Chicken Tortilla Soup

114 Kenmare Street bet. Centre & Lafayette Streets

If you ask me, this is the best chicken tortilla soup in New York City. The silky, richly flavored chicken broth is bolstered with chopped raw onions, melty shredded chicken, creamy chunks of avocado, crumbled queso fresco, and flecks of toasted ancho chile peppers. I love it when the crispy tortilla strips are soaked in the broth just long enough to slightly soften, yet still retain a bit of a crunch. At six bucks, it's a lot more filling than you think. Whenever I'm lucky enough to grab a stool, I like to just sit and enjoy my soup while watching downtown life buzzing outside.