You'll go coocoo for Le Coucou

Daniel Rose's Le Coucou has been a huge sensation in the NYC food scene this year. After they won the prestigious James Beard Foundation award for Best New Restaurant reservations were even more difficult to make. Luckily we scored reservations on a beautiful Friday night and we enjoyed a luxurious 2 1/2 hour dinner with a bottle of Cabarnet Franc and of course some of the best French food I've had in the city. And while the food at Le Coucou certainly stands out the ambience deserves to be lauded just as much. Every table is candlelit, the space itself is huge giving you more than enough space to enjoy your company and you'll see for yourself how harmoniously every chef and sous chef works in the open kitchen. This restaurant certainly deserves to be on your list of places for special occasions but you can always just treat yourself too, right?

beef cheek and foie gras terrine, sherry vinaigrette

beef cheek and foie gras terrine, sherry vinaigrette

sweetbreads, cream, tarragon, maitake mushrooms

sweetbreads, cream, tarragon, maitake mushrooms

buckwheat fried Montauk eel, vinaigrette au curry

buckwheat fried Montauk eel, vinaigrette au curry

lamb rack, eggplants, tomatoes stuffed with “choulder and chard”

lamb rack, eggplants, tomatoes stuffed with “choulder and chard”

grilled squab, fricassé of lobster and squab bits, potato purée

grilled squab, fricassé of lobster and squab bits, potato purée

pistachio ice cream, cherries, kirsch

pistachio ice cream, cherries, kirsch

Favorites

1. Sweetbreads, cream, tarragon, maitake mushrooms- I was very tempted to lick the dish afterwards to get every bit of that incredible cream sauce. This dish is full of herb aroma and the texture on the sweetbread pairs so well with the sauce. Every dish should be this well crafted!

2. Lamb rack, eggplants, tomatoes stuffed with “choulder and chard”- This lamb rack was the best one I've ever had. Everything from the marinade, grill and moisture reaffirms that the chefs at Le Coucou are amazing at what they do. The stuffed tomatoes were good but the lamb rack easily overshines it.

3.  Baked Alaska with pistachio ice cream, cherries, kirsch- This is a wonderful boozy (brandy) dessert with pistachio ice cream and cake layered in. Although simple, it was the perfect ending to a decadent meal.