Happy new year, everyone!
I previously posted a request for recommendations as part of a message under the heading "Jojo" which reported on my experiences at that restaurant. Without prejudice to the suggestions I've already gotten (for which I am grateful), it's probably more appropriate for me to post this request under a separate heading, and I should take the opportunity to clarify what I'm looking for:
A French, Continental, or nouvelle American restaurant (I would consider other European cuisines) in Manhattan, preferably priced at $60/person or less (including dessert but excluding wine if you like), which serves food using high-quality ingredients with unusual imagination and creativity, such that the meal would be memorable. No microscopic portions, and there must be dishes without added sugar (as my father is a diabetic. A lack of superciliousness from the staff is also a must.
Previous restaurants of this type which I have found memorable are Jojo the late, lamented Cena, and a nouvelle American restaurant on Market St. in the Castro in San Francisco (for those of you who might know it). I have not found "fusion" restaurants like Vong to be imaginative, just paler versions of Thai food (sorry to be a broken record!).
If I go a completely different way, I might go for a particularly outstanding Chinese restaurant. I've had some great meals at Grand Sichuan, but I haven't been to Sweet and Tart yet. Is it on the same level?
Thank you so much.