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Sep 2, 2010 11:52 AM

Best Soup in Astoria

I'm trying to find places with the best Soup in Astoria. I'm by 36th Ave but am willing to travel for soup that is worth it!

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  1. Great question (though perhaps not in this 100 degree weather),. Any particular type you're looking for? Nothing I've had at a Greek place has stood out, but the red lentil soup at Mundo, and it's sister fast food restaurant La Papa was tasty enough and filling. A Moroccan bissara is always good, filled with olive oil and cumin. I know they have it at Little Morocco at least. A few Lebanese spots also offer lentil soups, like Duzan or Haddad's. Colombian places put out soups and soup specials in the general latin vein. I generally like a heartier eastern european soups when the weather cools. Might try Koliba for a super (souper?) garlicy garlic soup, or a saurkraut soup. The Bosnian places usually put out a decent rustic vegetable and meat soup as well, with a nice dollop of sour cream on top.

    The best looking soup I've seen int he neighborhood, but sadly haven't tried, was at La Espiguita, the Mexican place south of Broadway under the N tracks. I believe it was a weekend special, perhaps goat, in spicy broth. Virtually all the men around were enjoyinging it, brightening it up with limeand dipping in their tortillas.

    31-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

    La Espiguita
    3244 31st St, Queens, NY 11106

    31-11 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

    Little Morocco
    24-39 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

    24-11 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

    1. I like the soups at the Family Corner. They always have Avgelolono, and rotate through yankee bean, split pea and others. Those three are my favorites though. Nothing too special, but just taste right, hearty and comforting.

      Even though most of their stuff comes from the freezer their specials and soups are home made...and you can taste it.

      Ill bambino has a good rotation of soups, but they do not serve in the summer months. I've even told the owner to please do gazpacho, but clearly to deaf ears.

      Family Corner
      21-02 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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      1. re: SpiceJunkies

        Il Bambino has the best soup in Astoria, hands down. It's not important that they don't serve soup in the warm months, as far as I'm concerned. I have found every soup they've produced to be absolutely delicious. The tomato bisque is my favorite, yum. Make a point of stopping by once the temperatures cool down - you won't regret it.

        Il Bambino
        34-08 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

        1. re: megc

          It's important b/c if you go in the summer and want soup at Ill Bambino, you're out of luck.
          This might be a good thing to know considering since they may not have any soup right now.

          1. re: SpiceJunkies

            SpiceJunkies, I'm going to help you out here - here's Bambino's phone number:

            (718) 626-0087

            Give them a call next time you are heading over and I'm sure they will let you know if soup is on the menu, and if so which one. That way you won't be disappointed when you arrive expecting soup and it's not there. Used to be on the board there was an Il Bambino Soup of the Day thread, which was very cool and entertaining. Someone would call each morning, get the info and post. It was quite helpful during those cold months!

            Il Bambino
            34-08 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

            1. re: megc

              MegC, I'm going to help you out here (do I sound condiscending yet?).

              When the topic is about soup and the posts are happening in the summer it is absolutely important to tell people who may be traveling from another borough to eat that soup that they are not even serving it. Not to harp but I just can't figure out why you blow this fact off as not important. It's important enough for me to need their phone # to see if they even have the item.

              Back to the soup. The one's I've had have really just been ok. The chef is too heavy with the herbs, particularly rosemary for my taste buds. And the cream soups are just too rich. No matter 'cause the truffled egg salad crostini is to die for.

              Another great soup of mention is the lentil soup at Lil' Morocco on Steinway. Simple but comforting.

              1. re: SpiceJunkies

                "It's important enough for me to need their phone # to see if they even have the item."

                Well, then I'm happy I could help by providing the phone number.

                Please also note that my original statement was simply my opinion, in reference to my own concerns. You are totally entitled to your opinion, and I would not deny that of you. And it doesn't really bother me if we don't hold the same opinion.

                Hope you find some soup that pleases you throughout the 4 seasons.