Soup and salad have made a big comeback in past years, thanks to customers with increasingly developing sophisticated palates. According to Left Side of the Menu: Soup Salad Consumer Trend Report by research firm Technomic, soup and salad are driving traffic to restaurants as more customers prefer to eat light and explore gourmet menu items.
The report stated that over two-fifths of consumers surveyed claimed the top reason they visit a restaurant “specifically” was because of their soup (46 percent) and salad (43 percent). The report added that some 51 percent of the customers say that soup is obligatory with their meal while another 60 percent claim the same is true for salad. Moreover, 35 percent and 21 percent order soups and salads respectively to try new varieties.
The public on Yelp have spoken and indeed appears to back these claims up. Found below are some of the top locations where New Yorkers are getting their soup and salad.
Mama K’s Soup & Salad
Mama K’s Soup & Salad may be a tiny takeout place in Harlem but don’t let its size fool you. The culinary destination has quite a following; and even people from as far as New Jersey will go out of their way just to try a nice bowl of its soups.
However, is it not a sit-down place, so if you cannot wait to dig into your order, it’s all right because it is in proximity of small parks with trees and “nice benches” as one satisfied customer stated on Yelp. It is also close to Jackie Robinson Park, one of the landmarks in the area. Mama K’s soup and salad menu which, include anything from common soups (chicken noodle) to gourmet ones, changes daily, though whatever you’re having is definitely worth the trip.
The Original Soupman
The Original Soupman is one of the oldest and well-loved soup and salad destinations in New York. It has several branches in the city but if you want to dine in its original and oldest location, head to its Manhattan location along 55th street, near Broadway. According to an article on Yahoo!, the soup shop’s menu and daily special change daily as well adding an element of surprise to each customer’s experience. But one thing you are sure to get everyday is its lobster premium bisque, which uses North Atlantic lobster meat and the freshest ingredients.
What is great about Soupman is that you can have its soup to-go not to mention in Tetra Pak packaging. Yes, if you are craving for Soupman and happen to be out of state, just go to your nearest supermarket and for sure, Soupman’s soup varieties are available on its soup aisles. More soup for you!
One soup and salad shop that certainly hits the spot is Soup Spot, located along 220 West 31st Street New York. According to a feature on CBS Local, the Soup Spot creates 17 soup varieties from scratch daily and sells them until their containers are emptied out. Soup Spot offers unique flavors such as the cheeseburger chowder to gourmet favorites like lobster and salmon bisque. If you can’t get enough of Soup Spot but do not have time to visit it, then you will find it good news that they offer free delivery in New York.
Those who are big on the organic and health food trend will definitely love Hu Kitchen. Hu Kitchen, whose tagline goes “Back to Human,” focuses on fresh, free-range and organic food. Hu Kitchen offers an extensive range of salads and breakfast and lunch menu items in line with its philosophy. It features a deli counter for chilled and prepared foods, another counter for sides and toppings, and a viand section. Reviews state that meals cost a bit more at Hu, although diners find it reasonable for the food quality. Hu Kitchen is located between 13th and 14th Street in Greenwich Village, Union Square.
When in Brooklyn, you just have to go to GreenStreets Salad. The quaint, neighborhood salad joint offers value-for-money salads under $10, from Asian salads to familiar ones. And if GreenStreets Salad doesn’t offer your favorite or one you’re used to at home, you can make your own one on-the-spot. The eatery also offers light snacks like wraps and paninis as well as homemade soups. The only thing that’s missing from the joint, according to one Yelp reviewer, is a wide array of fresh juices to complement its healthy offerings. GreenStreets Salads deliver for orders amounting to $8 and more.