138 Lafayette St (Canal & Grand St)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 271-4252
Breathtaking is the best way to describe Le Coucou, Chef Daniel Rose and restaurateur Stephen Starr's classic French restaurant in SoHo. Whitewashed brick, towering windows and massive chandeliers await. Candelit tables with white linen tablecloths adding to the romance that graces this remarkable space. Rose's menu pays tribute to French technique with dishes of warmed oysters with seaweed butter, lobster tail with sauce lauris, and dover sole with grapes and champignons. There are raw bay scallops with chestut and clementine, as well as, chicken and foie gras with roasted plum. Entrees bring duck with cherries and black olives; and Tout le lapin (all of the rabbit). Desserts come with a contemporary twist. Look for Red Wine Cherries and Mousse au Chocolat. A 600-bottle wine list and seasonal cocktails are also available.
- Thomas Rafael