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 May 17, 2016
“Waiter: This is duck soup./Diner: No! It’s watered down!”

Some restaurant soups are watered down, and there’s a pun: 

Customer: Waiter, this soup is too weak.
Waiter: But sir, it’s our best duck soup.
Customer: Oh no it isn’t! It’s watered down!


“I ordered duck soup, but what I got was really watered down” was cited in a 1996 newsgroup. The restaurant pun was cited in a 1998 joke book.


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“I ordered duck soup, but what I got was really watered down.”

Google Books
3650 Jokes, Puns, and Riddles
By Anne Kostick, Charles Foxgrover and Michael J. Pellowski
New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
1998
Pg. 143:
Customer: Waiter, this soup is too weak.
Waiter: But sir, it’s our best duck soup.
Customer: Oh no it isn’t! It’s watered down!

The Amazingly Lame Joke of the Day
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Customer: Waiter, this soup is too weak.
Waiter: But sir, it’s our best duck soup.
Customer: Oh no it isn’t! It’s watered down!
Posted by Tim Wycislak at 5:34 AM

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 • Permalink