Note to readers: Revel, the upscale casino hotel in Atlantic City, did not live up to expectations and closed in September 2015, after two years and five months. Revel restaurants are now closed as well.
Now that Revel Is Closed, Where Does a Luxury Traveler Stay and Eat in Atlantic City?
If you're looking for a stylish getaway to Atlantic City, the pick now is The Water Club at the Borgata, the luxury wing of the splashy, upscale Borgata. To check out just how nice it is, see Luxury Travel's story about The Water Club at the Borgata. And find out what a luxury traveler can expect in Atlantic City, NJ
Revel made waves when it opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2012. Revel is a playground unto itself, with 1,800 quiet, modern rooms and suites; a vast, smoke-free casino; and an array of entertainment, social, and shopping experiences.
This oceanfront luxury resort has a lot going for it. But as deluxe a hotel as it is, Revel has outdone itself with its outstanding dining. Like the best resorts in Las Vegas, Revel offers guests a variety of beautiful and delicious restaurants and bars of various cuisines and price points. Guest should come hungry for Revel's food and beverage lures:
American Cut is NYC-based Iron Chef Marc Forgione's interpretation of the classic steakhouse. It offers premium beef cuts from legendary Jersey-based butcher Pat LaFrieda, aged and cooked to perfection with your choice of sauces. Prices are NYC-steakhouse-high, but so is the quality.
• Cuisine: Big-city American steakhouse
Atmosphere: Upmarket tavern, with sexy low lighting and a happy murmur
What to order: Hiramasa yellowtail tartare, Tomahawk ribeye chop for two or Surf & Turf for Two (with ribeye and chili lobster), Dad's Planked Salmon, potato purée a la Joel Robuchon
• Lucky in Revel's casino? Order foie gras on your steak
This ocean-view restaurant is as glamorous yet casual as chef Alain Allegretti's hometown. We speak of Nice on the French Riviera (called in France la Cote d'Azur.) The French Riviera cuisine at Azure by Allegretti, focuses on seafood and pasta, deliciously done.
• Cuisine: French-Mediteranean
• Atmosphere: Seductively plush yet modern
• What to order: Provençale fish soup, seafood risotto, roast chicken, cappuccino semifreddo
Amada is a Philadelphia export from the City of Brotherly Love's culinary superstar, Chef José Garcés. Amada at Revel is a larger version of the original restaurant in Philly, with a similar menu of Spanish tapas and entrees.
Amada's menu is authentic and deeply flavorful. Even when the restaurant is busy, the food is cooked with care and flair. Amada's earthy paella is the stuff of foodie dreams. Don't miss it.
• Cuisine: Spanish classics, from small tapas to shareable paellas, plus Spanish wine, cheese, and famed jamon Iberico ham
• Atmosphere: Spanish: shadowy yet sunny, with warm service
• What to order: Garlic shrimp, ham and fig salad, any paella, roast pig
What can't Philly celeb chef José Garcés do? From this Chicago-born Ecuadoran-American kitchen wizard comes a fiercely authentic Cantonese noodle bar.
And why is it so authentic? Because Chef Garcés devised the Yukoba Dim Sum & Noodle menu in close collaboration with Sally Song and her mother, Da Shihzou, who run Philly's knockout Dim Sum Garden.
Yukoba Dim Sum & Noodle perches beside Amada, and it is indeed a bar. Here's you can order soul-satisfying Cantonese noodle soups and dim sum bites. And, hey, this is Atlantic City! So Yuboka is open late, and serves a full bar. We recommend:
• Xiao Long Bao, Shanghai soup dumplings, served in bamboo steamers
• Pork ramen with pork belly and other goodies
• Wok-fried cumin lamb in the style of Szechuan and Mongolia
• The Hidden Dragon cocktail, with gin, melon, and Thai chile
Village Whiskey is Revel's José Garcés-run bar. The key to Village Whiskey is in its name: it's as relaxed as a hometown pub, with a stellar list of whiskeys (Scotch, Tennessee, Canadian, bourbon, rye). And with this chef in charge, the pub grub is unusually good. Open till 2am.
• Cuisine: Good booze, handcrafted cocktails, enlightened bar food you'd gladly eat for dinner
• Atmosphere: Comfy neighborhood bar (if yours has 72 whiskeys)
• What to order: Single-malt Scotch, roasted oysters, lobster mac, house Angus burger
Were you detecting a Mexican vibe? You're right. "Distrito" refers to el DF, or Distrito Federal, which is what Mexico City is called all over Mexico (Like DC for Washington, DC).
Distrito Cantina is a casual spot near Revel's casino floor, with a long counter, a margarita and cerveza bar, and a taco truck. It's an actual truck called Guapos ("cute guys").
• Cuisine: Fast, fun Mexico City snacks: tacos, enchiladas, guacamole
• Atmosphere: Bright and cheery; belly up to the taco bar or bag it for your room
• What to order: Tacos (duck barbacoa and pescado crispy fish), classic margarita or Negra Modelo beer
Mussel Bar by Robert Wiedmaier, one of DC's most honored toques, serves a taste of Belgium on this side of the Atlantic. The chef's heritage is Belgian, and Mussel Bar serves up spanking-fresh moules (mussels) and beer, in true Flemish roadhouse style.
• Cuisine: Belgian! Mussels and other shellfish, plus farm-to-table meat and produce
• Atmosphere: Rock 'n' roll! Live music four nights a week; the chef's Harley is suspended from the ceiling (he has others)
• What to order: Mussels 'n' beer! Plus crab & crawfish pepperpot soup, shellfish salad, build-your-own Bloodies at brunch
1950s Roman glamour comes to Atlantic City in the form of Lugo Cucino e Vina. This is LDV Hospitality's third restaurant at Revel, along with American Cut and Azure by Allegretti. To imagine Lugo's mood, think of Federico Fellini's classic film, La Dolce Vita (after which LDV named itself).
• Cuisine: Pizza, pasta, salumeria, all things wonderful and Italian
• The atmosphere: Buzzy, bubbly…Italian...air-kissy
• What to order: Mozzarella tasting, roasted beet salad, cavatelli malloreddus (Sardinian gnocchi), trofie (Ligurian pesto pasta), rosemary-marinated chicken
New Jersey celebrity chef Luke Palladino is the trusted kitchen master of Luke's, a quick-service, casual spot with cooked-to-order chow. It's open nearly round-the-clock, and has a bakery, coffee bar, and ice cream counters. Luke's Marketplace is a gourmet grocery and wine shop, ideal for composing your own feast for your Revel room.
• Cuisine: Italian and American bits and entrees, plus gourmet groceries to go
• The atmosphere: Snappy and stylish, with helpful service
• What to order: Stuffed hot dog, shrimp scampi, hangover pizza, 3-layer blackout chocolate cake
• Can you handle the WTF Waffle? It's loaded with ham, eggs, foie gras, braised short ribs, and mustard maple syrup
When you're at Revel, you're in New Jersey, and what would a Garden State visit be without a diner meal? Say "How you doin?" to Relish, described by Revel as "a diner with a pedigree."
You might describe Relish as a comfort zone. It's open 24 hours, like any self-respecting Jersey diner. There's never a bad time for honest-old-school diner chow like house-made corned beef hash with Jersey farm eggs, Jersey Shore fish and chips, and New York cheesecake.
More to love: Relish is bargain-conscious, offering
• Good bottles of wine for $20
• Super-low promotional prices on breakfast, burgers, Steak & Shrimp
Revel Atlantic City: For More Info
• Connect with Revel on its website
• Feast your eyes on Revel's dining pages
Where to Check Out Revel Atlantic City
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