The humble bowl of soup is practically synonymous with comfort food, but it has more culinary refinement than it gets credit for.
Whether you’re looking for the breadiness of a French onion soup, a full-bodied ramen, or a silky pho broth punctuated with cinnamon and ginger, there are plenty of bowls to belly up to with these city standouts.
EGG DROP SOUP AT KINGS CO IMPERIAL, BROOKLYN, N.Y.
If you look up the “best egg drop soup in Brooklyn,” Kings Co Imperial pops up on Yelp, and for good reason. The flavor of this heaping bowl is a testament to the TLC it got in the kitchen, and hours of simmering. The result is a marriage of flavors with perfectly fluffy, fatty egg yolks melted into a salty broth with a hint of umami sweetness from the sesame oil mixed in with a subtle spice of Chinese greens.
FRENCH ONION SOUP AT PISTACHE FRENCH BISTRO, WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.
The last place in the world one might think to order a crock of French onion soup may be outside on a patio deck in South Florida, but take our word for it—you won’t be sorry. This lively West Palm Beach bistro with an ambience reminiscent of Manhattan’s Parisian-inspired icon Pastis comes with a summer breeze year-round, and a crowd that trades in Manolo Blahniks for flip flops. The gooey gruyere melts over the bowl of Onion Soup Gratinee exactly as it should, giving way to a silky, onion-soaked broth that’s not too salty. The prize? Chewy bits of baguettes soaking it all in.