this is kind of a silly but i was rather proud of my appetizer order at the GSI on 9th ave. and 24th street friday night. the place was packed. the crispy quail main was tasty but this story is about the app.
i ordered the ox tongue & tripe w/ hot & pepper sauce from the cold dish section and my wonderfully good natured waitperson immediately gave me the motherly fish eye. i was determined to get it made the right way so i launched into my chowhound-approved pleas of "i have a sichuan stomach, spicy spicy" etc.. so she laughed, rolled her eyes at my spouse in that way women instantly bond, and we finished ordering.
i spotted the lady from the kitchen who brought it out with my laser hawklike vision and cracked a big smile as she moved around our table and others without noticing us at all. our waitperson saw this, stopped her and pointed to our table. she gasped loudly and almost dropped the plate!
so as they both put the dish down in front of me our waitperson said,"she was looking for an older chinese man" i proudly said, "iiii knowww" and we all laughed out loud. they both slapped me on the back and the other woman shook her head as she went back into the kitchen. as i was digging in i saw her watching, got 'the nod' and we all giggled again.
i think the best thing about moments like that are that maybe we give pause to great restaurants before they automatically serve us bland americanized inauthentic food.