Now that the weather is heating up, diners across the city are looking for ways to cool down at their favorite eateries. And there’s no better way to do so than ordering a bowl of cold soup!
At midtown haven Aquavit (65 East 55th St.), which focuses on Swedish food, chef Emma Bengtsson puts her own spin on the traditional French green pea soup, Crème Ninon, by making it with white wine, onion, cream, green peas and spinach, then finishing it with sparkling wine accompanied by a soft cooked egg, espelette pepper, pea shoots and chives. C’est delectable.
Chef Alfred Portale, the namesake chef/owner at Portale (126 West 18th St.), offers a delicate and refreshing twist to the Italian classic Zuppa di Piselli by making a scrumptious chilled pea soup with rainbow carrot custard and pickled ramps. It’s both colorful and delicious.
Photo: Socarrat Paella Bar
At Socarrat Paella Bar (259 West 19th St.), chef Lolo Manso crafts a fresh and cooling version of the summertime favorite, Gazpacho, prepared with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olive oil, vinegar, garlic and soaked bread.
At Chelsea hotspot Loulou (176 8th Ave.), customers go crazy for the super-refreshing Cucumber Mint Gazpacho made with cucumber, mint, avocado, poached shrimp and diver scallops. Dive right in!
At NSA Noodle Bar (135B North 5th St), diners are bowled over by chilled Shrimp Yuzu Shoyu Ramen, made with grilled shrimp, yuzu shoyu broth, Thai chili pepper, grilled corn, red bell pepper and shiitake mushroom.