I’ve been very impulsive with weekday lunches these days. Recently, I met up with my friend Maggie for lunch and I was torn between two French places I wanted to try. In the end, I settled for Cocotte but even that was a difficult choice. There is Cocotte, a sit down restaurant but they also have a café next door called Petite Cocotte. We looked at the menu for both and I ended up choosing the main restaurant.
It was a slightly late lunch, around 1:30pm but there were still some occupied tables when we sat down. The restaurant is located on a more residential street, further away from the office buildings and retail shops. It’s almost like a hidden gem in the middle of bustling Soho.
Cocotte serves French fare but with a subtle Spanish (from the Basque region) twist. The lunch menu had both a la carte and prix-fixe options. We settled on the latter, which was a short list full of tasty dishes. The prix-fixe was $22 for an entree and a side dish. Maggie went with the Cocotte Burger and the sautéed potatoes with duck fat. The burger arrived on a flat stone and was composed of beef, smoked bacon, cheese, onions and Guindillas peppers; instead of a normal hamburger bun, it was served on focaccia.
I chose the Cordon Basque, which was chicken breast rolled with baby spinach, pimentos and Idiazabal cheese served with peas and tomatoes. From the sides, I ordered the lentils with farro, bacon and the house vinaigrette. Both were absolutely delicious. I also ordered a pot of green tea to go with my meal.
Several of the menus were written in chalk on various bits of wall and columns. I eyed the short dessert menu but we were both too full for something sweet. We needed to walk off the very satisfying lunch before we could contemplate an afternoon snack. Cocotte was really lovely; it’d be nice to check out the cafe as well since there are slight variations to the menu. And I would love to return for weekend brunch or dinner one of these days…