You know the kind of place. Like a loser friend whose company you enjoy but would never take into respectable society. I meet periodically with an old friend for dinner, and we like these kind of places. He describes them as "David Lynch" places, by which he means artfully bleak. Of course, this is to be distinguished from garden variety crappy places.
I solicit your suggestions. Any part of town is OK. Food doesn't need to be more than good.