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3 great vegetarian choices

Dosas at House of Dosas in Hicksville

Dosas at House of Dosas in Hicksville Credit: Newsday File / Erica Marcus

Vegetarians, unite. You can find tasty fare at lots of ethnic restaurants on Long Island and in some less likely places, too. What used to be a quest now requires a quick search. Here are three different options.

Tiger Lily Cafe in Port Jefferson attracts you with its spirited juice bar and lively personality. You'll also enjoy the carrot-ginger soup, Greek salad, pear salad, falafel with yogurt-based sauce, house-made hummus, assorted cheese sandwiches and vegetarian wraps. Serious smoothies, too.

Tiger Lily Cafe: 156 E. Main St., Port Jefferson; 631-476-7080, tigerlilycafe.com

House of Dosas in Hicksville ranks very high among Long Island's Indian restaurants, specializing in the savory vegetarian fare of southern India. Sample the dosas, or rice crepes, with lots of full-flavored fillings; lentil doughnuts; vegetable pakoras, or fritters; and vivid curries.

House of Dosas: 416 S. Broadway, Hicksville; 516-938-7517, houseofdosas.com

NY Soup Exchange in Garden City appeals to vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. There's a vegetarian soup each day, with split-pea among the winners. Also, sample the vegetarian chili, the tasty salads, and smoothies. They do a sizable takeout business, just in case.

NY Soup Exchange: 945 Franklin Ave., Garden City; 516-742-7687, nysoupexchange.com

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