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Long Island restaurants serving great soups

Soup isn't just a good way to warm up: It's an occasion for culinary artistry, and these are local masterpieces.

Selections by Newsday's food staff.

The Bryant

The Bryant (100 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station):
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The Bryant (100 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station): The onion soup served here is the mild, slightly salty variety, under a tasty lid of crusty, melted cheese. More info: 631-923-3321, pollrestaurants.com 

F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine

F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine (534 Commack Rd., Deer
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

F.A.N. Authentic Chinese Cuisine (534 Commack Rd., Deer Park): The extraordinary in-house special soup at this eatery features a rich chicken-pork broth, milky with an emulsion of salted duck eggs and sesame and olive oils. It's lavishly topped with snow-pea leaves and loaded with flavor-bombing wedges of both salted and smoked duck eggs and little red goji berries. More info: 631-586-6888, fanchinesefood.com 

Dodici

Dodici (12 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre): Fagioli
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Dodici (12 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre): Fagioli bianchi, a white-bean soup, is enriched with escarole and croutons at this Italian restaurant. More info: 516-764-3000, dodicirestaurant.com 

Mosaic

Mosaic (418 N Country Rd., St. James): Curried
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Mosaic (418 N Country Rd., St. James): Curried chicken and rice soup with garbanzo beans, grilled grape, peas, almond and blue cheese is served here. More info: 631-584-2058, eatmosaic.com

Emanuel's

Emanuel's (1014 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport): The lobster
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Emanuel's (1014 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport): The lobster bisque, with a trove of lobster meat floating in the middle, is just creamy enough. More info: emanuels.business.site

Prime 1024

Prime 1024 (1024 Northern Blvd., Roslyn): This Italian
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Prime 1024 (1024 Northern Blvd., Roslyn): This Italian steakhouse serves a stirring, fortifying, handsomely presented onion soup gratiné. More info: 516-621-1024, prime1024.com

Broadway Market

Broadway Market (643 Bdwy., Rocky Point) The rich
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Broadway Market (643 Bdwy., Rocky Point) The rich broth of a spring-pea soup is topped with a gossamer Parmesan foam. More info: 631-849-1729, bmropo.com

Petra Grill

Petra Grill (373 Old Country Rd., Carle Place):
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Petra Grill (373 Old Country Rd., Carle Place): Freekeh soup, a porridge made with young wheat that has been toasted into nuttiness, is studded with pieces of chicken. More info: 516-743-9045, mypetragrill.com

Fyhre

Fyhre (246 Voice Rd., Carle Place): Tangy lemongrass-seafood
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Fyhre (246 Voice Rd., Carle Place): Tangy lemongrass-seafood soup features shellfish, squid and vegetables. More info: fyhrehibachi.com

Cove Hollow Tavern

Cove Hollow Tavern (85 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton):
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Cove Hollow Tavern (85 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton): A creamy parsnip and pear soup topped with crispy parsnip chips and thyme is served at Cove Hollow Tavern in East Hampton. More info: 631-527-7131, covehollowtavern.com

Yum Yum Dumplings

Yum Yum Dumplings (2432 Middle Country Rd., Centereach):
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Yum Yum Dumplings (2432 Middle Country Rd., Centereach): Tomato and egg drop soup is mellow and restorative at Yum Yum Dumplings in Centereach. More info: 631-676-3148, yumyumdumplings.com

Wildfeast

Wildfeast (10 W. Park Ave., Long Beach): White
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Wildfeast (10 W. Park Ave., Long Beach): White "Long Island" clam chowder, not too creamy and showered with edible flowers, is an instant local classic at Wildfeast in Long Beach. Even better is the Manhattan clam chowder, which has an appealing crumbly texture, deep clam savor and unexpected garnish of black and white sesame seeds. More info: 516-442-7284, wildfeastfoods.com

Cafe Bethel

Cafe Bethel (52 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport): Sopa
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Cafe Bethel (52 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport): Sopa de res is a beef soup served with hearty chunks of potato, carrot, corn and cabbage at Cafe Bethel in Freeport. More info: 516-608-8868

Casa di Fratelli

Casa di Fratelli (477 Old Country Rd., Westbury):
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Casa di Fratelli (477 Old Country Rd., Westbury): Flecks of escarole give the hearty lentil soup at Casa di Fratelli in Westbury a pleasant touch of bitterness. More info: 516-385-3700, casadifratelli.com

St. James Public House

St. James Public House (552 N. Country Rd.,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

St. James Public House (552 N. Country Rd., St. James): French onion soup is topped with a crouton and melted Gruyere cheese at St. James Public House. More info: 631-250-9900, stjamespublichouse.com

The Cuban

The Cuban (987 Stewart Ave., Garden City): Ajiaco
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Cuban (987 Stewart Ave., Garden City): Ajiaco de pollo, smothered garlic chicken soup, gets its creaminess from thin-sliced avocado at The Cuban in Garden City. More info: 516-222-0295, thecubanny.com

Splendid Noodle

Splendid Noodle (1320 Stony Brook Rd., Stony Brook):
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Splendid Noodle (1320 Stony Brook Rd., Stony Brook): Roast duck noodle soup with an extra helping of greens is excellent at Splendid Noodle in Stony Brook. More info: 631-675-6725

JR El Rodeo

JR El Rodeo (130 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches):
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JR El Rodeo (130 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches): Pozole, a spicy soup thick with exploded hominy kernels and large pieces of braised pork, is served at JR El Rodeo in East Moriches. Chopped raw onion and cilantro sprinkled on just before serving added bright, fresh flavor and cut the richness of the pork. More info: 631-909-2666, elrodeony.com

Main Road Biscuit Co.

Main Road Biscuit Co. (1601 Main Rd., Jamesport):
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Main Road Biscuit Co. (1601 Main Rd., Jamesport): French onion soup arrives with a biscuit crouton topped with gruyere cheese at Main Road Biscuit Co. in Jamesport. More info: 631-779-3463, mainroadbiscuitco.com

Fish on Main

Fish on Main (286 Main St., Port Washington):
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Fish on Main (286 Main St., Port Washington): Fish on Main in Port Washington prepares a savory Manhattan seafood chowder, generous, well-seasoned and amply but not overly tomatoed. More info: 516-883-1515, fishonmain.com

The Rolling Spring Roll

The Rolling Spring Roll (189 Main St., Farmingdale):
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The Rolling Spring Roll (189 Main St., Farmingdale): At The Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale, the Vietnamese noodle soup called pho (pronounced "fuh") commands center stage. Both the beef and chicken versions start with deeply savory house-made broths. Add-ins -- fresh bean sprouts, basil leaves and lime wedges -- boost the soup further. Surprisingly, pho made with a vegetable base and laced with pieces of fried tofu, works well -- a boon for vegetarians. More info: 516-677-9090, therollingspringroll.com

Taqueria Cielito Lindo

Taqueria Cielito Lindo (29 E. Main St., Riverhead):
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Taqueria Cielito Lindo (29 E. Main St., Riverhead): On a chilly day, get a bowl of savory, soul-warming pozole rojo at at Taqueria Cielito Lindo in Riverhead. The crimson broth is rife with hominy (dried soaked field corn) and pieces of pork that may have bones clinging to them. More info: 631-591-0732, cielitolindony.com

China Station

China Station (1015 NY-25A, Stony Brook): The
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

China Station (1015 NY-25A, Stony Brook): The "all-in-one house special" hand-pulled noodle soup at China Station in Stony Brook contains beef stomach and tendon, pork bones, boiled egg and vegetables. More info: 631-751-6888, chinastationstonybrook.com

Maria's Mexican & Latin Cuisine

Maria's Mexican & Latin Cuisine (211 Smithtown Blvd.,
Photo Credit: Doug Young

Maria's Mexican & Latin Cuisine (211 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset): The chicken and green chili soup at Maria's Mexican & Latin Cuisine in Nesconset is rife with tender poultry and vegetables. Also on the menu is a deep coral lobster bisque, with heaps of snowy lobster meat crisscrossed by fresh asparagus spears. More info: 631-979-7724, marias211.com

Red Ginger Asian Diner

Red Ginger Asian Diner (353 Larkfield Rd., East
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Red Ginger Asian Diner (353 Larkfield Rd., East Northport): Red Ginger in East Northport serves a Westlake wonton soup, an egg-drop broth that also floats vegetables and shrimp, that's more of a meal than a side dish. More info: 631-623-2125, redgingerasiandiner.com

Los Andes Restaurant

Los Andes Restaurant (1844 Deer Park Ave., Deer
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Los Andes Restaurant (1844 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park): Aguadito de Mariscos, a Peruvian green seafood soup with a cilantro base, is a knockout specialty at Los Andes Restaurant in Patchogue. More info: 631-392-1555

Red Tomato

Red Tomato (6245 Northern Blvd., East Norwich): Red
Photo Credit: Doug Young

Red Tomato (6245 Northern Blvd., East Norwich): Red Tomato in East Norwich makes an Italian wedding soup that's a happy union of robust chicken broth, al dente pasta and loads of plush, cleverly seasoned mini meatballs. More info: 516-802-2840, orderredtomatopizza.com

Phayathai

Phayathai (735 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma): Chef-owner Veerawat
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Phayathai (735 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma): Chef-owner Veerawat Satsri, of Phayathai in Lake Ronkonkoma, makes a tom kha gai (chicken coconut soup) that has a sly electric undercurrent all its own. Also good: tom yum goong, the classic Thai shrimp hot and sour soup, that is both ringing hot and rife with subtleties. More info: 631-981-0303, phayathai-li.net

Tang Asian Fusion

Tang Asian Fusion (903 Montauk Hwy., Copiague): At
Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

Tang Asian Fusion (903 Montauk Hwy., Copiague): At Tang Asian Fusion, a Chinese-Japanese-Thai eatery in Copiague, entree noodle soups are a main attraction. One features roast pork, shrimp dumplings and al dente Chinese egg noodles; another, with shrimp and toothsome, fat udon noodles, makes for happy slurping. More info: 631-608-9196, ordertang.com

Pine Aire Fish & Deli

Pine Aire Fish & Deli (140 Pine Aire
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Pine Aire Fish & Deli (140 Pine Aire Dr., Bay Shore): Is soup a meal? That overriding question is answered with a resounding "yes" at Bay Shore's Pine Aire Fish & Deli, a colorful El Salvadoran seafood restaurant adjacent to a fish market. A big bowl of sopa de pescado yields a haul of shrimp, clams and at least one fat slab of red snapper, all swimming in a fragrant, heady brew laced with chopped fresh cilantro. What more do you need? More info: 631-231-1655, pineairedeli.com

Wild Rice

Wild Rice (2801 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove):
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Wild Rice (2801 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove): At Wild Rice in Lake Grove, a heaping bowl of roast pork mei fun noodle soup, with a peppery broth, includes lots of baby bok choy, a tangle of thin rice noodles and plenty of juicy, delicious hunks of pork. More info: 631-648-9493, wildriceny.com

New Chilli & Curry

New Chilli & Curry (106 Woodbury Rd., Hicksville):
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New Chilli & Curry (106 Woodbury Rd., Hicksville): Despite its extreme spice, the Malaysian coriander soup served at New Chilli & Curry in Hicksville is nuanced. Other excellent soup options at the eatery include intriguingly complex Thai tom kha chicken-coconut soup and an extraordinary wonton soup, al dente dumplings filled with chicken floating in a peppery broth. More info: 516-932-9180

The Orient

The Orient (multiple locations): The broth of the
Photo Credit: Timothy Fadek

The Orient (multiple locations): The broth of the soothing tofu-spinach-pork soup at The Orient in Bethpage is a soothing elixir. Based on chicken but augmented with a little ginger and perhaps dried scallop, it is light but rich, a perfect foil for the melting cubes of tofu, just-wilted spinach and still-tender pork. It's not on the menu, but is always available by request. Also available at Orient Odyssey in Jericho. More info: theorientny.com

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