Well, since we were unable to get a reservation at Brunoise, we somehow ended up at Au Petit Extra. Had a really lovely dinner. The place itself is a hoot, really. In a fairly sketchy part of town, surrounded by tatoo shops, it really comes as a shock to walk into this very charming French bistro. It's a little noisy but I didn't find it unpleasant at all.
The food was delicious. I chose the prix fixe dinner - lentil soup starter (very nice - almost creamy with a slight caraway twinge) followed by duck confit. This came on a bed of greens with miscellaneous other things strewn about. The duck was absolutely delicious. Crisp skin, very tender. There were a couple of roasted potatoes on the plate as well as something else - duck gizzards? - that I couldn't identify. It was all good. Others at the table had lamb shanks, skate wings, and salmon (slightly underdone - I like it that way but she didn't). Everyone was delighted with their dinner - we're not sharers so I didn't taste anyone else's - except for the aforementioned salmon person. No one could resist the creme brulee for dessert. It was ok but I personally prefer when it has been brulee'd right before serving and this had been allowed to cool.
My only complaint was the wine - but we probably just chose badly. I can't remember what it was but I didn't like my red, and the others at the table didn't enjoy their white either. There was nothing wrong with it - just a taste thing.
Dinner for 7 - including 3 bottles of wine, some desserts, an extra starter, coffee all around, taxes - under $400. Don't remember if that included tip. Very very reasonable and a really enjoyable meal.