We should probably create subcategories here...I'm sure some newer places have delicious food, but really shouldn't be compared to places like Tuttonos, DiFaras, and Grimaldis...most of the complaints I've heard about these older places, were about service and atmosphere, which can also affect how "good" you think the food is.
For me, I love the atmosphere, the waiting at DiFaras is half the fun, the experience...with no line, and everyone looking at each other to see who is next (I'm amazed fights don't break out there btw, I guess its out of respect for Dominic, but lots there are tourists, or out-of-town NYers who don't know Dom from a hole in the wall...I digress). These places have been around 50+ years, some over 100 years, and they hold on to the tradition and the way things were done back when they opened. The newer places have more creature comforts, pretty waitresses, cushy seats, organization...so in my mind should be put in a seperate category.
Just my 2 cents, don't shoot me over it.