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Brasserie Cassis in Plainview and more Long Island restaurants to try this weekend

French onion soup served at Brasserie Cassis in

French onion soup served at Brasserie Cassis in Plainview. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

In the opening passage of  "Moby Dick," when Ishmael senses a "damp, drizzly November" in his soul, Herman Melville figures it's about time for his whaler to go to sea. An alternative, however, is a bowl of good, bracing, autumn soup. Here are a few restaurants where you'll find one or more, at moderate prices.

Brasserie Cassis in Plainview, French in theme, appointments and taste, it is a destination for excellent soupe à l'oignon, or onion soup gratinée. It's soulful stuff, bracing and full-flavored, floating a crouton, under a lid of bubbling Gruyère cheese. Moderate.

Brasserie Cassis, 387 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, 516-653-0090,

H20 Seafood & Sushi in Smithtown delivers a bowlful on New England with its hearty, creamy, warming clam chowder, spiked with applewood-smoked bacon. It's also on the menu at the East Islip branch of H20.

H20 Seafood & Sushi, 215 W. Main St., Smithtown, 631-361-6464; 166 E. Main St., East Islip, 631-277-4800;

LL Dent in Carle Place is a bastion of Southern-style cooking. You can enjoy a vegan kale and quinoa soup or spicy chicken soup. But the main event is called Toby's Georgia hash, a spirited and filling union of spicy ground pork and beef with stewed tomatoes and rice. Have a bowl instead of a cup.

LL Dent, 221 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-742-0940.

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