Last Sunday after the peace vigil outside of Chuck Shumer's house, we decided to go to Cocotte. This was our first time, although we had been to Loulou's a few times. It is a very warm place with brick walls and dark wood. Compared to Loulou, it is quite spacious. But even though it was only about 1/3 full, it did not feel empty at all. We split a Coquilles St. Jacques appetizer (comes also as a main dish). Just two (but, very plump) scallops grilled to perfection with a wonderful light sauce.
I had the monkfish which was wonderful. It was served with unusual pink (tomato/cream?) sauce with potatoes and endives which was surprising good. Marilyn had the moules frites. The mussels were very tasty. There were a huge pile of nice french fries.
Service was friendly and helpful. All in all a very nice experience.
Two negatives: Like Loulou's, the bread is awful. Very light nondescript "italian". The specials as recited by the waitress and on the chalkboard did not list the prices. We didn't order any so I don't know if they were out of line with the prices on the printed menu.
Two positives: Along with the wine list, they had a beer list. I appreciate it when restaurants take beer choice seriously. The espressos we ordered came with the decent sized espresso cups fully filled. I hate those two teaspoons of espresso that lots of restaurants serve.
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