Wait! Before you get mad, I've read the lengthy discussion that followed Melissa's probably earnest, if misguided, request for 'what's a good restaurant'-type of advice for out-of-towners.
I've also enjoyed quite a few of the 9 gazillion postings on this site, but they seem often to be focused on what's new. I certainly don't want to bore anyone, but I'm interested in what's not so new.
I would really enjoy hearing what chowhounds consider to be the classic spots. Russian Tea Room, 21, Le Cirque, etc come to mind. I'm talking about the restaurants that seem quintessentially New York to both people who live there and to people who read about it and visit from afar.
Thanks a lot.