Best Of

Best Soup

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The Falafel Shop isn’t much bigger than a walk-in closet, and it doesn’t sell much — a half-dozen sandwiches and a few salads, four sides, a few pastries, and soup. And soup. Do not ignore the soup, even though it is easy to do so, because it’s on the menu as soup of the day. The soup of the day is almost always red lentil, except when, upsettingly, the shop has run out. This soup is simple, and it is sublime: a purée of earthy lentils, bright and slightly black-pepper piquant. It’s comforting, warming, and fulfilling. It’s also addictive. That’s OK, because a cup is just $4, and you can have bread, if you want, to make it more of a meal. It’s better, perhaps, to supplement with some falafel balls or a triangle of flaky baklava. Or another cup of soup. We won’t judge. 127 Rivington Street, Manhattan 10002, 212-466-1222, thefalafelshop.com