BY ADAM ERACE, BRIAN FREEDMAN, MARNI PRICHARD MANKO AND KRISTIN DETTERLINE-MUNRO| May 1, 2010 |
Food & Drink
What do No Doubt, Fergie and Mariah Carey have in common? They’ve all dropped by Mur.mur to party after performing at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (One Borgata Way, 609-317-1000). Paris Hilton is also an occasional hostess at the subterranean nightspot. Over at Caesars hot spot Dusk (2100 Pacific Ave., 609-348-4411), everyone from Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester to Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard has walked the red carpet before settling in for bottle service and DJ beats.
Atlantic City has miles of beaches to enjoy, but the real fun in the sun happens poolside. The Pool at Harrah’s Resort (777 Harrah’s Blvd., 609-441-5000) hosts some of the hottest late-night parties in town, where groups gather for cabana bottle service and a bar loft. Designer bikinis are de rigueur at the Chelsea’s (111 S. Chelsea Ave., 800-548-3030) swank pool scene, dubbed Cabana Club. Not to be outdone, guests at The Water Club (One Renaissance Way, 609-317-8888) bask beneath the sun, cocktails in hand, at one of two outdoor pools.
Casino restaurants are notorious for their supersize portions, but a few new spots are bucking that tradition. If sharable bites and drinks are what you seek, look no further than Alto Vino Wine Bar (2831 Boardwalk, 609-340-4000). Perched on the top fl oor of the Tropicana, the eatery offers gourmet cheese boards that make a perfect complement to some 30 wines by the glass. Also at the Trop is The Palm Restaurant, serving appetizers like oysters and Kobe beef sliders and martinis nightly.
Jack of All Trades
The Pier Shops at Caesars is getting a taste of New York with the new Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse (One Atlantic Ocean, 609-348-4100). Besides bringing 48-ounce slabs of beef to the boardwalk shopping spot, owner William Jack Degel is gearing up for Jack’s Burger Shack, a new counter-service concept serving all-natural burgers right next door. (Degel says plans for beach delivery are in the works). It’s the company’s fi rst venture outside NYC, but Atlantic City is familiar territory for Degel, who once worked at AC’s Convention Center.
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The Atlantic City area is home to more than 10 four-star public golf courses and three of the top 100 private courses in the US. We book our tee times at Atlantic City Country Club (One Leo Fraser Dr., Northfi eld, 609-236-4401), where Arnold Palmer and other golf greats have played.
It doesn’t hurt to know people in AC, especially when it comes to making dinner reservations. Fornelletto (One Borgata Way, 609-317-1000) is one of the Borgata’s top tables for its stellar wine selection and modern riffs on Italian pasta dishes (our menu faves: the artichoke and pea ravioli, the ricotta and crostini appetizer and any of the pizzas). SeaBlue, also at Borgata, is another spot serving inspired cuisine. We still love chef Michael Mina’s legendary lobster pot pie and pricey caviar selection.
Atlantic City has become home to more than a few fancy restos, but one dining destination has managed to retain its populist roots. White House Sub Shop (2301 Arctic Ave., 609-345-1564) still sets the regional gold standard when it comes to subs: WH’s Italian Supreme is a magnifi cent, gut-fi lling missile delivering a payload of Italian meats and cheese, peppers, oil and stinky-breath happiness. The bread alone is worth the trip.
First-Class Concert Venues
AC’s many performance spaces easily rival the allure of gaming these days. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Cher have all played sold-out shows at the historic Boardwalk Hall (2301 Boardwalk, 609-348-7000). Borgata’s Event Center (One Borgata Way, 609-317-1000) has just 2,400 seats, giving fans a chance to get up close to the likes of Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Jon Stewart and Lewis Black. And the Mark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal (1000 Boardwalk, 609-449-1000) has had its share of headliners as well—Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and Tim McGraw, among dozens more, have played here over the past 20 years.
No need to travel to NYC or even King of Prussia to scout out the hottest designer boutiques. The Pier Shops at Caesars (One Atlantic Ocean, 609-343-3199) is home to a droolworthy collection of luxury retailers boasting racks and racks of haute clothing and accessories. Burberry, Gucci and Louis Vuitton all call the Pier Shops home, as do Bottega Veneta and Baccarat.