Just got back and wanted to post some restaurant recommendations:
Matt's at the Market - we had lunch there and it was terrific. We sat at the counter and were able to see and smell everything they sent out - amazing considering the size of their kitchen. Small but intersting regular menu and nice selection of specials. Make reservations, though, as it is miniscule.
Shea's Lounge - We went 2 nights in a row, so that tells you something. Shea's Lounge and Chez Shea are right next to each other (and to Matt's) and share a kitchen. Small, comfy space with a great menu and wine list (and full bar). Some of the best scallops we'd ever eaten, blue cheese flan and onion/mushroom tart were highlights. After 9:00 on weekdays the bar menu is 20% off. They also offer a regular dinner menu but we stuck to the appetizers both times. Excellent service.
Le Pichet - Great bistro menu and french wine list. The duck rillettes and eggplant caviar were outstanding.
For oysters, Brooklyn (2nd at university) has a great deal from 4:00 on - half dozen for $4.99. They give you 3 each of two varities (their choice), and it changes as the evening progresses (can you tell we spent some time there?). They had at least a dozen total varities available, and as fresh as one could want them. Nice regular menu, too, and good happy hour deal on their nice selection of microbrews ($2.79 a pint). Also other bar food is $4.99 from 4:00 on, but we stayed with the bivalves.