I have to deliver my teenage son to an event downtown this weekend, and SO is out of town, so I'm considering having a solo dinner in the downtown area, someplace that SO wouldn't want to go to, but that I would. I'd like to go somewhere not too busy or pretentious, that I could go and take my time, and that's not necessarily too expensive.
Japanese (sushi), Indian, Vietnamese - any suggestions along these lines? I'm considering Sushi Sasa, Z Cuisine or A Cote, or Osteria Marco. I know, the last two aren't Asian, but for some reason, SO has always vetoed them. Do either of those restaurants, or others, have bar seating where I might be more comfortable eating by myself on a weekend?