This is long overdue thank-you to all who posted the fantastic suggestions to my question about a restaurant out of the show Columbo, to take my husband to for a birthday dinner! Brilliant ideas. I did take the young feller to House of Chan a couple of years ago - hit the spot! Senior's or Black Angus might win out this year, but as you can see, this is an ongoing fascination, so the restaurants that don't get picked this year will definitely be tried very soon. So thank you again.
And a hint for others who share our love for the wood-panelling/club-chair aesthetic: Washington, D.C. It's crawling with places like this!