Simon Oren's opened some great but inconveniently located bistros -- two are halfway to Connecticut, and another's in the Port Authority, where smooth pimps might confuse you for a fresh-off-the-bus naïf, buy your dinner, and introduce you to their "friends". Now, Oren's picked a more convenient Downtown location, with Cote d'Or.
Encaged behind 120 feet of French doors, the 120-seat Cote's inspired by a village in Burgundy, a place where the food's so saucily rich, its people are indistinguishable from the roasts on which they feast. The menu's fat with cow (sirloin steak, pan-seared veal skirt steak, Bourguignon Beef stew, etc) and random cow bits (fricassee of sweet bread, bone marrow w/ grilled country bread), plus heart-healthy non-beef options like bacon-wrapped monkfish, and ham. Alcohol-wise, there're around 50 Burgundies, a wide selection of Belgian beer, and a cocktail list that includes a truffle-infused dirty martini (the truffle: like Michael Caine with cinema, for the right price it's willing to appear in almost anything).
For now, Cote's kitchen'll serve 'til 11pm, though they might extend to true late-night down the road -- so you can spend your post-midnight hours enjoying rich, delicious sauces, instead of entertaining rich, delicious men.