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Despite the 87-degree heat today, a line stretched around the corner of 55th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan this afternoon. These people weren't waiting for ice cream, or something to combat this muggy mid-July day. They were waiting for soup.

Hot Soup!?! Yet this wasn't just any soup from any ol' bodega. These people were waiting for soup at the grand re-opening of the original location of The Soup Man (immortalized in the Seinfeld episode "The Soup Nazi") which had been shuttered for six years.


201007-b-soupman-3jpgEven though Soup Man soups can now be bought at franchises and grocery stores across the States and online, New Yorkers and visitors alike flocked to the small storefront to celebrate the re-opening of the landmark location of the original restaurant Al Yeganeh (the notorious Soup Man) opened in 1984.

While the soup servers did not yell at anybody, the following rules were listed (in many languages including Italian, German, and Japanese) to keep the line moving.

"PICK THE SOUP YOU WANT!

HAVE YOUR MONEY READY!

MOVE TO THE EXTREME LEFT AFTER ORDERING!"

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Don't feel like eating hot soup in July? In addition to jambalaya, crab bisque, mulligatawny, and lobster bisque, there were a few chilled soup options, including gazpacho and cucumber.

Lyndsey Matthews is the editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photos by Lyndsey Matthews


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