Le Coucou

4.7
2288 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
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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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.
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4.7
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4.8
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top 5 in the city- Phenomenal

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magnifique expérience au coucou! Tout était parfait

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Stellar ambiance

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JC
128 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love French cooking and they do it so well, I wish we could have gone again. Next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was really good but the service was not as good

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g
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

This was my 2nd time at le Coucou and I was as disappointed by the food than the first time.
My wife had the potato soup which was more of a cream soup , too rich for this kind of soup and no flavor.
My quenelle ( pike) was sitting in a very sour champagne sauce , more fit for a salad than a pike.
Following I had a steak tartare cut by a knife , the pieces were so big that it was more like an uncook steak than a steak tartare, further more the seasoning was all around the plate and not mixed. If I want to prepare a meal myself , i will stay home next time .
Le Coucou is a "want to be" high end restaurant , too rich for real french cuisine and not living to its expectation . Very disappointing overall. Service is impeccable i must admit as well as very elegant place.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Sunday breakfast!

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SC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Bad value for money, noisy, waiters not really helpful, pretentious but not classy

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P
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful meal.. That said, they should consider comping drinks if you wait over 30 minutes past a reservation to be seated. It is really a basic courtesy.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely meal! Upscale, the food was rich but delectable

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s
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favorite restaurant

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OT
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Honestly mediocre food.

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SS
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an experience! Everything was flawless, from the service to the food to our table. It was a lovely lunch that we hope to do again soon.

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KB
216 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had a fabulous day-after Valentine’s Day lunch at this very fine restaurant. We especially recommend the fried veal’s head, the chicken with foie gras, and the quenelle in champagne sauce. The latter was so delicious that I ordered a second portion for my dessert!!!! We can’t wait to return for another excellent dining experience!!!!

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KF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Worthy of its Michelin star. Food, service and ambience impeccable!

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Y
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went on Valentine’s Day lunch.It was not a scene very calm with excellent service.Because it was full of twos the table was spacious. Food was very good,my wife had the quenelles and she said the seasoning was a notch up from a prior visit.My duck was certainly worth a return visit. Good selection of wines by the glass.The wine list is comprehensive but if you want older vintages you will pay a lot.Overall this is one of the few Manhattan restaurants which can match the better Paris restaurants in gracious service and anticipating your wants before you have asked. If only it was not so hard to get a dinner reservation before 10pm.

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JE
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here for Valentine’s Day and we had a wonderful dinner. Menu is not cheap, but comparably speaking, and considering the quality of the food, it’s reasonable. Best part of the meal were all the fantastic sauces. And not for nothing, the fresh bread and Vermont Creamery butter was a lovely start to the meal.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

4/5. My boyfriend and I went there for dinner and were impressed by the overall ambience. It was romantic and private, especially when we got a table at the corner. We had a foie gras terrine to share. It didn’t come with brioche as I expected, but it had a very fresh and creamy taste. For entree, I had grilled pigeon and he had Filet Mignon. The presentation of food was great but the flavor was not impressive. Our favorite part would be the dessert. We had Mille Feuille, which had crispy and delicate layers with pineapple cream! In all, we enjoyed the dinner there!

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ER
17 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

A gorgeous & comfortable room, that looks like a place you’d see in a movie. But our server was too cold & formal, absent for long stretches and did not seem to genuinely care about our enjoyment of the meal.
Sommelier was very friendly and helpful, but we did not like the white wine he recommended and the red wine was just OK. I asked to stay under $200 a bottle, but that is very hard to do on this extensive & expensive wine list. Both of his recommendations were in the mid-$200s range and were most definitely not worth the money.

Based on a prior visit and recent reviews, I expected most dishes to be excellent. With 6 people in our party, each ordering 3 courses, I tasted almost all of the 18 dishes that crossed our table. I did not think that any of the dishes I tasted was excellent, except for the lamb. The beef has a mushy consistency and lacked much flavor. It reminded me of the inferior filet mignon that some steakhouses serve on their Restaurant Week menu. The duck for 2 was served barely at room temperature, a little fattier than I like it and it tasted just OK. I order duck just about any time I see it on a menu and this version of duck Brest was slightly below average, in my experience. The bread & butter were excellent.

At these prices, I expected the food to be excellent across the Board. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff space and food

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Super nice !

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B
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!!! Everything was perfect from the moment we walked in!,,

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

bday lunch with girls
the server were rude
seafood cooked not well
bar tender is super nice and settings are good

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M
12 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

really beautiful restaurant. Great for special occasion. Our waiter was an absolute delight. Would prefer more comfortable seating - but that is personal.

Overall, would definitely visit for a third time.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Maitre d (blonde female with shoulder length hair) was horrible. She couldn’t find my coat for 10min and when she finally found it, she literally threw it at me.

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AO
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding- ambience, service., food.
Anxious to return !!!

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M
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Classic lunch in NYC and a great value. Great service there is nothing like it downtown for sure. I had this classic purée to start and the duckling.

Both were amazing. Black bass was outstanding as well

Cheese plate and lemon tart for dessert. Great lunch!!!

The woman at the front has a little attitude. I guarantee she won’t last. The wait staff however was amazing.

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DY
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

There are equally compelling--and greater, more interesting--options available in NYC within the price range (and with similar acclaim). The service was perfunctory and not warm; when our server found out that the diners in our neighboring table came from a familiar part of the country, the level of attention was markedly different than what we received.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I thought they were trying too hard. The “bouillabaisse” tasted flat. Duck was too sweet. Steak was quite good. I just had heard it was so great so maybe was a little
Disappointed.

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R
14 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been several times. It's always a perfect experience.

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44 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food...great, really great. Service....okay, but inconsistent. Ambience......very good. Definitely worth the effort to get a reservation.g

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AK
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Quite a small menu- French classics like tete de beau, Riz de veau, but also some dishes if you do not want these “ gourmandise” as they call it. The halibut was excellent as well as their version of a fish soup. Attentive staff, great interior. Great cocktails, high wine prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best place to have a beautiful breakfast !

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hard to decide whatq was better - the food, service or ambience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Magical evening

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RG
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upon entering the decor immediately captures the fine experience you are about to enjoy. The service is well timed so as not to wait nor to feel rushed. I would prefer the tables in some areas a bit further apart since the whole feeling is so intimate. The food preparation and presentation was flawless. We felt warmed and welcomed in a way that is hard to achieve out of a home atmosphere.

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k
8 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food is very good- authentic, classic French bistro dishes which have fallen out of favor in many restaurants (sweetbreads, bouillabaisse...) with a slight contemporary edge. We had a lovely meal, but for the price next time we might favor Robuchon or Boulud whose dishes are more creative. If you are looking for traditional French cuisine and willing to pay for it, this is an excellent choice. Given the stellar reputation and extremely pricey menu, I would have expected top-notch service at this restaurant. Not the case. We found the staff to be a bit uppity and forgetful. We were seated at our table 25 minutes after our reservation. Though they did offer us a shared appetizer on the house, they didn't seem very apologetic while we were waiting which added to our frustration.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The most memorable dining experience. Service was outstanding and food even better. Most definitely worthy of a Micheline Star.

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W
119 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have loved Le CouCou since it opened. It is a beautiful space, service is always a nice balance between formal and friendly, the menu is interesting and the food never disappoints.

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