Tuesday's Top 10: Celebrating National Soup Month


On a chilly day a steaming bowl of soup has the power to warm the heart and soothe the soul.

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On a chilly day a steaming bowl of soup has the power to warm the heart, soothe the soul, and fortify the weary.  There is something special about soup.  January has been designated National Soup Month. Although this is an American holiday; this holiday celebrates all types of soups from around the globe.  Every country in the world has soup recipes and family traditions from long ago.

Traditionally, soups are classified into two broad groups: clear soups and thick soups. The established French classifications of clear soups are bouillon and consommé. Thick soups are classified depending upon the type of thickening agent used: purées are vegetable soups thickened with starch; bisques are made from puréed shellfish thickened with cream; cream soups are thickened with béchamel sauce; and veloutés are thickened with eggs, butter and cream. Other ingredients commonly used to thicken soups and broths include rice, flour, and grain.

There are many places to buy delicious soup locally.  Everywhere from the corner deli, diners, soup bars in grocery stores to gourmet restaurants.  It is always fun to try to spell words out in a bowl of alphabet soup.  Or consider taking a cooking class to learn how to make soup. 

Here are some of our favorite comforting, satisfying and delicious stops for soup:

  • Ben's Kosher Delicatessen 
    Locations in Greenvale, Carle Place and Woodbury.  

    Enjoy their famous old-fashioned chicken soup, mushroom barley or any of their daily soup specials.
  • A Taste of Home 
    1992 North Jerusalem Road, North Bellmore (516) 486-1670
    Have a bowl of soup and sandwich combo for a lunch to remember.
  • Waterzooi Belgian Bistro 
    850 Franklin Avenue, Garden City (516) 877-2177  
    They are known for their French onion soup and sweet Maine lobster bisque.
  • Hale and Hearty Soup 
    207 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place  (516) 535-1000  
    They offer an ever chaging choice of daily soup specials.  
    All soups include choice of Crackers, Seven Grain or Sourdough bread.
  • Soup's On 
    1099 North Country Road, Stony Brook (631) 751-8500  
    They feature a rotating menu of fresh, homemade soups. 
  • Stresa Restaurant
    1524 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset (516) 365-6956  
    Enjoy an authentic bowl of Pappa al Pomodoro, Campagnola, Bisque di Pesce del Giorno or Zuppa di Verdure Fresche.
  • H2O Seafood Grill 215 West Main Street, Smithtown (631) 361-6464 Their New England clam chowder is made with applewood-smoked bacon.  Enough said.
  • The NY Soup Exchange 
    945 Franklin Avenue, Garden City (516) 742-SOUP  
    They deliver custom made, hand crafted, premium experiences in each and every serving.
  • Cliff's Elbow Room 
    1549 Main Road, Jamesport (631) 722-3292
    Their own Long Island chowder is heaven in a bowl.
  • Insignia 
    610 Nesconset Highway, Smithtown (631) 656-8100
    Their lobster bisque is beyond delicious with Granny Smith apples and celery.  

We'd love to hear about your favorite bowl of soup on Long Island.com Forum