Written By Zach Felder
A charming staff greets customers at Bleeker Street. Seating is provided at the ultra modern bar or at a table, both are pleasant. An event room is part of the layout for big gatherings. Performing an original act, a singer provides a romantic vibe to the restaurant, but families are also welcome. Plate glass adds to the prohibition decor of Bleecker Street. Feeling like a modern adaption of an illegal saloon in Boardwalk Empire with chandlers, brick walls and burgundy wood, Bleecker Street is located on Yolanda Avenue, in Tarzana, California.
Start with an appetizer. Their Daily Ceviche ($7), is freshly cut fish and shellfish. The catch of the day indicates what type of seafood is prepared. The calamari and lobster makes your mouth water. The succulent lobster with lime, makes you feel sublime. Every bite is as soft as silk. Fresh tomatoes bolster the dish with the perfect contrast of house made tortilla chips that have crunch.
Don’t forget to add the Truffle Fries ($7) that are fired to absolute perfection, in truffle oil, maintaining their crisp even when you take them home. The slight garnish of parmesan cheese, an unorthodox idea, works wonders in your mouth.
The healthy types would love the Farmers Market Chopped Salad ($14) The entire salad is essentially a plain salad, but with Edamame peas. It gives the Farmers market salad its own unique taste by having the crunch with the crisp adding a new element to the salad.
A honorable mention for the Bleecker Burger ($16). A classic burger, with juicy chuck boosted with smoked gouda cheese, which melts in your mouth like cheese whizz, and fresh tomato and crisp lettuce. Standing out is the garlic aioli, which gives flavor to the classic burger in a new dimension.
Pasta pomodoro ($16), is a basic angel hair pasta, with more fresh ingredients but lacks character the other dishes have.
Save room for the bread pudding ($8). Topped with whipped cream and a mint, the soft bread melts in your mouth, with the raisins that are ever so ripe, in a caramel sauce. The whipped cream is smoother and sweeter than a siren’s song. Mint gives the plate some character. The caramel sauce fluttered around the plate like a piece of art, giving a greater boost to the sugar content that is already high. This bread pudding creates a euphoric end to your great meal.
Bleecker Street is owned by Katie Ward and has been open for the past two years.
The kitchen is run by Mark Barron.
5442 Yolanda Ave.
Tarzana, California 91356
Lunch Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM
Dinner Sun-Thur 3PM-9PM Fri-Sat 3PM-10PM
Monday 3-7 Bar and Restaurant
Tuesdays-Saturdays 3-7 bar ONLY
Sundays ALL day Bar and Restaurant