The Original Soupman

May 25, 2011 By: Serena

I was recently invited to try a free cup of soup courtesy of The Original Soupman.  As it was a sponsored meal (a rare occurrence – this was my second freebie), I’m not giving a rating – you can see my sponsored meal policy here.  Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?

If you were ever a Seinfeld fan, you probably have watched that classic episode involving soup and an over-elaborate ordering process. Well, true to form, The Original Soupman is a chain of soup joints that branched out from the legend soup master.  When I went to the Financial District outpost, there was no such ordering process; however, an imposing figure did greet me:

Undeterred and motivated by the prospect of sponsored soup, I entered and evaluated my choices.  Featured that day were lentil, mulligatawny, seafood bisque, jambalaya, split pea and tomato.

My heart was set on one of my personal soup faves though – the lobster bisque (first photo).  The soup is served with a hearty chunk of baguette; I looove carbs!  But how was the bisque?

This is definitely my personal preference, but I tend to favor bisques that are creamy, rich and thick.  While The Original Soupman‘s bisque was indeed generous with the lobster meat, it was not as creamy as I like – with a focus more on the broth than the cream.  Soooo, if you prefer a more brothy bisque, this will be for you.  If you’re looking for a creamier, pink-ish bisque, this definitely isn’t it.  That’s not to say I didn’t still finish it!  In all, I’d be willing to give the Soup Man another go, this time sampling a different soup.

The Original Soupman
Various locations, I visited the one at 111 Pearl Lane (@ William)
212.232.0003

What’s your favorite type of soup?

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14 Comments to “The Original Soupman”


  1. Like you, I love creamy lobster bisque – with a drizzle of truffle oil over the top for good measure. Yum!

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  2. lavenderpug says:

    soup is so comforting, and those flavors sound yummy.

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  3. I picked lobster bisque from your list too! Closely followed by tomato basil. Now I want soup. D'oh!

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  4. Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

    mm lobster bisque. I'm with Kim – bring on the truffle oil!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  5. The "no soup for you!" guy? How fun! They have frozen soup at my grocery store that I *think* is the Original Soupman..I think. Anyway, adding this to my places to visit in NYC!

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  6. Cathleya says:

    Soup is my favorite thing ever in existence ever ever ever. My fave "not so guilty" soup is Matzoh Ball, and my fave "really bad for you but love it" is probably chicken enchilada soup from Chili's. Or really, anything cheese or cream based. :)

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  7. Cathleya says:

    Oh cream of sunchoke. Also a top fave. I could go on…

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  8. THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE says:

    No soup for you! LOL. I will definitely be giving this a shot. I never got around to going to his original spot before it closed down. I'm such a soup fanatic. I eat it almost every day for lunch and sometimes both lunch a dinner. I'm gonna find a convenient location. Can't wait to finish this cleanse :) xoxo

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  9. Jessica says:

    Lobster bisque? One of my faves and like you, I prefer the creamier version but wouldn't dare turn down a bowl. ;)

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  10. I loooove soup, and that place looks like it would be a ton of fun to go to!

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  11. I love a good lentil soup or a pumpkin soup! YUM!

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  12. honey my heart says:

    lobster bisque!! i love a creamier kind, but won't turn down any ;) now i must find some to enjoy.

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  13. That is making my stomach grumble uncontrollably loud!

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  14. lobster says:

    yummy! i love lobster bisque both creamy and not. I love this seinfeld episode.

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