Our Story

Cocina Candela is an experiment in Puerto Rican gastronomy honoring the traditions of our Taíno roots and the purity of ingredients. I remember from my childhood in Puerto Rico: when I pulled yams from the ground with my grandmother, drank fresh milk from a cow in the morning with my grandfather, and ate dinners prepared on the fogón with whatever else could be found on the land in the evenings. Before Brooklyn, before supermarkets, and before sazón and adobo..these are my earliest memories of Puerto Rican food. I have tried to replicate it and refine it as much as possible by choosing the most natural, local ingredients available to me and by incorporating what I have since learned in the culinary world. I hope you enjoy. Buen Provecho!
Kenny Candelaria

Menu

Brunch Menu

Brunch Menu

Main Menu

Main Menu

Dessert Menu

Dessert Menu

Press

New York Times

Pastries Filled Every Which Way

His (Mr. Candelaria) Empanadas stray from the ordinary not only in terms of their fillings …but also through the quality of their ingredients…

North Jersey

The Record

Our Favorite Casual Eats

The dessert empanadas are like little hand pies – piping hot fruit fillings encased in flaky crusts. And they change with the seasons…

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Cocina Candela
706 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 707-7174
Mon / Tues : Closed
Wed / Thurs / Fri : 4pm to 9pm
Sat : 11am to 9:30pm
Sun : 11am to 8pm