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.