What Insiders Are Saying
For your next special occasion/fancy night out dinner in SoHo, consider the French fine dining at Le Coucou.
I have long heard about Le Coucou before about it's traditional and unique take on Parisien cuisine, I was looking for an authentic experience but I have to say I'm extremely disappointed. Compared to other french restaurant in New York like cafe boulud, Daniel, the food is just way below average, not to mention food in Paris. To be fair, I think the decoration and ambience are good, very romantic atmosphere. The service during dining is good, but they totally missed my girlfriend's checked coat. I came for a lunch two course menu. I also ordered pomme frites and a bottle of cider. I have to say the dishes we tried are so disappointing. The foie gras terrine is fine, but the skate cheeks is simply horrible. I don't think the fish is well prepared, the smell is so strong you just cannot enjoy it by itself. You could cover it up by the sauce but the sauce is just so sour for me. For the main course, the chicken and foie gras is ok, but just too rich. Bavette à la Bourguignonne is also so rich you simply cannot finish everything. There is no balance of the dish. The steak itself is so hard on the outside and not tender at all inside. So in general I'm really disappointed. I really like French cuisine and I would really love to say a good word, but Le Coucou just didn't give me much of a choice. I don't know if it's because the lunch menu is significantly worse than the dinner. If that's the case then don't bother to have a lunch menu because people would want to have the same quality of food.
Everything was awesome.
duck and terrine are perfect！
There are no words to describe how perfect Le CouCou is
My favorite restaurant in Manhattan!
Birthday dinner. Amazing food
We loved the decor and the service was great. our starters where amazing. We had the Oysters and the Sea Urchin. The Oysters where the best we have ever had. Our main course was slightly disappointing. We had the duck and I expected a different taste. Something was missing...my friend had the Bouillabaisse and she loved it!
Beautiful setting, very attentive service and best of all interesting and well executed dishes! All adds up to a most enjoyable experience.
Always a treat... and great value... might cost a little more, but worth every penny!
Outstanding all around! Both the food and service were incredible. Le CouCou is one of the most professional restaurants at which I have had the pleasure of dining. Definitely worth a trip.
I would say compared with other French restaurants, food was decent and delicious and deserves the one star Michelin rating.
This is a great and very romantic restaurant.
Loved it. The entire experience was wonderful!
We had a lovely meal at Le Coucou, and in particular I must complement the somm for the excellent pairings he chose to accompany our various courses. Bravo to all involved.
For a special occasion this romantic special restaurant is worth the high pricetag. The food is different and fabulous and the wine list (for French choices) is among the best but quite overpriced
Great and unique experience. A perfect spot for both lunch and dinner, both casual and when celebrating.
Le Coucou was a nice lunch with beautiful presentations, although somewhat on the pricier side of things. Both of us were full from lunch, even though the portion sizes were not that big due to the richness of the food. If you come, I suggest pairing a lighter dish such as oysters or fish with the heavier meats. My friend got both fried veal and steak and it ended up being too heavy for one meal, and you might miss out on the excellent desert.
Huîtres, Granité aux Algues – Obviously fresh as you would expect from any good restaurant, but I think the seaweed ice added another dimension to the oyster dish. You had the fresh ocean feel from the oyster mixed with this small icy burst for an interesting taste.
Crépinette de Volaille au Foie Gras et Fruits – The chicken itself was well-seasoned but nothing exceptional. What was exceptional, however, was the fruit on top and the foie gras encased in the middle of the chicken. The foie gras became infused with the flavor of the surrounding meat, and alongside the actual sauce on the side combined with a taste of the pineapple and puree made for a single mouth-watering bite.
Baba au Rhum – Definitely one of the better deserts I’ve had, and something to try for anyone going for a desert where the alcohol in it is more than just a hint. Unlike something like Tiramisu where the alcohol is just a small part of the dish, here it was as important as the pastry and the filling. The rum/rum sauce at the bottom was sweet, counter-balancing the heaviness of the rum itself. The pastry itself was light and fluffy, while the filling was smooth and creamy. It all came together in a way that allowed the pastry to absorb the rum, balancing out the taste in a delicate way.
Great! Brought our daughter here to celebrate Spring Break!
This is the best restaurant in New York.
I had a wonderful time at LeCoucou. The service was outstanding, the food was spectacular, and the ambience was beautiful and elegant. Christian, my bartender, was very knowledgeable and suggested exactly the perfect cocktail. Like he read my mind. The somm (forgot his name) was so kind and I thoroughly enjoyed his pairings. My server was professional and very helpful. Thank you all for being such a great lunch date for a solo diner. The host was a little cold and not entirely inviting, but everyone else was just wonderful. Thanks again!
Lovely and elegant.
Atmosphere is cozy yet sophisticated. Service was a bit aggressive. Felt like we were being rushed. Had the halibut dish which was very good. Flavorful, light and delicate. Not sure but seemed like the menu was very similar to last year when we came.
Very nice way to celebrate a loved ones birthday.
Certainly worthy of a special night out. Wonderfully attentive service without being ostentatious.
Staff is very cordial and pleasant. The food is very French and well explained by the waitress. Nice visit. Remembered the birthday also.
Food was delicious and service was great. However, something wasn’t quiet fresh as I
Special lunch with my daughter
Lovely meal. Very very attentive service. Could have used more explaining about what signature dishes there were and perhaps more about the restaurant- like why are the chefs shouting “Oui” so that it’s audible in the dining room... I can guess but I’d like to know!
don’t know why all the Asian will put at inside area, and all the Caucasian are seated at window side. Feels like there’s zone divided for coloured skin.
Incredible seat in the back room. Incredible food. Hot Patrons!
Amazing experience - great choice for a romantic date night
They have a Prix fixe lunch menu with a variety of choices and upgrades. Excellent service and food quality. Will definitely return.
Consistently one of the best dining experiences that we have in all of New York City. We love George he is our favorite Attendant. The cocktails are amazing you need to have one with any meal I don’t care if it’s breakfast.
Fantastic food in a wunderdul ambiance! Would def. come back!
Le Coucou may be NY's finest restaurant and a blast from the past in terms of extraordinary French Cuisine and the ambiance and service that go together with it. It is a joy to dine there.
Ambiance was beautiful. Food was delicious. Loved the open kitchen with very friendly cooking staff. My only complaint was that the service was TOO FAST! In a lovely dining spot with a beautiful long white singular candle on the table, white table cloth and soft lighting, one expects to linger a bit between and over each course. We felt rushed by our waitress! It was a shame. She was lovely but just served us too fast! We would have liked to have lingered.....
A bit pretentious/neurotic since the Michelin star
this was really delicious, I have to come back to taste all the menu!
An incredible evening! We booked Le Coucou for my husband ‘s birthday and loved every minute of our evening. Every dish we tried was phenomenal, service impeccable and ambiance was warm, fun and inviting. We had a fantastic time. Will be back.