Le Coucou

4.7
2212 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris has made his way to NYC to open a restaurant with famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Expect to experience chef’s personal vision of classic French cuisine in the most charming of settings designed by Roman and Williams.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:00AM - 10:30AM
Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Dinner: Sunday 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 271-4252
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Rose
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Howard & Canal
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Public transit
6, R, J, Z to Canal Street

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.1

For your next special occasion/fancy night out dinner in SoHo, consider the French fine dining at Le Coucou.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 2212 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food but very pricey. Go here for a very special occasion and every dollar spent will be well worth it!!

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J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a great experience. My partner had a wonderful birthday. The food, service, and ambiance were all perfect. We will be back.

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F
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way

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n
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional French dining in a modern, fresh and welcoming space. We spent two glorious hours here for a relaxed and delightful Sunday brunch. The service is absolutely top notch—but not stuffy or formal in any way. Guillermo went out of his way to help us with all of our questions and everything was perfect. Listen to the staff recommendations for food combinations. They really know their stuff. Killer wine list. Just can’t give it enough praise. We’ll be back soon!

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AL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing Food!!!!! This was our second time, and the food is still amazing. We had Quenelle de Brochet “Route de Reims” , Chou Farci aux Fruits de Mer, La pêche locale « souvenir de Marseille » (BEST bouillabaisse we've ever had), Agneau de Colorado en Deux Services (BEST lamb we've ever had). Omelette Norvégienne was fun and tasty.

Great Service! (Thanks, Ethan.)

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HL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice, great ambiance, good food.

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MH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An experience not to be rushed. Come prepared to let go of the world outside and just enjoy attentive service and delicious, well prepared food.

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JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very beautiful and romantic place. The menu is very small, but all the dishes are unusual and very exquisite! Great service, ideal ambience!

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the first time ever, the main dishes took extra time to be served.
Otherwise, always a pleasure

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KL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Food - Service - Ambience wonderful

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c
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space and wonderful service. Oyster and scallop appetizers were great. Wine pairing was well thought out and executed. Mains were fine. Poached halibut uninspiring.... local fish was basically deconstructed fish soup with overused miso. Sorry to be harsh, but with the pomp and the prices, I expect more. Wanted to be obsessed.

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NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lucky for me the Quenelles were on the menu - this time last year they weren’t due to the deep freeze affecting Europe and the US. Wine list is amazing at all points. Service is attentive and while I can see why some reviewers think the staff can appear cold we’ve had great and warm service when we’ve been there. I think le Coucou has gotten better now that it’s entering its third year.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

None of our waiters, runners, anyone attending to us smiled. I felt unwelcome. Cold and jarring service, but good food.

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

I thought it was a three course menu but was surprised to find they charge for desert and upcharge for many items are high and annoying but what we had was fantastic

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great!

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

Exceptional on every level... ambiance, service and food , all of it!!

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JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. High dining with downtown accessibility. Absolutely superb food. A few moderately priced wine choices. Excellent cocktails. A worthy splurge.

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was with a friend that had been to all other Daniel Rose restaurants and came in from California to go to this one - this is my second visit and I only went again to make her happy. I had the pidgeon and it was overly sauced giving the plate an overall muddy look - the leek starter was better than the main course. The wine prices are ridiculously high and the service was far different than when I was first at the restaurant - not nearly as good. We had to ask for black napkins - they should have been offered when we sat down. I had the apple dessert that featured apples caramelized to bitterness with a tasteless piece of puff pastry. This is the last time for me - I find Le Cou Cou to overpriced and not worth my hard earned money.

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Was really disappointed in the flavoring of the food. Was a special birthday celebration and really didn’t enjoy unfortunately.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I went to celebrate my 33rd birthday and everything was going great until there was a mixed up with our food order and the waitress brought my boyfriend an extra Halibut dish, so we told her politely that it was only one order. She took one order back to the kitchen visibly upset, then came back and literally tossed a place on the table without even looking at us and left. My boyfriend wanted to leave the restaurant, but it was my birthday, I didn’t want to ruin it because of that. Otherwise everything is great in that restaurant. But that specific situation ruined it.

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I liked the duckling we ordered in particular but everything we ordered tasted amazing. I like the romantic setting and industrial design.
It's not a restaurant I would go to regularly or with small children but perfect for date nights and special occations.

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n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service has slipped considerably. Food was outstanding as usual!

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RJ
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Will definitely return

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BB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service but I was disappointed for the first time with the bar noir and the oysters. Both were a bit “fishy”. Everything else was incredible like every other time I’ve been there. The scallops were incredibly fresh

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LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dishes, wonderful service!

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l
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to Le CouCou several times and never been disappointed. The food is elegant and inventive. Service is attentive if sometimes a little distracted during busy times. Servers are very careful to check on any allergens one might be worried about. The atmosphere is "shabby downtown chic" without being tacky. And it is quiet so you can hear what your dinner companions have to say without their shouting. I will continue to go back and take friends.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday lunch, it’s a pre fixed 2 course menu not including dessert. Out of everything we had I would recommend the Quenelle de Brochet and the Babette a la Bourguignonne. For dessert we had the chocolate noir which was very rich but fantastic if you really like chocolate. It is a beautiful restaurant with great service so I would recommend for a special occasion (since it’s very pricey).

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern white cloth table decor. Each course was great. Had the lobster and lam chops. Lobster came in 3 plates. Great presentation.

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DM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional and our waiter suggestions were spot on. The skate cheeks were flavorful filling and surprising with the right amount of citrus.

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EB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless on every level cannot wait to return

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AW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing. We had the halibut and the sole, which were so delicious. For dessert we had the Crêpe Soufflé au Citron, which is highly recommended. The service and ambiance were excellent as well.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than ever! Crepinette is still my all time favorite

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Preparation elegant. Sauces out of this world. A particular favorite was the Halibut and Sweetbreads.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unobtrusive, elevated and intuitive service. Leek with hazelnut was classic done perfectly - a very memorable dish. Any of the other dishes are also a safe bet. Desserts were well executed, not too sweet; you can tell Sebastian Rouxel oversees the STARR pastry program. Get the Mont Blanc or Baked Alaska!

Food was about $400.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Enormous disappointment! Rude and disengaged waiters, zero atmosphere (no background music, rushed to order). Food was good (except for appetizers, which was very much unappetizing), but will never return again - and will discourage people who are considering dining at this overpriced pretentious establishment. Wanna-bees.

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! So beautiful! Great food, service, and ambiance are all tip top!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was absolutely mediocre, most interesting menu items unavailable

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Amazing service and the food is delicicous!

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