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Go Beyond Borscht With NYC’s Coolest Cold Soups

Cold soups Dana CizmasFor the most part, the thought of eating soup in summer seems about as appealing as sunbathing in a winter sweater.  And yet, the following bowls are every bit as refreshing as a tall, iced glass of lemonade, because basically, they’re a pure, distilled essence of peak warm-weather produce!

Sauvage

Sauvage
905 Lorimer St.
Greenpoint,New York 11222
(718) 486-6816

As opposed to its seafood-focused sister spot, Maison Premiere, Sauvage touts a serious passion for vegetables; even transforming everyday lettuce into a creamy, vibrant soup, enhanced with verdant green garlic croquettes and sugar-sweet flecks of crab.

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Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen
25 Clinton Street
Lower East Side,New York 10002

Don’t let your enjoyment of ramen be relegated to winter, as you’ll find Chilled Yuzu-Shio bowls of rye noodles, cherry tomatoes and lump crab at Ivan Orkin’s Lower East Side flagship, as well as his Gotham West Market-located Slurp Shop.

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Racines

Racines
94 Chambers St
Tribeca,New York 10007
(212) 227-3400

Pair a glass of organic Sauvignon Blanc or biodynamic Chablis at Racines — a Parisian bistro and all-natural wine bar — with a bowl of Ajo Bianco; a white gazpacho of bread, crushed almonds, garlic and green grapes, accented with haricot vert, fresh cherries and a scoop of tomato sorbet.

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Neta

Neta
61 W 8th St
Greenwich Village,New York 10011
(212) 505-2610

Order the omakase at this Greenwich Village sushi spot, and you’ll doubtless receive a stark, white soup bowl with a golden sun of chilled Corn Soup in the center, garnished with edible flowers, emerald-bright chive oil and miniature cod-based fritters.

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El Rey

El Rey
100 Stanton St
New York 10002
(212) 260-3950

Augmented with cucumber and cumin yogurt, El Rey’s creamy Avocado Gazpacho also bears kinship to Bulgarian tarator; a classic, cold, tzatzkiki-esque potage.  And yes, it’s entirely worth a trek down to the Lower East Side from just about anywhere.

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Anella

Anella
222 Franklin Street
Brooklyn,New York 11222
(718) 389-8102

Anella’s spicy, SoCal Corn Soup with marscapone and peekytoe crab is the perfect counterpoint to homey, All-American offerings, such as fresh bread baked in flowerpots at this charmed, Greenpoint haunt.

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Tapestry

Tapestry
60 Greenwich Ave
West Village,New York 10010
(212) 373-8900

Lapped in coconut milk-thickened leche de tigre (an opaque, citrus-based marinade of fish juice, lime juice, onion and chiles), the razor clam and tomato ceviche at Suvir Suran’s internationally-inspired Indian restaurant is more like an ice-cold shellfish soup.

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Ladybird

Ladybird
127 Macdougal St.
West Village,New York 10012
(212) 475-2246

The newest entry to Ravi DeRossi’s entirely meat-free canon, this vegan tapas bar in the West Village serves produce-focused small plates, like a Gazpacho Trio, showcasing honeydew, watermelon and sweet corn.

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