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Good soups in Queens?

Since the weather's getting cold, what are some places with good, hearty soups in Queens? (not Asian noodles, because I know all good ones already)

Seafood gumbo, lobster bisque and clam chowder are my faves.

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  1. this is a big problem in queens, and why a hale and hearty would do great, especially in the Forest Hills area. Very good matzoh ball soup at Knish Nosh on QB in Forest Hills, and there will be a Panera opening on Monday in Glendale, and they actually have a couple decent soups, but they taste a bit processed. I love hale and hearty and go out the one in Glen Cove now, alot to get quarts for takeout. They have a really great Clam chowder (Rhode Island and Manhattan and New England)...if you really love chowder and lobster bisque, and you've got a car, get yourself to Bigelow's clam shack in Rockville center, the place totally rocks, and their soups are great and cheap in quart size, nice freshly shucked clams.

    I don't care for any of the Columbian/Peruvian soups, so can't recommend them.

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    1. re: janie

      Update--knish nosh add on takeout (not knish part) has been gone for a short while--so, don't go there---but, Wafa's off of Metrop--makes some very lovely chicken soup and it's very reasonable at $3 for a pint. --right on the border of Nassau in Lake Sucess shopping center in New Hyde Park--Deli King--makes the best Matzoh Ball soup--fresh and light fluffy balls--had a bowl last week and some split pea, and both were excellent..$4.95 for pint to go--Can't stand Ben's matzoh ball soup--hard craters--and oily broth---

      Deli King
      1564 Union Turnpike
      New Hyde Park, NY 11040-1762
      (516) 437-8420

      100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

      1. re: janie

        Golden Fountain Kitchen in Kew Gardens has perhaps the best WonTon soup in New York City. I frequntly make a meal out of it. (7180 441-5000

        1. re: AudEatsOut

          I found that place passable for their sesame chicken, but then it went downhill from there--and the few times I tried other stuff, it was not good. The best won ton? What makes it the best?

      2. I'm a regular at Jose's on 81st & Roosevelt Ave. They have a Seafood Soup that is fresh made on premises every day that has seafood, potatoes, carrots & celery. Its very thick and is a very nice light lunch. The price is just $2.50 no tax. The place was renovated a year ago and is Korean owned and is quite pleasant with lots of seating. You can also purchase very inexpenisve fried seafood. This place is a bargain.

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        1. re: Mike V

          London Lennie's has a decent New England clam chowder.

          1. re: Mike V

            Sounds great, thanks. Here's a guy talking up the fried combo ... http://aguyinnewyork.com/archives/200...

            Is there actually a retail counter here, or is "fish market" just the name?

            Jose Fish Market
            81-04 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

            1. re: squid kun

              Very small retail counter. Its mostly about fried seafood and the fish soup. I'm only interested in the fish soup.

              1. re: Mike V

                I made the journey out from Manhattan to go to Taqueria Coatzingo and figured I may as well stop by Jose Fish Market and try the soup. It was surprisingly good and very well seasoned. I added a squeeze of lemon and some hot sauce. Thanks for the tip.

            2. re: Mike V

              I was underwhelmed by the fish soup here. Yes cheap, but not what I was hoping for.

              1. re: Mike V

                will get into this place; sounds like one of those typical korean fried fish joints right? so interesting that pattern, anyone know where that came from?

                1. re: bigjeff

                  it was very meh. From the name it probably didn't start as Korean.

                  1. re: 2slices

                    I know this is a digression from the main thread but still . . . it's funny to find those korean fried fish places all over the city: usually in the hood, in random places. I remember going to one when I had jury duty in jamaica near sutphin blvd; I also remember that place a few blocks down from rainbow falafel in union square, as well as many random ones I've seen in downtown brooklyn, deep bronx, all over uptown manhattan/harlem. that place on lispenard near Pearl Paint i think is still around, Ocean World or something like that? plus, never had a chance to try Seaworld, the place on park in the lower 20s that also had all that fried seafood plus a broasted chicken machine which I've still yet to taste!


                2. If you like Potato Leek Soup, The Kettle in Woodside does an excellent job.

                  1. there used to be a great soup joint on austin street in forest hills, however they closed years ago and i believe a bank is now there... ever since i have felt displaced, i have been looking for great soup but have had no luck... anyone else?

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                    1. re: norah_j

                      the soups at Sage General Store on Jackson Avenue (across from the Citibank building) are excellent. they have at least 4 every day including at least one vegetarian one. Mangal on Queens Boulevard at 47th Street has very good red lentil soup.

                    2. I second the suggestion of the lentil soup at Mangal in Sunnyside. (get it with a slice of lahmajun).

                      There is already a Panera Bread in Astoria (LIC?). It's on 35th avenue around 38th street, next to the Applebee's. I have sort of been addicted to the broccoli cheddar for a couple of years now.

                      1. When it gets even cooler, Il Bambino in Astoria (31st Ave and 34th Street) makes some pretty kick ass soups. Yum.

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                        1. re: megc

                          I was going to recommend il Bambino too. I LOVE the soup and salads and everything else. I'm so sad that I no longer work in Astoria...especially as the cooler weather comes.

                        2. ayada on woodside has a great beef tendon soup!!!!!!!!!!!! i swear by it

                          1. It's been a while so not sure if you are still looking for soup but cold whether is coming again.

                            A few suggestions:

                            Bah Ku Teh (I may be spelling this wrong) at Taste Good in Elmhust
                            This is a restorative soup made with herbs, pork ribs, pork stomach, and fried tofu. I think the herbs include goji berries and angelica root. I like to have this with white rice. Taste Good also has a menu full of different noodle soups if you are looking for that type of soup.

                            Pozole at Coatzingo
                            A hearty soup made with pork and big white corn (hominy). The broth is rich, porky, and savory to which you can add lime juice, cilantro, onion and cumin. It is served here with 2 tostadas topped with beans, lettuce, tomato, and mexican cheese.

                            Chilate de Pollo also at Coatzingo
                            This spicy bright red soup is flavored with some sort of Mexican herb. The flavor is elusive to me but I like it. The chunks of chicken in it are falling off the bone tender and can be eaten wrapped in a tortilla dunked in the soup.

                            Each of these is a meal in itself.

                            Taqueria Coatzingo
                            76-05 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

                            Taste Good
                            82-18 45th Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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                            1. re: ferdia

                              Funny that you should mention Taste Good. I was just there yesterday and had the Hokkien Udang Mee. It fell short of being a great soup due mostly to mediocre add-ons - shrimp that had no juice, pork that had no flavor and a limp, hard boiled egg. The shrimp-based broth however, had a deep, shrimp flavor and some excellent, sweat-bath inducing heat. That, plus the noodles, while not stellar, had the toothsome bite that I like. I've always dug this place, and the Bah Kuh Teh - which is listed under casseroles - is next on my list of items to try.

                              1. re: ferdia

                                Based on your description I'd guess the herb in the Chilate de Pollo is something called Papalo, the same they put on their wonderful Cemita's.

                                1. re: ferdia

                                  ferdia; I love a good bah ku teh, had it at any other places worth recommending?

                                2. I've only had this at the Manhattan location, but there's also a Flushing location of Woo Chon. Spicy lamb soup with perilla seeds. Stick-to-your-ribs hearty comfort food for the winter.

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                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                    Re: Woo Chon - Do tell - address, phone, cross streets?

                                    Speaking of lamb and soup, I'll give myself 20 lashes or so for not throwing in the wonderful flat lamb noodle soup still being ladled out in a tiny crawlspace at the back of the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing. I just returned recently, and it's as good as ever. The flat, thick noodles are hand-made on site, and have a very strong flavor of their own. Be sure to leave some of those tasty lamb chunks sitting at the bottom of the bowl, as they lend some great deep flavor to the broth.

                                    Above, someone had mentioned Taste Good Malaysian in Elmhurst. I recently enjoyed a bowl of their Hainanese chicken soup, which is served with flat, hand-cut rice noodles. Broth is a strong suit at Taste Good, and this one is no exception - the natural chicken flavor comes to the forefront without forcing the issue. This was a perfect bowl of soup for a slightly chilly fall day.

                                    1. re: Polecat

                                      Woo Chon is near the intersection of Kissena and Main Street, near the old Pho Bang (forgot what the new name is). I haven't had it at the Flushing location though. This was about 2-3 years ago, but they were also doing a very respectable dol sot bi bim bap at the Flushing Woo Chon. Really hard to mess up this dish, but Woo Chon's stone pot got super duper hot so you got a lot of the crusty bits.

                                      Oh, the Hainese chicken soup sounds really interesting. Is the chicken (I'm assuming it's laid on top of the soup) cold?

                                      1. re: Miss Needle

                                        "Woo Chon is near the intersection of Kissena and Main Street..."

                                        Okay, I know the place. I've even been there once or twice. Never tried the lamb soup. What is the name of this dish in Korean?

                                        And, yes, the chicken is laid on top of the bowl, served cold. Doesn't take long to warm up, though, in the soup. It definitely came through in the clutch for me when I was craving a heart-warming, spirit-boosting chicken soup.


                                        1. re: Polecat

                                          The dish is called sachul tang. Unlike bim bim bap or kalbi, it's not on the menu of every Korean restaurant. But it's so good. Really hearty, and the perilla seeds add a distinctive taste. If I'm not mistaken, I believe they also serve it with some Sichuan peppercorns.

                                          The Hainese chicken soup sounds perfect to have when one's feeling ill. Can't wait to try that at some point!

                                          1. re: Miss Needle

                                            Two quotes from my wife with regards to sachul tang:
                                            1. "it's really stinky"
                                            2. "tastes like beast"
                                            She also likened it to Bojin Tang, but we won't go there.

                                            Suffice to say that:
                                            1. I like your description better, and
                                            2. My wife isn't going to be the next NY Times food critic anytime soon.

                                            I'm looking forward to trying the soup.

                                            1. re: Polecat

                                              Well, considering I've never had bojin tang and beast, I can't say whether or not I agree with her description. But I don't find it the stinky in the least (and there are plenty of things out there that I feel are stinky like bad uni and durian. Sachul tang -- have no idea why anybody would say that. It's kind of like yuk gae jang except made with lamb and punched up with perilla seeds and Sichuan peppercorns.

                                              Hope you enjoy it!

                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                I think a lot of Koreans don't like lamb and gaminess in meat. I'm Korean but I grew up in the US, never had lamb cooked at home but had it for the first time a few years ago and loved it (I like gaminess). On the other hand, my parents will wrinkle their noses at the thought. As you said, lamb is not a common sight on Korean menus.

                                                Isn't it 'boshin tang'?

                                                1. re: janethepain

                                                  Agreed that a lot of Koreans aren't a huge fan of gaminess. Even with a lot of pork dishes, they're trying to remove the "porky" smell by marinating it in daen jang or using a lot of ginger. I may be wrong, but I think Hannaone once said that the rural people in Korea did eat lamb/goat but wasn't really a city thing.

                                                  And yes -- I think boshin tang is a better translation than bojin.

                                                  1. re: janethepain

                                                    My bad. Thanks for the correction.

                                          2. re: Miss Needle

                                            that should be the place across from the library, with a water wall in the front window? I know it had a different name about 10-12 years ago, one of the few korean restaurants in "downtown" flushing.

                                      2. How about the great tofu soup you can find at many Korean places in Flushing. I think it' might be mentioned by its korean name on this page here, but I don't know it's korean name. For anyone who hasn't had it, it usually has little clams and a spicy red broth. Sometimes they give you a raw egg to crack and dump into the soup, which is always served in a ceramic pot fresh off the fire and still boiling. There's a big Korean supermarket with a little restaurant inside on Union St around 29th Ave, they serve this and a number of other Korean soups, each around $7 and you don't have to tip a waiter.

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                                        1. re: Flushinger

                                          soon dooboo jigae (and its various spellings: soon tofu jigae, soon dubu chigae, etc.)

                                          sometimes you can get it with different features, like beef or seafood or mushroom, etc. usually this is at soondooboo jigae-specific restaurants.

                                        2. The Indonesian chicken soup (Soto Ayam) at Upi Jaya is really good. Here's a link about Asian soups from the NYTimes.

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                                          1. re: tabs

                                            The Tom Kha Gai coconut soup fromThai Malay Cafe--a takeout place on Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside--is great in the winter. Tastes of lemongrass. Also the giant udon noodle soups at Ariyoshi on Queens Blvd. are great--the Japanese have great soups.

                                          2. Just picked up a spicy, bean paste soup at our favorite Korean BBQ place, Woo So Bo So (not sure of the spelling since the name is written in Korean), corner of 154th and Northern. Was the perfect post-shoveling, warm-you-up meal. Not sure if this is the same type of soup referred to above. Has pieces of beef, tofu, onion, hot peppers, and some other vegetables in a rich, spicy bean paste broth.

                                            1. the Pho at Pho Bang in Elmhurst is great and you can choose what you want in it. I'm not a fan of all the tendons and stuff and usually just stick with the #22 first one on list - which is super thin slices of raw beef which cook in the hot broth. They give you a plate of bean sprouts and thai basil or mint and a wedge of lemon you can put in soup plus there are sliced jalapenos, red rooster hot sauce and other condiments on every table.

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                                              1. re: tigerwoman

                                                That's a bit farther then I can go at lunch, maybe on a slow day. Is it the same as Pho Bang as on Mott st? Pho Bang on Mott is my favorite, ate there last night.

                                                1. re: 2slices

                                                  Save yourself the trip. I found the pho at Pho Bang to be inedible. The insipid broth was lukewarm and left the beef completely raw (not rare, but raw).

                                                  1. re: Joe MacBu

                                                    If you're around Elmhurst and want a good soup (not noodle soup), go to Pho Bac and get the crab and asparagus soup. After alternating between Pho Bang and Pho Bac, I've given up on Pho Bang myself. Pho Bang has been the more inconsistent of the two. I don't vary my orders much at Pho Bac, but I find them pretty good, and for the limited items (including that crab and asparagus soup), I like them better than most Vietnamese places in NYC. But your mileage may vary.

                                                    1. re: E Eto

                                                      yeah that's pushing it for me in distance. Too bad there's nothing good closer. I would think downtown LIC might have one. I was surprised to find out that Natural Tofu even had it in the first place, I will probably try it there at some point anyway, but cold brother no way. That would get sent right back.

                                                      1. re: E Eto

                                                        definitely like pho bac over pho bang; interesting non-pho choice that I will have to check out, thanks! any comparison to thai son right near roosevelt station? Almost had a meal there last week but went to upi jaya instead (fear of bad pho overcame me)

                                                      2. re: Joe MacBu

                                                        the beef is meant to be raw and cooks in the hot broth. If your broth was lukewarm ( we've eaten there over 15 years and haven't experienced that) then by all means send it back. Part of the appeal is that you cook it by dunking it in the broth

                                                        or what we do is share by using small bowls
                                                        we put some bean sprouts in the bottom, then spoon in some noodles,then the "raw" meat which is floating on the top of the big bowl of soup, and top with broth
                                                        then we add other stuff like sirachia (hot sauce) squeeze of fresh lemon etc.

                                                        Honestly lots of folks have knocked pho bang over the years, but personally we really like the place and rarelly are dissappointed. Also good value for money ratio.

                                                  2. Will never tire of this thread. The two most enjoyable soups I've had in recent weeks have been the Pepper Soup at Maima's Liberian Bistro (in Jamaica) as well as the wonderfully hearty and warming Pork Rib and Cabbage Soup served up at Flushing's Northeast Taste. Searches on this board will yield coverage of these venues and dishes.

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                                                    1. re: Polecat

                                                      3 Great soups in the Jackson Heights area: whatever they have at U Dzika, whatever at Villacolombia (only 1 dollar extra w/ your 5 dollar meal (great great meal), and Thentuk (tibetan soup). I've had it at 2 places, both very good. 1st at the rear of Shangri-la on 37th Rd. They scoop the noodles fresh into the wok in front of you. Also, yesterday I had it at the rear of Merit Farms. The broth was equally opaque, with lots of flavor, nice thick noodles, pieces of beef, I think brisket.

                                                      Thentuk... good stuff. especially on a day like today.

                                                    2. Yet another addition: The Cornish Hen Tom Zap at Sripraphai.

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                                                      1. re: Polecat

                                                        Also, the lagman, at Arzu, is rock solid. Perfect for the cold weather.

                                                      2. love how the OP specifically asked not for asian noodle soups but the recs keep creeping in although obligingly, many of them are asian soups, but not necessarily asian noodle soups. great recs all; unfortunately don't have any recs off the top of my head. I can only second icelandadam's rec for the dark tendon soup at Ayada. last time I ate at Arunee however, there was a murderously dark and rich pork blood soup I had which was good too, I can't remember if it was a noodle soup or not.

                                                        1. Irish Cottage, in Forest Hills off Austin St., has a good French onion soup.

                                                          1. bad sore throat cough any new soup ideas in queens?

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                                                            1. re: janie

                                                              If you can hold out until Friday, a hearty tripe soup at Nutripan (Junction Blvd. & 57th Avenue - Elmhurst) will cure you for sure.

                                                              A sleeper in this neighborhood for home cooking and baked goods. The bread pudding, when fresh, is a standout bargain.

                                                            2. Grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup at Queens Kickshaw is comfort food at it's finest in Queens right now..

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                                                              1. re: johnk

                                                                thanks johnk, but too far away from me and I thought that place was such a pretentious hipster ripoff--also, cheese and mucus bad combo LOL.I'm looking for matzo ball soup in queens...the one at deli king in new hyde park used to be good but it's not been too great for awhile, balls too hard not fluffy...a hale and hearty would do great in queens...

                                                                1. re: janie

                                                                  Most of the soups at Phayul are delicious and spicy enough to clear the sinuses.

                                                                  1. re: pynchoff

                                                                    does look good but can't climb stairs due to another issue...had tom yum shrimp soup today from I am thai, very good, actually better than sripiphrai, and a lot cheaper. hit the spot.

                                                              2. Ben's Best in Rego Park has good matzo ball soup--though not the best. Hard to find it now that there are fewer Jewish delis.

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                                                                1. re: rainshine

                                                                  I don't like theirs at all, center of balls rock hard--used to get great matzoh ball soup at the takeout side near knish nosh, but then they closed and had some serious business problems from what I heard..too bad, there was an amazing polish cook there who made great soup and excellent stuffed cabbage.,wonder where she ended up? Wonder if on the kew garden hills side if there is any good spots for it....

                                                                  1. re: janie

                                                                    she is still there...i think that she might have left during the problems that you mentioned but she came back and still makes that rocking soup (and stuffed cabbage).

                                                                    1. re: Yaxpac

                                                                      are you serious??? I didn't know that--oh wow, must go check it out..thanks so much!!

                                                                      1. re: janie

                                                                        What is the good soup she makes? Not the matzo ball I guess?

                                                                        1. re: rainshine

                                                                          she makes a wonderful matzo ball soup and other Eastern European eats...

                                                                2. The Filipino goto at Manny's Bakery in Fresh Meadows is very good.

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                                                                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                                                                    there are a lot of place on union turnpike from kew garden hills, through glen oaks, and into new hyde park, what is good amongst them?