Plenty of late night offerings also exist, including Tangier Restaurant and Lounge. Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing my friend Lucas Johnson-Yahraus perform as Revolution and the Make Believe with Tay Strathairn on Wurlitzer and Marina Darsallo and Duncan Mackay on back-up vocals. They played a set in the back room of Tangier and offered music, storytelling and complimentary milk and cookies.
Tangier offers dinner and entertainment seven days a week with a bar, courtyard, patio and lounge to choose from. The restaurant offers an elegant sit down experience while the bar tends to be more of a lively scene bursting with hipster types.
The actual Tangier – part of Morocco since 1956 – served as a gateway to many cultures from African to European. The restaurant reflects this in the cuisine, which varies with Italian-influenced dishes like Rock Shrimp Risotto to a Spanish Shrimp Cocktail and a delicious feta cube appetizer.
Food also available in the bar includes a range of appetizers like crab cakes, tempura calamari, sweet sesame shrimp and salmon rolls. Fresh salads range from the Tangier with feta, walnuts and raisins to the yummy Pear Endive with a pomegranate reduction.
Tangier manages to be funky and hip in the bar, suitable for a night on the town, or more calm and traditional in the dining area where you can have dinner and conversation. In fact, the venue works well as a two-part date, with a place to get to know someone and then hang out later at the bar and listen to live music or a DJ, depending on the night.
For more information, call (323) 666-8666 or visit www.tangierrestaurant.net.