In an unusual instance of reference to itself, the NYT notes "[i]t has become fashionable to bemoan the state of French cuisine in its natural habitat, particularly in Paris: Its top chefs are said to have lost their creative edge, and its restaurants are deemed too expensive. Hogwash. Paris is the best eating city in the world."
In an article in the Sunday Travel section by Jacqueline Friedrich (query her food writing experience, of which I am not aware, with no negative connotations) entitled "Comfort Food at Comforting Prices in Paris", there is a discussion of the following restaurants on two pages:
Chez Michel (10th arr) -- Thierry Breton is a disciple of Christian Constant. Average bill for two during dinner with a bottle of wine: $100.
Au C'Amelot (11th arr) -- Also of the Crillon (query whether under Constant). $100.
La Braisiere (17th) -- $130.
Le Petit Pontoise (5th) -- $130
Le Pre Verre (5th) -- $85.
I've not visited any of the above venues, and therefore cannot comment on the quality of their cuisine.