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Le Coucou

138 Lafayette St. (Howard St.) Send to Phone
In partnership with restaurateur Stephen Starr, Chicago-native Daniel Rose brings Paris dining to SoHo.
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Le Coucou, New York, NY

Le Coucou Restaurant Review

: It’s a relaxed but lavish affair at Daniel Rose’s first restaurant in the United States. After nearly two decades of high-profile cooking in Paris, most notably at the esteemed Spring, chef Rose has created a NYC dining experience redolent of the great French restaurants of times past, but with his very current twist. The room is beautiful, soft-toned brick adorned with crystal chandeliers and candles as you might find at any fine dining establishment, but it’s not stuffy. Nor is the service or the food. While the dishes may sound like ones you’ve perused before on a French menu, each has the mark of Rose, prepared with skill and a combination of ingredients that spin a classic on its head. Among the hors d’oeuvres that precede the gourmandises and the mains are the standout Wagyu tripe, fried with panko bread crumbs and cut into strips, and the asparagus with raw tuna, dressed with smoked wood vinegar. While the selections will change seasonally, some of the items we hope will remain include the sweetbreads, served in a copper pot in a rich sauce of crème de tomate and tarragon. Rose’s duck is a composed plate of duck heart, duck breast, olives, foie gras, and Mission Fig reduction. Desserts like chiboust aux figues or chocolate mousse are also prepared with a Rose touch, like the shaved chocolate pieces placed over the bowl of rich chocolate. The European and U.S.-focused wine list is extensive.

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