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The Original SoupMan

259A W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019-5202
+1 212-956-0900
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“soups” (55 reviews)
“jambalaya” (19 reviews)
“lobster roll” (29 reviews)
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Fast food, Soups, American
259A W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019-5202
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only ordered a vegetarian chili to split because we had eaten lunch a little earlier...but we had to eat something, right? I wish we were able to eat more...the soup is fantastic!! Make it a point to eat here at some point...you will not...More

Thank mullii4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here as we are huge Seinfeld fans so wanted to see what all the hype is about. Quick and friendly service. Don't expect anywhere to sit but we found a nice little corner with a few benches to enjoy our soup.

Thank Patricia E
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

As fans of Seinfeld, my husband and I had to stop here on our trip to NYC. I had a medium tomato bisque and he had a medium broccoli cheddar. Each came with bread, a Lindt truffle, and a banana. We both loved our soups....More

Thank OzziesPiddles
Reviewed 11 June 2017

I got the small lobster bisque for $10. It came with Italian bread, an orange, and a chocolate piece. The lobster chunks were large and the soup was great. I was impressed. No place to sit there, so I got it all in a paper...More

Thank triptik123
Reviewed 6 June 2017

There was always a piece of fruit and a piece of chocolate. Samples could be provided also; fabulous place

Thank bananariverhomes
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

I've checked out several soups here during my stay at NY. Lobster bisque is just delicious. Other, cheaper options are also good: "Italian wedding", "chicken soup".

Thank Tim Y
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I don't really understand the hype about this place. Just a regular soup stand, I would assume, as I've never been to another one and that is because I still do prefer to eat my soup sitting down. My friend, having never been to NY,...More

Thank Iulia G
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Have had Tomato soup on Good Friday for 40 years so when I found myself in New York as a Seinfeld fan on this day, this was a must do. Tomato Bisque was bloody outstanding! Loved re enacting the procedure of ordering the soup as...More

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Brought the family here mainly to satisfy my curiosity inspired by Seinfeld. Overall Lobster bisque was very good - a little on the salty side but nice big chunks of Lobster in a nice and creamy base. Lots of other great interesting soups too -...More

Thank Bayarearesi
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I love the soups here! Every time i'm in NY (which is at least once a month) i get a soup to go. My fav is the lobster bisque, but others are not bad at all!

Thank 206xs
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Jason P
8 September 2015|
Response from TheOriginalSoupMan55 | Property representative |
Hi Jason P! Thank you for the inquiry! The location you are referring to was our Pearl Street location, which is now closed. But feel free to come visit us at 259a West 55th Street! Hope to see you soon!
22 August 2015|
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Response from TheOriginalSoupMan55 | Property representative |
Hi Came2Visit! Thank you for the inquiry! Here at our West 55th St. location we accept both cash and credit cards! Hope to see you soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 259A W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019-5202
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-956-0900
  • E-mail
Established in 1984. In 1984 we opened our doors at 55th Street & 8th Avenue in NYC and quickly became a worldwide destination serving incredibly delicious and unique soups & Lobster Roll sandwiches. Rated #1 by Zagat and praised by the New York Times as "Art, not Soup," we set the standard for culinary excellence long before the famous "Seinfeld" episode made us a cultural icon.
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