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best soup meals in midtown?

chungyc45 Apr 10, 2007 10:27 AM

Hi I work in midtown (48th/6th ave) and I love soup. All kinds. And i love having soup for my lunch, but i'm starting to run out of ideas. Who can suggest some good ones in this neighborhood? At this point i feel like i've tried them all.... Do I have to keep defaulting to hale and hearty when i can't think of a good one? Sapporo works itself in a lot, but it's very big for everyday. There is a soup guy who sells out of a truck like vehicle, but i've had them all so many times... Help!

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    kayonyc Apr 10, 2007 11:02 AM

    It's not the best kind around, but Duke's Cafe (51st between 6/7) has sundubu chigae (Spicy tofu) stew/soup with veggies, meat, or mushroom. I haven't tried the other types of noodle soups there but I do notice that they are popular there.

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    1. re: kayonyc
      twiggles Apr 10, 2007 12:50 PM

      i was also going to suggest Duke's. I like their Kimchi ramen. not Koreatown quality, but good for the neighborhood.

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      kayonyc Apr 10, 2007 02:13 PM

      I also like Dishes - for their cups of soups. A bit on the expensive side, but they do creative and unusual types. Not the standard chicken noodle soup. They're at 45th and 5th. The salad bar there is excellent as are their other items.

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        brendastarlet Apr 10, 2007 02:25 PM

        The new Brooklyn Diner on 43rd Street had excellent soup. I had a big bowl of Manhattan Clam Chowder. Don't be put off by its proximity to Times Square, it's a cut above touristy.

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          NancyC Apr 10, 2007 02:26 PM

          You aren't terribly far from Menchanko Tei (55th btw 5th/6th) but it's the same thing as Sapporo, very large noodle soups. I passed a deli today (forgot the name) on 56th between 5th/6th southside that had more than the usual number of soups for a deli...I think it was either 8 or 10 options? Don't know if they are any good but the gumbo was tempting.

          1. Cheese Boy Apr 10, 2007 02:55 PM

            I haven't been there in a really long time, but at the very least, it's close to you in midtown.
            I also can't vouch for the quality. Give them a try.

            Link: http://www.fashionsoup.com/default.html

            1. D...DF Apr 10, 2007 10:40 PM

              While the food at the Mee Noodle Shop (9th Ave) is generally mediocre, their soups are excellent. On the menu/menupage, the good soups are under the "Cantonese Style Noodle" heading and are numbered 13-45. I adore the "Noodle With Roast Pork."

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                jennnap Apr 13, 2007 10:54 AM

                there's a place called the daily soup on 54th b/w broad & 8th... they have about 10 - 15 soups every day & they're mostly very good. try the curry chicken w/ veggies & rice, yumm!

                1. re: jennnap
                  chungyc45 Apr 16, 2007 10:14 AM

                  these were great suggestions - thank you everyone!

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