I first stopped in Cocotte while shopping in Soho two years ago. At the time, I had never heard of the restaurant, however I was drawn by the look and feel of the place. More importantly, they had a good crowd which is always a great sign when selecting a restaurant.
Shortly after being seated, I noticed that the busy staff was speaking almost entirely in French. As it turns out, the chef and owner, Sebastien Pourrat, is from Paris where he previously owned a restaurant in Le Marais. The staff is almost entire French, though don't let any previously conceived notions about the French stop you from visiting Cocotte as everyone is extremely friendly and helpful.
The menu is ideal in length with a good selection of traditional French basque dishes and some modern french bistro plates as well. The Cocotte Burger is quite simply one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. Perfectly juicy, fresh, and served uniquely on focaccia bread.
I've been back on a number of occasions for lunch and dinner and the food is always delicious. Their cocotte of sautéd potatoes with duck fat is a perfect compliment to any meal. The duck confit rustic pate is out of this world. I've tried many of their specials as well and I've never been anything but pleased. They also have pulled together an impressive list of craft beers mostly from Spain.
Stop by and give this place a try. You will feel like you stepped out of NYC and into a great French bistro in Paris!