I took one look at this building and fell in love with it. If I had a family, I'd raise some money and buy the building. After all, soup is and all-american way of keeping in love. Since I can't tell you much about the Soup Kitchen or residing restaurants, I'll shut up. But man, I'd love to live there.
Favorite Dish: Soup. Keeps things interesting.
Yup, you got it! This place is the same soup stand that was featured in the "Soup Nazi" Episode of "Seinfeld". Although the episode was filmed on a set out in Los Angeles, it is pretty close to the real "Soup Kitchen International". Located at 259A West 55th Street between B'way & 8th Avenue this is without an arugument, the best soup in NYC - and probably all of North America. This will ruin soup for you because after going here, you will compare every bowl of soup you have to this soup and be disappointed. You will go home, try to find the recipes to these soups and fine tune them to make them taste exactly as you remember them! And I'm not exagerating. Somethings are over-rated, this is not the case here.
When you go here, please do not reffer to him as "The Soup Nazi". (or else you will not be served) His name is "Al Yeganeh" and the guy you saw on Seinfeld was an actor named "Larry Thomas". Al is not that rude in person. He is strict - but that is to everyone's benefit because the long line moves quickly. Soup Kitchen International offers approximately eight kinds of soup a day, in three sizes, and all of them are delicious--particularly the luscious lobster bisque and the chicken chili, which is generally the first to disappear from the menu. The prices (usually $6 to $12) may seem a bit steep for a humble bowl of soup, but each soup comes with a bag of sides selected to complement it: a variety of breads, fresh fruit and even a chocolate. Just have your money ready and step to the left immediately after ordering: You'll be fine.
Favorite Dish: Any of these gourmet soups: Mulligatawny, Hungarian Goulosh, Chili (Turkey or Chicken) Cuban Black Bean, Cold Gaspacho, Cold Fruit, Cold Cucumber. With NYC's hot, humid heat waves, it's a real shame that Al closes the place for the summer. I know today I sure could use a cold Borscht or Vichyssoise today!
Who can forget the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld and his militaristic line? For all the non-Seinfeld fans, the Soup Nazi was a short lived TV character from Seinfeld based on a real life soup restaurant in New York. The military type owner refused to give soup to those who don't know how to order. Legend has it that this is also true in real life. As for my experiences, well there was 'no soup for me' I’m afraid. The Soup Nazi didn't open until October, and I went there in September. Oh well, at least I can say that I was not given soup too :P.
It really appears that there's no soup for anyone these days - in March 2007 the legendary "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld was closed up tight. It appears that Al has gone from the Soup business to the franchise business!! Seems the whole NYC building is now up for lease.
The creme de la creme of Seinfeld memories! When I was there, the line was literaly wrapped around the block, but moved efficiently. The lobster bisque is heavenly.
It's closed during the summer, so if this is a most-experience part of your trip (and it should be), plan accordingly.
Favorite Dish: The lobster bisque. It has lobster chunks as big as my thumb!
This place, which is actually a walk up soup stand, inspired a Seinfeld episode entitled "The Soup Nazi" and the famous line, "no soup for you!" said to Elaine who failed to follow the proper soup ordering protocol. The soup was so good that Elaine attempted to sneak back into the restaurant.
The owner, Ali Yeganeh, was the model for the famous Seinfeld "Soup Nazi". He isn't quite so strict with patrons, but he did capitalize on the publicity, at least for a while. I'm not sure if this place is still there, but the soup really is great. There are a few different selections which vary and they are served with warm bread. Its a pretty filling lunch and especially good on a cold winter day.
Favorite Dish: Soup, of course. They serve nothing else. Don't even ask or you'll risk being banned.
This is the guy who the writers of "Seinfeld" based their "Soup Nazi" episode on. He's not a nazi, but he does make excellent soup. Have your money ready and step to the left immediately after ordering. Yes, just as in Seinfeld there are strict rules of behaviour. The whole “N” word is obviously quite offensive and we found Al, the owner and chef, to be very friendly and relaxed (mind you it was quiet when we were there). The strict rules about ordering quickly and not lingering exist to keep the line moving along.
The soups are a bit pricey, but good enough to be worth looking into if you've got a decent budget for lunch. Lobster bisque and other seafood soups will run you about twelve bucks, but most others are under ten, and come with fruit and bread and even a chocolate.
The line is very long, thanks in part to the TV show, but also in large part because the soup is so good.
Keep in mind that the place is only open during cold months. No soup during the hot summer.
They serve about 8 kinds of soup, in three sizes.
Favorite Dish: I had the chicken chili and it was wonderful. Take had the black bean, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
The SOUP NAZI!!! (The Soup Kitchen)
They really do rush you and are pretty rude about it all...but just look at the line! These are mostly LOCALS!
Favorite Dish: Very expensive soup! But VERY yummy! And it comes with bread and fresh fruit...so not such a bad deal for lunch...