Besides the leaves turning an array of autumnal colors, and cozy attire trickling into our wardrobes, one of the best things about the arrival of fall is the plethora of tummy-warming fare.
It’s soup season! And we’re totally here for it. And while you may already be living in a land of too many food options, we’ve culled the interwebs to find the best places to get your slurp on in two of our favorite cities.
Broccoli Soup at JoJo, NYC
It’s no secret that everything chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten touches turns to gold—so why would his soup be any different? Concocted with a base of galangal, ginger, lemon grass, Thai chile, and garlic, pressure cooked and then combined with broccoli and topped with a light coconut foam—this soup is every bit of heaven you would imagine.
Matzo Ball Soup at Langer’s Deli, LA
Look, we can spend all day arguing over which coast can boast the best matzo ball soup, but we think the one at Langer’s is pretty damn delicious. And nothing beats flu season quite like a big bowl cooked with love. Operating out of the same location since it’s humble beginnings back in 1947, this James Beard Award-winning eatery does not disappoint.
Ebiten Udon at Raku, NYC
Behind a tiny curtain lies one of East Village’s best kept secrets. This udon haunt is the type of place you’ll be dreaming about for months. There are 13 different options to choose from—all delectable in their own rights—but the Ebiten is one of our favorites. The hand-rolled wheat noodles sit in a fish dashi broth, topped with crisp shrimp tempura. It doesn’t get more comforting than this.
French Onion Soup at Petit Trois, LA
At the top of nearly every Angeleno-foodie’s list is this epic French onion soup. Sweet caramelized onions lay amongst a masterly salted beef broth and topped with layers upon layers of bubbling Emmental and Gruyère cheeses. It perfectly pairs with a glass of French wine, and is completely decadent down to the last slurp.
Oyster Pan Roast at Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, NYC
This NYC seafood institution sits inside Grand Central, and instantly transports you into another time and place. The oyster pan roast is a New York classic you absolutely must try if you’re ever in the city. Crafted with butter, paprika, Heinz tomato chili sauce, half & half, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, six Blue Point oysters from the Long Island Sound, it’s cooked in a stainless-steel kettle and served with a piece of toasted white bread.
We could wax poetic for hours about our love affair for soups—and the many places across the country that bring the right amount of comfort and soul to the game, but we’ll just leave you with this short MUST-try list. What are some of your favorite places to warm your tummy on a cold day? Share with us in the comments below!