Warm Up With 12 Of New York's Best Soups

Photo: Courtesy of The Little Beet.
Soup might be the first thing we reach for once puffy-coat season is upon us, but the dish shouldn’t only be relegated to polar vortexes. Soups are an excellent way to experiment with different flavors and cuisine traditions in one delicious bowl. In a city where the gastronomical options can be highly overwhelming, these dishes promise to warm your heart and then some.
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What: White Bean and Kale Soup
Where: The Little Beet

Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This soup is one heaping bowl of vitamins — and yet another way to enjoy the unstoppable kale. The little coils of parmesan floating on top make the other flavors come alive and give you a kick of savory goodness.

The Little Beet, 135 West 50th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-459-2338.
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What: Smoky Miso Soup
Where: Mountain

Mountain is a fun little space that offers acupuncture, health classes, and wholesome eats. You are, however, permitted to skip the first two options and just grab a bowl of miso soup. If you think of the dish as a watery sidekick for sushi, think again: This one is the real deal, with shiitake mushrooms and red seaweed.

Mountain, 903 Franklin Avenue (between Crown and Carroll streets), Brooklyn; 718-771-2476.
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What: Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Where: White Street

There are so many rich, wonderful appetizers at White Street that you might be tempted to skip the soup. Don’t. The delicate pumpkin liquid is sprinkled with herbs, pumpkin seeds, and a sinful dollop of ricotta in the middle. Way better than all that PSL madness.

White Street, 221 West Broadway (between White and Franklin streets); 212-944-8378.
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What: Hearth Broth
Where: Brodo

Just in time for flu season comes a walk-up window where you can grab a to-go coffee cup of steaming, comforting broth. There are some full-fledged soups on the menu, but the three broths are simple and delicious. Our fave is the Hearth broth, which is brewed with beef, chicken, and turkey. That’s a whole lot of meaty goodness for under $5.

Brodo, 200 First Avenue (between 12th and 13th streets); 646-602-1300.
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What: Ukrainian Meat Borscht
Where: Veselka

This iconic East Village restaurant has been helping staggering partygoers ward off their hangovers since the 1950s. There is no dish better suited for the job than this brilliant, scarlet broth. Sweetened with beets and filled with huge chunks of meat, it serves as a great introduction to Ukrainian food.

Veselka, 144 Second Avenue (between 9th Street and St. Marks Place); 212-228-9682.
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What: Roasted Squash Soup
Where: Blenheim Hill

This is autumn in a bowl. The Blenheim Hill folks grow their own veggies, and the humble squash explodes with flavor in this starter. Why don’t more dishes have brown butter in them?

Blenheim Hill, 283 West 12th Street (between West 4th Street and Eighth Avenue); 212-243-7073.
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What: Chilled Corn Soup
Where: Gramercy Tavern

Sometimes, it’s just fun to see what a fancy establishment does with something as simple as soup. Gramercy Tavern is all about playing with seasonal offerings, and the late summer brings this exquisite soup, prepared with a corn broth base and probably one million ears of corn.

Gramercy Tavern, 20 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue); 212-477-0777.
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What: Tomato Soup
Where: Queens Kickshaw

This beloved Astoria spot arguably kicked off the fancy-grilled-cheese trend. While attention is rightfully paid to its heavenly sandwiches, the soups are hardly just an accompaniment. Silky and rich, the tomato version is fantastic in its own right — paired with a buttery sandwich, it’s downright blissful.

Queens Kickshaw, 4017 Broadway (between Steinway and 41st Street), Queens; (718) 777-0913.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ippudo.
What: Akamaru Modern Ramen
Where: Ippudo

New Yorkers love their ramen. You could argue about which place is the best, or you could just go to Ippudo, which prides itself on perfecting "Japanese soul food." The original soup is the Akamaru Modern ramen; filled with melty pork belly and topped with Ippudo's secret miso paste, this is a great place to start.

Ippudo, 65 Fourth Avenue (between 9th and 10th streets); 212-388-0088.
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Photo: Courtesy of Taste of Persia.
What: Ash Reshteh
Where: Taste of Persia

If you had a Persian grandmother, this soup is what she would make you when you were sick. Thick, green, and teeming with lentils and spices, it’ll clear up whatever ails you. This shop is curiously placed in the corner of a pizzeria, and the wildly friendly owner will tell you all about the warm stews on offer.

Taste of Persia, 12 West 18th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues); 917-592-3467.
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Photo: Courtesy of Laut.
What: Asam Laksa
Where: Laut

This pungent Malaysian soup is not for the faint of heart. Somehow spicy, sweet, and sour at the same time, there are so many flavors going on that you’ll keep sipping, just trying to pinpoint them all. Fish? Lemongrass? Is that pineapple? Yep, the pan-Asian gang is all here.

Laut, 15 East 17th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue); 212-206-8989.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hearth.
What: Chicken Soup with Farrow and Dumplings
Where: Hearth

You could just open a can of chicken soup when you’re chilly, or, you could go for the mega-deluxe version at Hearth. The beef broth, puffy rice, and rich dumplings will make you regret even considering that dusty can of Campbell’s in the back of your pantry.

Hearth, 403 East 12th Street (at First Avenue); 646-602-1300.
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