The NY Soup Exchange brews a daily selection of soups from a constantly revolving selection of more than 100 soup recipes, along with salads, wraps, burgers, and smoothie offerings. Perch under the mural of mammoth fruits and vegetables visiting the stock exchange and enjoy a pint of hearty soup such as the Chesapeake crab bisque ($7) or the Moroccan zucchini and couscous ($5.52) paired with one of the Soup Exchange’s smoothies, available in more than 18 flavors. Try a Phat Tuesday (strawberries, mango, and pineapple juice; $5) or compliment the dawn with a Rise and Shine ($6.50) blended with caffeinated coffee, skim milk, and vanilla protein powder. Each serving of soup comes with freshly baked bread and a piece of fruit.
Seventh Street Cafe’s dinner menu boasts a bountiful array of Northern Italian cuisine in shades of chicken, veal, seafood, and pasta. Feasting pregamers can start cold with lemon-laden poached jumbo shrimp paired with a spicy cocktail sauce ($10) or warm with the portabella trifolato, a grilled portobello mushroom garnished with caramelized sweet onion and asparagus, then dressed in a dignified balsamic reduction ($10). For the main feature, the pollo valdostana tells the story of prosciutto and mozzarella rooming together inside a lightly breaded boneless chicken breast, and how a flood of wild-mushroom sauce helps them overcome their differences ($21). Vegetarians, however, can abide by their uneasy cease-fire with cows with a heaping plate of rigatoni campagnola dotted with eggplant, zucchini, and fresh ricotta cheese ($13).
Since 1931, three generations of Riesterers, including graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, have been baking breads, inventing icing, and producing pastries at Riesterer's Bakery. Donut desirers can stick a straw in a jelly or boston-cream batch ($10.49 per dozen) to cull creamy corporal fillings, and feng shui enthusiasts contemplate the perfect balance of a black-and-white cookie ($1.95). More than 50 varieties of cake, including black-forest torte, strawberry shortcake and red velvet (starting at $16.95), don icing cloaks in the Riesterer's fitting room before hitting the bakery stage. Triumph over small sweets with a gourmet jumbo cupcake in one of more than 20 flavors ($3.50), or sample savory slices of German sour rye bread ($2.85 per pound) designed to rein in sugar-binged tongues. People searching for shelter from meals made by a roommate who only knows how to use a blender can dine in or take out culinary creations from a café menu with pages warmed by waffles with fresh fruit and toppings ($6.69), hearty overstuffed omelettes ($4.59), and handcrafted burgers (starting at $5.79). Rolls, danishes, pastries, cookies, and other custom and gourmet items fill out pastry pantries recently vacated by traveling tortes.
Founded more than 25 years ago, The Original SoupMan has earned a reputation for hearty deli offerings and delicious gourmet soups cooked in small batches with fresh ingredients. Though soups change daily, slurpers are guaranteed a seafood, vegetarian, spicy chili, and clear-broth variety to lubricate squeaky windpipes. Sample a tasty vessel filled with 100% North Atlantic lobster bisque ($5.99 cup, $7.99 bowl), or properly attire tongues for seasonal flavors such as Italian sausage, chicken chili, and Cuban black bean. The Original SoupMan also proffers toasted sandwiches, such as the Penn Station, extra lean corned beef, pastrami and melted Swiss cheese topped with coleslaw and Russian dressing ($6.99). A selection of salads comes in signature ($6.99) or side portions ($2.99), and the create-your-own-salad option provides a three-topping palette to artistic types ($5.99). Larger soup keepsakes are available in quarts for at-home consumption or bathtub goulash fights ($24). For those soupsters who follow his strict rules, The Original SoupMan supplies a reward of bread, a piece of chocolate, and a sudden desire to watch Murphy Brown.
Furnished with stately, wood décor and red velvet curtains, Rein puts a regal twist on contemporary American cuisine via its appetizers and entrees. Dining-room architect and designer Robert DiLeonoardi sets the sophisticated scene for a stage bill of well-seasoned stars, starting with Georges Bank sautéed scallops ($17), dressed with Spanish mangaliza ham in a cauliflower vichyssoise and orange-leek confit. Entrees evoke images of men sipping cognac from curvy snifters. Graze with grace on plates of pepper-crusted, Montana-raised rib eyes ($48) or juniper-marinated venison ($38). Braised red cabbage, stuffed lady apples, and star anise complement each venison cut, alongside hot flushes of large, duck-fat-fried fries or smack-down potatoes ($6 each). Lounge postmeal with a fireside digestif, accompanied by a friend, loved one, or FDR's ghost.