Galeria Café is back in business! After being closed for a year, it reopened in a new location in The Heights and is bigger in size. It even has a party room in the back. Known for selling tasty coffee and empanadas, Galeria has expanded its menu and pastries. Read on to learn more about Galeria Café.
A Look Inside Galeria Café
The Colombian and Ecuadorian Bakery, owned by husband and wife Luis Gallo and Luz Velasquez, originally opened in November 2017 at 121 Franklin Street in Jersey City. It then shut down during the pandemic, officially closing its doors in February 2021.
The owners spent the past year renovating the new location at 288 Central Avenue, Jersey City. And it was worth the wait. The doors opened on February 20, 2022. Galeria replaces the former furniture store, Afana Home Furniture.
^ Owners Luz Velasquez and Luis Gallo
“This is bigger and better. We bring a lot of stuff from Colombia and Ecuador,” Luis tells The Hoboken Girl. “We’re very excited because it took more than one year to remove, rebuild, repaint and make it beautiful and nice and different than anywhere else. You can see it’s totally different.”
Inside, customers are greeted with a warm welcome by the owners and a chalkboard with a “Welcome Back” sign and the day’s menu. There is also a large see-through display case showing the baked goods, sandwiches, croissants, fruit, and fresh cold items. The cafe’s décor throughout the front and back is vintage-themed with antiques on the walls and on the tables.
^ Galeria’s separate room, which can be reserved for parties.
The event space has also been upgraded at the new location. There is now a separate party room that is huge and filled with long tables. There’s also a stage for presenting or performing, a piano, and an area for a pop-up bar. The party room can be rented out and the parties can be catered by outside vendors. The owners tell us it costs $850 to rent out the space on a Saturday and a Sunday, and during the week it costs $100 per hour.
^ he stage is set for a Quinceañera
About The Menu
The most recent menu features a Cuban sandwich, avocado toast, chicken sandwich, egg sandwich, and additional breakfast sandwiches like bacon, sausage, and ham. All sandwiches and breakfast items cost less than $8.
Empanadas are made fresh daily and are reasonably priced at $1.50 each. The empanadas available to choose from are cheese, chicken, guava and cheese, veggie, and Colombian beef potatoes.
The cafe’s coffee, the owner says, is “the best coffee in town.” Customers can choose from regular coffee, latte, cappuccino, mochaccino, and caramel macchiato. To go along with the coffee, customers can pick from a delicious selection of pastries such as chocolate chip cookies, Colombian cookies, croissants, tiramisu, and a berry yogurt parfait.
“It’s been going really good so far. It was one year [customers were] waiting and waiting for us. We had a lot of customers from before,” Luis tells HG.
Check It Out
Galeria Café is open from 8AM to 9PM seven days a week. The owners are hoping to eventually expand the hours to 6AM to 10PM once they have more staff.
Be sure to follow Galeria Café on Instagram, found here, for future updates.