Head waiter: I’m sorry sir, but you can’t smoke in here.
Cigarette guy: I can’t smoke in here? Next thing you’ll tell me I can’t fuck in the bathroom. 

–Cipriani’s, 42nd Street

Overheard by: trey constant 

Desperate lady walking in diner: Can I use your bathroom?
Diner guy: Bathrooms are for customers only.
Desperate lady: I’ll give you ten dollars.
Diner guy: Bathrooms are for customers.
Desperate lady: I’m desperate.
Diner guy: You can talk to the manager.
Desperate lady to manager: Can I use your bathroom?
Manager: Bathrooms are for customers.
Desperate lady: I’ll give you ten dollars.
Manager: I don’t need ten dollars.

–Diner, Chelsea

Overheard by: stephie

Old gentleman: What is venison?
Waiter: You know the movie Bambi?

–Falai Restaurant, Clinton St

Overheard by: trying to keep the wine from squirting out 

Waiter: May I take your orders, or do you need a few more minutes?
Guy: Um, we had a waitress come by and take our drink orders…
Waiter: Yes, well, I can take your food order if you’re ready.
Guy: What happened to our waitress?
Waiter: She quit.

–Aquavit, East 55th Street

Overheard by: Not telling 

Coffee guy: Good morning, sir.
Sir: Medium coffee.
Coffee guy: Milk and sugar, sir?
Sir: Yes, please.
Coffee guy: …you go down, sir?
Sir: Excuse me?
Coffee guy: You go down? Down the town? 

–Roach coach, Franklin & Church

Overheard by: Bailey Wier 

Cashier: What can I get for you?
Customer: Yeah, I want two Crave Cases with burgers.
Cashier: Will that be hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
Customer: What’s the difference?
Cashier: The cheeseburgers have cheese.

–White Castle, 36th St & 8th Ave

Overheard by: waiting for the food of the gods

Bum, to smoking cater waiter: Can I get a smoke?
Cater waiter: (nods saying “no”)
Bum, pulling a cigarette out of his ear: Then, can I get light?
Cater waiter: (lights it)
Bum: Can I get five bucks?

–14th & 8th Ave

Overheard by: Where’s your sense of rhythm?

Chick: So are you Japanese?
Waitress: No, I’m–
Chick: Chinese? Korean?
Waitress: –I’m Indonesian.
Chick: …where is that?
Waitress: Asia.
Chick: …Oh, you mean like, with Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea and all those others!
Waitress: Yes…
Chick: And they’re all related, right?…And they’re in the same country?

–Wasabi, Greenpoint

Waiter: How would you like your hamburger? Medium?
Chick: They come in different sizes?

–Peter McManus, 7th Avenue

Overheard by: djlindee

Tourist lady: Where’s the ladies’ room?
Waiter: Top of the stairs on the left.
Tourist lady: I was just up there. It’s not marked for ladies, so I was afraid to use it.
Waiter: It’s a unisex.
Tourist lady: Excuse me?
Waiter: It’s for everyone. Men and women.
Tourist lady: You’re all going to hell. Do you know that?

–Bar 89, Mercer St

Overheard by: Veronica at http://everythingisused.blogspot.com/