Back in New York, there was one restaurant on top of my must try list: Le CouCou.

A new, but classic French restaurant that’s a fresh addition to all the casual, cool, low key spots. Not that I don’t like those too, but sometimes you’re in the mood for something more.

The men behind it are Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris and Stephen Starr, behind many restaurants in The States including Buddakan.

The dining room in Le CouCou is stunning and reminiscent of an old classic. You’re met by a beautiful bar, sparkling chandeliers, white table cloths and flowers on each table. The waiters are properly dressed in black and white, no denim shirts here! There’s something old school about this place, and I like it! But it does have a modern twist: exposed brick walls and kitchen.

The menu is French without a doubt: lentil soup, tatare de boeuf, pommes frites and mousse au chocolat. I went for a decadent lunch (they serve a prix fixe 2 course menu) on Valentine’s Day, but would absolutely love to come back at night – or even for brunch.

You’ll find Le CouCou inside the 11 Howard Hotel.


138 Lafayette Street, New York, Lecoucou.com


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