great for breakfast. The food is amazingly delicious however pricy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had Christmas Eve Brunch here and it was beyond fabulous.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Traditional French cuisine well prepared and served with reasonable prix-fix price. We enjoyed the cocktails too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

absolutely lovely in every way from greeting to wait staff to fabulous food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Polished and refined in both food and hospitality. For such an elegant space, many restaurants give off a pretentious vibe. Yet, Le Coucou was anything but that.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice, but we wait too much to seat, even though we had a reservation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou continues to impress in its flawless execution of superb French cuisine with an updated twist. I was pleased to see that the restaurant has maintained high standards with its chef-owner no longer here in town. All of the rabbit-based dishes are superb (as moist as possible, seeing as rabbit is never very moist) and the seafood is equally stellar. The one weak point, we find, is the sweet side. So, forgo dessert in favor of several savory courses and you will leave very satisfied.\nOne rather unpleasant surprise was the charge on the bill for 'house filtered' WATER. It's the first time we've ever been charged for tap water, and it did not fit with the otherwise high caliber of the establishment.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sorry, this place is just not what it's cracked up to be. My friend and I went to Sunday brunch yesterday and ended up spending two hours at the table-even though we ordered pretty quickly. The waiter was super-nice but we got so hungry we asked for some bread. The waiter said 'I'll bring you some toast.' When we saw the bill, we'd been charged $3 for 3 baguette slices of about a quarter-inch each! I ordered a salad for us to share. It consisted of a scanty plate of butter lettuce, which should have been torn and was not (some of the leaves were over 6 inches long), some sliced Persian cucumber and some snipped chives. THE CORE FROM THE HEAD OF LETTUCE WAS SITTING IN THE CENTER OF THE SALAD. My friend asked for a glass of Chablis, and what she got was a $21 glass of Vouvray. She'd ordered the Gruyere omelette very dry, and even though we ended up waiting an hour for it-yes, an hour for an omelette-the inside was really wet. There was a charge of $6 for a carafe of sparkling water that they'd clearly run through a soda siphon in-house. We aren't cheap, and expected that brunch for the two of us would run over $100, but this was just not worth it! (Actually, it was about $135 with tax and tip.) The other guests appeared to be pretty hard-drinking crowd, so that would account for why no one was up in arms about the tardy kitchen. The dessert was a chocolate 'torte' consisting of a nice hard crust and about a half inch of what seemed to be really stiff chocolate pudding. It was o.k., but not great. I wish that this website would allow us to post pictures so that you could see what I mean. If we hadn't gone there, we would have felt like we missed something, but I would like to spare you the trouble.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there for the brunch , few varieties to choose from , the dishes are simple and not as reaching the high mark as expected

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Pleasant experience for breakfast, food delicious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou lived up to its NYTimes 3 stars. The experience was impeccable from entering the restaurant and being greeted through dessert. Our server explained the menu so wonderfully our mouths were watering before we even ordered. The food was delicious and perfectly portioned, with complex flavors and beautiful presentations. The staff was conscientious without being overbearing - napkins we folded when you left your seat; chairs were pulled out for the ladies when they returned to the table.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice lunch. Only criticism was that the maitre d' was aloof and not very friendly. He and some of the wait staff need to take a page from Danny Meyer's book on how to make guests feel welcome.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food but service was severely lacking. Disappointed in this Starr Restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A unique experience. The food is of extraordinary quality. Impeccable service. Perfect atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant was highly recommended both in a magazine article and information I found on-line. It was cited as being paticularly elegant and a 'find' for those who enjoy a competent kitchen. I had a friend of 40 years visiting from DC so this seemed an excellent choice for a quiet lunch during which we could catch up on family, et cetera. I can't say that I was embarrassed at having chosen this restaurant because my friend seemed to like it more than I did. I can say, however, that I personally was profoundly disappointed. The food was decent, but nothing exceptional. The restaurant was entirely too noisy. The seats were not comfortable for dining; better for reclining over an after meal drink. Which in itself was unsatisfactory as an order for Remy Martin VSOP, a staple at most decent restaurants, was not to be had. The cognac I did order must have been served with an eye dropper - two sips and it was gone! Same was true for the before lunch drink - a decent Knobs Creek bourbon but a second choice after the requested Maker's Mark was also not availble, and what I received was certainly a niggardly pour. The bar in this restaurant is clearly not a priority. On the positive side I can say the wait staff was cordial, if somewhat slow in discovering we had been seated; it was some time before anyone showed up to take a drink order. As I said, on balance I was surprised at how my experience was so clearly at variance with what I had expected. Not only will I not be back, I will also make it a point to warn anyone seeking my opinion to avoid this restaurant. There are simply too many superior options: the old reliable Gotham Bar and Grill among them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband took me to lunch for my birthday and the food, service and ambiance were fantastic. We each started with one of their specialty cocktails which were delicious. The steak tar tar was the best I have had outside of Paris. My husband and I are looking forward to going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Gorgeous place with really good food and excellent service - will come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was so top END 🍴🍷👍🏾

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The sweetbreads are a must order

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Third time. Worth every star from the service food decor \n\nGet the Dover sole best in NYC and priced well

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Cou Cou was one of the best overall dining experiences I have had in a long time. It more than lived up to all the hype it has received.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was attentive and friendly. The food was all-around delicious, even the bread with butter and lard. The terrine was rich without being too gamey. The lamb was fatty and moist and flavorful. The duck breast was delicious, and the foie gras on the side was insanely good. The Meyer lemon chiboust was light and airy, and the perfect end to a rich meal. My friend and I took our time with each course, resulting in a three-hour dinner. At no point did we feel rushed during our meal. The whole experience was leisurely, deeply satisfying, and memorable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our second visit. Without peer. Our third visit is Sunday. Can't wait!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou - definitely a do-over. \nWent with three friends and we all loved it. Some of our favorite dishes: \nAppetizers - Veal terrine, Veal tongue, Sweetbreads, Crepinette\nMains - Tout Le Lapin, Filet de Bouef, Duck (especially the foie gras)\nDesserts - Chocolate Pave, Rice pudding, Chiboust with lemon\nThe sommelier was a young woman who was very knowledgeable, spent a lot of time with us and helped us pick out a VG wine.\nOverall the meal was one of our favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous experiences

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant has been opened less than a year and deserves its ranking as one of the best new restaurants in NYC. We had lunch on the prix fixe menu and it was most enjoyable. Varied selections which easily accommodated our party of four. The wine list was excellent as was the service. Our party of four can wholeheartedly recommend it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything that had been hyped and more. Amazing old style French haute cuisine in a laid back yet elegant space just above Canal Street. Ineffably rich at reasonable prices. Fine but unstuffy service. One of the best in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A friend and I visited for the first time Sunday night. It is a beautiful space, albeit the entry area is really too small to sit and wait comfortably for a guest. Beautifully designed with delicious food. I had the leeks with hazelnuts for a starter, and a delicious halibut with sauce for the main. The portions are on the small side but impeccably prepared and served. The only problem with the night, and it was not a small one, was a screeching baby who went on and on for what seemed like one third of the meal. My friend said they were Europeans. I said they were from 70th and Park. Whatever, they should have been asked to leave since they didn't have the manners to leave themselves. And on our way out, another couple was arriving with an infant. For a restaurant of this caliber and price point, they should make clear that infants are not allowed. We have all had them and love them, but not at Le Coucou.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I really loved this restaurant for the wonderful atmosphere and the delicious food. The design of the restaurant was beautiful and the service was remarkable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best brunch menu I have ever seen! Please\nMake sure to order the lobster crepe

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic place. Service is outstanding. Food menu is very fairly priced for the quality. Wine list is a bit difficult to find a good value. I surmise to make up for the not over priced food. Most wines are +$200/bottle (these would be the 'inexpensive' choices btw) wine by the glass are $25 each. However, the wines are served in Spiegelau glassware..which is usually a Michelin 3 star amenity, so is a thoughtful service touch. Atmosphere is also wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went there to celebrate my wife's birthday, having made reservations precisely 28 days in advance. We have eaten at several of Manhattan's best restaurants, but we both felt that this ranks in the top 3 meals we've ever eaten. The ambiance is superb; warm elegance but not stuffy at all. The service was excellent. But the food -- my oh my... Superb.\n\nThe meal will surely be at or near the most you've ever paid for a dinner. But on a truly special occasion, Le Coucou is worth it. Kudos to owner Stephen Starr for creating a memorable restaurant experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome! Exquisite food, attentive and knowledgeable staff, beautiful decor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful experience overall. A little hard to get the server's attention at points, but everything else definitely made up for it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our best dining experiences, even better than Soring in Paris. Just go, amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible in every way. From the rich and luxurious sweetbreads to the light yet luxurious poached quince with ginger sorbet & financier, INCREDIBLE! Thank you also to the Sommelier & wait staff for balancing your expertise & professionalism with hospitality & warmth.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great - noise level very acceptable - wait staff attentive. Will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the greeting to the meal pure perfection.....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Elegant but unpretentious, upscale, warm and inviting. Food very good (only better quenelles in the US are at a French restaurant in Washington D.C.). Service perfect: attentive, friendly, knowledgeable. I ate in Daniel Rose's outstanding Paris restaurant, Spring, and was not disappointed here at Le CouCou despite high expectatiuons.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Alejandro was an excellent server and very funny and kind.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic ! great food - service - ambiance - would definitely go again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful experience on my birthday. The server was extremely knowledgeable and we never felt rushed despite the late reservation. Everything was delightful and I can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing!! We will be back!! Dinner was just so delicious.... four foodie friends will be back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Ris de Veau was amazing, I will certainly come back to taste it again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dined at Le Coucou on January 17. Wasn't easy to get a reservation. Had to do it almost a month in advance. The dinner was great - delicious food, excellent service, nice interior. Having said that, the check was way too hefty. In my opinion, the place is a bit overpriced.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le CouCou was amazing, from the food to the service to the decor and ambience. Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful space. French technique I assume is one of the best in NYC. Wow. Delicious!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had breakfast and the room is magnificent, the staff were delightful and the food was delicious. We did not feel rushed at all and were made very welcome. We can't wait to go back for supper when reservations calm down.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Spectacular. Excellent classic French cuisine. Service and ambience 5Stars

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the place to come if you want amazing French cuisine. My family and I enjoyed the $48 prix fixe lunch, which had plenty of choices for all, ranging from steak tartare to fried eel. Every dish was prepared with care and was delicious. The waitstaff is attentive but never overbearing and made this special occasion even more memorable. I look forward to dining at Le CouCou again very soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing! I will go back as soon as I can get a reservation! Best Dover Sole!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent, attentive service. Delicious cuisine and highly recommend it. Good for foodies and outstanding sauces. Would go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went for the Quenelles and was not disappointed. Found the wine a bit pricey, but excellent. One of the best Mersault 's I've ever had. What a great pairing. Great evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I appreciate that they didn't rush us through our brunch - but service was mediocre at best - and I was expecting so much more. Lovely interiors and our food was good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful dining , refined sophisticated and elegant details. Impeccable service. Fine China, tableclothe yet there is something very hip and modern about the place. Nice scene, perfect atmosphere, open kitchen, beautiful lighting, quiet, No loud music, breakfast food was subtle and impeccable, on point home-made viennoiseries (croissant, pain au chocolat, Kouign Aman) approved by a picky native French but highly overpriced ($5 croissant). We ended up with $40 per person for breakfast (No alcohol) if you can afford it, go for it ! It will brighten your day and it will remind you what true elegant-discreet service and fine dining is. I would come back in a heartbeat and would love to discover their dinner menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect! Even the cream for the coffee was served warm so as to keep your coffee hot. \nOur waiter was lovely but needed a bit more experience to really fill the role perfectly.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was as fantastic as I had read about. Surprisingly, many of the servers had the worst attitudes I have encountered in my 40 years eating in the best upscale dining rooms worldwide. Along with that, I received what is most likely the worst two person round table in the restaurant in front of the wet bar/sink for the servers in the path of the waiters...I had a feeling I had been bumped me out of my original table. Food was amazing, but I also ate at the chef's restaurant in Spring located in Paris two years ago.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went with a friend for lunch and we loved Le Coucou! The decore and ambiance are top notch and make you want to linger forever. Food is delicious, but a bit unusual in preparation and I could see how some (picky eaters) might have a hard time finding something to order. I had eel to start and then duck, both were delicious. Service was very attentive and never annoying. High price is worth it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We came for lunch on a Saturday and it was a brunch menu... how boring, so much hype and press for a classically well decorated SoHo place with a basic overpriced eggy menu? You really could have been anywhere. \n\nThe gougères were delicious but the oysters were disliked by most of the table. Throwing foie gras over a dry piece of beef will not hide the dry pice of beef. Make it clear to Americans that a 'crépinette' really is a single chicken meatball. The sommelier did a good job, she must be sorry she works there with all those slow people and that boring menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always excellent.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very inattentive service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Romantic and pretty restaurant with extremely tasty dishes. a bit pricy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le cou cou is a jewel. Daniel Rose has done it in the States!! we have dined at Spring in Paris and recently at his new New York restaurant Le Cou Cou. We had lunch and it was superb. When in New York, put it on your list of 'have to do''s.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant was excellent in all ways. the setting is beautiful, reminding one of Paris. The food was very special and served beautifully and the staff could not have been more attentive. It is a real find.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classical French dishes that satisfy not only nostalgia but the palate. Correct, as the French say. Loved the celeri remoulade draped in smoked salmon and apple slices. The quenelle de brochet (only one, but huge) was swimming in an intensely flavored lobster foam. The baba au rhum was a major letdown, almost like a hotdog bun and missing any hint of rum. Our server was phoning it in -- mechanical and apathetic, although the food runners were warm and friendly. The room is absolutely beautiful with plenty of space between the tables and cushy banquettes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you're going to Le Coucou, you've probably seen some of the glowing things people have said about it. Well, they're true.\n\nThe food was all phenomenal, and the service was incredibly friendly. It's high-end without being snooty or unfriendly, and while we (mid-20s) were definitely the youngest folks in the restaurant by a few years, the staff were as caring and thoughtful with us as they were with other tables nearby. \n\nI can only hope that the team here holds on to the same level of quality for many years to come -- because I want to keep coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was gorgeous and service impeccable! Already made two more reservations!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent. Loved everything from the delicious food to the fun atmosphere and beautiful design.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Both the atmosphere and the food were superb. A wonderful dining experience. New but destined to be a classic - and a classic in only the best sense of the word. Service was excellent. Table settings and decor beautiful and I don't think there is a bad table in the house. And I was fortunate enough to talk with both Daniel Rose, to thank him for opening Le CouCou, and to the pasty chef, also named Daniel, who was most gracious to me.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been hearing a lot of talk about Le Cou Cou lately. Unfortunately, I think the restaurant is suffering a bit from an inflated ego and believing its own hype. The food is remarkable and solid - I have no issue with that aspect of the establishment. What I think requires some quick attention is the service. To begin with, our waiter seemed almost bored to be there and failed at establishing a warm and inviting atmosphere that I look for as a complement to my food. The sommelier was also quite rigid and charm-free. When we gently asked what we should do about a bottle of wine that one of four in our party approved to be served but the rest found undrinkable, he took the wine away but then opted not to recommend a replacement. Instead, he handed my husband the wine list and left us to our own devices. The response was a little diva-esque. The replacement wine arrived after our meal had been consumed. This is not the service I expect of the 'best' restaurant in New York City. The wine episode killed the mood at our table and left me perplexed as to why this establishment is receiving so much praise.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exceptional food, classic recipes updated with superb ingredients and great skill. The room is warm and inviting, the open kitchen is beautiful and wonderful to watch. Service was attentive but not fussy. The wine list could use more choices at the lower end, but the sommelier found us a fine bottle in our range. We would recommend every dish we had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service and dinning experience! Bringing classic French cooking to New York

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant very nice but the food is pretty regular. A French restaurant like many others in a beautifull local.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic experience. \nBeautiful service, fine food, and lovely presentation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved everything about this resturant.\nLovely service all around.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A lovely restaurant done up right in the French style, with well-spaced tables, floral arrangements, top-notch service and well-executed modern French food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Simply superb- similar to every critic, I highly recommend

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not quite what we expected given the massive hype, but excellent nevertheless. Service is pleasant and accommodating, though not terribly efficient and a bit distracted. A few servers, though friendly in a forced kind of way, seemed more than slightly fond of themselves. The room is cavernous and inclined towards noisy. Seating is well spaced but not overly comfortable. The food, however, is the star here. Excellent french standards and interesting takes on french standards. This is real cooking folks and not a dish we had was less than excellent. A very fine place for lunch or weekend brunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyable brunch - attentive service - and lovely snow outside. Pleasant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visited because of the buzz in the NY Times. The restaurant is in a very beautiful former industrial space (I presume) that was gut-renovated and decorated to resemble a tony photograph in a Restoration Hardware catalog. The service was attentive but frankly clumsy for such an ambitious enterprise. The food (lobster salad, quenelles, halibut, black bass) was tasty but also inartfully presented. Our dessert, vanilla ice cream with mandarin sorbet, could have come from a local Chinese restaurant, as it consisted of a cored-out frozen mandarin stuffed with ice cream and topped with sorbet shavings and was served with soup spoons that didn't fit into the opened top of the Mandarin. I have to say that the production was amateurish.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service and great food. Generally speaking, the food is prepared appropriately - not too greasy or salty. Served right with the right temperature, and plates are heated preventing the dishes to get cold quickly. The sole was a touch salty and nothing special while not bad, but had better ones elsewhere. The celery root/salmon needs additional punch. Desserts were excellent - tradition expressed with right sweetness and portion. Service was fantastic, very subtle.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Yes, it is a great restaurant. I guess it was just built up so much. I've had really good meals from the best in NYC, so I was expecting it to blow me away. It was in fact really good. Just a little stuffy and pretentious. Glad I experienced it, but wouldn't return. A good place for a quiet, serious dinner...not my kind of meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful experience in every way. French classics updated in a new and modern way without losing any of the greatness of French cuisine. Lovely, friendly, modern service, and fine details all the way through. Our martinis were served in exquisite vintage glasses, even the sugar bowl was a marvel, and there was no pretension at all. Every dish was simple, elegant and delicious. A wonderful experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were very fortunate that we reserved this restaurant when we did. We planned a 4-5 night stay in Manhattan, after a 2 week trip to England and Scotland. When we made reservations, the restaurant had just barely opened. We knew about it because we had dined at Daniel Rose's 'Spring' Restaurant in Paris before. So, we knew the Chef and his reputation. We HAD to also dine here. \n\nWe were not disappointed either. It's different in feel and décor from Spring, of course. The dining room is more formal and classic. The cuisine and service is pure Daniel Rose new 'French' as with Spring. The restaurant is located on the edge of Chinatown in south Manhattan. The entrance is not flashy either which is neat. By the way, we actually got lost trying to find Spring in Paris. That just adds to the experience in a positive way. \n\nI have to say that my wife enjoyed the very best Halibut as entrée. It looked luscious and tasted that way as well. It was 'like butter'. The only other halibut entrée that comes close to it was at ABC Kitchen a few years ago. Prior to Nita's halibut, we enjoyed a tomato and a asparagus/tuna salad. I enjoyed a great leg of lamb (cotes d agneau) as well as pike(quenelles de brochet). \n\nOh, by the way, they have 'French press' coffee too. \n\nNeedless to say, it's very expensive....but worth every dollar!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From start to finish the experience was noteworthy! Can't wait to return.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambience is pretty romantic and nice. Great for a night out with couple of friends or a date. I heard great reviews and was told it’s the hottest spot in NY right now so decided to try. Maybe it was all the hypes from the beginning because when it comes to the experience it was quite disappointing. Food was okay. The endive we ordered were soaked in vinaigrette so can’t really taste anything but the sauce. On the veal head we found a piece of hair in it. The server was apologetic at the moment but they could have been a bit more attentive afterward but didn’t. The duck was good. They did remove the charge for the veal head but could have mentioned it when the bill was presented to us. It felt like it wasn’t an issue to them when you find a piece of hair in the food. I have dined in many restaurants and felt they could have handled the situation more differently. Well, I hope whoever going to dine there will have a better experience than me.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hot mess of a lunch. This was one of the most disappointing restaurant experiences. I had two dishes highly recommended by the NY Times restaurant critic--the eel and the pike quenelles. The eel arrives as three thick, greasy tubes that proved near impossible to cut--the extensive breading and the fish were just that tough. After a piece went flying I gave up. The staff noticed the mostly uneaten dish and offered to get me something else but the part that I did manage to consume weighted like lead on my stomach, so was no longer interested in another appetizer. The pike quenelles were similarly very heavy, but that was not the problem--both myself and my lunch companion ordered the dish and it was extremely heavily salted. When asked how everything was my companion told the waiter he should let the chef know that the sauce was badly over-salted. After the eel episode I wasn't going to say anything, but as he did, I concurred. More food was again offered. we decided against dessert but they brought one anyway for us to share (ironically, a chocolate tarte with salted caramel ice cream) that was good. The wait staff were lovely, too bad about the food. The food was so heavy I had a stomach ache for the rest of the day (my companion was French and I spend a lot of time in France, so rich food is by no means foreign, but the ensuing stomach ache was).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great ambiance and very good food. The place is beautifully decorated, but very welcoming and laid back at the same time. None of that forbidding 'I'm a fancy restaurant so buck up' sort of vibe. The wine list was great and the service attentive. My only gripe is that they were a tad liberal with their sugar in both the scallop appetizer and the duck entree. This was a pity because both were prepared superbly, and the sweetness (though only a hint) didn't add to the overall taste of these dishes. The lentil soup was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the BEST new restaurants I've been to in NYC. Beautiful comfortable environment. Menu creative French. Hard to choose among dishes so eat with those willing to share! Staff lovely. Great for both Lunch and Dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This overall experience was the highlight of our New York trip. Great food and even better service! Christopher was phenomenal in every way!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Spectacular restaurant! Food is delicious. Service professional, cordial. Ambience warm and beautiful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We liked but did not love as we expected to so in that sense Le Coucou was disappointing. The room is beautiful, service excellent though a bit precious and faintly condescending at times. (No, we were not tourists from the so-called heartland.) An excellent wine list, but hard trolling to find many choices under $100. The food while expertly prepared was a bit of a snooze. Nothing defied expectations – a nice bourride, to be sure, and a gorgeous piece of halibut, but alas no bite really gave enough pleasure for the price which was ample.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The avocado toast is fabulous as is the gruyere omelet and smoked salmon. The sides of bacon, potato darphin and sausage were delightful. Highly recommend for breakfast and dinner. Next time will try the prix-fix lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious brunch. One of the best. Buckwheat crepes outstanding and a wonderful gf option

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had brunch this week, gfood outstanding, nice atomsphere, service adequate, servers friendly!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent New Year's Eve dinner. Food was one of the best I had in the year.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent French food. Very pleasant ambiance, tables far apart, wonderful country inn type décor. Flaw might be staff could be a bit more customer friendly. Still a bit officious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything we ate from bread to desert was outstanding! My only hesitation is that I will be unable to get another reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing venue to bring in New Years 2017. Food was beautiful and a wine list that would satisfy any wine connoisseur. Service could not be faulted and was great to meet the man behind the menu.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The receptionist was not so friendly, the food was ok not so impressive, however I really like the interior design and the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Authentic French experience - great food, ambience and wine list. Sommelier was very helpful and energetic. Tout le lapin was a standout.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Here is what we ordered from the $48 Prix Fix lunch menu, with 1-5 ratings:\n\n- Anguille frite au sarrasin -- 5\n- Salad d’automne (endive, celery, bibb lettuce, walnuts, arethusa blue cheese, Iberico hama) -- 3\n- Tartare de bœuf -- 5\n- Côte d’agneau grillé, saveurs du sud -- 3\n- Salade de homard (poached lobster, grilled romaine, citrus, sauce lauris) -- 5\n- Desserts -- rice pudding with Chartreuse (3), Baba au Rum (3), Chocolate (4)\n\nSo, food was mixed. \n\nFor wine there are many excellent choices, but pretty expensive from high double digits to mid four digits. We ordered a $176 Cabernet Franc -- 5+.\n\nNow, service was extremely good, a solid 5: pleasantly informal, very professional, very friendly, very attentive, without ever being intrusive. What was cool is that when we complained about the near absence of Chartreuse in the rice pudding, the waiter poured us a nice glass of this delicious witches’ brew. A good & smart gesture. The kind of thing that stands out and makes you want to come back. Which we will.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very beautiful room and open kitchen. Attentive service but haphazard rhythm with long wait times after ordering for the good to initially arrive and between courses. Has received great reviews but staff must have known they were serving reviewers. Food was well done but nothing special in terms of taste or presentation. K

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing restaurant. Everything sensational. Do not miss eating here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delightful! Attentive service. We appreciated the view into the kitchen.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to meet for breakfast, lovely kitchen and ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful space. I only went for brunch but it was delicious. Would definitely come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous restaurant with a modern yet old world feel. Candle-lit tables, soaring ceilings and excellent spacing of tables yield an intoxicating environment. Even though you hear an occasional clank out of the open kitchen, the mood is calm. Service is on par with most 3 star restaurants...Now on to the food. We had the oysters with seaweed butter and the leeks. Both were fantastic. Intemezzo of the raw Nantucket bay scallops with clementine which was light, bright and inventive. The Tout le lapin was fantastic. Braised leg, roast loin , soup made from the front legs , root veg and herbs. One of the best dishes of the year. A great experience. Worth the price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely setting with a very open feel, and a touch of rustic elegance. The food was very good - not pretentious, but tasty. Enjoyed the two course lunch and we were given a few little extras - definitely a full meal. Everything was very tasty, and beautifully presented...but not tweezer food. (fortunately). Wine list seemed a little pricey - but the food was a good value considering the is NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not just a superb meal - a special dining experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

very pleasant place with good food, thou the Manu is limited

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderfully romantic and pleasing to the senses. Food was wonderful as was service and the cocktails really surprised us! Looking forward to a return visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Probably the most beautiful new restaurant in Manhattan and beyond. The service is impeccable and a meal unfolds elegantly as does the restaurant. Not a single inch or detail missed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely amazing. Bravo!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food for brunch on Christmas Day. Le Cou Cou comes very close to living up to the raves it has received. Service was courteous but the server who brought our main courses did not know who had ordered which dish and a different server also brought two deserts when only one had been ordered. These mistakes would be unacceptable even in the cheapest diner. However, the food is so good that these errors only slightly marred an otherwise perfect brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was like an extremely well directed/executed theatrical experience. Everything was spot on. Knowledgeable captains, the pace of the food delivery, and the fact that there is absolutely NOT a bad table in the house between the two dining rooms.\n\nMy only slight complaint is there are no half bottles on the well collected wine list.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

simply put, sublime.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had dinner here on Christmas day, and it was an amazing experience. They didn't have a vegetarian option on the menu, but I asked them and they just made it up for me and it was delicious.\nLove it, can't wait for another special day so I can go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really enjoyed our dinner at Le Coucou- the food was top-notch and the atmosphere very inviting. My only complaint was that the service felt rushed which should not be the case during a high end experience like this one.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very very lovely restaurant with amazing/ so kind service. It makes whole experience wonderful!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful ambiance. Attentive staff. Cocktails awesome. Wine list amazing. Duck is out of this world. Sweetbread, foie gras, warm oysters were classic French, but Daniel Rose and staff got this down.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was really good! Very tasty food and great service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved our experience: the decor, friendliness and professionalism of the waiters and delicious food. Enjoyed watching cooks 'perform' in open kitchen.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had the poached eggs with a hollandaise like sauce over potato cakes. Perfect eggs. The pork sausage was great. Some of best eggs ever.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A lovely place for a special occasion. Service slightly uneven but food and drinks great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This Restaurant lives up to every expectation ! The food, wine selection and service are outstanding. By far one of the best dining experiences I've had in NY. A must if you can get an elusive reservation !

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The dining room is very beautiful but the restaurant itself disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food,low profile,we went for weekend brunch,they don't have many options,but we ordered most of the signatures,all turns out to be very good.servise was ok as there's lot of people,will try dinner next time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is intersting. The service is warm and friendly. The setting and ambience were perfect.\nJust getting there from Upper East Side is a slight challenge. Sorry not to find my favorite dish, quenelle, was not available for brunch. I shall go back for lunch soon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exquisitely beautiful restaurant with a great ambience, but trying way too hard (like many 'top' NYC restaurants these days) to turn great food into weird food (their signature pike dish sous vide'd us out). Friendly hosts but very unfriendly wait staff. It was Christmas Eve and we didn't so much as a get a smile out of our waiter - let alone holiday greetings. Grumpy, unfriendly help and unsatisfying food will quickly kill the buzz, which will be unfortunate.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant has a beautiful setting with good food and caring service. What a breath of fresh air! Well done.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice twist and interpretation of the traditional French cuisine, outstanding food but the service needs improvement

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Holiday lunch

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was one of the most, if not the most, outstanding dinners I have had. The service is impeccable, friendly, welcoming... the food has the most delicious flavors and is so well prepared ...the portions perfect \n\nThe room is stunning and the crowd is very mixed European, international and the traditional New Yorker... it's not old school uptown classic French, but very modern with people strolling in on a Tuesday even at 10PM for a great meal ... definitely on the level of the best French restaurants NYC has ever seen \n\nOne of those places that everyone shout have on their list

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food, great service, beautiful ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Refined atmosphere, service, and food, the last superbly prepared in French style, make Le Coucou a very welcome addition to New York's restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is exceptional on every level but I've only been for breakfast about a half dozen times. Trying to score a dinner reservation!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The starting dishes were spectacular, very creative and absolutely delicious. The main dishes were good but a bit fussy and not up to the level of the starters. Dessert selection did not excite. It was pricey but that was expected. Over all it was a very nice night and a good meal. Getting a reservation was hard . I will go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to Le Coucou about a half a dozen times now and each time the service and the food is consistently wonderful. Fabulous place but now it has been 'discovered' and harder to get into. The manager Phil is fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very elegant, food was amazing and reasonably priced for a Sunday brunch. Staff is very friendly and very knowledgeable. Cant say anything bad about it. I am planning to return for dinner in January

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is wonderful! The decor is nice. But the service can be a bit more friendlier........

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had read about Le Coucou and knew of Daniel Rose, so wanted to eat at Le Coucou. What a delight! Fantastic food, wonderful service and ambiance. I will go back for dinner sometime soon! Simple and elegant food. A wonderful destination. Authentic French food by a well trained American Francophile. Love it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is truly wonderful. Worth all the hype and more. The food is exquisite to look at and incredible to taste. In every dish there are so many wonderful layers of flavors and textures. Even the simple bread basket (especially the spelt bread) is special. My friend and I shared everything to allow us to taste more. We started with the scallops and the fried eel (new to us but decided to give it a try). Both were so delicious, especially the eel. So be sure to reach beyond your comfort zone. Next we shared the chicken dish, which may be my favorite of all...the tastes, the textures, the sauce and that plum-all wonderful. We also shared the quenelle which was light and airy again with a divine sauce of lobster foam! The chocolate tart with the salted caramel ice cream shared was the perfect end to a fabulous meal. The entire meal and experience was simply superb!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is gorgeous, the service was great, but honestly I expected more from the food. My salad was soggy and my main course was not really hot. The wine was great and not overpriced in my opinion. I would try it again because it was so pretty and the bread was the BEST. We went for lunch and were treated very well

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The starter: raw scallops with an orange sauce was absolutely superb. The leek starter was good too. We both had the lobster salad which was excellent although it was short on lobster. And i didn't think the sauce that was optional improved the dish - au contraire.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

wonderful place. Everything was good except the extra foie gras with the rabbit, with was well grilled but cold and raw inside. Everything else was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful interiors, excellent service and delicious food! Perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou provided the best restaurant meal I have had in ten years. Perfect in every way. It is hard to believe that the restaurant was once a Holiday Inn.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Still working out the kinks. Cappuccino cold, service inattentive and food was ok not great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Clearly one of the best restaurants in NYC. Fantastic all the way around. Just perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfection

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

EXCELLENT BRUNCH. TOTALLY TAKEN BACK BY THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD. MENU SEEMED A BIT PLAIN BUT THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing from beginning to end

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the perfect negroni in the ethereal bar, to the decadence of the meal (oh, those quenelles!), and impeccable service, this restaurant sailed to the top 5 in my 21 years of Manhattan dining. I can't wait for the encore.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible food. Best sweetbread dish ever. Fantastic food and restaurant with excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food, service, and a lovely atmosphere. Would come here again in a heartbeat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing on all counts- food is the bomb and the ambiance just incredible!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic location with wonderful French food. Perfect for a romantic occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You would be stupid not to eat here. And eat the duck.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place. Highly recommend for special night out. Well curated wine list, every dish we ordered was special.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice. Food and service excellent. Only complaint, it was a bit dark.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic service. Exquisite food. Wonderful ambiance. Lunch was an excellent value. Reservations seemed helpful. GO!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I dined at Spring in Paris a few years ago and, although it was fine, it didn't exactly knock my socks off. But the buzz for Le Coucou has been loud and persistent, so I thought I'd check it out. Guess what? I need new socks. The quenelles in lobster sauce were better than anything I had in the quenelle capitol of Lyon, and the 'tout le lapin,' i.e bunny three ways was terrific, served in three separate vessels so each prep got its due. Cheese was served at the proper temp. Service was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable (i.e. not at all French), and the room is beautiful. Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Impeccable. It definitely outdoes the high expectations one has when going to the 'spotofthemoment' in NYC. The service is remarkable, you feel at home while getting treated with old school charm by the elegant gentlemen assorted staff. Don't hesitate to book a table ... if you can get a reservation. ;)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Now living on the island of Oahu, Hawaii but formally from NYC my wife and I travel twice a year back to our old but special food haunts. We are always doing our homework checking on the new 'in' restaurants. Le Coucou fit the bill. Like a true French Loire Valley Relais and Chateaux the visual is outstanding and the service impeccable. Although we have been in the wine business for over thirty years we put ourselves in the very trusted hands of the wine soms. Rarely do I not take photos of what we ate and drank but due to the shear excitement of being at Le Coucou I just forgot. I do know that I asked for a a specific Burgundy but specified that it should have a decent acidity. The result was and amazing wine that if blind tasted I would have said a Volnay Premier Cru. It was not a Burgundy but it tasted like one and had that low ph tartness that highlighted the amazing fruit. I will just mention two dishes because the next time we will fast the entire day. The quenelles were the lightest and unbelievably redolent in pike essence and the sweetbreads rivaled anything from the best of France. What a great ending to 2 1/2 weeks in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service, great food, felt like an early morning in Paris. Went for breakfast with my fiancé and service was fast for a weekday, in and out. Crowd got louder as the morning went on so go early if you want peace and quiet.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Poor service.. very disappointing.... we expected elegant\nEuropean service as per Spring in Paris... not rushed\nIndifferent attention... had to slow down waitstaff ..as they seemed to want to turn the table... bathroom was \nNot clean ....definitely would not return or recommend....\nWhat a shame.. had great expectations..was described as a 'downtown La Grenouille'...not in my wildest dreams...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

THis is currently our favorite place for fine food in NY. The quenelles are awesome. THeir rabbit dish converted me to rabbit (3 ways), and the pigeon and lobster is terrific.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant is overrated. Pretentious. Service is seriously flawed which is why I gave it a poor rating. Overall, I would say skip it for now and return when it's not the 'hot' spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous!!!! Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazingly delicious food\nBeautiful restaurant \nAll around lovely experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. Had the lentil velouté, leeks, eel, quenelles, bourride, baba, tart, pear...all wonderful. Great service. Lots of space between tables. All good.\n\n-Robert Frumkin

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had one night free in our schedule in New York and chose a wonderfull experience at Le Coucou

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall the experience was wonderful. Menu appears a bit tricky/unusual but the execution is delicious and the food is even better than it sounds! The room is GORGEOUS. The candlelight is dreamy and all the furniture, fabrics, chandeliers are stunning. It's dressy but casual and elegant yet relaxed. Service started off poor but finished well. We had a 5pm rez and arrived at 4:50 and were told we could sit in bar area and wait but no service was available (why don't they open their bar at least 15minutes before dinner begins so that people who may arrive a tiny bit early can grab a drink??). At 5:20 we still had no drinks (bar opened about 10 minutes late at 5:10) but the bartender was busy by then with all the arrivals. Still, nobody came to seat us ....we had to go ask to be seated even thought they knew we were waiting for our table since before 5. It was annoying to be 'empty handed' at 5:20 sitting on sofa waiting to begin the meal. Maitre d was a bit snooty at the beginning but in the end the service warmed up.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely room, great food, service was a little slow. Ordered tea that came about 30 minutes later after reminding the waiter, and we asked to see a dinner menu (as we were there for Sat brunch) and it never appeared. But the overall experience was terrific and we would definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely phenomenal! The food and service were spectacular. Started with the veal terrine, then the sweet breads and Squab. One of the best meals I have ever eaten.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best meal and experience we've had in NYC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lived up to all the great reviews, crazy that they don't have a Michelin star or two. Was our daughter's birthday and in addition to the outstanding food -- and the desserts were equally fantastic -- they even stuck a candle on her dessert. Knowledgeable sommelier and extensive wine list. We loved the duck, the quenelle, the (cooked) oysters and the chocolate mousse for dessert, which people virtually fought over. Try to order as many different appetizers, entrees and desserts as you can to experience them all.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Expensive. Beautiful place and great service. We had brunch there so we can't comment about a 'real' meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was superb and the staff warm and friendly. Excellent choice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time to the place , this time with a bunch of colleagues,I recommended the ribeye breakfast to all of them ,they rated ' out of this world ' dish , I tried the omelette with herb which is ' regular ' not a spectacular dish .

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service is impeccable and the decor is well done. It end there unfortunately.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

it hit every High note to perfection. surpassed all expectations. best new dining experience of the entire year. I'll return if I can possibly nab another reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfection!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had the 5:15 pm reservation, so only about 30% of the table were occupied. So the noise level was low even with some kitchen noises. The food was very good, we had quenelles, veal terrain, halibut and dover sole, all nicely done. The desert was also good. The best part was the service, well coordinated, prompt, courteous and very civilized. However it's expensive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

From the moment we arrived, the service was gracious. The ambience is spectacular and matches the food which was exquisite! The difficulty is securing a reservation but it is worth the time to wait to enjoy such a fantastic experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Super restaurant. Great service, great food, beautiful room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of best new restaurants to open in NY in the past year. Finally a new restaurant that serves traditional French cooking! Some of the dishes are in the Bocuse tradition others in the Lutèce. No small, medium and large place, but appetizers and entrees. All of the main courses dishes were excellent. The desert was the weakest on the menu. There were no amuse bouche at the beginning or the meal or chocolates or other sweets at the end of the meal. Service was excellent. The wine list, though pricy, had many excellent selections on it. We paid about $120 wit tax and tip per person, but for the quality, the price seemed reasonable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Many good things to say about Le Coucou: generally the food was excellent and the high quality of the ingredients added to the experience. Service was attentive without being servile.\nWhat made the experience less pleasant than it might have been was a noise level that was about half the time, too high for normal conversation between two people. Even more disturbing was a consistent stinginess that undercut good feeling: wine pours that looked mean; a salad with only 1/2 a quail for $24 (it would have been better to charge $26 and serve a whole bird (normally 2 consitute a main plate); $4 for bread might be ok if one got a basket of breads, for exactly 3 slices of toasted baguette, again, it seemed mean spirited.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Attentive exemplary service, ribeye steak with sunny up breakfast is more than just delicious , the pancake is extraordinarily presented and pleasing the clan

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Endive salad was too salt and over vinegared. Duck entree and rice pudding dessert were both well prepared and delicious. Wine list was overly expensive and under represented with good reasonable wines.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Another 'concept' restaurant. Food was good but not worth all the hype. The service was just too busy. Waiters, busboys, managers all running around. Way way to much commotion. I felt like I was in a busy subway stop. These restaurant empires have given us Disney themed evenings without any giving use true love of food and service. Another trendy place that is the 'must' go to spot but never delivers a truly enjoyable evening. So sad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely fantastic! If you don't have the time to fly to Paris this is the next best thing...if you can get a reservation that is. The sauces are King here in this traditional French restaurant and DO NOT miss out on the quenelle, it is an out-of-body experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to Le CouCou for breakfast, sort of fascinated that a new restaurant getting such wonderful reviews would serve this meal and such well-received dinners; it is a wonderful space and very civilized, with very professional service, and that alone was worth the visit; I think breakfast can be done as well or better elsewhere; I very much look forward to dinner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I read the great NYTimes review and wanted to try the restaurant. We opted for breakfast because our dinners in the city were booked. Great choices for breakfast, perfectly cooked and served. Professional, friendly waitstaff in a lovely setting. I look forward to eating dinner there.\n\nI had the Complet (eggs, bacon, potato wedge, good bread) and my husband had the omelet with a side of sausage. Looked good, tasted great; Excellent coffee. Not cheap but well priced for what we ate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite meal of 2016, by far. You must order the Sole.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere and decor with an open kitchen that puts you at one with the food! Very good value for authentic cuisine. The service could have been better but it did not distract me from enjoying the overall filling that much, just was surprised it was not better for a restaurant of this caliper. Missed going to Spring in Paris last April so it was fun to experience the food of Chef Rose back home in NYC.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Snagged a table on 3 days notice!! The rooms are very pretty--but dark. The 'back room' nearest the open kitchen is okay if you want to listen to the crew shouting orders to each other--audible throughout the room. Nice wine list by the glass, and unusual offerings by the bottle. \n\nYes, that lardo they serve with the bread is fabulous. Menu is a good selection. Food was well prepared and tasty. Friendly service. No annoying canned music. A pleasant experience and not overpriced.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou should be called Le Booboo.\n\nOr perhaps Les Bouboux, as its blunders are multitudinous. \n\nThe well-meaning staff just doesn't know what it's doing.\n\nAlthough seated right next to the kitchen and two clattering waiter stations, we had to practically stand to attract the attention of any of the wait staff. All we wanted were basics like ice water, salt and pepper, Tabasco (this was for an egg dish at brunch) and bread. \n\nI had the oeufs Basquaise and it was okay but might have been a bit more palatable if it had been served warm. The pommes darphin were also cold. \n\nThe setting is outstanding--a beautiful series of rooms, although we didn't really get to enjoy the full effect, being consigned one of the back tables next to the aforementioned kitchen.\n\nIf you think The New York Times misread the election, consider the tristar panegyric the Times restaurant critic Pete Wells gave Le Coucou. He doesn't know what he's talking about either. \n\nThe meal ended with café au lait that was terrible, tepid and all wrong. On each table is a fetching bowl of Perruche rough-cut sugar cubes for coffee, but the cute tongs that one is supposed to employ to get the cubes are too small. This is emblematic of the restaurant overall: beautiful, but it doesn't work.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Truly wonder food food and atmosphere. Staff are particularly friendly and accessible.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely food and ambiance that was spoiled by ineffective, haphazard service. I would give it another chance, but it wasn't a great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best new restaurant in Manhattan in 2016! Service, creative menu, perfect execution, architecture, design, furnishings. Every aspect is peerless. All of the reviews in The New York Times and beyond truly capture a memorable evening for those who have yet to dine here. Five stars in every category.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An outstanding addition to NYC dining. Everything about our experience was delightful. Food and service were all spot on. I had requested a table by the kitchen and this was arranged, and it was fun to see and hear all of the action. If going again as party of 2 I would request a table by the windows, these are small rounds where they seat parties of 2 or 4, not too close together, very elegant. We shared out first two courses, had one main course each (sole and seafood stew - outstanding) and then shared a dessert. The bread was fantastic too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Smart casual with sophisticated cooking and ambience. Chi out dessert was outstanding!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou more than lives up to its reputation. Not only is it perfectly lovely..chic in a timeless way.. but also one is not crowded and one can hear across the table. Then , the food. Some courses are so good it is pointless trying to duplicate...just return and enjoy. Setting the alarm for midnight is a bore and 28 days is a long wait but both though dreaded are worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had breakfast so I can not speak to dinner which has received wonderful reviews. I ordered the avocado toast with poached eggs and did so because I had a similar dish at River Cafe a few days before and absolutely loved it. Le Coucou's preparation was not nearly as good. The avocado (like guacamole) was not rich and velvety but a bit acidic and tasted as if the avocados were not perfectly ripe. I also ordered the bacon and while the bacon itself was exceptional (I forget the purveyor) it was swimming in it's bacon grease. This made for a slight grease over load and tummy discomfort. My wife had the pancakes and they were terrific but prepare yourself for a very rich dish almost dessert like. With all the fanfare I do look forward to trying dinner which is obviously a very different menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Like many other patrons, we know Daniel Rose from Spring and La Bourse. (We haven't been to Paris since his latest opened.) We think he outdoes himself at Le Coucou. Granted, we have eaten here three times and Daniel has been in the kitchen each time. Still, from the host staff to the servers to the bus staff, everything is perfect. The ambiance is extraordinary. And the wines! And the food! I would not change anything about our evening--and it's hard to believe that anyone would.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le CouCou was a delight in every way. Food was delicious and inventive and the service was stellar! A charming dining room and little jewel box of a bar. I can not recommend it more highly!! Love Le CouCou!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing breakfast.. felt like i was in Paris! Food was beyond delicious and the room was gorgeous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely brunch at Le Cou Cou. Beautiful restaurant. Coffee less than spectacular and pastries solid but not memorable. The entrees were fabulous however. Poached eggs on pommes dauphin were really special

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best brunch food I have had in NY. Top service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this place and look forward to our next evening there. Beautiful space. Great energy. Dishes we ordered were all terrific. From the moment of walking the staff was warm and welcoming with one exception which was, oddly, our main waiter (captain?). Efficient, but came across arrogant and aloof, which stood in stark contrast to the sommelier (outstanding), manager and other staff who interacted with our table. Nevertheless, happy to go back and try more dishes on the menu!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful new addition to NYC. Parisian style ambiance with knowledgeable service. Food outstanding especially the Dover sole and the duck with cherries & foie gras. You must start with the fleurs de courgette! Kudos to chef Daniel Rose!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chef Daniel Rose brings his famous Parisian food to New York City. The restaurant space is beautifully designed to match the exceptional food. The most stunning entree is the rabbit presented three ways including the fabulous broth which is left at the table to pour over both the loin and the leg. To those diners familiar with Spring in Paris; you are in for a treat with a whole different experience at Le Coucou so hope you can get a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bravo!\n\nDaniel Rose knows how to translate from French to English: Beautiful ingredients and perfect comprehension of contemporizing the classics. Beautiful room and staff to match. Bienvenue!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The space is stunning! And the experience goes up from there. Exceptional, effortless service as service is meant to be. Extraordinary food, perfectly prepared and presented. Impeccable attention to every detail. A gem. We'll be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is an outstanding addition that will be a destination restaurant.\nEvery detail in food and design has been carefully considered, and the staff is well trained.\nAn excellent experience. We are looking forward to returning.\nReservations are not easy to come by, but worth the effort.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome dinner with my family. Great service, great food & wine, great ambience. \nIf this is the type of French food you want (and it is priced accordingly) then I highly recommend it. I will definitely return. Glad to see Daniel Rose in NYC and I always enjoy the experience in Stephen Starr ventures.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Five star experience from start to finish. One of the best meals in NYC right now.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

New favorite restaurant. Outstanding food service and ambiance. You must go.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Elegance on Canal Street- lovely French, great food and ambience.\nFelt as if we were in the 6th arrondisement

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

food was thoughtful and excellent. service was elegant and unfussy.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was disappointed by the food, I have been in Spring in Paris and I was waiting a lot more.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our dinner lived up to the hype - and made the chase for reservations completely worth it. The food was classic French and utterly delicious. The ambiance is stunning and the service was terrific. Wish I lived closer so I could go more often.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dover Sole the best I've ever had. Stuffed Squash appetizer not of the quality I expected

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The space is beyond amazing and was my reason for visiting. Delicious food but the service bordered on rude.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant, great food and great ambiance. Chad was our waiter; he was very patient explaining the menu and offered very good suggestions. Loved their dessert, a wonderful way to end dinner. We enjoyed our dinner so much.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had an exceptional service & food. The decor is so gorgeous I would like to move in permanently. The breakfast gougere is to die for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious and interesting Classic French food in a gorgeous setting. Loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Getting a reservation was a challenge but it was worth it. Very elegant, exuberant setting and quaint setting. Our dining experience was so exceptional that this is indeed one of the hottest restaurants in NYC, by EATER NYC.\nService: A+ or 5 stars; from the maitre D to the wait staff, they exemplify what the real definition of customer service.\nFood: Celery root- very flavorful, Quenelle de brochet- the lobster sauce was so delicious, Dover sole, was cooked to perfection with chanterelles mushroom to top was amazing.\nDesserts: we had choosen 2 cheeses from California plus chocolate mousse... both just closed the satisfaction of our palate.\nEverything was wonderful. We will definitely put Le Coucou as one of our favorite restaurants in NYC!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great evening. Service was outstanding, the staff was very attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and beautifully served. Definitely an excellent option for a quiet romantic dinner or just a great evening. Adorable tiny bar near the entrance - a fun place to start or wait for your table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent. This is true fine French cuisine, very upscale

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible. Worth the hype. Just go

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Le Coucou will be beyond your imagination. This cooking was the closest I've been to France since I was actually there last year. The food is daring, delicious, thoughtful, and the wine list impressive. I recommend everything on the menu, but most especially the veal head, oysters, endives, the whole rabbit, and duck.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Splendid meal and an excellent staff. Sophisticated interior.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful dining experience that I was looking very forward to for my birthday dinner, and it truly lived up to my expectation.. I had rabbit three ways which was listed as a special that night for my entree, and I started with an appetizer of fried eel which was delectable.. the dining room is warm and spacious.. an excellent restaurant I highly recommend as do my dining companions!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had the loveliest breakfast at Le Coucou on a Friday morning when we were in NYC recently. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous, elegant, and luxurious. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. If you go for breakfast, don't miss out on a croissant! We almost didn't order one because we were have full entrees, but it was one of the best I've ever had, including trips to France.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for breakfast which hopefully is not a reflection of dinner. Uneven service at best. Their fresh squeezed OJ is like Tropicana. I was told it's a challenge to squeeze their own. Sunny side up eggs were over cooked. French press coffee tastes like it came from a carafe in an office. The potato pancake is a tasteless big Tater Tot. Croissant will not challenge anything at Au Bon Pain. It certainly is not like breakfast in Paris at The Bristol or Costes. Really a let down. Daniel Rose should get here for breakfast and roll some heads.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best dinner in a long time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

An excellent restaurant. Friendly greeting, prompt professional service and delicious food. Interesting items on the menu. Truly La Grenouille comes to downtown. PS very fairly priced for a place of this calibre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous cuisine, delightful service, lovely ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had such a fun evening - the restaurant is a joy. A warm inviting and relaxed setting; attentive, professional and friendly staff; delicious food, a great wine list - and you can talk at a reasonable volume with your companions! Notable was the lobster tail with basil. The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable. It's expensive but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best opening of 2016 so far. Great food, pricey but a decent value for your $ (or should I say '$$$$'....) - Danny Meyer worthy service, decadent but unpretentious. Could use a better bar area with more seats, but that's my only complaint.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time I dine at Le Coucou. \n\nThe first experience was a terrible one to say the least. Service was extremely slow and food was below average. I had ordered a filet mignon, and you'd expect a place like this to serve a stellar piece of meat. It was sliced in half, killing much of the meat's flavor. And to make matters worse, it was very cold. When I asked the waiter to have the chef prepare another hot one for me, the same piece of meat was returned to me, seared! Which made for a very well done filet mignon instead of a rare one, which is how I initially ordered. Completely unacceptable. \n\nThinking that this was a one-off, I trusted the hype around Le CouCou and gave it another shot with my friends a couple of nights ago. I confidently assure you that we collectively had the same bad experience as I did the first time. Our waitress was extremely aggressive, we had asked if a friend could possibly join us by adding a chair at the table and the request was rudely shut down instead of being kind and accommodating. Food portions are tiny to say the least. The Sole I ordered was swimming in a sea of brown butter, the lobster salad was a tail and half obscured by a giant bib lettuce, and the zucchini fleurettes tasted fishy and gamy. The best thing on the menu is the cheese and the side of potatoes that comes with the filet mignon. \n\nFor all the hype build around Le Coucou, it feels as though it's absolutely not worth the price nor the struggle to find a table. Do not waste your time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The decor, ambience everything wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

this was our third time dining at le Coucou and each time has been outstanding on every level. The restaurant is elegant without being pretentious with an elevated level of service - a much welcome addition to New York City.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about the restaurant was amazing. Food , decor , service. The staff was very friendly. Delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really beautiful place. A surprising gem. Great food with excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The staff was very warm and inviting. They allowed my friend to sit a few minutes prior to the reservation alone even though the reservation was for 2 and I hadn't arrived yet. The pastries were spectacular and the meal itself was wonderful. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love Daniel Rose's restaurants in Paris. Le Coucou was fabulous. We especially loved the room but the food was also excellent and so was the service----knowledgeable but very friendly.\nHighly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved the decor, the real candle on the table and the very friendly wait staff. \nWe had the sweet breads which were the best Ive ever had, the fois gras and that was also one of the best presentations of fois gras Ive ever had. \nOur entrees were also incredibly tasty . We had the filet and the lamb.\nWe will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and place. We really enjoyed the lamb and duck with foie gras.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was EXCELENT.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lived up to the hype. We were so excited to be able to dine at Le Coucou on our visit to New York. While there was a delay in seating us we were kept informed and once seated the team of staff was extraordinary. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was incredible and the complimentary sparkling capped off a wonderful, memorable experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant was the perfect, quiet oasis we required for this business meeting that was of a confidential level. The hostess seemed a bit bothered with an inquiries or table suggestions, but the server was beyond pleasant and was charming.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lovely place for Lunch! Unique in NY

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As good as it gets \nLoved the restaurant \nOnly problem getting a reservation is difficult

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved It, The Staff, The Food - Beautiful Romantic Room

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing experience

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Breakfast was awesome. Food very good. Lovely service. awesome atmosphere. Charming. Love the decor. very chic. Definitely will go back. charming and romantic.\n\nfor le cou cou:\nThe latte was not great.I expected a better coffee experience. I would warm up the pain au chocolate before serving to guest.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unique, warm, french country side with a twist - that is how I would describe the decor. You feel how special and hand selected all its pieces are, none are easily replaceable. The food was just as wonderful, as I went during brunch. A unique play on poached eggs was more than satiating and fresh orange juice in the mimosa was perfection. However, the service was lacking. Our waitress made 3 mistakes - one on a beverage, and two on food. She was aloof and did not listen to us, which caused the errors.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I adored the restaurant. The food , ambience , staff were top notch\n If I could get a reservation , I'd go there all the time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

There is not one thing to criticize or improve about this excellent restaurant. Menu was extremely interesting and varied; Food was all delicious, beautifully executed, lovely to look at, and very creative. Service couldn't have been better. All this in beautiful surroundings! A real winner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing restaurant on all fronts. Le coucou managed to accomplish fine French dining in a downtown location without trying to be too hip and young or too stuffy and pretentious. Service and food are very well executed. The balance of the ambience and menu and overall vibe makes this restaurant accessible to the uptown crowd who would be the more typical audience for Haute French cuisine, but also interesting to the downtown crowd with the open kitchen, exposed brick, decor and location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Coucou has brought France to New York! The food, ambiance, service - everything is classic French and superb quality. This one tops many of the upscale French restaurants in NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Now we know what all the buzz is about. Well earned. And soon to have Michelin stars no doubt.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great new addition to NYC. We have been to spring in Paris, and food wise up to par.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Easily the best dining experience I have had in the last year. Food was amazing, service was very attentive but not obtrusive, and the sommelier really came through with his wine suggestions. We were both amazed at how well he was able to select one wine that paired perfectly with both of our dishes at each course, even if the dishes were very different. He was also willing to offer us half of a bottle on the list that wasn't available in a smaller format, so we could enjoy a wine that we had never even heard of before. We loved the decor of the dining room as it felt like many restaurants we have enjoyed in Paris. We will definitely go back on our next trip to New York.\n\nDishes not to be missed include the warmed oysters, sweetbreads, and the duck breast. And save room for the chocolate pave and a glass of Madeira at the end!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely splendid in every way. Every bite was honest, unpretentious, and flavorful. The servers were attentive and gracious without being stuffy. Everything we ate was special, but the warmed oysters, celery root and chicken crépinette were especially memorable. Quite simply one of the best meals we've ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

All of the dishes were outstanding! French food never tasted so good! The Dover sole was a standout!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I expected very good and it was better. Ambience, food, service, all top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything went well including food, ambiance and waitresses, except for the fact that the receptionist asked me 'would you like to be seated?' after seeing my name on the reservation list.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was outstanding and very well prepared. I had the Halibut which was melt in your mouth goodness. If the maitre d' doesn't book you by saying it takes three weeks to get a reservation like what happened to me- go on opentable to see if there is availability. I was also staying in the hotel which this restaurant is located in so I should have been immediately accommodated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just awesome

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant is everything the reviews say. The food is extraordinary. I had the courgettes stuffed with lobster which had a great play on textures and taste. Out of this world. The rabbit comes in three different variations. The broth in one of them was dark and delicious.\nThere are a ton of people waiting on you who are all very nice and down to earth. The sommelier, in particular, helped us with our red wine selection and even offered two glasses of white on the house for our first course.\nThis is not a big restaurant but the feel is a combo of cozy and modern. Beautiful people dine here but you don't get any of that snobbery. This reminds me so much of my experience dining in France: warm people, pride in execution of delicious meals... they've transported that here. I just loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this restaurant! Everything was perfect! Food was excellent , service was impeccable, the space was beautiful & elegant, wine selection was great and sommelier, Stefanie was very helpful and knowlegable, she picked 4 superb bottles for us.\nLe Coucou instantly became my fave restaurant in the city!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Believe the hype! Food and service were perfection

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Truly exceptional experience. We have dined at Spring in Paris and are thrilled that the uber talented Daniel Rose is in NYC. Stephen Starr and his team have created a beautiful, chic space perfect for showcasing Chef Rose's French fare. We can't wait to go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service could have been just a little more attentive

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very disappointing. Apparently have forgotten that classic French cuisine has lots of taste, not bland nothingness. Another overhyped disappointing place. Notwithstanding, the room is attractive and the service is attentive and friendly.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance was great but unfortunately, my food and coffee were both cold. Not a great first impression.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, nice decor, low noise level ( it's a restaurant so that's a good thing) and good service. \nFriendly but not overbearing staff and an attentive chef. \nWell researched and priced wine list . Helpful sommelier.\n\nOnly one complaint: who/what is that older guy with the glasses going round the tables joking with the diners? Maybe it's an American thing but normally people don't want to be disturbed during their meal. Still trying to figure out what his job was...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous surprise. Will go again and again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

fabulous food and wonderful ambience and excellent service without being excessive or oppressive. Wish I lived around the corner. Great experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed the varied menu and preparations. We were initially seated at a table for two, right next to a credit card station where staff gathered just over my shoulder. When we asked to move, we were accommodated quickly and politely. The rabbit and the lamb were quite good. and the recommended wine selection was excellent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Interesting combination of traditional room/decor (tablecloths, candlesticks) and very modern cooking. Best dish of the evening was a kind of salad of lightly stewed endive halves in a vinaigrette made with a touch of grapefruit for sweet/tart, and garnished with 'meat chips' of crisp jambon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic meal - the duck and foie grad is to die for!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Horrible service - took 50 minutes to get the food, during brunch - and the food was far from special

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice atmosphere, beautiful decor, chic

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is beautifully put together and there are some exceptional items on the menu. The portions are small considering the price but the service is impeccable. If you want to impress friends or a date this is where you want to go.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was absolutely awesome! Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable . Foot is delicious. It was 4 of us and everyone order something different. We all liked what we order. Wine list is superb. Even wine by the glass was great. Definetly will come back!\nBy the way we were sitting next to the open kitchen, maybe not super romantic, but it was intertaning :)\nPs: desert is a must !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The experience at this restaurant was amazing! The food was beautiful and the taste was perfect! Had a wonderful dinner and would highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My favorite new restaurant in the city. So beautiful, incredible service and really interesting and delicious food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Inspiring twist on traditional french cuisine. The rabbit in 3 preparations is wonderful, the courgettes filled with lobster visually stunning and absolutely delicious. Tripe? Yes! Almost a schnitzel and wonderful (told it was from the 4th stomach!) The bar is a lovely vignette and stocks some nice single malts. Wine list is terrific, and the sommelier so helpful. It does get a bit loud toward the end of the evening; but that is a NY buzz. Having eaten as Spring several times, it is good to have Le Coucou in NY!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Brunch at the incomparable Le Coucou provides a setting as scrumptious as the menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was salty. Our entree took a very long time to come out after our second course. Good scene and beautiful place though

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding experience, excellent food and wonderful service. A trip to NYC would not be complete without having a meal at this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went for a special occasion brunch—all of our food was delicious. The only kinks were slightly longer than desired wait times between sitting down / ordering / receiving our food. But everyone on the waitstaff was beyond lovely and the ambiance is amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unbelievably impressive. We were a group of 4. All the dishes were outstanding. The pacing was perfect. Both our server and sommelier understood and addressed our desires. Paired the food and wine perfectly. The meal lasted 3 hours but we didn't even notice the time go by. Highly recommended

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious and was presented in a very dramatic fashion which added to our enjoyment. I specially enjoyed the whole rabbit, but one of my dinner companions claims that the bourride was the most outstanding dish at our table that night. Our waiter was very pleasant and solicitous but to me he appeared somewhat inexperienced and I thought that he could have done a better job of explaining the menu to our table. Overall it was a very enjoyable meal in a beautiful room and I can't wait until I go back again, which should be as soon as it becomes easier to secure a reservation.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a beautiful place with many kinks to work out. Showed up for a 2pm reservation on a Saturday. My table was not ready as it is to be expected in NYC. I sit in the diminutive lounge and the bar is not tended. No one in sight. After 10 minutes I ask a 'confused-looking' staffer about the bartender. He didn't know.\n\nFinally someone shows up behind the bar and I order 2 glasses of wine. By this time we are called to out table and have to transfer the order to the table.\n\nThe brunch menu is incredibly limited. Le CouCou is a big disappointment

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the ambiance and truly beautiful decor. We came very early in the morning for breakfast to celebrate our Anniversary of marriage since we only had 2 days in NY and evenings busy with work. Very romantic and reminds France where we got married. Next time I m in NY will go there again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overhyped. Good but not great. All in all, a bit disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was exquisite, of excellent quality and simple in a good way. I have been to Daniel Rose's Parisian restaurants. Le Cou Cou tops them!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great traditional French with a modern twist meal. The service was impecable and the food was amazing. The Dover Sole was to die for. The Somm paired fantastic wines and the waitstaff knew the menu and were able to make suggestions. No detail large or small was overlooked. A fantastic evening all around. I can't wait to go back when the menu is updated for fall/winter. Thanks for a great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waitress was knowledgable and nice. The food was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had brunch there. I expected a wait and sone attitude, but I was amazed to find the restaurant welcoming, interesting, and the food was delicious. We couldn't have been happier. Kudos to them!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hope to return soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

For anyone craving lovely French food with an Americana twist, this restaurant is perfect. The cocktails are smartly crafted (the pear cider is lovely) and the service incredibly thoughtful. The warmed oysters with seaweed butter were the perfect way to begin our meal. However, the surprise of the night was the halibut with one of the best beurre blanc sauces I've had to date, and the daikon in the style of choucroute brings the dish together quite nicely. Even the desert was great: the French Press coffee caps the meal perfectly and goes nicely with the chocolate mousse.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went for breakfast and all expectations were exceeded. The quality was outstanding for the food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely be back to sample the dinner menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was impeccable. Very attentive to needs. Overall we were happy with our orders. Exceptional were the duck and chocolate hazelnut pave. Superb! \nHalibut could be improved. Squash blossoms with lobster to add a bit more umph, maybe like a side dressing...overall was very pleased with our experience considering it was only 3 months old

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had the pleasure of dining at Spring in Paris, so when I heard that Daniel Rose was opening up a restaurant in NYC, I made a reservation immediately. Cannot wait to go back. Every bite was delicious, I am still talking about it. We had gone to Spring on our honeymoon, so going to Le Coucou was like reliving our honeymoon. A little piece of Paris is right here in NYC. Please go, you won't be disappointed. The service was wonderful, everyone is knowledgeable and its beautifully decorated.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's a gorgeous space and the food was very good. I'd only recommend paying close attention to the check. It's the first time in a very long time that I was charged for items that were not ordered.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Most beautiful restaurant I've seen in NYC, very good service, friendly staff and best dining chairs!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Coucou is definitely as good as everyone claims. Quenelles with lobster sauce? Yum! Halibut in a delicious buttery cream sauce? Double Yum. Toute le lapin? Triple Yum with a soup broth finish that I wanted to swim in. Menu prices were decent for NYC. Only complaint was the wine list is not online (I like to decide what I'm drinking before hand) and our table was a little too 'cozy' for my comfort-level. Energetic atmosphere with an attentive wait staff.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

A VEGAS SHOW RATHER THAN AN INTIMATE TETE-A-TETE\nA Bernie Sanders protester recently called the DNC as 'pageantry'. Although the food was good enough to be called 'authentic French', orchestrated by Chicago-born Daniel Rose, the restaurant has way too many signature underpinnings of Stephen Starr that eventually dulls the overall experience at this new Nolita dig a few blocks South of Lafayette. In other words -- pageantry that we've seen before in the likes of Buddakhan NY and Spice Market. Most glaring is the uppity wait service that makes you beg to be served rather than feel privileged that you've garnered a table at Le Coucou way into the wee hours of the weekday night. We were there for 9:30 reservations on a weekday and the place was still hopping well past midnight. The food itself rings of Gallic overtones (pike quenelle, a refurbished duck breast with Montmorency sauce, steak au poivre but much less of the peppery coating). But this is no 'Lutece reboot' as had been described by the NY Times. The old Lutece made me saunter in that refined dining decades ago and enjoy an evening of food that Mr. Soltner's grandmother had taught him to make. Mr. Rose's version, though good, would seem more appropriate in an episode of Sex and the City Part 3 -- showy, consumed and digested while wearing a pair of Manolo's pumps by Ms. Bradshaw. \nOverall, I would go again to Le Coucou just for the pageantry - as one makes his way past tables of ladies in sleek sleeveless black dresses and gold necklaces. The food was decent but, in my opinion, not aiming to be the star of this Vegas show.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful all around.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Without doubt the best meal I have ever tasted. Could for a second begin to put into words what I experienced last night as whatever I would say would prove wholly insufficient. If you can get a table. Then go. Don't miss out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic meal. Dishes built from traditional fine French cuisine updated for modern expectations. Flawless execution. Service was anticipatory in the best possible tradition, and sommelier provided great advice. Open kitchen showcases a proud, happy and relaxed team that moved with confidence. The kitchen was about 50% female, and great gender balance throughout the front-of-the-house. The entire experience was a revelation, and there is good cause for it to be difficult to get a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely fantastic! Loved the food for breakfast and atmosphere...just added to my all time favorite list of NYC restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious and tasty. The entree list is smaller than a lot of restaurants but the quality was superb. The rabbit was extremely tender and cooked three ways. The appetizer of chicken and foie gras was the best appetizer we had out of the three appetizers we tried. The service was really good, a little slow, but our water was always filled and everyone was extremely courteous. The place looked elegant and regal. It is a fantastic place to take someone on a special occasion and highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We celebrated my daughter's birthday last night and we couldn't have found a more perfect place to do it! Daniel Rose' refined French dishes were memorable and much had been written about it, but it is their impeccable service that was a rare find in today's new restaurants! There were 6 of us and we sat at the only large table towards the front of the restaurant. Even when I told them that another of my daughter had to work late unexpectedly, the waitstaff and the chef worked hard together to accommodate us. We were able to relax and enjoyed a bottle of champagne and a whole bunch of scrumptious hors \nd'oeuvres before she showed up more than an hour late! What could have been a disastrous dinner continued on to become a memorable night!\nAll of us will definitely go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful room and lighting. We loved every minute.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My family and I had breakfast on Sunday. The ambiance is perfect: white tablecloth, extremely comfortable chairs, beautiful china. The service was also very good. The food however was a disappointment. I never tasted a cup of coffee I couldn't drink except for Sunday . I asked to have the alternative brew which was marginally better. The menu was limited which in itself is not bad, but it had nothing out of the ordinary. Probably the most disappointing was my poached eggs (both of them) which were almost hard boiled!! Probably, dinners are better when the chef is in the kitchen , but I would not recommended for breakfast.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved it although the service was extremely slow and the waiter did not seem knowledgable with the dishes

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Do not walk, run to this restaurant. Food, service is perfect, but not stuffy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

PROS- romantic, atmosphere, food\n\nCons - none

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were a little concerned since the restaurant opened only 2 days ago but the A team was in place. The rooms are beautifully done. The service is professional, attentive but not fussy. And most of all, the food was very good. We started with oysters (bigger ones would be better) but the sauce was incredible. Next leeks, lobster salad, scallops - all shared. For entries - duck and steak. The foie gras that accompanied the duck was generous and delicious and were the potatoes with marrow. Wine selection was pricey but the helpful wine director suggested a wonderful petite Chablis at our requested $100 price point. For the entries, good choices of red by the glass. Last, we had the best rice pudding ever and gratis sorbet profiteroles. Too much to eat but thoroughly enjoyable evening. Th only problem will likely be getting a reservation when the press catches up. With the trip even from the upper east side.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Coucou has beautiful ambiance, great service and delicious food. Overall, I thought it was lovely.\nThe only negative was the portion size of the duck entree. It was ridiculously small, literally one slice, probably no more than one quarter of the breast. I order duck breast often and have never seen a portion anywhere near this tiny. I doubt I could get my dining companion to return; he ordered the duck and was starving when we got home.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Súper! Lovely place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic meal in a beautiful space.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

In three words, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. From the decor which is beautiful, to the service which was impeccable , to the food which was beautifully prepared and served. My wife had the sole which was prepared perfectly. I had the beef, with the bone marrow accompanied by the most delicious potatoes over braised oxtail. All in all a wonderful evening. Can't wait to go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had read a review that it was the restaurant of the century which certainly left us room to be disappointed. It did not disappoint. In fact we booked 2 other reservation on open table while we ate our heavenly deserts. One for brunch and one for dinner next month.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A great night, and a perfect dinner one of the best meals Ive had in NY get there before this place gets reviewed and you wont be able to grab a seat. The only problem was they did let my anniversary slip by but other than that it was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great, the quail is a must! Gabriel's service was awesome

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A team effort that is clearly reaching for the STARS. Based on one marvelous dinner they will achieve their goal . I look forward to further research. Peter J Sprague

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is just outstanding - what all restaurants should aspire to.\nExceeded my expectations - out of this world.\nLooking forward to going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Felt like I was in Paris - amazing food, service, and experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best new restaurants this year. I probably shouldn't say that since it will make it even harder to get a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful dinner at Le Cou Cou. I think it is my favorite restaurant space in Manhattan. Sophisticated and cozy at the same time, but not squeezed together with others. Service is wonderful; in fact it's hard to imagine they can keep so much staff on the floor at any one time and make a profit. It seems like there is one on-floor staff member for every two or three guests. Only reason I give the food a 4 instead of a 5 is that my wife's duck was a bit chewy. I'm finding this is more of a problem with duck than the restaurant - it always seems hit or miss. Dover sole with chanterelles was terrific, wonderful appetizers. Definitely a meat and fish eaters place, not much in the way of vegetarian options. Really a special restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Superb food - sole Veronique divine, beautiful setting, tables well spaced, excellent service - friendly knowledgeable staff, sound levels moderate - good buzz from conversation - didn't know music was playing until the gm said it was on at a very low level.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A better dining experience would be more than difficult to find! Every dish had a chasmic depth of flavor that made each bite revelatory. The wine pairings were thoughtfully sublime. I look forward to delving into the well curated wine list on our next visit. The decor & service were impeccable, bordering on transportive, back to a time when manners and elegance ruled the day.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is nice, the experience and attitudes not so much. I would like to preface that the negative review is for what happened at the end of the meal.\n\n-The over charged my card $700 (ran the bill too many times) which caused it to decline\n-Way too much attitude when they told me\n-They were annoyed that we spent 2 hours for dinner on a $400 meal\n-Attitude totally changed after the card issue even though I gave them another one\n\nAt the time I had not idea what they had done. I was very apologetic at the time and immediately gave him a new card. I could tell he was annoyed about it and that we took 2 hours, but I was with my Mom? I mean we had 3 courses each and spent over $400. Was it the tip was it the card, who knows. I really enjoyed it until the end - and man was I pissed the next day. That money was on hold for 2 days too. \n\nIt was nice but not worth the headache

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and ambience and service were all exceptional. The dishes were reasonably priced and my husband was sorry when his dish was finished- he saved me nothing! We cannot wait to return- soon, I hope!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Spring is one of my favorite restaurants in Paris, so I was excited to try Le Coucou. The evening exceeded my expectations: incredibly delicious food - taste, texture, presentation - served in a beautiful, spacious dining room by staff who are friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The perfect dining experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved this restaurant. The staff is outgoing and friendly. The food was exquisite. It was nice to experience traditional French cuisine. The gentle update to French classics was fantastic and highlighted the quality of the ingredients. The sommelier was very friendly and helped us choose an excellent bottle in our price range. We would love the chance to to visit again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went for breakfast and it was wonderful. The service was impeccable. Our water glass was always topped up, there was always somebody buzzing around our table without being intrusive or annoying. The pastries are the best I've had outside of France...and I llive in Montreal! Go without hesitation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner the other night. We were seated directly in front of the busy open kitchen - the best seats in the house! Portions are moderately sized and the menu items are varied and interesting. The wine list is well curated with good offerings at different price points. The room is beautiful and the service is friendly and professional, all of which makes for a perfectly delightful evening out. In addition to Daniel Rose who calmly controls the pass, there is a small army of chefs, cooks, servers, greeters and front-of-the-house managers who keep everything humming along in well-orchestrated fashion. I hope to return many times!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our experience was spectacular. The high level of the food was only matched by the extraordinary level of attention from the service staff. This is our new favorite dining room ambience and dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Phenomenal. Truly. Everything you'd want in a world class restaurant. And we are picky having lived in NYC from birth!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was truly outstanding. Only criticism is that half-way through the meal, our service changed from perfect to almost non-existent. Assume that is corrected, then this is one of the best restaurants in the City.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best restaurants in New York, if not the best.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

this is fantastic everything the food the service the whole decor just fabulous

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

With the exception of the very weird and almost nasty bartender at the front bar (I think his name was Jordan), everything else was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food! I loved everything about this restaurant! As advice;\nPair Salade de tomates et mangetout rafraîchis aux fraises with Sole Véronique if you will go with fish. If you want to go with beef try Filet de boeuf, jus à la moelle, queue dans la boulangère! It comes with oxtail potatoes on the side which to die for! Oh and I had Mousse au chocolat for desert which sent me to heaven! :)\nI will definitely go back to this place soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Run, don't walk to Le Coucou! We have been fans of Chef Daniel Rose from SPRING and La Bourse et la Vie in Paris. We are thrilled that he has come to the States, bringing his creative culinary genius to NYC. Our meal was fantastic--we were extremely happy to see the fried quail dish on the menu. It's something special! The atmosphere of the restaurant is truly upscale, with romantic lighting and a beautiful room. Chapeau, Chef! We'll be back for more

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is not so good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

the food and service was excellent. It was my friend's birthday and they sent us a second glass of wine on the house with out making a fuss. French service-not obtrusive, but caring. I had the duck and it was cooked to perfection with a wonderful sauce and foie gras--

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Having spent my entire life in NYC and its environs, and having dined at some of its most famous and renowned restaurants, this was by far the best meal that I have ever had in NYC. The food was superb, presented in remarkable fashion, with attentive and knowledgeable service. Michelin should place it at the top of its list for NYC.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We are longtime fans of Daniel Rose's great restaurant in Paris, Spring, but I didn't quite know what to expect from Le Coucou. I knew it would be ambitious and imagined it would be fun, but I didn't know how Daniel's sensibility would translate to the very different world of New York City dining. But I think the restaurant is a triumph. It takes Daniel's cooking to a new level, and responds to the edginess of New York, while retaining the warmth and conviviality of Spring. There were too many great dishes to mention in a short comment, but I found everything surprising, with unexpected flavor combinations and great depth. As with Spring, traditional cuisine is magnificently reimagined, with the complex quenelles appetizer and the rabbit and the duck main courses being particular standouts for me. I think the duck dish may be the best I've ever tasted, with an intensity of flavor I still think about. The wine list is interesting and excellent, the staff friendly and helpful, and the room very beautiful. This is very serious dining that is not at all stiff. It's not cheap, but for what you get, actually fairly reasonably priced. The only bad part is that this review will probably make it harder to get in the next time we want to go, but I had to be honest. A great addition to the New York dining scene.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was top notch! Went to dinner with 3 girlfriends here and had a wonderful time. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and even when crowded the noise level was very subdued, so conversation amongst ourselves was easy. I had recently been to the chef Daniel Roses restaurant in Paris called Spring, and Le Cou Cou also met my expectations on every level. Our waitress gave the perfect recommendations and treated us well. Cannot wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was a wonderful and fabulous opening night at Le Coucou. Being a big fan of chef Rose, dined at his famous restaurant Spring in Paris, Le Coucou gives an even more contemporary approach and statemdnt on the cuisine. The duck with foie gras, rabbit and seafood stew was delicious and memorable. The chocolate mouse was beyond perfection. The service was on point and the team was extremely helpful and friendly. The setting and the space are beautifully done, blending the French charm with New York's metropolitan feel. I haven't been this excited about a new restaurant opening for a while, will definitely go back to enjoy more dishes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A remarkably delicious restaurant with a breezy, beautiful ease about it. We so enjoyed our meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding is all I can say-if you are looking for a new 'special' place, this is it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have always remembered dinner at Guy Savoy in Paris as our most wonderful dining experience. A last minute squeezed in 5:30 3 hour ['at most', 'sorry, but we cannot do better'] reservation obtained by our hotel concierge which the restaurant turned into 6 hours of pure elegance. Le Coucou is now #2 on our list, ahead of Per Se in NY and 16 in Chicago and our home restaurants in L.A. Elegant but amusing dining rooms, a hustle and bustle of servers and support staff everywhere, and a truly wonderful and patient sommelier, almost taking us on a journey through the right and left banks of the Bordeaux region in response to our questions and desires (husband - mineral; wife - elegant). Our amazing head server did similar magic with us giving us many detailed options to consider for the interesting and often unique dishes. My wife's tastes are traditional and she ended up with a dover sole of the best kind; the flavor you dream of in that extraordinary fish (which is rarely actually 'Dover' sole on even expensive menus). I tend to the world of the more unusual and found both a tripe dish which came way down the road to a crazy sensation of Southern Fried well, Tripe and the bestbestbest foie gras I can remember accompanying of course the duck. It is that wonder of knowledgeable motivated people spending time with you to talk through all of their choices (neither the wine or food menu is meant to be something you've seen before) that made this into the same sort of experience we had in Paris. Kudos, Congratulations. Whatever. Go Le Coucou.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We really enjoyed our experience at Le CouCou. Everything about this restaurant was top-notch!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Room. Welcoming staff. Interesting menu to choose from. (Need to go back to try some more dishes). Food was fabulous. Nice to know that one does not have to fly to Paris to get one of Daniel's great meals. Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Food and Amazing atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my 2nd time at Le Coucou and enjoyed it as much as the first. Seriously good French cuisine and wine without the stiffness and formality. It's becoming one of my favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just wonderful- From Greeting to dessert-Food was fab! wines great choice- A true NY experience- Have the whole rabbit!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second visit to Le Coucou in a week as my wife and I wanted my brother visiting from the Midwest and my son to experience what we initially found was a very special place. Of course, we were not disappointed. From the moment when we sat down until we left, we were treated like the only customers there, made to feel special and welcome. We were able to find several new dishes that sparkled, like the Poireaux - brilliant in its simplicity and flavors - and the Pike, with a wonderful texture and layers of tastes. We also tried the Rack of Lamb (brilliant) and the Prime Filet (very good, but did not wow). Finally, in large part due to the presence of a 21-year old, we enjoyed the symphony of deserts, all excellent.\n\nThis wonderful Soho gem will only get better and better with time and experience, so we strongly suggest that one run, not walk, to enjoy its fabulous service, atmosphere and cuisine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A great addition to the NYC dining scene. Unique menu in a charming room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Coucou is an extraordinary restaurant. Daniel Rose is clearly one of the leading chefs in New York today as a result of this restaurant. The food was surprising, beautiful and delicious. This is not the place to go if one is not a little adventurous but it is absolutely worth it. The wine list was very nice and had a broad variety of different types and styles of wines and prices. The service was excellent, professional, discreet and not obsequious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We wanted to go to Le CouCou because we had been to Spring in Paris. Everything was excellent - the food, the wine. The food in fact was exquisite! And the sommelier guided us to a great bottle of wine, and also gave us a range of choices and price points, which I really appreciated. It's also great that they have a range of price points on their wine list. I feel like I'm quibbling a bit, but the fact is that for this amount of money it should have been a transformative experience and it wasn't. I was disappointed that a restaurant of this caliber did not have a gluten free bread option, particularly given the advanced notice and the fact that Spring does have a delicious gluten free bread option that they use. I've been trying to think about why it wasn't a magical evening, and I think it's that typical American problem of portion sizes. Some plates were TOO small (the appetizers, the scallop) and others were TOO large (the rabbit, the duck, and the chocolate mousse), and so you never reached that 'perfect, just enough' experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My sisters came to visit for three days. We went to Bouley, Jean George, and Daniel. Our favorite was Bouley and Le Cou Cou.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The portions are very small and the food with a couple of exceptions was far from memorable. Excellent wines with some moderately priced. Will no go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food and great atmosphere. The lobster and squash and duck were phenomenal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Food, great Chef, super ambiance. The fillet is absolutely great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Le Coucou was excellent. They strike a very good balance between French cooking underpinning (and I eat a lot of French food in France) and the chef's take on cuisine classics that prove to be exciting, but not inventive for inventiveness' sake. \n\nThe space is stylish and comfortable. And service is competent and not overbearing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent classic French cuisine and stellar service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Extraordinary! The duck and chocolate mousse are not to be missed! I'm looking for forward to my next visit and having the rabbit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, fabulous, very elegant food. Daniel Rose has created the perfect mixture of refinement and informality. His cooking is truly superb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Creative French cuisine with variety of small dishes to share and try. Great wine list for all price points, with excelkent selection. Self directed menu choices and make our own 'tasting' menu. Great addition to New York Downtown fine dining scene. Well done!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Le Cou Cou. It was the perfect evening. The food to the last bite was fabulous. We dined on Pike Quenelle, Dover Sole, Duck, Big Eye Tuna and Roasted Leeks all cooked to perfection. The best New NYCity restaurant opening for 2016.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food and service\nBeautiful building

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Stellar cooking, at least during the opening period. Having grown up in France, I can confidently say some of the dishes here are among the very best incarnations of their kind. This may in part be due to the fact the restaurant had just opened when we went, and was under the eye of the chef himself during that timeframe. Here's hoping the quality remains unchanged in the coming months and years.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, great wine, awesome service! Can't wait to go back !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was a great experience, we will come back next year!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

a very special dining experience.\nThe wait staff is the best in New York\nThe food is the best in New York\nPerfect spot for a special occasion or if you simply want to treat yourself

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic dining experience on every level. Staff is exceptionally well trained. Gracious and accommodating and knowledgable.\nFood was really beyond my expectations. A perfect dining experience. One I can hopefully repeate often.\nThank you for coming to New York!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was a fantastic experience. Gracious service, amazing food, beautiful atmosphere. Will be back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was absolutely wonderful with great nuances of flavor with just the right addition to accent the centerpiece ingredients. Daniel Rose, the chef knows what to combine to make each course sing. We were excited about Spring when we ate there in Paris and are so happy to have the chef and his talent in New York City

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic on every level. Great service excellent food wonderful atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I do not need to fly to PARIS with this exquisite newcomer a part of the NY dining scene.\nI would rate it 3 star and it has only bee onen 5 weeks.\nThe young chef is a SUPER STAR.... and his preparation is simply sublime.\nThe ambience is so lovely... and comfortable..with a beautiful immaculate open kitchen and beautiful white washed brick surrounds the dining room. The chandeliers obviously took much effort to choose and they are perfect for the space. The duck is like none I ever had prepared with a beautiful cherry sauce and the Quennelles (sp?) nothing less then perfect.. I have alredy gone two times and cannot wait to return. We tried many different dishes and everyone was thrilled..In fact one person said the rabbit was the best he has had in the whole world!!\nBook this one quickly as I foresee it being VERY hard to get\nEllie

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful French food with a twist is what I expected from this new restaurant by the young American who set Paris into shock when he opened Spring there a couple of years ago. The room is lovely - large and yet still feels intimate. Staff are attentive (and there are a LOT of them!) but not intrusive. From the bread course - with the most wonderful lardo - to dessert, every dish was well conceived and delicious. The young sommelier was spot on with her recommendation for a wine that would be appropriate for the food - even before we had ordered. This is not a cheap night out and for many would be considered a special occasion treat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wow - what a dazzling restaurant. Le Coucou has it all. Beautiful design, helpful and friendly and knowledgeable service, and the food... ah, the food. They had me at lardo, the peppery piggy spread served with excellent bread at the beginning of the meal. The food is the perfect blend of traditional French (try the cannelles) and inventively modern: we were there for the debut of the squash blossoms stuffed with lobster, a perfect summer dish. I'm still dreaming about that oyster hors d'oeuvres. Excellent wine list with some quirky, little known bottles (wine from Ontario, anyone?). Chef Daniel Rose, I'll be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really great experience dining at Le Coucou. They have an elegant space which is very tastefully executed. Think upscale and welcoming both at the same time. The service is another area that shines, 5 stars all the way with what seemed like a entire team of people who were both attentive and sincere (but never intrusive) attending to our meal. They really strive to accommodate, and they hit the mark. The food is by acclaimed chef Daniel Rose, and everything we tried was very good. The rabbit 'tout le lapin' and the veal 'langue de veau' being two that stood out in particular. Overall a great experience. Looking forward to going back, there were numerous other dishes (Bourride and the Duck) which looked very appealing that I would like to try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A great addition to the NYC restaurant scene. Met Daniel Rose, the chef, who could not have been more friendly and charming. All the staff was friendly, helpful and very nice. Made another reservation to return already.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

a new restaurant that has already lost its way - i dont know where to start even the ice tea that was so unrecognizable that it had to be sent back and no one could tell me what was in it- all of the food was tasteless at least the bread was great - staff was clueless and not knowledgeable - and for some insane reason the kitchen staff was urged to shout out the orders and break into song loudly enough to be heard in the very beautiful dining room \n\nthe room is so welcoming you wish you could live there now if only the restaurant deserved its space

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything from the food, wine and wait staff was amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We thought Le Coucou was a potentially excellent restaurant in the making. Everyone was trying very hard to be helpful and tres elegant, the service was mostly outstanding, but the food and portion size was variable, and it got so loud we couldn't hear one another as the tables filled. Examples: terrific duck with foie gras and cherries, rabbit in two fine delicate courses followed by a third based on onions and mustard that seemed out of step, an excellent Dover sole that could be consumed while the person with the rabbit was beginning the second course; water glasses always quietly filled but one course served while one person was not at the table. How one likes the room is a matter of taste. Whatever its wrinkles, most will likely be ironed out in time-- the one thing we could not excuse in this way is that we were charged a few dollars more than menu prices for some of what we ordered. That is simply not excusable under any circumstances. In a nutshell, it has potential but it has to get itself together and decide if it want to be Lutece or Louie's fancy bistro.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved Le Coucou. It's the sort of restaurant that you want to dress up for. Yet, it's not fussy or pretentious. Proper but in the best possible way. We felt welcome, looked after and special. Don't let the simple-sounding menu fool you. This is sophisticated fare executed with precision and respect for the ingredients.Delicious. Delightful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a fantastic meal with top notch service! Each course was so delicious and better than the next. Really a great place to go with friends or a date to have great conversation!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service. Food very good to great. (Not a bistro menu - no steak frites here!) Amazing oysters -- poached in butter? Wonderful, inventive strawberry-tomato salad. Eel appetizer with light curry vinagrette-- tasty, although maybe the breading was a little heavy. Winning rabbit entree three ways, nice duck entree with a slab of fois gras. Apricot dessert got thumbs-up from the birthday girl. Nice rice pudding, too. Nicely paced meal -- leisurely but not slow. Service very attentive but not hovering. They keep the water glasses filled, too. Expensive but not insultingly so -- happily, the wine list had some value options. My wife loved the decor -- the restaurant looks appealingly distressed. Beautiful open kitchen. Little details -- a tall candle on the table, the barware for her Manhattan, music in the restroom area 'Coucou, coucou.' Out of our league for regular dining but I hope we can go back at some point! More good wishes to you, Chef!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We loved having breakfast here & will be back again soon! Croissants were on point with the le creuset coffee press!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great staff, great food, great place. Overall wonderful experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First of all the place is a stunner with an amazing vibe. It's the kind of restaurant that you want to love. The only problem with the service was the length of time it took to get a drink when we sat down and a mgr. came over and took care of it immediately and comped another drink, nice! Appetizers were the weak part of the meal. Pike quenelles were rubbery and the lobster sauce was watery and lukewarm. I was shocked considering the chefs pedigree. Quenelles should melt in your mouth and the sauce should be creamy with intense lobster flavor. The other appetizer was scallop with black truffle. They served one scallop with a slice of truffle in between. The single scallop was overcooked and the truffle had no flavor. Summer truffles are usually nothing special so they should wait until Burgundy truffles are in season.\nThe main courses of Dover sole and halibut were perfectly cooked and delicious. They offered us dessert on the house but we declined as it was close to midnight. They really tried to make everything right. \nThe restaurant is brand new and I believe it will get better. We are going back in a month to try it again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding. Loved everything about it. Hits were the lamb, duck and leeks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This has all the ear-marks of a fine dining establishment. Each dish that we tried was superb and there wasn't a misstep to be found. Subtle flavors and assertive tastes alternated in each dish. A gem of a restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Let’s start with the ambiance. The floor is made of wide slats of reclaimed hardwood, which complement the whitewashed brick walls, and the clover shaped chandeliers. The front room is light and airy, with floor to ceiling windows, ideal for people watching. Further in, the décor turns more intimate. Tall, tapered candles stand atop the white tablecloth adorned tables. \n\nI was brought a trio of locally baked breads, with a variety of spreads, to begin with. I didn’t want to fill up on bread, but it was so delicious, that I ate almost all of it. For my appetizer, I ordered the fried quail, which apparently must have taken longer to come out than usual, because the chef came out personally to apologize for the wait, and to deliver a complimentary veal terrine with pickled milkweed. I’m one of those people that loves terrines, pates, and rillettes, so I may be biased, but this was among the tastiest I have had. When the quail arrived, it was topped with an herb butter and lemon confiture. The batter was crisp, light, and nicely seasoned. The quail was deboned, except for a small bone, more ornamental than anything else that was on the end of each half, and the meat pretty much melted in your mouth. I highly recommend this dish.\n\nThe rabbit was what I chose for my entrée, and I was happy that I did. It came out in three different stages, each more tender than the last. Each plate, pot, or bowl, had a different part of the rabbit, each cooked in a different fashion. You literally got to eat everything. I love game, and it’s a true pleasure to see it cooked so well. To finish, I had the chiboust a la vanilla, at the suggestion of my server. Cooked, red wine infused cherries are the base of the dish, which is then topped with a wafer and chiboust-cream, soufflé-like pastry. Terrible description, I know, but I tried. Anyways, it was delicious. A perfect end to a perfect meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We all read menus on line before we even enter the eating establishment. We want to be excited about that favorite dish to order, some want to address dietary needs before hand, or maybe you just want to google some of the key ingredients listed to figure out what the hell it is, which with the menu at Le Coucou, was precisely what I did. Very helpful actually, as it is quite the classy french restaurant, so some more than pedestrian knowledge of the cuisine would actually do you a favor here. Obviously, I do not know much about french cuisine, but I owe a thank you to the chef and team at Le Coucou to show me what I have been missing out on all these years. Truly one of the best meals that I have ever had in NYC. And the staff were all very lovely, as expected, but watch out for the tall handsome bartender and his suave cocktail making.. we had seven of them and there were only two of us!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Absolutely fantastic! top to bottom, the whole experience was incredible. Definitely get the duck with foie gras/cherries and the cheese plate. Sommelier makes wonderful recommendations! We wanted to share entrees so we could try different things, and the server coursed the dinner so we did not have to awkwardly swap food/plates. simply lovely!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant is amazing. Chef Daniel Rose has been able to recreate his vision of his Paris hotspot, Spring, in the US. Go now before it receives a NYT three star rating. The prices are reasonable for food of this quality. The duck breast with a large piece of fois gras was cooked to perfection. With filet of beef with potatoes with oxtail was exceptional. The wild halibut with clams, mussels and a langoustine in a seafood fennel broth was wonderful. This restaurant shares recipes that are tweaked to elicit the freshness of the ingredients.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Remarkable food and service and space. Just a wonderful evening and only opened for its 4th day. Can't wait to go back. New Yorkers will love Le Coucou.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were very eager to eat at Le Coucou since we had all tried to eat in the chef's restaurant in Paris. We liked the space immensely. The chef is charming. Too many managers around and the staff is developing its sea legs. The restaurant had only opened 6 days before.\nSome dishes were the best ever: quenelles, duck, and sea bass. Eel and tripe appetizers so breaded and fried that they lost any individuality and taste. Veal terrine excellent as was the bonito crudo on the asparagus. We will definitely return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Considering this was their 3rd day of operation, we felt they did a very fine job. The service, both food and wine was excellent; charming and knowledgeable. The room is beautiful, most unlike hotel dining. The tripe app was perfect. The quenelles,although singular came with two gorgeous poached lobster claws, the sauce, not the usually creamy affair, but a rarefied essence of lobster, yum! The rabbit trio was best of all, a dolled up melt in your mouth loin, the fore legs 'au Pot',a delight, and the leg, only a bec fin could detect a slight overcooking\n The only disappointment was the dessert, mousse au chocolat ($12) consisted of a thick chocolate sauce covered in lots of chocolate shavings that appeared to be made by a potato peeler passing over a hunk of cold chocolate, no mousse at all. The petit fours bordered on pathetic.\n I'm not one to go to a brand new restaurant, but it was my bithday, and I'm glad I did.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best dining experience in years for us. Compares favorably with the best food we have had all over Paris and London. Cannot wait for a return visit !!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was a splendid experience dining at Le Coucou tonight. Food was very good, beautifully plated and portions were generous. Standout dishes were fried tripe, rabbit cooked three ways and chocolate mouse. It's slightly different from the traditional French cuisine (not too heavy or rich) and we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of chef Daniel's mastermind. Loved the approachable, friendly and non-stiff service. Roman and Williams did a fabulous job at making the interior rustic chic. Like the touch of Aesop at the toilet too. Go Aussie handsoap :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This will be IMHO one of New York's most-loved restaurants. Go while you can still get in. (If the cherry chibouste is still on the dessert menu, go for it.) The service was exemplary. The chef served two of the dishes himself. We felt very fortunate to have been so well fed and so graciously served.

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