Le Coq Rico

A many Michelin starred–chef brings Paris to Manhattan

By Jasmine Moy

Though flying a bit under the radar, Le Coq Rico, the New York outpost of Paris’s bird-centric bistro, is truly one of the best new restaurants to open this year. To say chef Antoine Westermann has a pedigree is something of an understatement: He earned three coveted Michelin stars for his Le Buerehiesel in Stasbourg and now helms a mini-empire of restaurants in Paris.

While the dining room feels decidedly chic New York, the mostly French staff adds a cosmopolitan air of the European kind. You may already be used to seeing days listed next to beef on the menu signifying the time it’s been dry aging; here the time span listed indicate the age of the bird. Most those found in grocery stores are a mere 45 days old, but at Le Coq Rico they range from 90 to 110, for a considerably more mature (read: flavorful and meat-filled) bird.

The three-course lunch is one of the greatest deals in town: Deviled eggs are served over tender octopus and a bright, vinegary cabbage salad. Velouté of chicken, a dressed-up cream of mushroom soup, is so intensely flavored that you’ll be thinking about it days later. And the succulent quarter roast chicken (110 days) is served with a decadent jus, though you hardly need it, and the simply dressed salad is simply perfect.

Going with the fruit for dessert, served in a spiced syrup alongside a madeleine-like cake, seems like a refreshing choice, but the île flottante, a perfectly round orb of feather-light merengue over a pond of crème anglaise is a stunner. Get here now, before the reservations become impossible to secure.


Dinner: 5:30 PM–11 PM daily
Lunch: Mon–Fri noon–3 PM
Brunch: Sat–Sun noon–4 PM

price range

$13 (deviled egg with octopus) to $24 (quarter roast chicken)