Latin soups: 3 hot picks on Long Island

Maria Claros, left, Balerie Cardoza and Anna Zabata, Maria Claros, left, Balerie Cardoza and Anna Zabata, all of Queens, lunch at Sabor a Colombia, a restaurant in Levittown. (April 13, 2010) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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Latin American soups have a way of bringing light into even the darkest winter day. It could be the hit of chili peppers. Or the wake-up flavor of fresh chopped cilantro.

Each of these three Long Island Latin spots has the power of soup on the menu.

POLLOS EL PAISA

, Westbury

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It comes as no surprise that a Colombian restaurant whose specialty is chicken would make a first-rate chicken soup. This one is loaded with poultry -- giblets included -- and vegetables, showered with fresh cilantro.

EL RANCHITO MEXICAN GRILL

, East Northport

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This Mexican restaurant may be small in size, but its spicy chicken soup is big on flavor, thanks to hot red chilies and fresh cilantro.

SABOR A COLOMBIA

, Levittown

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At this colorful Colombian, you'll want to brighten your day with the consomme grande, chicken soup with giblets, vegetables and chopped fresh cilantro.

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