672 Lexington Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.760152 -73.969708
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
Overrated – The food is good. Fresh ingredients, good soups, good brown rice (not the cheap "Uncle Ben's -type used in most restaurants), decent sandwiches, good yogurt cups.
The down sides: The portions are WAAAAY too small for the considerable prices that they charge you. For example, I saw a 5-year old wolf down a "large" soup in minutes. Ridiculous. The small soup is a joke (barely bigger than the "tasting cup" they give you to try out the soups before you order), and the "large" should be double its size. Also, if you take out, they seem to almost always forget to include either the piece of bread, a chocolate, or the piece of fruit (or all three) that they are supposed to provide. Of course, I always discover that once I return home/to work. Very annoying.
Overall: If someone else is paying (e.g., an employer), then go try it. If it's your money, don't bother. The portions aren't worth the cost.
Yeah, the soup is good – Soup is awesome, but portion is way too small for what they charge. And I always find the waiters not nice to the customers. I guess they are just trying to imitate the famous TV show???
Simply Delicious!! – I work in the neighborhood and have come to rely on soup from the Soup Man on a regular basis. No doubt, the lobster bisque will knock your socks off, but you'd be cheating yourself if you didn't try some of the other options, specifically the sausage gumbo and the veal ghoulash really lit my fire. Your soup plus the piece of baguette, chocolate, and fruit make a full meal. I get it as often as possible.
A Big Step Backwards – I used to travel great distances to get the Seafood/Shrimp/Lobster Bisque at the original "International Soup Kitchen" on West 55th. And I'm happy for Al the soup guy with this whole franchise thing. But the quality is nowhere near what it was. Recently had the Shrimp Bisque at one of these satellites and it tasted mass produced, cut with too much cream, not as many chunks, and what chunks it had didn't taste as fresh. Maybe that's the cost of lowering the prices. The same meal at the main shop would've cost about $4 more. Out of loyalty, I'll go back and try other things in hopes of capturing that greatness again.
Now "Seinfeld"'s soup man wants everyone to try his soup. – The Scene
Though slightly menacing laminated signs direct human traffic to the proper order-taker and cashier, shouts of "No soup for you" are distant re-run memories at this takeout soup stand. A board behind steaming soup terrines announces the day's specials, and an orderly, business-leaning lunch crowd moves quickly through the narrow generic space, choosing among soup, panini and salad.
The lobster bisque is the Soup Man's specialty--and it's easy to see why from its generous portion of tender lobster meat, complemented by onions, celery and potato swimming in a rich broth. For even more flavor, try the seafood version, teeming with chunks of fresh crab and shrimp. Skimping is not in the restaurant's vocabulary, and hearty soups come in many meat (beef gumbo, chicken chili) and veggie (minestrone, tomato basil) varieties. Though prices are high, every order comes with a large piece of bread, fruit and chocolate.
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