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Seeking great soup near Union Square

loriannkru Sep 24, 2008 08:00 AM

Any suggestions?

I've found Barocco, but find them to be hit and miss.

  1. kcijones001 Sep 24, 2008 08:07 AM

    Six and Twelve; on 6th (11th & 12)

    LaMarca; 22nd and 3rd

    Veselka; 2nd Ave. @ 9th St.

    You can also always try Whole Foods.

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    1. re: kcijones001
      smrtazz Sep 25, 2008 07:16 PM

      sadly, 6 & 12 went under

      1. re: smrtazz
        jakew8 Sep 26, 2008 08:18 AM

        First Lehman Brothers and now 6 & 12? When will it stop?!?!

      2. re: kcijones001
        pyatachok Oct 1, 2008 07:48 AM

        Totally not agree about Veselka. Here is my review from another site:

        "I was born and raised in Ukrain. I know this culture and cuisine quite well and LOVE it.
        Last weekend visiting New York we had a meal at Veselka (after reading all these praising reviews).
        Let me tell you people. You ether never tasted a REAL UKRAINIAN cuisine or just have a bad taste.
        We had there Borsch, mixed perogies plates (1 boiled and 1 fried) and crepes with cheese and rasberry sause (all their "signiture" dishes). We left half hungry and disgusted with the taste of the borsch and perogies. The crepes were not the best but at least eatable. Everything was served barely warm.
        I didn't have such a bad experience eating in the most cheap canteen back in Ukrain.
        It's a shame that this place claimes any connection to Ukrainian cuisine at all. It was very, very disappoining."

        1. re: kcijones001
          Pan Nov 26, 2008 05:14 AM

          Veselka, GREAT soup??? Passable, but no way great. What do you think is great there? Anything there that you think greatly outclasses places like Ukrainian East Village and Little Poland (which is closer to Union Square)?

        2. Spends Rent on Food Sep 24, 2008 08:07 AM

          Not sure if you're looking for high end, or just a lunch place, but Medina on 17th between 5th & Usq has solid soup options - but it's mainly a takeout lunch place.

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          1. re: Spends Rent on Food
            piegirl74 Sep 24, 2008 08:19 AM

            Yes, but soooo good! He does wonders with thai-style soups. And you can't beat that pumpkin corn bisque.

            1. re: Spends Rent on Food
              wleatherette Sep 24, 2008 08:41 AM

              medina's soups are the best in the immediate area, i think, although the prices are kind of outrageous. with tax, a large (which is not a large serving) is almost $7.

              1. re: Spends Rent on Food
                loriannkru Sep 24, 2008 09:25 AM

                You all rock! I'm slurping up some Brazilian Chicken Stew from Medina right now (on your recommendation) and it is tremendous! Thanks for getting back to me in time for lunch!!!

              2. k
                kathryn Sep 24, 2008 10:59 AM

                It's a little bit of a walk but I like Ashby's.

                64 W 22nd St
                Btwn 5th & 6th Ave

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                  cassoodle Sep 26, 2008 04:32 PM

                  I eat at Medina atleast 3x a week. Very good soup
                  City Bakery also has great soup, tortilla soup is my favorite
                  Republic has great noodle type soups, but very noisy, they do deliver and do take out.
                  Had an amazing chicken soup yesterday at craft bar.

                  1. Nikki NYC Sep 26, 2008 06:05 PM

                    Medina is very good but the best place is Fifth Avenue Epicure on 5th and 19th Street. Their soup is amazing and I'm pretty sure it's homemade.

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                    1. re: Nikki NYC
                      cassoodle Sep 26, 2008 06:15 PM

                      Nikki, I am going to try them on Monday... thanks...

                      1. re: cassoodle
                        Nikki NYC Oct 5, 2008 02:47 AM

                        So, what did you think? Did you like the soup there?

                        1. re: Nikki NYC
                          cassoodle Oct 9, 2008 02:28 PM

                          have not tried it yet... work got a bit crazy... hopefully next week...

                          1. re: Nikki NYC
                            cassoodle Nov 25, 2008 02:32 PM


                            I finally made it to Fifth Avenue Epicure, tried three soups and thought they were all bland. I think Medina soups are much better... that and City Bakery.


                      2. k
                        kathryn Sep 26, 2008 09:23 PM

                        A friend of mine has been RAVING about Spoon, lately, have you tried there?


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                        1. re: kathryn
                          maggiej Nov 25, 2008 03:06 PM

                          Was JUST going to say, spoon is my new favorite. The takeout part is actually called Tbsp, for tablespoon. They have two soups every day and every one I've had has been truly good, homemade-seeming. (French onion, lentil bacon, butternut squash.) Perfect for lunch.

                          1. re: maggiej
                            taboo Nov 26, 2008 05:19 AM

                            I would suggest just walking into Whole Foods. They have about 6-8 soups made daily and all are great.

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