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Red Tomato's Italian wedding soup is a happy (Credit: Doug Young)

Red Tomato's Italian wedding soup is a happy union of robust chicken broth, al dente pasta and loads of plush, cleverly seasoned mini meatballs.

Great soups at Long Island restaurants

Soup is also an occasion for culinary artistry, and these are local masterpieces.

Taqueria Cielito Lindo

On a chilly day, get a bowl of
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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.

Phayathai

Chef-owner Veerawat Satsri, of Phayathai in Lake Ronkonkoma,
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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.

Maria's Mexican & Latin Cuisine

The chicken and green chili soup at Maria's
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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.

Red Ginger Asian Diner

Red Ginger in East Northport serves a Westlake
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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.

Tang Asian Fusion

At Tang Asian Fusion, a Chinese-Japanese-Thai eatery in
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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.

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Red Tomato

Red Tomato in East Norwich makes an Italian
(Credit: Doug Young)

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.

The Rolling Spring Roll

At The Rolling Spring Rollin Farmingdale, the Vietnamese
(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

At The Rolling Spring Rollin 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.

At The Rolling Spring Rollin Farmingdale, the Vietnamese

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At The Rolling Spring Rollin Farmingdale, the Vietnamese

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At The Rolling Spring Rollin Farmingdale, the Vietnamese

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Wild Rice

At Wild Rice in Lake Grove, a heaping
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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.

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