We are dining at 10:00 on a Sunday night. I'm thinking I'd like a brasserie or bistro vibe--someplace that's open relatively late and is quite serious about their meat, seafood and wine. Straightforward, gutsy (literally and figuratively) cuisine is preferred.
For occasions like this, I usually rely on Blue Ribbon (Soho and Brooklyn), but would prefer to broaden my horizons. I was considering Balthazar, but that place gets wildly mixed reviews on this and other websites.
Perhaps somewhere more consistently praised--or more obscure.... Any neighborhood will do.