My wife and I are coming to Paris for 6 days in January for a special birthday -- mine! We are foodies/wine geeks from Napa and devoted art museum goers ready for serious cultural tourism. Our preferred rhythm is to do one real restaurant meal per day (often at lunch, but can be dinner) and then find some bar food/wine bar for a lighter meal on that same day. So, your help would be most appreciated.
* If we go to just one of the Michelin 2-3 star type places, which do you recommend? Heard good things about Le Cinq. Went to Michel Rostang on a previous visit and enjoyed it. Still good? Never been to Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee. Loved l'Atelier Joel Robuchon in New York and Las Vegas. Have admired Le Grand Vefour from the exterior. If you have one to chose from these and all others, what would it be?
* For wine bars, we're collecting a good list from Departures magazine. Are there any "must" places we should visit? Do we need reservations for these wine bars or can we drop in?
* Cocktails? Any hotel bars we shouldn't miss or other cocktail bars worth a detour?
Our goal is to have a sanely paced, well edited eating experience rather than try every place in Paris. Your advice is most appreciated!