The Best of Atlantic City Dining
Ten spots that will keep you dancing and imbibing long past midnight.
For fine dining, choose the grand dining room at Georges Perrier and Chris Scarduzio’s Mia, where the Italian-Mediterranean cuisine is sure to impress. After dinner, move to the bar for gourmet riffs on pizza and sliders, and wash them down with cosmos and sidecars until 1 AM. Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.
Late Night Latin Floorshows, featuring professional singers and salsa dancers, make this spot, in The Quarter at Tropicana Casino & Resort, a lively restaurant and rum bar without becoming an overtly clubby lounge. Plus, the drinks menu has more options (think exotic mojitos and more than 75 varieties of rum) than you’ll find at any bar. Groove between sets to burn off the 15 Tastes of Cuba chef’s tasting menu (available Sunday to Friday), which includes eight apps, three entrées, two sides and two desserts. 2801 Pacific Ave.; cubalibrerestaurant.com
As AC’s only high-end restaurant where every seat has an ocean view, Tropicana’s Fin is one of the most coveted rezzies in town. Partiers gather on the outside cigar deck with unobstructed ocean views while they munch on blue-crab-and-Mainelobster rolls, crispy Point Judith calamari and the popular seafood au gratin. Inside, the sushi and raw bar is a not-to-be-missed spectacle of icy towers of shellfish. And with that ocean vista, every table is a sure winner. 2831 Boardwalk
Stephen Starr’s ode to Asian fusion cuisine, Buddakan offers one of AC’s most intimate dining experiences in Opium Den, in one of its five mysteriously shrouded booths, or at the 24-foot communal dining table under a giant golden Buddha. We wonder if he enlightens guests with menu recommendations. The Pier Shops at Caesars
Michael Schulson’s acclaimed Izakaya infuses a lounge-type vibe with high-end Japanese cuisine, offering small plates for grazing at communal sushi and sake bars. Larger groups can opt for more intimate areas and the full dinner menu. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way