A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 31, 2015
“I’ll take the lobster home to dinner” (joke)

Entry in progress .—B.P.

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 49
1946
Pg. 89:
A thirsty gentleman wandered into a corner saloon and ordered a dry Martini. He drank it with relish, and allowed as how it was the best darn Martini he had ever tasted. The barkeeper whipped up another, and the customer declared it was even better than the first. “Such genius deserves a reward,” he said. He reached into his pocket and produced a live lobster. “Here! Take this with my compliments,” he said. The barkeeper held the live crustacean gingerly at arm’s length. “Thanks,” he said dubiously. “I suppose I can take it home for dinner.” “No, no,” objected the customer. “"He’s already had his dinner. Take him to a movie.”

Google News Archive
27 March 1948, The New London Evening Day (New London, CT), “The Chatterbox,” pg. 8, col. 7
First Man: Thank you for taking care of my dog. I’m so grateful that I bought you a lobster.
Second Man: Thanks. I will take it home now for dinner.
First Man: Oh don’t do that, he already had dinner. Why don’t you take him to a movie?
-- Bernard Schweld, 13.

Google News Archive
5 November 1949,

Google News Archive
26 July 1957,

2 October 1969, The Evening Times ( (Trenton, NJ), “Stop Me If You’ve...” by Don MacLean, pg. 16, col. 1:
A friendly bartender gives a lobster to one of his customers and the customer says, “Thanks. I’ll take him home to dinner.” The bartender says, “Don’t do that. he’s already had his dinner. Take him to a movie.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, January 31, 2015 • Permalink


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