DINNER AT THE BAR : Le Coq Rico in NYC

Dinner at the Bar is a series that started with date night. After a long week, my husband and I like to unwind with good food and drinks, and we discovered there is something magical about sitting at the bar. There is an intimacy and casualness about it, and perched high on our chairs, we can see all of the action. It’s become our weekly ritual.

 

LE COQ RICO

Antoine Westermann, a Michelin-starred, French chef, brought his luxe, poultry-centric concept to New York in 2016. I couldn’t explain it any better than their tagline – “Bistro of beautiful birds.”

Although this is a refreshingly simple concept, there is actually nothing simple about it. The restaurant pays tribute to “responsibly raised whole-animal poultry” and Westermann spent more than a year meeting farmers throughout the Northeast to learn their methods and ultimately, find the finest chickens around. Of course we love the rotisserie chickens and we can vouch they are the best we’ve ever had, but the salads and starters are really quite special too – you can’t go wrong with the deviled eggs, seared chicken salad, and duck rillettes.

The decor of the dining room is whimsical with egg-lined walls and feathers dangling from the ceiling, but we love the bar at the open kitchen where we can watch the magic happen.

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