The Absolute Best Cobb Salad in New York

t’s not entirely clear what a Cobb is doing on the menu at this otherwise pretty strictly French establishment, but restaurants in midtown tend to be in the business of giving the people what they want. Then again, we associate both lardons and blue cheese with France and both feature prominently in this salad, though the blue cheese here is Gorgonzola. The chopped grilled chicken is on the dry side, but the dressing — La Bonne Soupe’s house vinaigrette, whose secret ingredient is a touch of chicken broth — helps make up for it, as do the generous portions of cherry tomatoes and cubed avocado.

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NYC'S Best Soup Spots

This little Parisian gem is a full-service restaurant that excels in its French soup making. Yes, that means that you’re going to find a killer “Soupe à l'Oignon” here. A Mushroom and Barley soup accompany the French Onion on the menu, as well as a Tomato Cream of Vegetable. And soup isn’t just an appetizer here, it’s a meal. Each soup comes with bread, a house salad, dessert, and a beverage. It’s the real deal, you guys. 48 W. 55th St., 212-586-7650,

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Gehad HadidiSoup, City Guide
5 Places to Dine in Midtown That Don't Suck

This place is a treasure! The two-story restaurant has plenty of space, and even an outdoor terrace where you can look over the street. The staff is friendly, the service is quick, and the food is good. They also pair up your meals with other items for nice little deals—the $19.99 soup deal comes with a medium size bowl of soup, a basket of bread and butter, salad, dessert, and a beverage (house wine, beer, soda or coffee). While the food isn't something you'll end up dreaming about, this place is a haven in Midtown... and the leeks and goat cheese crepe will melt in your mouth!

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Gehad HadidiGothamist