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2005/09/23 09:51:06 (permalink)

The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser

"Nazi" is mnuch too kind a word to descride how he runs his shop. Genius is much too demeaning to describe his soup. Go there and put up w/ this jerk to taste his incredible soup. Seinfeld was kind to him...








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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 10:01:25 (permalink)
    The soup, I must admit, is absolutely amazing - you cannot imagine the layers of flavors he manages to come up with. Seinfeld had that part of it right, the taste IS to die for.
    However.....NY'er here, born and raised, and even for a "lifer" like me, the attitude is just too much. I've been there three times, and each time was more stressful than the last. I "get it" and haven't had a problem, but I've seen grown men reduced almost to tears by this guy. The honest assessment? The best soup I've ever had, but if you're faint of heart or think you'll be the one to "get away" with being brash/bold/funny to him, stay home!
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 16:01:29 (permalink)
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    However.....NY'er here, born and raised, and even for a "lifer" like me, the attitude is just too much. I've been there three times, and each time was more stressful than the last. I "get it" and haven't had a problem, but I've seen grown men reduced almost to tears by this guy. The honest assessment? The best soup I've ever had, but if you're faint of heart or think you'll be the one to "get away" with being brash/bold/funny to him, stay home!

    I've seen the Seinfeld episode numerous times, but I figured the portrayal was a tad exagerated. I'm so curious to know what the SN says to reduce grown men to tears. Can you give any examples? And is it true that you have to follow the ordering protocol exactly or he won't serve you?

    No matter how delicious the food, I would never allow myself to be abused... Well, but then again, I DO love great soup...
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 17:04:03 (permalink)
    I've eaten there twenty or thirty times (it was closed for the past year or so) and never seen anyone reduced to tears but have seen men, women and even small children driven from the place w/o food after waiting in line for VERY minor transgressions of the rules. "Off to the LEFT...LEFT...LEFT...HERE IS YOUR MONEY BACK...NOW LEAVE!!!!!"

    The soup is that good but this is one individual I would cross the street if he was on fire just to p*** on him. Not a nice person, probably had an unhappy childhood because he has some issues w/ other humans.

    But the sucker can sure make a bowl of soup...just don't ask for french bread when he thinks you should have garlic toast.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 17:19:41 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by V960

    But the sucker can sure make a bowl of soup...just don't ask for french bread when he thinks you should have garlic toast.



    Well yeah, he certainly does sound troubled. I can't stand to see people treated badly, so not sure I'd even make it through the door, phenomenal soup or not. Plus, as PaulBPool said, I admit, I'm one of those faint of heart types. I can't eat if I'm stressed, and wouldn't enjoy it like I should. (Although, when Elaine tries the shrimp bisque offered to her by-- was it Jerry or George?-- and has to sit down, it's SO good, I always get a craving to try his shrimp bisque.)

    Did I hear somewhere that his soup was going to be manufactured and marketed to the masses? Then I could try it in the relatively stress-free safety of home!
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 17:24:45 (permalink)
    I just did a Google Search and am answering my own question. Here's "The Soup Man's" website: http://www.originalsoupman.com/

    Read the RULES page: http://www.soupkitchenintl.com/rules.htm



    Okay, I'm off to peruse the site!

    **Edited to add this interesting article about franchising. He doesn't seem to have any soups for sale at places other than his shop, just hats and shirts available on the website. Here's the franchise article:
    http://www.boj.com/articles/franchise/soup_nazi.htm
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 18:35:18 (permalink)
    "All the soup will be made at a single plant in Piscataway , N.J. , and then shipped to the franchisees. They will reheat and sell it for between $12 and $20 a quart, depending on the soup and the location. (That's cheaper than his New York prices: At his Manhattan store, the seafood soup sells for $30 a quart.)"

    He would be laughed out of my area...
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 18:58:06 (permalink)
    30 bucks a quart? Yeah, bring it to Nashville, be rude to your customers, and get rich quick!
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/23 20:53:07 (permalink)
    Shrug. He doesn't need my money and I don't need his soup.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/25 10:16:49 (permalink)
    This guy's soup is unreal, as is his personality. He'll do well w/ this new venture if he can maintain quality. The article relating that he cut the speaker cord from the radio at the plant where the soup is now being made makes perfect sense to anyone who visited his hole in the wall restaurant.

    Fairly short wait in line for soup and bread which was usually very uneventful but occasionaly someone didn't have the money ready or held up the line and his wrath was unleashed. Anger amangement classes came to mind but I had seafood bisque in mind not the chef's mental well being. Crazy comes walking hand in hand w/ genius in his case.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/25 10:49:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    This guy's soup is unreal, as is his personality. He'll do well w/ this new venture if he can maintain quality. The article relating that he cut the speaker cord from the radio at the plant where the soup is now being made makes perfect sense to anyone who visited his hole in the wall restaurant.

    Fairly short wait in line for soup and bread which was usually very uneventful but occasionaly someone didn't have the money ready or held up the line and his wrath was unleashed. Anger amangement classes came to mind but I had seafood bisque in mind not the chef's mental well being. Crazy comes walking hand in hand w/ genius in his case.


    Perhaps. Some people may be crazy enough to pay for his soup & attitude. When he opens his next "Soup Kitchen" down on the Gulf Coast and gives it away to the locals who need some help; perhaps I will try some of his "mentality".
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/26 15:30:05 (permalink)
    I will never go there. I guess I'll never get to know what the soup tastes like. But since I've never had it, I don't know what I'm missing...and I don't feel like I'm losing out.

    It was funny on Seinfeld.
    In real life...not so funny.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/26 15:56:50 (permalink)
    OK, I read the "rules" and for the life of me I cannot figure out what "N" word the media are forbidden to use.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/26 16:33:02 (permalink)
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    OK, I read the "rules" and for the life of me I cannot figure out what "N" word the media are forbidden to use.

    N = Nazi as in "Soup Nazi" which was what he was called in the Seinfeld episode featuring him and his soup store.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/27 13:56:50 (permalink)
    Right, cuz he doesn't want to be associated with the hit t.v. show...which happened to make him nationally famous.


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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/27 14:15:19 (permalink)
    Duh! So obvious I completely missed it. Thanks!
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/09/28 00:50:29 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by efuery

    OK, I read the "rules" and for the life of me I cannot figure out what "N" word the media are forbidden to use.

    N = Nazi as in "Soup Nazi" which was what he was called in the Seinfeld episode featuring him and his soup store.


    Man, the times they are-a-changin'....I remember when something else was the "N" word.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/04 01:13:19 (permalink)

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    Soup worthy of 'Seinfeld'

    BY JOAN REMINICK
    STAFF WRITER

    September 30, 2005

    Nobody will yell "No soup for you!" if you don't have your money out or move to the extreme left at the Original Soup Man, which opened last week at the food court, next to Ranch 1, at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

    The concession - the first of several slated to debut within the next few months - is under the franchise ownership of Rakesh Chadha. The man behind the soups, though, is Al Yeganeh, who was immortalized on a much-quoted episode of "Seinfeld."

    Yeganeh has closed his Soup Kitchen International in Manhattan and now supervises stockpots at a facility in Piscataway, N.J., where the soups are made and frozen before being sent out to local franchises.

    I sampled the five available one afternoon (the menu changes daily; prices run $4.49 to $7.99) and found each deep-down delicious. My favorite was a resonant chicken chili, which just edged out the tomato-zucchini, chicken corn chowder, shrimp bisque and butternut squash soups. Still, nothing matched the transcendent mulligatawny I recalled from the Manhattan venue.

    Yeganeh is expected to pop by regularly at a soon-to-open corporate-owned store on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Next month, his soups will be sold - frozen, in 15-ounce heat-and-serve plastic pouches - at select supermarkets.

    Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/05 09:58:40 (permalink)
    The power of television.

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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/05 11:20:18 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by V960

    I've eaten there twenty or thirty times (it was closed for the past year or so) and never seen anyone reduced to tears but have seen men, women and even small children driven from the place w/o food after waiting in line for VERY minor transgressions of the rules. "Off to the LEFT...LEFT...LEFT...HERE IS YOUR MONEY BACK...NOW LEAVE!!!!!"

    The soup is that good but this is one individual I would cross the street if he was on fire just to p*** on him. Not a nice person, probably had an unhappy childhood because he has some issues w/ other humans.

    But the sucker can sure make a bowl of soup...just don't ask for french bread when he thinks you should have garlic toast.

    How does he get away with being so rude in a city of [often assertive] individuals?

    Hasn't he pissed off the wrong person yet (gang member, wise guy, or hothead), gotten smacked around the soup counter, and been dunked headfirst in a toilet or a pot of his own bisque? If he acted like that around here, someone would catch him closing up and take out his knees in the parking lot to teach him basic manners.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/05 11:55:17 (permalink)
    Mark, I doubt anybody is worried about the Ohio mafia.

    But, seriously,
    there are places everywhere that succeed on the premise of a bad experience.

    Case in point:
    There used to be a truck stop/restaurant at the 7th North Street Exit off of I-81 in Syracuse, NY. They advertised "Warm Beer, Lousy Food."
    It was jam packed ALL the time.

    go figgur!


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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/05 12:07:45 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by V960

    I've eaten there twenty or thirty times (it was closed for the past year or so) and never seen anyone reduced to tears but have seen men, women and even small children driven from the place w/o food after waiting in line for VERY minor transgressions of the rules. "Off to the LEFT...LEFT...LEFT...HERE IS YOUR MONEY BACK...NOW LEAVE!!!!!"

    The soup is that good but this is one individual I would cross the street if he was on fire just to p*** on him. Not a nice person, probably had an unhappy childhood because he has some issues w/ other humans.

    But the sucker can sure make a bowl of soup...just don't ask for french bread when he thinks you should have garlic toast.

    How does he get away with being so rude in a city of [often assertive] individuals?

    Hasn't he pissed off the wrong person yet (gang member, wise guy, or hothead), gotten smacked around the soup counter, and been dunked headfirst in a toilet or a pot of his own bisque? If he acted like that around here, someone would catch him closing up and take out his knees in the parking lot to teach him basic manners.


    That is such a good point. It makes me wonder, too, why someone hasn't clobbered him by now. Maybe he has a bodyguard. Or I guess his soup is so good, people will put up with his nastiness, even in NY.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/06 08:03:19 (permalink)
    Well, he has access to boiling hot liquids at all times, and is surrounded by an angry mob who are going to kill you if they don;t get their soup.

    But I wonder why the mob doesn't rush the counter...I guess that is the reason for the "stay far to the left" rule.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/12 14:08:18 (permalink)
    The logistics of his place are such that you'd have to be an Olympic high jumper to get to him and they have really sharp knives in a pro kitchen. He's a jerk of monumental proportions, much worse than protrayed on tv, but his soup and bread are like manna from up above. Genius can be forgiven for certain cultural flaws, ie zero people skills and no observable good personality traits.

    Hey could be worse...your sister could marry this jerk. She'd be rich but Thanksgiving dinner is an occasion I would miss if he came.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/21 10:34:58 (permalink)
    What if he's actually a really nice guy, with the most genius advertising gimmick ever?

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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/10/21 12:35:07 (permalink)
    quote:
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    What if he's actually a really nice guy, with the most genius advertising gimmick ever?




    quote:
    No Soup For You!







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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/11/03 15:58:57 (permalink)
    When I call Soup Kitchen international at his original location on 55th & 8th, there is a message that says that he will post on his website a week before reopening. I know that there has been a similar message for the last year or so, but does this mean that he is going to open eventually or that he is just messing with people?
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/11/03 16:14:39 (permalink)
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    When I call Soup Kitchen international at his original location on 55th & 8th, there is a message that says that he will post on his website a week before reopening. I know that there has been a similar message for the last year or so, but does this mean that he is going to open eventually or that he is just messing with people?


    The original store is not reopening, only the franchises. The first franchise in Manhattan just opened.

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    More soup,
    less Nazi

    'Seinfeld' tyrant skips opening of new shop

    BY JONATHAN LEMIRE
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Soup for you! And you, and you, and you.

    The man who inspired the famed "Soup Nazi" on "Seinfeld" has lent his name - and his legendary recipes - to a chain of soup stores, and the first in the city opened on E. 42nd St. yesterday, drawing hordes of hungry New Yorkers.

    "The soup's great, but the harsh system is different [than the show]," said Dominick Iacoviello, 27, who works at a nearby technologies firm and waited 40 minutes for soup. "I guess it's a kinder, gentler Soup Nazi."

    Al Yeganeh's amazing soups and remorseless line policy at his former store on W. 55th St. were captured on the hit TV show, which put his lobster bisque - and trademark cries of "No Soup for You!" - into pop culture.

    That notoriety fueled yesterday's line, which stretched to almost 100 deep at lunchtime after forming at 1 a.m., seven hours before the city's first Original Soup Man store opened near Fifth Ave.

    Yeganeh, who did not show yesterday, closed his original store in 2004 to prepare for the launch of the Soup Man chain, which opened its inaugural restaurant in Princeton, N.J., last month.

    Two more are planned in Manhattan - one on Trinity Place, the other in Rockefeller Center - by the end of the year, with more to follow in Brooklyn in early next year.

    "He makes the best soup in the world and we want to get it to as many people as possible," said Soup Man presidentBob Bertrand, who presented a $5,000 check to Yankee great Reggie Jackson, spokesman for food charity City Harvest.

    Though some potential customers on short lunch breaks bailed on the line and instead ate pizza next door, most soup nuts were thrilled with their $4.95 small cup of vegetable soup or $10.95 large bowl of crab bisque.

    "Considering that it's now mass produced, I'm impressed at how good it is - it holds its own to the original store," said Bruce Horowitz, 49, a former faithful patron of Yeganeh's defunct store, as he sipped his mulligatawny.

    "But knowing how much [Yeganeh] hated the Seinfeld portrayal and the attention it brought," added Horowitz, of Brooklyn, "I'm surprised he sold out."

    Originally published on November 3, 2005



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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/11/03 23:15:30 (permalink)
    I saw the same article, hilldweller. I wondered if someone else made the post. It sounds like it is not quite as expensive as it was originally believed to be. Looks like you can get something for under $5 -- but the most popular (and likely, most expensive to make) stuff will be more.
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    RE: The soup "Nazi" is an advertiser 2005/11/09 23:36:52 (permalink)
    I went to one of the new locations. It was a huge disappointment. The soup was mediocre at best, not even close to the standard set by the original Soup Kitchen International.
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