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) (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

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

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

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

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

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