Long Island's best soups

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We sent our critics out in search of the best soups on Long Island. Here are their recommendations.

  • The outside of Ayhan's Shish Kebab, a Mediterranean

    $item.instanceof Ayhan Shish-Kebab With several Ayhan locations on LI, we particularly like the vibrant Turkish red lentil soup here.

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Customers eat in Cozymels' spacious dining room. (Oct.

    Cozymels $$ | Chain restaurants, Mexican 1177 Corporate Dr. Westbury The house chicken soup, a full-flavored broth with poultry pieces, rice, avocado, corn, pico de gallo, lime and tortilla chips, is a rainbow of colors, flavors and textures.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    In the opening passage of

    H2O Seafood Grill $$$ | New American, Seafood 215 W. Main St. Smithtown Try the New England clam chowder, specifically the one with applewood-smoked bacon.

  • Southern chef Leisa Dent of LL Dent in

    LL DENT $ | Kids, Southern, Restaurant 221 Old Country Rd. Carle Place Toby's Georgia hash is a spicy, pork-laced gumbo that falls somewhere between a soup and a stew.

  • Critic rating 2
    Maria's Mexican &Latin Cuisine restaurant in Nesconset offers

    Maria's Mexican & Latin Cuisine $$ | Mexican, Latin American 211 Smithtown Blvd. Nesconset Heaps of snowy lobster meat, crisscrossed by fresh asparagus spears, garnish a bowl of deep coral lobster bisque. One sip unleashes torrents of flavor, subtle hints of fire. Also remarkable: A chicken and green chili soup rife with tender poultry and vegetables.

  • Critic rating 3
    Malaysian coriander soup, served at New Chili &

    New Chili & Curry $$ | Indian, Thai 106 Woodbury Rd. Hicksville The spicy coriander soup, with chicken or vegetables, is prepared with mushrooms and lemon.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    The broth of the soothing tofu-spinach-pork soup at

    The Orient $$ | Chinese 623 Hicksville Rd. Bethpage Not on the menu but always available by request is the soothing tofu-spinach-pork soup, with a light but rich broth.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Phayathai's tom kha gai -- chicken coconut soup

    Phayathai $$ | Thai 735 Hawkins Ave. Lake Ronkonkoma Chef-owner Veerawat Satsri's tom yum goong, the classic Thai shrimp hot and sour soup, is both ringing hot and rife with subtleties, and his tom kha gai (chicken coconut soup) has a sly electric undercurrent all its own.

  • Is soup a meal? That overriding question is

    Pine Aire Fish & Deli $$$ | Latin American, Seafood, El Salvadoran, Kids, Restaurant 140 Pine Aire Dr. Bay Shore A big bowl of sopa de pescado yields shrimp, clams and at least one fat slab of red snapper, all swimming in a fragrant, heady brew with fresh cilantro.

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