Chill Out With 5 Of The City's Best Gazpachos

Although we're still in the middle of August, September is coming up FML-quickly and before long we'll be back in our heavy coats buried under a pile of the white stuff. That's why we're going to maximize every last bit of summer that we can, and what better way than to treat yourself to a delicious chilled soup at some of the city's finest eateries? That's right, we've got five of the best gazpachos around, featuring everything from red berries and roasted beets to cuttlefish and nasturtium flowers and a whole lot more weird, good stuff. The best part might just be that you can get most of these cool treats for under $15, but we included two splurges as well in case you're hungry for more (and honey, we always are). Summer's really all about spoiling yourself, so take some time out to visit these locales and taste the most sensational flavors the season has to offer. Soup doesn't have too many calories, obviously.
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Aldea chef/owner George Mendes serves a tomato-cucumber gazpacho with buffalo mozzarella, seared cuttlefish, and nasturtium flowers ($14)—i.e. summer in a bowl.

Aldea, 31 West 17th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-675-7223.
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At Salinas, the new Spanish restaurant in Chelsea, guests can order seasonal gazpacho. Chef Luis Bollo's menu currently features gazpacho de primavera with red berries, tomatoes, roasted beets, cucumbers, Champagne vinegar, and olive oil ($8). This dish might just be a few bites, but they're going to be some of the best you've ever had.

Salinas, 136 9th Avenue (between 18th and 19th streets); 212-776-1990.
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Although gazpacho is traditionally a tomato-based soup, summer produce provides chefs with tons of different flavors to experiment with. Colicchio & Sons executive chef James Tracey serves a chilled corn soup topped with sugar snap peas and piquillo peppers ($11) in the front Tap Room.

Colicchio & Sons, 85 10th Avenue (at 15th Street); 212-400-6699.
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If your stomach is in need of a larger meal but you still want your gazpacho, we've got you covered. At The Standard Grill, chef Dan Silverman offers a main course of Alaskan black cod that's accompanied by tomato and almond gazpacho and potato-leek salad ($32).

The Standard Grill, 848 Washington Street (at 13th Street); 212-645-4100.
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At Riverpark, chef Sisha Ortuzar serves a traditional Spanish gazpacho as part of the three-course prix-fixe lunch menu ($28) or a la carte ($10), which guests can enjoy while taking in the restaurant's gorgeous East River views. We'll be taking both, thanks.

Riverpark, 450 East 29th Street (just east of First Avenue); 212-729-9790.