At El Quinto Pino chef-owner Alex Raij is making a room-temperature tomato soup that goes way beyond gazpacho. It's called salmorejo, hails from the city of Cordoba, and is as simple as simple can be: farm-stand tomatoes, salt, olive oil, and bread. She then puts a dollop of hardboiled egg and a little Serrano ham in the center of the bowl.
To make sure we get every last drop of the soup, she serves some toast points on the side to dip. Once you taste this soup you might never be able to go back to gazpacho again. Get to El Quinto Pino soon, because once the tomatoes stop coming to the Greenmarket in Union Square, there will be no salmorejo until next year.
El Quinto Pino
Address: 401 West 24th Street, New York NY 10011 (at Ninth Ave.)
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