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Mind Blowing French Onion Soup?

askdrtodd Jan 19, 2011 06:26 AM

I'd love to find some. I searched and didn't see any threads dedicated to this, curious if anyone has had transcendent soupe à l'oignon?

Thanks for the input guys!

  1. LeahBaila Feb 1, 2011 08:35 AM

    ...just had a great bowl at Colicchio & Sons last night. This version had bacon and white grapes - sounds eclectic, but it was really delicious.

    Colicchio & Sons
    85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: LeahBaila
      TrishUntrapped Feb 2, 2011 05:32 AM

      Looks amazing!

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      Pan Jan 31, 2011 08:19 PM

      I had very good (though perhaps not mind-blowing) onion soup a couple of times at Balthazar's sister restaurant, Pastis. Very good comfort food that I recommend.

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        dm123 Jan 31, 2011 02:42 PM

        A.O.C. on Bleecker and Grove has the best french onion soup I've ever had.

        1. askdrtodd Jan 25, 2011 11:13 AM

          Here are some pics, the white tablecloth is Balthazar.

          1. askdrtodd Jan 25, 2011 10:57 AM

            Trip report- Tried a bowl at Les Halles and Balthazar, and the French Onion Soup Dumplings at Stantion Social. Meal at Stantion was incredible but oddly one of the least favorite dishes at our table (4 of us) was the dumplings. Not bad, but the dumpling portion just didn't stand up to the pungent cheese

            As far as soup went, Balthazar blew Les Halles out of the water, it was much more true to style and all around much tastier too.

            Thanks for the input everyone!!

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            1. re: askdrtodd
              daffyduck Jan 26, 2011 04:56 AM

              I agree. I like Stanton Social, but I dont think the French onion soup dumplings are a standout. FWIW I like Artisanal more than Balthazaar so if you're ever there you can give it a try.

              Stanton Social
              99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: daffyduck
                askdrtodd Jan 26, 2011 05:35 AM

                Will do! Artisanal and Degustation are on my list for next time. I live in FL and try to make it up to NY every few months for a weekend of eating and drinking debauchery :)

            2. LeahBaila Jan 20, 2011 05:23 AM

              Had a delightful bowl at Ca Va

              Ca Va
              310 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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                ZaZa Jan 19, 2011 05:21 PM

                Over in the West Village, my favorites are at (1) RIPAILLE on Hudson St., bet. 12th & Bethune; and (2) PARIS BISTRO on Greenwich St. bet. Bethune and Bank Streets; but please note that everything else I ordered at the PARIS BISTRO was truly a disappointment (Really! Only the soup was good). I'd like to go back for only the soup and a really good glass of wine, but that's it.

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                1. re: ZaZa
                  rrems Jan 19, 2011 06:13 PM

                  I believe you are referring to Paris Commune on Greenwich St.? I agree that the food is generally disappointing, but I have not tried their onion soup.

                  Paris Commune
                  99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

                2. ellenost Jan 19, 2011 03:45 PM

                  I really like the French onion soup at Artisanal and La Petite Auberge (although it's been a long time since I've dined at LPA, I trust my good friend RGR's judgment).

                  La Petite Auberge
                  116 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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                    rrems Jan 19, 2011 03:03 PM

                    The ones I am most familiar with are La Petite Auberge and Les Halles. LPA is an excellent restaurant, and overall the food is far superior to LH, but I slightly prefer the onion soup at LH because the broth has a more intense flavor. The rest of the food at LH is mediocre with a few exceptions, such as steak tartare, boudin noir, and choucroute.

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                      173gal Jan 19, 2011 01:37 PM

                      If you want to take a long drive (110 miles), Rowdy Hall in East Hampton serves wonderful onion soup.

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                        askdrtodd Jan 19, 2011 02:40 PM

                        Is that on the 6 train? ;)

                      2. askdrtodd Jan 19, 2011 09:18 AM

                        I appreciate all the input guys!

                        This is the "unicorn" I've been chasing. Oddly I ate at Le Chateaubriand, Chez L'Ami Jean, Frenchie, L'Atelier, etc when I was in Paris last year, and this is hands down the most memorable thing I consumed on the trip, it was at a random sidewalk bistro. I would have fought someone to the death if they tried to take that soup away from me haha.

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                        1. re: askdrtodd
                          princeofpork Jan 19, 2011 10:26 AM

                          Les Halles actually has great FOS. The rest of the food is not good.

                          Les Halles
                          15 John Street, New York, NY 10038

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                          RGR Jan 19, 2011 07:37 AM

                          La Petite Auberge is a longtime favorite of ours. The onion soup there is excellent. The broth has good flavor, there are always lots of caramelized onions and a thick layer of cheese on top.

                          Photo of La Petite Auberge's onion soup can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157625568366271/


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                          1. re: RGR
                            AdamD Jan 19, 2011 02:38 PM

                            funny but that is exactly what I thought of
                            very very good stuff

                          2. askdrtodd Jan 19, 2011 07:02 AM

                            This is completely awesome. I have reservations for Stantion for brunch this Sunday so that's killer news, and I always manage to swing by Balthazar at an off hour for a quick snack every time I visit. So far so good guys, thanks! :)

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                            1. re: askdrtodd
                              kelea Jan 19, 2011 07:20 AM

                              The soup dumpling are definitely delicious. One of my fave twist on this dish. But like Small H said...it's less a soup and more a dumpling

                            2. TrishUntrapped Jan 19, 2011 06:43 AM

                              Balthazar is number one in my book. Artisanal does a nice job too.

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                              1. re: TrishUntrapped
                                sushiman Jan 19, 2011 07:40 AM

                                The onion soup is one of the worst things that Balthazar does. I had to send one back recently for lack of soup. It was all bread and cheese.

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                                  TrishUntrapped Jan 19, 2011 07:44 AM

                                  A chacun son gout.

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                                    sushiman Jan 19, 2011 10:09 AM

                                    Isn't there supposed to be soup in the soup?

                                    I make this at home, so I have some experience to go by.

                                    They do not call it French bread and cheese in a bowl, do they?

                                    1. re: sushiman
                                      TrishUntrapped Jan 19, 2011 10:33 AM

                                      Guess I'm lucky then. When I've gone I've gotten soup too!

                                      1. re: TrishUntrapped
                                        KateMW Jan 26, 2011 05:03 AM

                                        I agree. I think Balthazar's is fantastic. Of course, I've only had it once, so maybe I just got lucky.

                                2. re: TrishUntrapped
                                  daffyduck Jan 19, 2011 02:35 PM

                                  I like Artisanal's better than Balthazar's, i like both though.

                                3. iL Divo Jan 19, 2011 06:34 AM

                                  a show was on yesterday that featured the best of cheese.
                                  there were 10 restaurants that won rave reviews having anything to do with a cheese product they made. I don't have more info on the restaurant or the chef, who is frequently on "Chopped"..............bald guy, lots of tats ..........oh, let me look it/him up.
                                  Chris Santos

                                  coming in at #2
                                  "Stanton Social"...........for their French Onion Soup Dumplings

                                  hope that helps

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                                  1. re: iL Divo
                                    small h Jan 19, 2011 06:41 AM

                                    Those are French onion soup dumplings. They are interesting, but if the OP is looking for soup in a bowl, rather than in a little piece of dough, he will be disappointed.

                                    1. re: small h
                                      iL Divo Jan 19, 2011 08:08 AM

                                      was only trying to help with something I just saw Small H

                                      1. re: iL Divo
                                        small h Jan 19, 2011 08:13 AM

                                        As was I.

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