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Satisfy your Latin American food cravings with these 5 New York City newcomers

If you've got Latin American fare on the brain, you're in luck: we've found the freshest New York City eateries to quell your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Latin American food.

Obrigado Brazil

570 Eighth Ave., Midtown

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Obrigado Brazil is a fast-casual lunch spot specializing in Brazilian-style sandwiches.

Stop in for sandwiches filled with chicken, pork, sausage or steak picanha, all served on long rolls with your choice of toppings. Proteins are also available as platters, complete with sides of fries and salad, and for dessert, the spot offers churros with Nutella.

Obrigado Brazil's current Yelp rating of 4.5 stars out of three reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Miguel Angel P., who reviewed Obrigado Brazil on July 29, wrote, "Delicious and affordable. The picanha sandwich was fantastic!"

Thomas D. noted, "Really solid lunch spot! These guys slice up real steak right off the rotisserie in front of you and pack it onto a long sub."

Interested? Obrigado Brazil is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays.

Amar Peruvian Kitchen

68-60 Austin St., Suite 6, Forest Hills

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Amar Peruvian Kitchen is a restaurant offering Peruvian meat and seafood favorites, as well as daily breakfast and brunch options.

On the menu at Amar Peruvian Kitchen, guests will find Peruvian-style fried rice, cilantro stew and ceviche mixto, which is made with a combination of the catch of the day, mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, octopus, sweet potato and cancha corn nuts. This spot also offers barbecue combo platters with grilled skirt steak, rotisserie chicken, shrimp and more. There are savory and sweet brunch and lunch options, too.

Yelp users are generally positive about Amar Peruvian Kitchen, which currently holds four stars out of 26 reviews on the site.

Yelper Jennifer P., who reviewed Amar Peruvian Kitchen on June 7, wrote, "We had dinner at Amar tonight, and boy are we happy people right now! I cannot wait to take everyone here to enjoy this amazing food ... Everything was fresh, delicious and presented well, and the atmosphere and people were great."

Amar Peruvian Kitchen is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

Gitano Garden of Love

76 Varick St., SoHo

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Gitano Garden of Love is a seasonal, outdoor Mexican restaurant and bar.

The open-air concept comes from Grupo Gitano, the team behind the Gitano Jungle Room in the James Hotel. Like that spot, the new outdoor restaurant takes its inspiration from the resort town of Tulum in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The 24,000-square-foot space features wood pergola dining decks, coconut palms, a meditation garden and an educational urban farming installation.

The menu boasts Mexican-style small and large plates, highlighting seasonal, local ingredients and designed in collaboration with chefs around the city. Check out the quesadilla with zucchini blossoms, the snapper ceviche with coconut, the carne asada with sauteed shishito peppers and for dessert, the churros with spiced chocolate ice cream. There's a bar, too, serving signature cocktails as well as wine and beer.

Gitano Garden of Love currently holds three stars out of 31 reviews on Yelp, indicating a fair response from visitors.

Yelper Yvonne L., who reviewed the new spot on July 29, wrote, "Gitano was super, super cute. It's like a hidden garden in the middle of the city. That being said, I felt as though the food was just OK. I think I had high expectations with how [cute] the restaurant was."

Gitano Garden of Love is open from noon–11 p.m. on Sunday-Wednesday and noon–midnight on Thursday-Saturday.

Yolpaqui Taqueria

1431 Forest Ave., Staten Island

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Yolpaqui Taqueria is a taqueria offering casual Mexican favorites for dine-in, takeaway and delivery.

This spot serves up classic tacos, from al pastor to chorizo, as well as quesadillas, tostadas, burritos and burrito bowls/salads. Yolpaqui Taqueria also provides catering for special events and parties.

With a 4.5-star rating out of 17 reviews on Yelp, Yolpaqui Taqueria has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Mark M., who reviewed Yolpaqui Taqueria on June 4, wrote, "I had chips and guacamole to start. The chips were just out of the fryer and still steaming! The guacamole was great! I also ordered three tacos, plenty to fill me up. The tacos came with a side of sliced cucumbers, radishes and lime wedges. I finished it all off with a Mexican Coke. Great place with great food!"

Gina Q. added, "Fresh, authentic and delicious. Everything we got was so good we ate it all. We got two [different] quesadillas and nachos. They were so fresh and yummy. Can't wait to try more stuff!"

Yolpaqui Taqueria is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.

Abuela Antonia Mexican Restaurant

225 Rockaway Ave., Brownsville

Photo: Abuela Antonia Mexican Restaurant/Yelp

Abuela Antonia Mexican Restaurant is a restaurant serving traditional Mexican fare.

On the menu at Abuela Antonia Mexican Restaurant, guests will find tacos and burritos filled with steak, chicken, chorizo, shrimp and more. Check out other authentic favorites, too, like the lengua torta and the enchiladas suizas.

With a four-star rating out of three reviews on Yelp, Abuela Antonia Mexican Restaurant has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Jarett K., who reviewed Abuela Antonia Mexican Restaurant on June 20, wrote, "The food was good, not to much seasoning which isn't bad ... Overall, I will definitely be eating from this restaurant again."

Yelper Stephanie H. wrote, "My shrimp and chicken tacos were great! Great service and cute place to dine in as well."

Abuela Antonia Mexican Restaurant is open from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.


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