Got my Zagats in the mail today and, thumbing through it, I saw that DiFara's was rated and got a 28 for food, ranking it with Jean Georges and Peter Luger's. Fortunately for Zagat, the rating was accompanied by a triangle indicating that there were not enough votes for the rating to be completely reliable. Thus, it did not show up in the Best Food = 28 listing, and thus avoided the press attacks that would have far exceeded the ones about The Grocery showing up in that top category. Seems like no one in the press bothered to look into the book, just at the summary pages in the front.
Of course, some might argue that a 28 is still two points too low for DiFara's. Perhaps it's a slight penance for putting the canned artichoke hearts on half of Nina's pie last week. OTOH, it was rated 5 for decor, which some folks might consider 4 points too high. Perhaps the recent replacement of the chairs with the torn vinyl seats boosted the rating.