Le Coucou, the new Soho French restaurant from restaurateur Stephen Starr and acclaimed chef Daniel Rose, opened its doors for dinner this week. The extravagant space, designed by the firm Roman + Williams, features oak tables, white tablecloths, an antique triple French door, and a huge mural intended to "invoke the intimacy of nature," according to the restaurant. Rose, an American-born chef who earned acclaimed for his Parisian restaurant Spring, aims to bring France to New York at Le Coucou — but with many American ingredients.
The opening dinner menu includes dishes like veal terrine with pickled milkweed, buckwheat fried Delaware eel with a curry vinaigrette, and a Maine scallop crudo. Regular Starr restaurant pastry chef Daniel Skurnick helms the dessert menu here as well, offering a rice pudding, chocolate mousse, and thyme sorbet with almonds. Le Coucou, located at 138 Lafayette St., will soon also debut breakfast and lunch. Check out the space and menu below, and let us know what you think if you stop by.