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Yellow Plum - Bloomfield - NJ
(4.8 out of 5)
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About Yellow Plum - Bloomfield - NJ:
Contemporary New American Cuisine created by Chef Chris Lukic. Chris's Experience includes 6 years working with the Top Chefs in New York and 3 years with Wolfgang Puck in L.A. Casual Dining with Specialty hand-crafted cockails. Patio Dining and Full Bar Enhance the Culinary Experience.

1099 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Type of Cuisine: American (New), Bar
Hours: Mon, Sat 5PM-10PM | Tue-Fri 11:30AM-10PM
Price Range: $$$ Yellow Plum - Bloomfield - NJ Price Range
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reservations: Book Online
A First Look at Bloomfield's Yellow Plum
By The Devil Gourmet

Scallops - Chorizo and Fennel Puree

With gems like the Orange Squirrel, Mes Reves, and Yellow Plum the often overlooked community of Bloomfield is well on its way to becoming the culinary center of Northern New Jersey. Wait, Yellow Plum? What’s that?

Yellow Plum won’t open until August 6th, but Devil Gourmet got a look inside, sampled the menu, tried out a drink or three at the bar and we’re ready to call this a winner! Chef Chris Lukic really brings it!

When meeting Chris, he talks about his food and his beliefs and ideals. But this is a family owned restaurant. Dennis talks about the food, and the ideals, and the quality of the bar ingredients too. So I had to play the Mom card. She likes the food, and her sons ideals, but she was the first to mention that he’s worked with Wolfgang Puck! First rule in journalism: always ask the mother!

Yellow Plum is on Broad Street in Bloomfield, located midway between the Ihop and Watchung Avenue, across from the big Wells-Fargo. The space was formerly occupied by Bar-Cara but after the renovation you’d never know. It’s bright, fresh and modern – just like the menu.

We could go on and on about the food, but there are so many stories to tell about this place that we’d rather wait a bit for them and instead share a slideshow of some of our favorite dishes.

 For more Great Food Porn from Yellow Plum

Not to be missed is the signature cocktail : The Yellow Plum.

(Zubrowska vodka, fresh lemon juice, yellow plum syrup and lavender bitters.)

Yellow Plum 1099 Broad Street, Bloomfield 07003

Hours of Operation

Lunch : Tuesday - Friday 11:30 -2:30

Dinner: Monday -Saturday 5:00 - 10:00

Happy Hour: Tuesday-Thursday 4:00 - 7:00

Closed Sunday (spend time with your family:

Price Range: $$

Alcohol: New York City Quality at Suburban Essex Prices (that would be yes) 


Bottoms Up

Yellow Plum will not be open in time to participate in Bloomfield Restaurant Week, but they can't wait to be a part of the next one. Restaurant Week is August 4 to August 10 2013. Participating Restaurants will offer special prix Fixe menus for both lunch and dinner giving everyone the chance to experience the diversity of Bloomfield's culinary scene. For full details visit the Bloomfield Restaurant Week website. Also be sure to like Bloomfield Restaurant Week on Facebook. Devil Gourmet is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of Bloomfield Restaurant Week.


John Lee @johnleesandiego

About John Lee – Devil Gourmet's Front of House Manager The World of food is John Lee’s playground ~ the whole world! Having a Navy Dad gave John the passion to discover the world. Whether in one of Mr. Boeing’s flying machines, as an armchair traveler with a great book, or a plate beaming with the exotic flavors and fragrances, his day is all about discovering the world and sharing the stories with everyone he meets.



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1 Reader Reviews

  1. AnnePrince

    As a former frequent flyer of Bar Cara, I was really sad to see them leave, having been loyal customers since they first opened. BC was a great place to go with the girlfriends and to be able to sit at the bar and have some drinks and good eats and not feel like you were in the meatpacking district. Or at a shot and a beer joint (not that there’s anything wrong with them at certain times!) Much to my delight, the new owner, Yellow Plum, provides exactly the same ambiance as Bar Cara did.

    The food is a bit more eclectic that Ryan’s was and definitely does not have that “Italian” component that Bar Cara did, and while some people may be missing their old favorites (loved those pizza’s), I believe you can find interesting and creative new dishes from Chef Chris. I am really picky about my calamari and I was blown away by how good his was. Perfectly fresh, not chewy or heavily coated. I personally like mine plain with just a spritz of lemon juice and a little salt, but the sauce that accompanied it was very interesting. The scallops/chorizo were incredible and don’t get me started on the burrata and heirloom tomatoes! Just as I was getting used to (and trying) all of the items on the menu, they had the nerve and went and changed it on me! After I got over my initial disappointment, I have discovered how wonderful his oxtail ravioli is. And don’t get me started on the short ribs. Fall off the bone tender! He has a good burger accompanied with ancho chili fries that are perfectly done, crispy on the outside and pillow soft on the inside. This is not your normal yellow cheeseburger, but the one I ordered was perfectly cooked (medium-rare) and wonderfully juicy and flavorful. Definitely a 4 napkin burger! One of the more surprising dishes I had with my dining companion one night was his Chicken Fried Mako Shark with country skillet gravy over mashed potatoes and harcourt verts. When presented with this as a special for the night, I wrinkled my nose not being a fan of shark. Dennis (father and co-owner) brought us over a sample to taste and we were blown away. It was the best thing I have had to eat in a long time and would definitely eat it again and again and again.

    They have a good selection of wines and their cocktails are well made and generous in sprits. Cory and Erica do a great job, a dynamic duo tag team holding down the fort on the weekends. Are there still some kinks to work out, sure. But they definitely strive to make their customer feel like they are the most important person there and go out of their way to accommodate any requests or take the time to explain a dish or have the Chef come out to speak with them.

    To those of you who haven’t tried the Yellow Plum, I urge you to stop by one night to give it a try. To those of you who miss Bar Cara and think that it is just not the same, you’re right. It isn’t. But it is a unique and a wonderful addition to the burgeoning restaurant scene in Bloomfield.

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