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Patch

Costanera spices up Montclair’s culinary scene with an interesting, authentic Peruvian menu, but the newbie hasn’t quite worked all the kinks out just yet. The BYO restaurant, which opened in May in the space formerly occupied by Udupi, shows bright and low spots, both on the plate and off. Chef Juan Placencia is certainly no…

Star Ledger’s Magazine

Costanera, surely the most exciting new restaurant in New Jersey, will beguile you. This is one of those oh-so-humble-and-nonchalant places that turn around and stun you with a crisply executed vision of cuisine. The kind of place that takes off its sunglasses to reveal a celebrity. That celebrity is Juan Placencia. Remember his name because…

NY Times

MONTCLAIR’S thriving restaurant scene offers tastes of nearly every region of the world in six square miles. But South America has been woefully underrepresented. In May, with the opening of Costanera, the town finally got what places like Kearny and Paterson, catering to their clusters of immigrants, have long enjoyed in abundance: authentic Peruvian cuisine,…