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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 16, 2022
“A new restaurant in my neighborhood offers a tasting menu, but it just tasted like paper to me”

When a restaurant says to try the new tasting menu, it’s implied to try the food on the menu, not the actual menu. The actual menu tastes like paper.

“Or come into @PattyBolands early to try the delicious new menu! FYI: the food is delicious - the ACTUAL menu still tastes like paper” was posted on Twitter by dj Todd Oddity on February 16, 2013. “Have you tried our new fall menu yet? It’s DELICIOUS! (Just to be clear, the food is delicious, the menu itself still tastes like paper.)” was posted on Twitter by Patty Boland’s on October 25, 2013. “Sign outside my window says : ‘try our new menu’ ... I am guessing it tastes like paper… But sure. Why not” was posted on Twitter by Brandon, Brandom Ideas on December 8, 2017.

“A new restaurant in my neighborhood offers a tasting menu but it just tasted like paper to me” was posted on Twitter by Rick Aaron on December 13, 2018. “I went to a restaurant and one of the waiters suggested I try the taster menu. Frankly, I wasn’t impressed. It just tasted like paper” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on June 17, 2022.

“Diner: Is soup on the menu? Waiter: No, I wiped it off” and “The menu had many different kinds of food on it. So I asked, ‘Can I have a clean one?‘“ are related menu jokes.


Wikipedia: Tasting menu
A tasting menu is a collection of several dishes in small portions, served by a restaurant as a single meal. The French name for a tasting menu is menu dégustation. Some restaurants and chefs specialize in tasting menus, while in other cases, it is a special or a menu option. Tasting menus may be offered to provide a sample of a type of cuisine, a house specialty, or to take advantage of fresh seasonal ingredients.

Coming to the mainstream in the 1990s, tasting menus evolved into elaborate showcases highlighting the culinary artistry of the chef.

Twitter
Siobhan Kennedy-Hall
@SiobhanKHall
I am so hungry my belly thinks it could eat the entire menu - better not it would only taste like paper! http://4sq.com/UhgSMg
8:34 AM · Nov 11, 2012·Foursquare

Twitter
dj Todd Oddity
@djoddity
Or come into @PattyBolands early to try the delicious new menu! FYI: the food is delicious - the ACTUAL menu still tastes like paper.
1:13 PM · Feb 16, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Blank
@doo_gie
Hope it tastes like paper. Like cheap menu should. RT @TheDragNet: Heading to Fairmont for their new menu tasting… \0/
5:06 AM · Apr 26, 2013·TweetDeck

>a href="https://twitter.com/craigber/status/390192251759898624">Twitter
Craig Berntson
@craigber
Replying to @MVPAward
@MVPAward /menu tasting/ Most menus I’ve tried taste like paper.
3:07 PM · Oct 15, 2013·TweetDeck

Twitter
Patty Boland’s
@PattyBolands
Have you tried our new fall menu yet? It’s DELICIOUS! (Just to be clear, the food is delicious, the menu itself still tastes like paper.)
1:12 PM · Oct 25, 2013·Facebook

Twitter
ΜούτζαχεντίνOS
@tsabdas
-How’s the menu?
-it’s stiff. Tastes like paper.
#bye_bye
6:18 PM · May 14, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jeroen Gerth
@JeroenGerth
“Sit down and enjoy our lunch and dinner menu” Tasted like paper :-p.. http://pinterest.com/pin/265923552972878858/
12:30 PM · Aug 10, 2014·Pinterest

Twitter
RonSupportsYou
@RonSupportsYou
2 @TIME “What Pizza Hut’s new menu actually tastes like.”
My guess: Its menu tastes like paper. #HighFiber
8:37 AM · Nov 16, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Brandon, Brandom Ideas
@knuf1985
Sign outside my window says : “try our new menu” ... I am guessing it tastes like paper… But sure. Why not.
7:09 AM · Dec 8, 2017 from Halifax, Nova Scotia·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Rick Aaron
@RickAaron
A new restaurant in my neighborhood offers a tasting menu but it just tasted like paper to me.
10:21 PM · Dec 13, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Brandon, Brandom Ideas
@knuf1985
Sign says : “try our new menu” ... I am guessing it tastes like paper… But sure. Why not.
8:09 AM · Dec 8, 2019 from Halifax, Nova Scotia·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Juandissimo
@EndyO_
Replying to @itsscynthiaa
How did that menu taste? Most of mine taste like paper but hope yours wasn’t like that
3:16 AM · Sep 12, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/incredibleinkpen June 17, 2022
I went to a restaurant and one of the waiters suggested I try the taster menu.
Frankly, I wasn’t impressed. It just tasted like paper.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Thursday, June 16, 2022 • Permalink