NYC | LE COUCOU
POIREAUX leeks and hazelnuts
LOBSTER CREPE with tomato sauce
CROQUE MADAME ham and gruyere sandwich, eggs, and béchamel
Irresistible view of the bar. Having a fancy cocktail by yourself while admiring this beauty would be a fantastic way to #treatyoself.
Le Coucou is definitely one of the most highly sought after spot in the city right now. Reservations are pretty hard to get, that even with an awkward 10 PM slot you might still be saying "score!" after hitting the reserve button. With that in mind, I got a reservation for brunch a few weeks in advance (I heard dinner was super pricey so wanted to test it out for brunch first) and we were able to have a nice, cozy brunch on a snowy Saturday afternoon.
One thing you must get: the pastry basket. Seriously, you will want to come back for this. It comes with pain au chocolat, kouign amann, and a savory piece with cheese (pastries came out warm, so we dug in immediately). It signaled a fantastic start to our brunch.
For our main, we were recommended to get Poireaux (read 'leeks') with hazelnuts and Croque madame. I thought leeks would have been served at a warmer temperature, but it was stone cold. But it definitely was one-of-a-kind dish that you could not get anywhere else. Croque madame was a brick-thick, yet delicately soft treat to warm us up.
Now on to the lobster. When it came to ordering a conspicuously pricey item on the menu such as lobster, especially during brunch, I was naturally hesitant to go that far. But witnessing succulent chunks of lobster garnished on wheat crepes passing my table at every turn... I was instantly sold and thankfully it did not disappoint.
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