Ever try to find a 'reasonably' (i.e. cheap) meal on the upper East Side? I thought we had a better chance seeing G-d! until we saw the 'Hale and Hearty' sign beconing from across the street.
It was a rainy cool night and a big bowl of hot soup sounded just perfect! Inside, the accomodations were clean, the employees friendly and helpful. We were offered to sample the soups before purchasing - love that! You know what else I loved?! the lobster bisque!!! Creamy, sweet, unctuous ... was that a hint of brandy I tasted?! OMG, with a side a sour dough bread it was a perfect and inexpensive meal. My friend opted for Cream of Chicken and Corn which I could not resist tasting ... mmmm ... nice chunks of shredded chicken, sweetness of the corn, a little pepper kick. Delicious!
How have I not heard of this place before?! This is a chain with locations all over Manhattan. Lots of vegetarian options and the sandwiches all looked really good as well. They deliver and you can order online! For 'regular' flavor soups - Small $3.49 Medium $4.79 Large $5.79. Specials are about $1-2 more and well worth it