Quick Bite

Libélula in Montclair Marries Dominican and Peruvian Cuisines

A husband-and-wife duo run this charming and inviting café, serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and plenty of sweet treats.

The ceviche at Libélula Bakery and Kitchen in Montclair is adorned with edible flowers
The ceviche at Libélula Bakery and Kitchen in Montclair is adorned with edible flowers.

Libélula Bakery and Kitchen in Montclair


Scandinavian-style design, with large windows, light-wood furniture and lots of plants.


This charming new café is warm and inviting and was created by husband-and-wife duo Brian Martinez (the executive chef) and Veruska Samanaz (the pastry chef). The pair marry Dominican cooking with Peruvian dishes.

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Start with the fabulous vegetable omelette, which comes with your choice of a side (choose the maduros, fried sweet plantains). It’s deceptively simple but very tasty and comes with aji verde, an irresistible Peruvian green sauce that you can spoon over the omelette. The lomo saltado, a standard Peruvian dish, comes with roasted potatoes instead of French fries and is served over creamy basil noodles. The ceviche is delicious and beautiful to look at—it comes adorned with edible flowers. Another specialty is the mangu tres golpes, mashed plantain served with egg, fried cheese, sausage and mojo onions.


The restaurant also sells wonderful pastries, empanadas, and custom-order cakes.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    Breakfast - Brunch - Lunch - Scandinavian
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