French chef Antoine Westermann has opened a new restaurant, Le Coq Rico, at 30 East 20th Street in the Flatiron. You may recall this spot as being the home of the beloved neighborhood dive bar No Idea, which had a name night calendar each month where those of that name could get free drinks.

As you might imagine from the name, the emphasis here is bird, and specifically whole birds. Chicken and duck are pervasive on the menu from mousse and terrines to foie and the whole rotisserie birds for 4. Cornish hens and Guinea fowl also make appearances. Some birds even are found in combination with seafood (Roasted Cod & Smoked Duck Breast, Maine Lobster & Chicken fricasseĆ©e), which reminds us of a Simpson’s episode in which Moe asks the waiter “Bring us your finest food, stuffed with your second-finest” and gets lobster stuffed with tacos. However Chef Westermann is no joke, earning 3 Michelin stars at prior restaurant “Le Buerehiesel” in Strasbourg, France and reportedly owns 4 restaurants in Paris, including a Le Coq Rico in Montmarte. And this is no restaurant in Springfield. Le Coq Rico is quite popular in Paris (4.5 stars on Yelp) and should do very well in the Flatiron.

We have not eaten there yet, but will certainly review it here if we do.

Here is the lunch and dinner menu: www.lecoqriconyc.com/bistro-lunch

And they also serve brunch: www.lecoqriconyc.com/bistro-brunch

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Image via www.lecoqriconyc.com