Long Island's best tres leches cake

The housemade berry tres leche cake at Caracara

The housemade berry tres leche cake at Caracara Mexican restaurant in Farmingdale. (July 23, 2011) (Credit: Jin Lee)

Tres leches -- or three milks -- cake is a popular conclusion to meals in many Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Classically, it's made with a simple sponge or butter cake that's been soaked in a mixture of whole, evaporated and condensed milk. Often, it's topped with whipped cream.

You'll find very good versions at these Long Island Latin American restaurants:

DOMINICAN RESTAURANT 5, Deer Park

This ultracasual Dominican spot serves a tres leches cake that's as luxuriously moist as any you'd find in the Dominican Republic.

CHICKEN'S ROAD, Merrick

At this Venezuelan fast-food spot specializing -- but not limited to -- rotisserie chicken, dessert chef Maria Jose Gonzalez turns out a moist and appealing tres leches cake.

LA CASA LATINA, Westbury

The tres leches cake at this pan-Latin restaurant is about as lush and milky as it gets.

611 Old Country Rd., Westbury, 516-280-7795, lacasalatinany.com

CARACARA MEXICAN GRILL, Farmingdale

Inventiveness and authenticity balance well at this Mexican spot where house-made berry tres leches cake is moist and fruity.

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