A gorgeous day in Manhattan plus a NY Giants victory makes for a Super Sunday.
Mix in a delicious new restaurant and it is a recipe for success and happiness.
We strapped on our running shoes and Fitbit and hit the road headed towards East 20th Street and Le Coq Rico, a unique dining experience.
Le Coq Rico is transportive, very french in feel.
We were warmly greeted and led to a corner table.
The black and white room in the U-shaped restaurant was buzzy even though it was only half full as most diners had departed by the 3pm Sunday brunch cut off time.
We made it just under the wire.
The restaurant also has a bar along with the dining room as well as an additional bar area on the other side of the restaurant where the rotisserie chickens are prepared.
After the 3 mile sprint I was more than ready for a glass of water and some bubbly.
I selected a glass of Cremant ($18). It was smooth and the effect helped to soothe my tired feet.
The restaurant is all about the bird so I was compelled to order the Quarter Chicken.
I ask for a crispy skin and it was cooked to perfection…juicy accompanied by a delicate, perfectly dressed salad and delicious jus ($24).
David ordered a Mushroom Omelette accompanied by delectable french fries and a side salad.
We were attended to by a well informed woman who turned out to be the manager.
Sarah was charming and informative.
We indulged and were completely satisfied.
Then, another young French ebullient server tempted us with her glowing dessert description.
The Ile Flottante (Floating Island) with spun egg whites resting in a pool of creme anglaise with red praline was one of the best desserts I have ever had ($10).
So much for restraint.
Chef Westermann won three Michelin stars at his Strasbourg, France restaurant, Le Buerehiesel.
He helped pioneer haute poultry cooking at the original Le Coq Rico in Paris.
At dinner you will find the age of each whole bird listed next to their price and the date of their demise.
If poultry is your game, you will be in bird heaven.
Le Coq Rico 30 East 20th Street New York City. Dinner Nightly 5-11pm, Lunch Monday-Friday 12-2:30pm, Brunch Saturday and Sunday 12-3pm. Reservations on OpenTable.com.