6 Places You Need to Have Soup on Long Island (And What to Order Once You Get There)

Mim’s Restaurant in Roslyn knows how to make French Onion Soup. • Photo courtesy of Mim’s

Baby, it’s cold outside. But don’t be that cat who sits around all weekend watching the Harry Potter series on What-Used-To-Be-ABC-Family. (Ok, fine, I’m totally guilty, but still.) Get out in the world and get thee to the nearest soupery, where all of your winter dreams will totally come true. Within reason, of course. Soup’s on, kiddos. Get it while it’s hot—and while the weather is cold.

Pierre’s Onion Soup
Pierre’s, Bridgehampton 

Pierre Weber owns one of the Hamptons’ go-to restaurants, a winter white French bistro in downtown Bridgehampton that’s open for lunch and dinner all season long. During the cold months, Weber’s menu features an impressive onion soup, served in a traditional white ceramic crock and topped with a blistering crust of cheese and bread. If there’s anything more comforting on a cold winter day, well, I don’t want to know about it.

Pierre’s, 2468 Main Street, Bridgehampton, (631) 537.5110, open Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. 

Red Tiger Dumpling House’s Hot and Sour Soup
Red Tiger Dumpling House, Stony Brook

Hot and sour soup is a deeply personal thing. I like mine custard-thick, mushroom-heavy, and free of pork chunks (those are for stir fry, not soup). For these requests, Stony Brook’s Red Tiger Dumpling House fits the bill. Soup comes in two sizes, small and large, the latter of which is essentially a mixing bowl’s worth of soup, appropriate for 2-3 people (or one very hungry one). On a frost-flecked afternoon, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than inside the steamy windowed Red Tiger, slurping on hot and sour.

Red Tiger Dumpling House, 1320 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, (631) 675.6899, open daily 12 to 9:30 p.m.

Wildfeast’s Long Island Clam Chowder
Wildfeast, Long Beach

This Long Beach outpost has more than one delicious soup on the menu—but the Long Island clam chowder, with its cherrystones, double-smoked bacon, and cream, is a true winter warmer. Clams are local (why have it any other way?) and bacon adds a sumptuousness that makes a meal out of this soup. Maybe you didn’t think of Long Beach as food destination, but the proof is in the broth.

Wildfeast, 10 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, (516) 442.7284, open Monday through Thursday 12 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pastrami N Friends’ Matzoh Ball Soup
Pastrami N Friends, Commack

Holla at me, fellow Jews, because I know, as you do, that the world’s superlative soup is the matzoh ball variety, even if those balls are dense enough to require a knife (sorry, grandma). Sometimes it may feel like all nods to New York Jew culture have disappeared from Long Island, to which I say: Pastrami N Friends. You’ll find a bowl of the good stuff that’s as great—or better—than bubbe used to make. Who says matzoh balls are holiday food, anyway?

Pastrami N Friends, 110 Commack Road A, Commack, (631) 499.9537, open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The Cuban’s Ajiaco de Pollo
The Cuban, Garden City

Snap a selfie with the classic car out front, and then head inside The Cuban for their Ajiaco de Pollo.

At this Cuban restaurant in Garden City, you’ll find a most delicious version of chicken soup: chicken chunks, cilantro, lime, and slices of avocado that melt into the broth for a creamy, unctuous sopa. This is chicken soup for the soul, body, and mind, served in a warm and vibrant setting that will surely chase away the January (and February and March) blues.

The Cuban, 987 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, (516) 222.1421, open Sunday through Thursday, lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., dinner 3:30 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., dinner 3:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

Suki Japanese Hibachi & Ramen House’s Chasu Ramen
Merrick Suki Hibachi & Ramen House, Merrick

Ever since I left the city four years ago, I’ve been daydreaming about the tonkotsu ramen I used to get at Ippudo, long lines notwithstanding. It’s no secret that Long Island is still coming of age in the ethnic food department, but they are beginning to get there, one meal at a time. Craving a great ramen on a cold day? Suki Japanese Hibachi Bar & Ramen Noodle House in Merrick serves a chasu ramen (silken pork belly, bok choy, bamboo, and other accouterments in a tonkotsu broth) that will warm your ramen-loving soul.

Suki Japanese Hibachi Bar & Ramen Noodle House, 42 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, (516) 307.9666, open Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.