06 June 2011
La Bonne Soupe
He sat alone in majestic simplicity on the balcony of La Bonne Soupe (the good life). He wore his hat. It didn't wear him. Somewhere in his 60s though hard to tell -- La Bonne Soupe is somewhere in the 50s between 5th and 6th, and while it has an address (48 W. 55th Street) it's also mysterious.
He was having the French onion soup and salad special which comes with dessert and a glass of wine or beer for $19.50. Very simple in presentation -- much like the man in the hat. His suit was simple. His shirt striped. I looked down to see if he was wearing socks. Of course he was. He was an adult after all.
Some of the charm of the old La Bonne is missing since the fire a few years ago. The mirrored ceiling on the 2nd floor is gone and everything looks a little too new. Still, the 2nd floor balcony is the seat to have despite the close quarters. He looked like a regular - which I hope to be someday. Content with his lunch and his life. No doubt he's had a fire or two himself.