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Rice pudding: Long Island restaurants with distinctive takes

Desserts at Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Wasington

Desserts at Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Wasington include,from bottom, of kazandibi, fistik sarma, baklava, creme caramel, kunefe and, center, oven-baked rice pudding. Credit: Aaron Zebrook

Almost every cuisine has its own version of rice pudding, one of the planet's most comforting desserts.

Here are four distinctive takes on an internationally crowd-pleasing finale.

YEVMA AUTHENTIC GREEK CUISINE, 2065 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-280-2208

This modern Greek restaurant serves a rich and subtly cinnamon-rich rice pudding.

CHENNAI DOSAS, 128 Broadway, Hicksville, 516-681-5151

Light, fragrant kheer is the comforting Indian version of rice pudding -- and the dessert to order at this fine vegetarian South Indian restaurant.

CORAZON DE CUBA, 26 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-272-4200

From this hopping Cuban spot come pastelitos -- empanadas stuffed with creamy rice pudding and served with strawberry sauce and ice cream. It's excess that works.

BOSPHORUS CAFE GRILL, 138 Shore Road, Port Washington, 516-321-9999

The new Turkish restaurant serves a lush rice pudding. Also highly recommended are the airy caramelized milk pudding called kazandib and a rich, creamy flan.