I posted a request for restaurants in the area about a week ago.
We ended up at the Bridge Cafe, which was better than I had expected, since we had to have dinner at 5, it was on a Monday evening, and we were the first in for dinner. We literally walked into an empty place. (Wasn't going to stop me from eating though.)
Food was great, service and friendliness even better.
Thank you for the suggestion! Much better than anything at the Pier.
I also opted for Balthazar, on a Saturday night, instead of L'Ecole, which I questioned in another thread. When I have more time, I'll post a few questions on Balthazar.