We had an enjoyable dinner at Zinc the other night - six oysters from the (rather limited) raw bar were fresh and excellent, an escargots appetizer, containing 13 plump snails in the usual herb butter sauce was an exceptional value (I think the price was about $6). The cote de boeuf for two with french fries and white truffle bernaise sauce was steak house quality (and the sauce actually tasted of white truffles, or more likely of white truffle pate that is a chemical concuction with some real truffles thrown in, anyway it was good). (with wine and dessert, the meal cost $85 including tax).
Zinc's decor is a good clone of a parisian brasserie, it features a well equipped bar that even features an absinthe clone (unfortunately made without wormwood) and a good beer selection. About 10 red wines are available by the glass (didn't take a look at the bottle list). Definitely a very nice place to have around.
P.S. can someone enlighten me as to how food is taxed in the twin cities? sometimes the tax seems to be around 6% while in Zinc, Aquavit and Manny's it seemed to be 11%