‘I Wandered Into a Corner Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen on a Sunday’

Soup’s On

Dear Diary:

I wandered into a corner restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen on a Sunday evening during a two-week trip to the city.

Everything on the menu looked good. As I was trying to decide on which soup to order, a bowl arrived for a man who was sitting alone next to me.

“Which soup is that?” I said after he’d taken his first taste.

I immediately regretted asking. This was New York, and my chattiness felt out of place. Don’t be annoying, I thought to myself.

The man turned to me.

“It’s the leek,” he said. “It’s delicious. Also, I’m glad you are sitting here. The couple who just left — that man’s voice was so annoying!”

— Megan Moore

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