Dervish Makes a Mean Red Lentil Soup
It’s no secret that Midtown Lunch has traditionally had a bit of an Asian soup bias… aka Zach just didn’t eat non-Asian soups. And while I can respect his assessment that the majority of soups in midtown are overpriced and not terribly filling (I’m looking at you, Hale & Hearty!), I’m a soup fan, and try as I might, I can’t live on ramen alone. Though the dine-in menu at Dervish Turkish (on 47th btw. 6+7th) is pretty much out of the Midtown Lunch price range, they make a mean Red Lentil Soup that’s available for take out and it’s well under $10.
For $4.30 (including tax) you get soup and a large hunk of fresh pide, a crusty Turkish flat bread topped with black sesame seeds. The soup itself is pureed until smooth and has a hint of mint. Between the bread and the lentils, you have a decently filling meal. If you are a lentil soup fan, this is definitely worth trying. For those with a larger appetite I recommend hitting up the Biryani Cart (on 46th and 6th) a block away where you can get a single kati roll ($3) that should do the trick in terms of supplementing your meal and still keep your lunch under $10.
Got any other tips for non-Asian soups that make for a satisfying lunch? Put them in the comments.
Dervish Turkish Restaurant (Original Review 1/10/07)