Though it is never pleasent to see an iconic NY chef like Jean-Georges get so destroyed by the most influential restaurant critic in the coutry, I agree with most of Bruni's sentiments. I had perhaps one of the worst lunches I have ever had at Mercer ("a downtown Applebee's") last year and have slowly watched Vong first become complacent and then deteriorate.
Jo-Jo's, however, remains one of my favorite restaurants. How Jo-Jo's continues to maintain a high standard and other restaurants in Jean-Georges empire suffer is the question. (I have not been to Jean-Georges restaurant in several years, never tried V and think Spice is fun though inconsistent.)