Top-Notch Bowls of Clam Chowder on LI

Once the chill sets in, eyes start to scan the soup menu often avoided during the summertime. And when clam chowder is one of the options, choosing really isn’t that difficult. I scoured the island and found the seven best clam chowders Long Island restaurants are serving. These bowls warm the soul and fill the stomach.

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Bigelow’s Seafood, Rockville Centre

This casual longtime Rockville Centre staple (it’s been around since 1939) is known for its delicious clam chowders. One scroll through Yelp and the proof is there. Tons of customers say it’s the best they’ve ever had. The restaurant serves both New England and Manhattan clam chowder in three sizes: cup ($6.95), bowl ($7.95) and quart ($15.50). There’s no stinginess either with plenty of clams mixed inside. Phone: 516-678-3878 | Address: 79 N Long Beach Rd. Click to taste

Noah’s Restaurant, Greenport

If you can’t decide between a New England or Manhattan, opt for a mix of both with a Long Island clam chowder. Look no further than this Greenport favorite to find a yummy one. Noah’s $12 Long Island clam chowder is made with local little neck clams, fingerling potatoes, sofrito, fine herbs and a touch of cream. Customers call it a “must-try” and one said he never even leaves the restaurant without having it. Phone: 631-477-6720 | Address: 136 Front St. Click to taste

The Cull House, Sayville

The Cull House prides itself on serving fresh, local and sustainable seafood. And when it comes to the clam chowder, the restaurant gets creative. The Cull House, family owned and operated since 1977, serves both a creamy New England and Manhattan clam chowder in a bread bowl upon request. Phone: 631-563-1546 | Address: 75 Terry St. Click to taste

CowFish, Hampton Bays

The clam chowder at this year-round waterfront restaurant is a reason to head East this season. Served as an appetizer, the soup is even a winner of the Hampton Bays Clam Chowder Contest. That probably has to do with the creamy broth and nicely cooked clams. Phone: 631-594-3868 | Address: 258 E Montauk Hwy Click to taste

Chowder Bar, Bay Shore

The name alone makes it clear this place is serious about its chowder. Creamy, chunky and affordable is what clam chowder lovers will find here. Chowder Bar serves Manhattan, New England and Long Island clam chowders in a bowl for $4.75 and a cup for $3.95. Phone: 631-665-9859 | Address: 123 Maple Ave. Click to taste

The Steam Room, Port Jefferson

A local gem that’s been around for over 35 years, The Steam Room has customers going back for its gorgeous views, delicious seafood and homemade clam chowder. There’s New England and Manhattan on the menu and both are made fresh every day. Like The Cull House, this spot steps it up a notch with the option of a hollow bread bowl. Phone: 631-928-6690 | Address: 4 East Broadway Click to taste

The Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn

Since 1957, The Jolly Fisherman has been winning in the seafood department. Among the highlights like the crispy shrimp dumplings and steamers are the delectable clam chowders. Both the Manhattan and New England are $9 and known to satisfy. Phone: 516-621-0055 | Address: 25 Main St. Click to taste

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at or on Twitter @annahalkidis.