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Apr 10, 2007 10:27 AM

best soup meals in midtown?

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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  1. 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

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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. 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.