Such stuff was what portly trenchermen of the Gilded Age associated with French cookery, and they were glad to get it. Oren isn't taking too great a risk serving it; Cote d’Or is his second foray into a heavier caliber of French food than New Yorkers were suspected of liking, and it follows on the success of Café d’Alsace, a restaurant not exactly known for spa cuisine. Philippe Roussel, the chef there, will also be in charge of the kitchen and dessert program at Cote d’Or. Italy may have taken over from France as the leading light of European gastronomy in New York, and nouvelle cuisine may have taken over what remains of the Gallic hegemony. But as long as someone in this freaking town is serving snails and coq au vin, we’ll rally around to enjoy it.
Cote d’Or, 225 Varick St., at Clarkson St.; 212-727-2775.