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Best gazpacho in the city

Tomato Jun 20, 2006 12:43 PM

Let's hear it...your favorite gazpacho around...especially around 57th and 8th. I'm obsessed with it for lunch (ps. I hate Whole Foods' bland version so that's out).

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    crepe suzette Jun 20, 2006 04:58 PM

    My personal favorite is Cafe Orlin...I love the way they put a big cucumber coil in the middle stuffed with avocado. And the soup itself is a creamy texture, which I prefer to a chunky texture.

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      sircynic28 Aug 9, 2006 07:26 PM

      LOVE the creamy variety at Cafe Orlin as well...the avocado is just icing on the cake. The Green Table (?) in Chelsea Market also makes a refreshing no frills gazpacho with simple, fresh flavors, not having to hide mediocre flavored vegetables with tons of garlic and spices

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        nyc.girl Jul 6, 2008 06:03 PM

        I absolutely love Cafe Orlin's gazpacho as well!! It's not for people looking for a chunky gazpacho. It's smooth and light with a little kick, elegant, and perfect with the cucumber and avocado in the middle.

        Unlike what some of the posters say below, I actually hate the gazpacho at Trader's Joe's. It's great if you like watered-down bruschetta, but gazpacho it is NOT.

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      Chelsea Pearl Jun 25, 2006 06:25 PM

      The gazpacho at Kitchen Market (21st and 8th Ave) is spectacular. Slightly chunky, but not just a salad in a bowl, and SPICY: incredibly garlicky, and with well-rounded flavors and heat. So good, so fresh, and really cheap - a 12 oz. take-out container with a warm flour tortilla is under 5 bucks. They also sell it by the quart.

      One of my favorite summer foods, done perfectly.

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        LloydG Jun 27, 2006 05:26 PM

        I have two favorites in Chelsea, although I've never been to Kitchen Market (but I'll be there for sure before the week is out). I agree with the thumbs down to Whole Foods.

        First, Cafe Beyond, on 6th and 19th. Yes, it is in the Bed, Bath and Beyond store, but the food is really fresh and the gazpacho is delicious, with a nice spicy kick. They've had it sporadically in the past few weeks, but I'm sure there will be more as tomato season kicks in.

        Second, City Market Cafe on 5th between 22nd and 23rd. Not quite as good as Cafe Beyond, but worth it.

        1. jon Jun 27, 2006 06:03 PM

          i really like the gazpacho from the daisy may's bbq cart on wall street. nice quick, great flavor and it comes in a mason jar you can keep and a piece of crunchy bread to mop up the leftovers. they only serve it during the summer, obviously.

          1. Jill Aug 2, 2006 08:32 PM

            I had a great gazpacho a few weeks ago at Cucina & Co. in Grand Central. I've been obsessed ever since.

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              DavyTheFatBoy Aug 3, 2006 12:43 AM

              Had Gazpacho as a special at Da Umberto on West 17th street a few weeks ago, and it was amazingly tasty. Chunky, spicy, mostly green, and so goooood!

              If you like Gazpacho that's been put through a blender or a food processor, this is NOT the place.

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                kenito799 Aug 3, 2006 03:18 AM

                The stuff in the tub at trader joe's is actually pretty good

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                  piccola Aug 7, 2006 06:46 PM

                  I was just going to say that. They were handing out samples yesterday and I immediately bought a tub.

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                  Sean Dell Aug 3, 2006 01:32 PM

                  They don't have it every day, but the gazpacho at Yura's (92nd and Madison) is delicious. Spicy, tomatoey and very refreshing.

                  - Sean

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                    kvn Aug 3, 2006 04:07 PM

                    Are we talking Spanish Gazpacho? American Gazpacho is crap - basically chilled salsa. There is a definatie lack of authentic gazpacho in NYC (or Spanish food, for that matter), I went to Despana on Broome St (an amazing Spanish food shop, go, it's worth it), but I wasn't impressed with their Gazpacho. (among the best I've had in NYC, but that's not saying much) I can only hope Tia Pol (they have it as a soup of the day sometimes, I've never had it) can come to the rescue!! Any authentic Gazpacho out there?

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                      kvn Aug 3, 2006 08:18 PM

                      I jumped into a cab at lunch, and went to Tia Pol for the Gazpacho. Excellent reward, the best Gazpacho I have had in NYC, period. Worth the trip

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                      Muffin Aug 3, 2006 08:47 PM

                      I haven't had too many gazpachos to compare, but Le Pain Quotidian's gazpacho is pretty tasty (it's the pureed kind). AND it's a pretty good deal - comes with two pieces of nice bread.

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                        JamieZ Aug 3, 2006 09:36 PM

                        Kashkaval, on 9th b/w 55th and 56th has delicious gazpacho (and a great assortment of cheeses and olives too).

                        1. Zion Aug 7, 2006 04:50 PM

                          there is only one gazpacho worth having in this city. Despana.
                          its the real deal, noone gets close. the best gazpacho this side of the guadalquivir river!

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                            kvn Aug 7, 2006 07:43 PM

                            sorry Zion, I think you are wrong. Despana is an amazing place, but their Gazpacho is second-best to Tia Pol. A Spanish friend (who is practically lives at Despana) and myself had both within two days, and it was an easy choice. Go to Tia Pol!

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                              Zion Aug 7, 2006 11:05 PM

                              well...tia pol is good too, you are right...i guess it depends if you like the garlicy andalusian version like despana. and the place with a T i think debra is talking about is tisserie...thats my friends place...

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                            debra1234 Aug 7, 2006 05:05 PM

                            My favorite is Le Pain Quotidien -- smooth with great flavor and great bread. I also recently really liked the gazpacho at the new bakery in Union Square (something with a T...name escapes me) -- a little thicker, but very small pieces). City Bakery has good chunky gazpacho, but I prefer smooth overall.

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                              kvn Aug 7, 2006 07:47 PM

                              good to know! I love Le Pain Quotidien, I will try the Gazpacho next time I'm there.

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                              mae Aug 7, 2006 06:26 PM

                              I agree that Kashkaval has excellent gazpacho...at least the best I've tried so far. Another gazpacho I was pleasantly surprized by is the one Murrays Bagels' makes. Both have chunks of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. Delish. Although I'd add a bit more spice--anyone know who serves a spicy variety?

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                                Sean Dell Aug 9, 2006 07:15 PM

                                Not quite on message, but I had perhaps the worst gazpacho in my life on Friday, at Bottino, on 10th and 24th.

                                It had the consistency, and for all I know, the taste, of gnat's piss.

                                Now you may well ask what I was doing ordering gazpacho in a place like Bottino. Mea culpa, I just felt like taking a risk. The rest of the meal wasn't bad, but it was nothing to write here about either.

                                - Sean

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                                  comiendosiempre Jul 7, 2008 05:20 AM

                                  Surprisingly, I had an excellent gazpacho at Dishes, on 45th off of Madison, last week. Best in the city? I doubt it, but it was great for a lunch spot. Creamy, not chunky, with good flavor. I always want to make gazpacho but, never get around to it, or never have a recipe that looks terrific.

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                                    yakka Jul 8, 2008 09:40 AM

                                    Any good gazpacho around 57th and Madison?

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