Richard Gussoff is the Vincent van Gogh of homemade, gourmet soup. From the perfectly pureed creamy texture of the famed Butternut Squash Lobster Bisque to the highest quality, all-natural local ingredients, The Soup Bowl of Park Slope is the ultimate spot to stop in, grab a soup and warm up during the chilly winter months.
Standing behind the counter, Gussoff wears his olive green chef hat and apron. The Soup Bowl logo is stitched over his right chest pocket. He stands there stirring bisques, chowders and soups in metal soup tureens. He wafts over the “Risotto Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Parmesan” and with one big exhale he has a look of satisfaction.
“Now that’s ready for some tasting,” he said.
He dips a large ladle into the tureen and pours a shot-sized gulp into a small plastic cup and drips some onto the counter below. Gussoff blows on the soup and tosses it back.
“Now that’s ready to be served,” he said.
Customers enter the tiny cafe shivering from the outside winter air seeking the warmth of soup. They stand there looking over the hefty menu posted on the wall and mumble to themselves as they read off the list trying to make a seemingly difficult choice. With the choice of 16 to 20 soups varying in sizes from an eight-ounce mini, a 12 ounce small, a 116-ounce medium and a large 32 ounce to bring home for family dinner. The Soup Bowl offers a variety of ever changing broths, soups and chowders, but never changes its custom of giving a complimentary side of bread.
Gussoff greets the local patrons with a smile and welcomes them into his soup bar. He stands behind the counter, ladle in hand, ready to start spooning the customers’ choices into the 16 ounce to-go bowls.
In November 2010, Gussoff began a sublease with the ice cream shop Uncle Louie G. The agreement to rent out the space during the fall and winter months when the ice cream shop closes, has opened the door for a multipurpose dining experience depending on the season. What started as a deal written on a paper napkin, soon became a neighborhood hotspot.
After selling his restaurant of 20 years in the Theatre District in Manhattan, Gussoff began working at Pier i Cafe along the Hudson River during the summertime. Without work for the winter, Gussoff turned soup into a specialized business.
“Soup was always my strength as a chef,” Gussoff said.
It has now been six years since head chef, Gussoff has been bringing his fresh and diverse soup menu to the streets of Park Slope and has no doubts of having many more successful years to come.
Located on 7th Avenue and 9th Street this little soup cafe is across the street from the 7th Avenue Station and is only a short ride from Midtown.
Gussoff has taken one passion and has made it great.