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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Put on an Extra Layer of Warmth with a Bowl of Soup

There’s no use fighting it—the cold weather is officially here. So drag yourself out of bed, dust off your warm coat, take your boots out of storage, and add on the layers. Now that you’ve forged ahead into the chilly New York air, we have some advice for how to stay cozy (and happy) out there.

Nothing says warmth and comfort quite like a bowl of steaming hot soup. Here, below, are three different soups you can get at restaurants featured on the Greenwich Village Tour that are sure to warm you from tongue to toe. Take off your gloves, grab a spoon, and enjoy. We’re sure these places will have you forgetting why you didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.

FIRST BITE: Clam Chowder at Home

You’ll feel right at “home” eating clam chowder from, appropriately named restaurant, Home. It’s all about comfort food with a twist here. The clam chowder is made with whole clams, bacon, and potatoes, and is the perfect, hearty dish to fight off a chill. The dining experience at Home, which only seats about 32 people, is intimate and cozy, with heat lamps in their charming secluded outdoor garden. Dip into your delicious clam chowder with Home’s fresh breads from Amy’s Bread, and follow it up with one of their incredible entrees. (Don’t miss out on their onion rings and homemade ketchup too!) The chowder will feel like adding on a wool sweater, and taste even better.

MIDDLE BITE: French Onion Soup at Le Gigot

Step out of New York and into a bistro in Southern France with a bite of Le Gigot’s French Onion Soup. Light broth, topped with rustic bread, and melted cheese—we dare you to leave any in the bowl. Let your taste buds be wowed by this sweet and savory, soft and crunchy, mild yet strong, soup, known as one of the oldest recipes in existence. The food at this small (28 seats) and charming restaurant is fresh, seasonal, organic, and mostly local. Talk about a guiltless pleasure. Before warming up with soup, be sure to ask about the prix fixe menu. At $45 for 3 outstanding dinner courses, your wallet and stomach are sure to be in agreement. Just sticking with soup? Then loosen up your scarf—you don’t want to start sweating.

LAST BITE: Lentil Soup at Little Havana

We know lentil soup is not the most popular, but if you’ve ever turned your nose from this sometimes underappreciated dish, we beg you to try it at Little Havana. Made with ginger, kale, squash, and organic beans, it is anything but boring. Add in the fact that it is rich in fiber and magnesium, it is perfect nourishment for your body and soul. Little Havana will open up your senses to the tastes and smells of Cuba. The extremely affordable prices will have you coming back to try everything—like the filet mignon at only $19.95, with rice, beans, and tostonos (plantains that have been smashed and fried). With only 20 seats, the dining experience is as warm and comfortable as you’re going to feel after eating a bowl of this delicious Lentil Soup.

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