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A fortifying bone broth soup at the James restaurant in Brooklyn James [Official]

15 Soul-Warming Soups to Ride Out the Rest of Winter in NYC

From a New England clam chowder to a mushroom pho, here’s where to find a stellar steaming bowl of soup around town

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Soup weather is still here in New York City. For diners bundled in layers and snuggling next to outdoor heaters or staying indoors in the comforts of their own homes, there are endless options for steaming bowls of soups. Whether it’s a brothy consomme-like soup or vegetarian puree, restaurants all across town are offering soul-warming selections. (If it’s pho, ramen, or hot pot you seek — check out those individual maps.)

NYC restaurants are currently limited to outdoor and indoor dining, along with takeout and delivery. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point where possible, but it’s always worth double-checking with each restaurant. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with indoor dining or patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Conch and Shrimp Chowder at LoLo's Seafood Shack

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303 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026
(646) 649-3356
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A Caribbean take on New England soup is ladled up at this popular Harlem spot. Coconut milk is used in place of cream and is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the fresh seafood medley.

Seafood sticking out of the conch and shrimp chowder at Lolo’s Seafood Shack in Harlem Lolo’s Seafood Shack [Official]

2. Moroccan Harira at Breads Bakery

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1890 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 633-2253
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A different legume and vegetable chocked vegan soup, made in small batches, is offered each day of the week at this popular spot. One of the tastiest is the harira, a mix of chickpeas and lentils with tomato, celery, onion, cilantro and parsley — all flavored with turmeric and cilantro. A piece of bread straight out of the oven is thrown in for dipping.

Moroccan harira at Breads Bakery
Moroccan harira at Breads Bakery
Ashley Solter

3. Cauliflower Bisque at Bella Blu

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967 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 988-4624
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This Upper East Side spot has been packed nightly for decades with locals flocking in for pizzas from the wood-burning oven, whole fish, and authentic Italian specialties. Every day the kitchen also serves several soups at dinner, including mushroom, lentil and split pea. The cauliflower bisque is a perfect antidote to wintery weather, made all the better because its creamy flavor is derived without any dairy. 

A yellowish cauliflower soup at the restaurant Bella Blu Bella Blu [Official]

4. Onion Soup at La Goulue

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29 E 61st St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 988-8169
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This storied bistro serves up a classic bubbling cauldron with aromatic Gruyere and provolone melting over the top. The rich flavorful broth here is a combination of beef and chicken, seasoned with parsley and thyme, and heady with sherry and garlic.

A brownish onion soup at the restaurant La Goulue with cheese bubbling on top La Goulue [Official]

5. Sinigang at Little Chef Little Cafe

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5-43 48th Ave
Queens, NY 11101

Tamarind gives this popular Filipino soup its sour quality. Chef Diana Manalang has also turned the traditional recipe vegetarian by adding tofu rather than pork to a base of vegetable stock. Tomatoes and potatoes round out the dish and wilted baby bok choy leaves float on top for flair. 

6. Estelle’s Chicken Soup at Mark’s Off Madison

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41 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(646) 838-8300
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Named after owner Mark Strausman’s grandmother, Estelle’s chicken soup undergoes a three-day cooking process during in which the broth is continually fortified with chicken, and on the last day it’s finished with carrots, parsley, onions. It was a staple at Strausman’s restaurant Freds in Barney’s.

A chicken soup at Estelle’s Beth Landman

7. Minestrone at Novitá

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102 E 22nd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 677-2222
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Many variations of this soup are filled with pasta and beans or overloaded with tomatoes, but the offering at this Northern Italian favorite is the perfect, light choice. It’s loaded with a simply simmered array of vegetables including black kale, asparagus, zucchini, carrots, potato, and the occasional bean. Parmesan can be added for a little zing.

8. Avgolemono at Kyma

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15 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 268-5555
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Chef George Pagonis makes a particularly rich version of the classic Greek soup at this hopping Hellenic spot, starting with a heady stock and adding egg yolks, chicken, olive oil, bay leaf, garlic and lemon for zest.

9. Mushroom Pho at The Tiger Lily Kitchen

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293 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10010
(929) 373-8992
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There is a nice hit of ginger in the broth that helps warm you up in this take-out only soup. The vegetarian stock with kombu seaweed and shiitake is poured over rice noodles and a selection of produce including Chinese broccoli, carrots, Napa cabbage and bean sprouts, then served with slivers of red chili and grilled lime.

10. Zuppa di Pesce at Pasta Eater

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9 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 627-5910
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A simple seafood lover’s dream, this tomato-based soup is full of fresh branzino, salmon, calamari, clams, mussels and calamari. It’s simply seasoned with garlic, parsley, and black pepper, but the chef is happy to add chili flakes for those who enjoy a bit more kick. 

The fish soup at the restaurant Pasta Eaters which can be with pieces of crusty bread and some basil leaves Pasta Eater [Official]

11. Truffle Broth With Crispy Rice at Oiji

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119 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(646) 767-9050
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Truffle paste and sake create an aromatic brew in this ginger, garlic, and Serrano pepper- laced dish stocked with shrimp, mussels, baby squid, and bok choy. The crunchy rice on top adds the perfect contrasting texture.

Truffle broth with crispy rice soup at Oiji Beth Landman

12. Gumbo at Mokyo

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109 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

Kyungmin “Kay” Hyun uses a hint of pepper from her native Korea along with nasturtium in this take on gumbo. She mixes tiger shrimp with crawfish, includes the classic Andouille sausage, and “holy trinity’’ of onions, bell pepper and celery, but excludes traditional okra.

Gumbo at Mokyo
Gumbo at Mokyo

13. New England Clam Chowder at Ed's Lobster Bar

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222 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-3236
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If it can fend off the chill for fisherman up north in the winter, this satisfying, creamy mix should help keep New Yorkers toasty as they seek shelter in heated outdoor sheds. The chunks of clams are enlivened by onions and smoky bacon. 

A whiteish clam chowder at the restaurant Ed’s Lobster bar Ed’s Lobster Bar [Official]

14. Bone Broth at James

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605 Carlton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 942-4255
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Humanely raised chickens from small farms are the starting point for this vitamin and mineral packed warmer. The carcass is oven-roasted for the fullest flavor and then the bones are slow cooked in vegetable stock made with tops from the supply of weekly produce. Turmeric is added because of its reported benefits of boosting the immune system and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s finished with fennel, herbs, and calendula salt. 

A fortifying bone broth soup at the James restaurant in Brooklyn James [Official]

15. Cowheel Soup at German's Soup

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410 Utica Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(718) 831-6713
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Known for its thick, Guyanese bowls that are as hearty as stews, this Brooklyn spot uses a base of yucca, plantains, and corn chocked with flour dumplings; then serves it simply vegetarian or with beef, chicken, oxtail, or cow heel. Thanks to its natural gelatin, the hoof version is particularly viscous.

1. Conch and Shrimp Chowder at LoLo's Seafood Shack

303 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
Seafood sticking out of the conch and shrimp chowder at Lolo’s Seafood Shack in Harlem Lolo’s Seafood Shack [Official]

A Caribbean take on New England soup is ladled up at this popular Harlem spot. Coconut milk is used in place of cream and is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the fresh seafood medley.

303 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026

2. Moroccan Harira at Breads Bakery

1890 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Moroccan harira at Breads Bakery
Moroccan harira at Breads Bakery
Ashley Solter

A different legume and vegetable chocked vegan soup, made in small batches, is offered each day of the week at this popular spot. One of the tastiest is the harira, a mix of chickpeas and lentils with tomato, celery, onion, cilantro and parsley — all flavored with turmeric and cilantro. A piece of bread straight out of the oven is thrown in for dipping.

1890 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

3. Cauliflower Bisque at Bella Blu

967 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
A yellowish cauliflower soup at the restaurant Bella Blu Bella Blu [Official]

This Upper East Side spot has been packed nightly for decades with locals flocking in for pizzas from the wood-burning oven, whole fish, and authentic Italian specialties. Every day the kitchen also serves several soups at dinner, including mushroom, lentil and split pea. The cauliflower bisque is a perfect antidote to wintery weather, made all the better because its creamy flavor is derived without any dairy. 

967 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021

4. Onion Soup at La Goulue

29 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065
A brownish onion soup at the restaurant La Goulue with cheese bubbling on top La Goulue [Official]

This storied bistro serves up a classic bubbling cauldron with aromatic Gruyere and provolone melting over the top. The rich flavorful broth here is a combination of beef and chicken, seasoned with parsley and thyme, and heady with sherry and garlic.

29 E 61st St
New York, NY 10065

5. Sinigang at Little Chef Little Cafe

5-43 48th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Tamarind gives this popular Filipino soup its sour quality. Chef Diana Manalang has also turned the traditional recipe vegetarian by adding tofu rather than pork to a base of vegetable stock. Tomatoes and potatoes round out the dish and wilted baby bok choy leaves float on top for flair. 

5-43 48th Ave
Queens, NY 11101

6. Estelle’s Chicken Soup at Mark’s Off Madison

41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
A chicken soup at Estelle’s Beth Landman

Named after owner Mark Strausman’s grandmother, Estelle’s chicken soup undergoes a three-day cooking process during in which the broth is continually fortified with chicken, and on the last day it’s finished with carrots, parsley, onions. It was a staple at Strausman’s restaurant Freds in Barney’s.

41 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

7. Minestrone at Novitá

102 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Many variations of this soup are filled with pasta and beans or overloaded with tomatoes, but the offering at this Northern Italian favorite is the perfect, light choice. It’s loaded with a simply simmered array of vegetables including black kale, asparagus, zucchini, carrots, potato, and the occasional bean. Parmesan can be added for a little zing.

102 E 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

8. Avgolemono at Kyma

15 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Chef George Pagonis makes a particularly rich version of the classic Greek soup at this hopping Hellenic spot, starting with a heady stock and adding egg yolks, chicken, olive oil, bay leaf, garlic and lemon for zest.

15 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

9. Mushroom Pho at The Tiger Lily Kitchen

293 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

There is a nice hit of ginger in the broth that helps warm you up in this take-out only soup. The vegetarian stock with kombu seaweed and shiitake is poured over rice noodles and a selection of produce including Chinese broccoli, carrots, Napa cabbage and bean sprouts, then served with slivers of red chili and grilled lime.

293 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10010

10. Zuppa di Pesce at Pasta Eater

9 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
The fish soup at the restaurant Pasta Eaters which can be with pieces of crusty bread and some basil leaves Pasta Eater [Official]

A simple seafood lover’s dream, this tomato-based soup is full of fresh branzino, salmon, calamari, clams, mussels and calamari. It’s simply seasoned with garlic, parsley, and black pepper, but the chef is happy to add chili flakes for those who enjoy a bit more kick. 

9 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

11. Truffle Broth With Crispy Rice at Oiji

119 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |
Truffle broth with crispy rice soup at Oiji Beth Landman

Truffle paste and sake create an aromatic brew in this ginger, garlic, and Serrano pepper- laced dish stocked with shrimp, mussels, baby squid, and bok choy. The crunchy rice on top adds the perfect contrasting texture.

119 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003

12. Gumbo at Mokyo

109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
Gumbo at Mokyo
Gumbo at Mokyo

Kyungmin “Kay” Hyun uses a hint of pepper from her native Korea along with nasturtium in this take on gumbo. She mixes tiger shrimp with crawfish, includes the classic Andouille sausage, and “holy trinity’’ of onions, bell pepper and celery, but excludes traditional okra.

109 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

13. New England Clam Chowder at Ed's Lobster Bar

222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
A whiteish clam chowder at the restaurant Ed’s Lobster bar Ed’s Lobster Bar [Official]

If it can fend off the chill for fisherman up north in the winter, this satisfying, creamy mix should help keep New Yorkers toasty as they seek shelter in heated outdoor sheds. The chunks of clams are enlivened by onions and smoky bacon. 

222 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

14. Bone Broth at James

605 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A fortifying bone broth soup at the James restaurant in Brooklyn James [Official]

Humanely raised chickens from small farms are the starting point for this vitamin and mineral packed warmer. The carcass is oven-roasted for the fullest flavor and then the bones are slow cooked in vegetable stock made with tops from the supply of weekly produce. Turmeric is added because of its reported benefits of boosting the immune system and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s finished with fennel, herbs, and calendula salt. 

605 Carlton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. Cowheel Soup at German's Soup

410 Utica Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Known for its thick, Guyanese bowls that are as hearty as stews, this Brooklyn spot uses a base of yucca, plantains, and corn chocked with flour dumplings; then serves it simply vegetarian or with beef, chicken, oxtail, or cow heel. Thanks to its natural gelatin, the hoof version is particularly viscous.

410 Utica Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213

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