With gems like the Orange Squirrel, Mes Reves, Anthony’s Cheesecake and Spice Thai Cuisine, the often overlooked community of Bloomfield has slowly been building its reputation as the culinary center of Northern New Jersey. Yellow Plum on Broad Street played a critical role in raising the township’s restaurant profile.
A family owned business, Yellow Plum became a neighborhood hang out, with a regular group of welcoming friends found at the bar several times each week. It was close to a suburban essex version of the Cheers bar. In the short time Yellow Plum was open, the restaurant received a Three-Star review from New Jersey Monthly and was named as Suburban Essex Magazine’s Best New Restaurant. For Cinco de Mayo 2014, Taqueria Autentica took over the Yellow Plum kitchen; the Mardi Gras celebration that same year featured alligator bites.
Chef Chris Lukic’s dishes will certainly be missed, but none more than the Macaroni and Cheese. With a flavor reminiscent of a childhood favorite, the beer-cheese sauce was a favorite in both the dining room and at the bar. The chorizo burger also changed the burger landscape in New Jersey.
A look back:
Yellow Plum was a part of Bloomfield Restaurant Week in 2014 and 2015, and was the first Bloomfield restaurant to participate in Taste of Montclair 2014.
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