During the last two decades, the New Yorker has served "both the famous and the infamous." Here's a partial list of some of the well-known folks who have dined there:
Gene KellyJoe Namath
Lord mayor of London
Prince Albert Grimaldi of Monaco
Mary Tyler Moore
And many more . . .
The star story that takes the creme brulee is told by John Williams. He was standing near the New Yorker's front door when a caped, seriously scarved Luciano Pavarotti, with a dramatic flourish, stepped into the restaurant.
The place was silent! Shocked clientele watched the tenor step forward, glance heavenward - raising his arms as if he had just finished an amazing aria. Instantly, the dazed diners leaped to their feet, giving the tenor a five-minute ovation.
When the crowd silenced, Pavarotti proceeded to eat dinner - twice.