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 Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 05, 2020
“What do you take before every meal?"/"You take a seat.”

A food riddle is:

Q: What do you take before every meal?
A: You take a seat.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2004.


Google Books
Really Silly Jokes
By Cyl Lee
Edina, MN: ABDO Publishing Company
2004
Pg. 17:
What do you take before every meal?
A seat!

22 April 2006, The Gold Coast Bulletin (Southport, Queensland), “Joke time,” pg. 129:
What do you take before every meal?
A seat.

Google Books
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
By Rob Elliott
Grand Rapids, MI: Revell
2010
Pg. 32:
Q: What do you take before every meal?
A: You take a seat.

17 January 2018, The New Times (Kigali, Rwanda), “Riddles to boost creative thinking” by Dennis Agaba, pg. ?:
Q. What do you take before every meal?
A. A seat!

Twitter
Ghost of Box The Box and The Blue Hat
@IAmBoxTheBox
Box O’ Jokes time! - Q: What do you take before every meal?
A: You take a seat. - - Box done now
2:29 AM · Apr 8, 2019·Cheap Bots, Done Quick!

Twitter
Lorraine Jo King
@lahlahbean
#badjokefriday
What do you take before every meal?
You take a seat
1:20 AM · Mar 6, 2020·Hootsuite Inc.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, March 05, 2020 • Permalink