Just what the doctor ordered: the knockout Mexican chicken soup at El Maguey y La Tuna. It’s a bowl of deeply flavorful, slightly spicy broth with a huge chicken leg in it. “This soup could kick the crap out of a seasonal flu (or a can of Campbell’s),” declares hopalong.
There’s another restorative chicken soup a few blocks west at Clinton Restaurant, which serves solid, cheap Dominican and Cuban chow. Its sturdy sopa de pollo gets a lift from a shot of lime, says haleyjen.
Uptown Dominican favorite El Malecon also dishes up a good and soothing sopa de pollo, reports Pan.
For an Old World interpretation, try the great chicken soup at Sarge’s Deli, suggests jon, who ranks it ahead of pastrami king Katz’s but a step behind the late, lamented Second Avenue Deli’s. His favorite: the Souper Soup, a giant helping of matzo ball soup with chicken, vegetables, noodles, and kreplach.
Clinton Restaurant [Lower East Side]
293 E. Houston St., at Clinton, Manhattan