I've been fortunate to have eaten at a number of relatively "high end" restaurants in the past two months but have been remiss about posting. But a spactacular dinner at JoJo last night prompted me to write. I've eaten at JoJo only once before in 4 years in NYC, in part because I was underwhelmed by Vong and Jean-Georges, and in part because I just haven't thought to go there. But I went last night and had one of the best meals in memory. All of the dishes were amazing, including the soft chell crab app. and the cod and duck entrees (the only so-so dish was a tuna spring roll app.). I was too much in ecstacy to note the various sauces, but everything was completely delicious. To top it off, the service was great -- attentive but not too attentive, and the wait staff directed us to some of the less expensive items on both the menu and the wine list (the cod, for example, was about 2/3 the price of the dish my dinner companion originally thought to order). Two apps, two entrees, a bottle of wine and a shared desert came to $170, with tax and tip. Not cheap, of course, but substantially less than I've paid at other places in NYC for far less memorable meals (I love Veritas, for example, but a recent meal there was $300+ with a "moderately" priced bottle of wine).
On another note, I bemoaned the closing of Sushi Haitsu (1st Ave. at 62nd) a few months ago on this site. I'm please to report that a new Sushi restaurant, Sushi Seki, has opened in its place. Seki is run by ex-Sushi of Gari chefs, and for my taste, the sushi is as good as at Gari, and as inventive. Not cheap, however.
I also had a very good meal at Washington Park recently. It was several weeks ago, and I honestly don't remember all of the particulars, but I recall being wary because of all the negative posts on this Board. Specifically, I seem to recall complaints about the service, but on that night at least, the service may have been the best part of the experinece. The wait staff was extremely friendly, attentive, and accomodating.