The best part of traveling for me is discovering novel places to dine and experiencing diverse types of food and preparation.

Le Coucou is spearheaded by master restaurateur Stephen Starr who knows how to create the right ambience, vibe and food selection. Located in the SOHO neighborhood near Chinatown in New York City, Le Coucou is a gem.

Le Coucou is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving French cuisine with an American twist. Chef Daniel Rose makes Le Coucou an inviting place to dine with his beautifully prepared, fresh and delicious food.

We went for lunch on a recent trip to New York and had the lobster and the entrecote for our main dishes with a side of luscious pommes frites. Then again we returned for breakfast and we had the avocado toast with poached eggs and the omelette with delicious gruyere and herbs. We couldn’t resist the fresh croissant and pain au chocolate that are part of the breakfast sides as pastry treats melted in our mouths. Calories were not a concern when we savored the dishes and sides at Le Coucou.

The ambience on a side street on Lafayette is inviting and the décor is charming, romantic and soothing. You leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind when you walk into Le Coucou. My experience was so soothing that I look forward to returning for dinner on my next trip to the city.