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

Robert Redford

Harrison Ford

Michael Keaton

Fleetwood Mac

Liza Minnelli

Robert Goulet

Debbie Reynolds

Suzanne Pleshette

Magic Johnson

Holly Hunter

Don Knotts

Molly Ringwald

Lord mayor of London

Rob Lowe

Brian Boitano

Reggie Jackson

Ally Sheedy

Isiah Thomas

Julie Kavner

Dionne Warwick

Marvin Hamlisch

Evel Knievel

Buddy Ebsen

Ted Kennedy

Peggy Fleming

Lyle Alzado

Karl Malone

John Stockton

Mark Eaton

Margaret Thatcher

Jack Nicholson

Tom Selleck

Roberta Peters

Prince Albert Grimaldi of Monaco

Isaac Mizrahi

Robert Englund

Gary Sinise

Uma Thurman

George Foreman

Stephen King

Vanna White

Harry Belafonte

Faye Dunaway

Sid Caesar

Jack LaLanne

Andee McDowell

Doc Severinsen

Robert Urich

Tony Danza

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Candice Bergen

Mary Tyler Moore

Michael Douglas

Tom Brokaw

Tony Bennett

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.