My wife and I had dinner last night at Tung Shing House in Rego Park. We had been passing this venerable restaurant many times in our travels and decided to give it a try. We had no wait at 7pm, were ushered to a large booth and handed menus. That's when the trouble started. Our menu was a throwback to the old "Column A Column B" cantonese style chinese food from years ago. But we figured it'd be a kitschy night out, having the same kinds of things our parents might've had 30 years ago.
As the restaurant filled, we noticed that the asian patrons at tables around us were looking at different menus written completely in chinese, eating dishes that looked fresher, more appealing and more varied than what was offered to us. Our food was acceptible but the feeling of discrimination was palpable. We've heard of the "two menu" phenomena but other restaurants in the vicinity such as Joe's Shanghai and the now defunct Goody's were more discreet and also more likely to offer some of the same dishes on both menus. Has any other non-asians experienced this?