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Lush Latin desserts at Long Island restaurants: 4 picks

Tres Leches, a three-milk caramel cake, is one

Tres Leches, a three-milk caramel cake, is one of the dessert offerings at the Chicken Coop in Valley Stream. (Feb. 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Heather Walsh

When you think of Latin American desserts, two immediately spring to mind. There’s flan, or caramel custard, then there’s tres leches cake, a sponge or butter cake soaked in three milks -- evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream.

Here’s where to find one, the other or both.

CASA DEL CAMPO DOMINICAN RESTAURANT

What you’ll want to save room for, at this comfortable new Dominican restaurant: The creamy and custardy flan, as well as the good-and-gooey tres leches cake. $5

1159 Deer Park Ave., North Babylon, 631-586-1171

CHICKEN COOP

At this Colombian dining spot known for more than just chicken, the moist tres leches cake ends your meal on a sweet note. $4.50

159 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, 516-568-2667, chickencooprestaurant.com

LOS ANDES RESTAURANT

This Peruvian restaurant makes a dessert called crema volteada, a especially rich version of flan. $4.50

275 E. Main St., Patchogue, 631-569-4555, losandesli.com

SAZÓN DOMINICANO RESTAURANT

Flan, rich and creamy, runs a close second to a tres leches cake that’s opulently moist and milky. $5 each

13 Atlantic Ave, Freeport, 516-665-9993, sazondominicanofreeport.com

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