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I've been going to The apple Pan since I was a child... It was always my understanding that it is divided by two sides. When you walk in you choose your side and wait.... When a spot opens up on your side you jump on in.. As i took my long awaited for seats I was approached by a couple waiting on the other side... verbally lashing at my to get the hell out of their seats.... Bewildered, we got up and waited on the other side... Seats came up so we sat down again and another couple tried to bump us out claiming that we jumped sides... The long standing counter guys explained that it is first come first serve.. no this side or that side.... Does anyone out there have an opinion or experience with this,,,

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  1. I've been going to the Apple Pan since the late sixties. The rule I've observed is that wherever a seat opens, it's claimed by whoever has been there the longest, regardless of which side they're waiting on.

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    1. re: Hackenbush

      I've been there numerous times and I've always gone off the rule of whoever has been there the longest, regardless of the side, sits first. That makes the most sense doesn't it? Why should some shmo who just wandered in aimlessly off the street get to sit automatically just cause he got lucky on his side choice.

      Take my seat and you'll get a banana cream pie to the face! Actually that's totally a waste of some amazing pie. I'll throw the apple instead.

      1. re: ReelMike84

        "Take my seat and you'll get a banana cream pie to the face! Actually that's totally a waste of some amazing pie. I'll throw the apple instead."

        Darn straight! Save that banana cream and bring me a big slice!

    2. My opinion is some people are jerks. I also feel that although the old fashioned way at AP is cute and traditional and all, but, c'mon, time to sort of evolve. Even one of those stupid ticket wheels.

      My final thought is that I've been a few times, and found nothing really wating for, beyond the most spectacular banana cream pie ever. The AP burgers-meh. The famed apple pan pie,-below mediocre, the sought after fires-nothing outstanding.

      But that banana cream pie! ooohhhhhhh, it's like the best sex ever-with bananas!

      1. I'm with you on this one. When I've been (going since the 70's, while my mom has been going since the mid-50's), it's always seemed to me that everyone kinda picks a side, but if the counter guys say it's truly 1st-come, 1st-served, then I guess that's the way it is. It certainly makes more sense, but my prior understanding was the same as yours.

        1. I grew up about 4 blocks from Apple Pan. It's always been first come first served. There are no "sides".

          1. This is a peeve of mine as well. I agree with you: choose a side and wait for a seat on your side. I've been going since the seventies and my mother has been going since the forties, and this is the way I've mostly seen it done, despite what the counter guys say. Really, they should post it somewhere.