FOR A (DINING) ROOM WITH A VIEW, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN ATLANTIC CITY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS
Thanks to its location on a band of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Absecon Inlet, Atlantic City is surrounded by water. Restaurateurs have ample opportunity to capitalize on this asset by designing dining rooms and decks to maximize the “ooh” factor of the resort city’s priceless views. And with dining options from luxury to casual there is a restaurant with an ocean view to suit every taste. Here is a sample of options inside the casinos and around town. Inside the Casinos · Capriccio: One of the most acclaimed and highly regarded fine-dining establishments in Atlantic City for decades, Capriccio at Resorts is a Zagat-rated AC institution for Italian-food lovers. One of the best Sunday brunches in the city (9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.) is also offered. Resorts Casino Hotel capriccioatlanticcity.com · Chart House Atlantic City: Though all of the nautically themed seafood chain’s national locations perch atop or alongside a body of water, this is the only link that enjoys a “holy mackerel” view of the Farley Marina and the bay beyond. Golden Nugget Atlantic City goldennugget.com/atlanticcity · The Deck: Every Friday around sundown during the spring and summer, this is the place to find a jovial legion of devoted and longtime regulars, from boaters and locals to overnight visitors to the Golden Nugget. And why not? Set along the Farley Marina, The Deck merrily toasts the sunset with live classic rock bands, drink specials and can’t miss Old Bay crab dip. Golden Nugget Atlantic City goldennugget.com/atlanticcity · Dos Caminos: One of the best Mexican restaurants in Atlantic City, Dos Caminos is the home of killer margaritas, homemade guacamole and Mexican City-style quesadillas and gorgeous bay views. The high-energy atmosphere allows one to let loose while taking in some excellent nosh. Tequila aficionados: Heaven awaits! Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City www.harrahsresort.com · FIN: This fine-dining seafood destination doesn’t skimp on the view. At this locavore establishment, every table enjoys a sightline to the ocean many stories below. Tropicana Casino & Resort tropicana.net · Guy Fieri’s Chophouse: The Food Network star has brought his steakhouse concept to Atlantic City with Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, located at Bally’s. Overlooking the beach and Boardwalk, the restaurant features Fieri’s signature dishes with a NJ flair including Jersey Shore Clams Casino and the Cape May Fried Flounder. Flavor is key at this relaxed yet extravagant venue. Bally’s Atlantic City ballysac.com · Landshark Bar & Grill: Everything about Jimmy Buffet’s bar and grill reflects his carefree attitude, including the fact that as a restaurant built out onto the beach, views of the ocean and horizon surround it on three of four sides. It’s the only year-round beach bar in AC! Resorts Casino Hotel resortsac.com · Nero’s Italian Steakhouse: It’s hard to rank the most buzz-worthy draw at the newly expanded and upgraded Nero’s: the prime grade steaks; delicious pastas; fresh seafood selection; or the backdrop to it all — the ocean view lining much of the wall space. Caesars Atlantic City caesars.com · Poolside at The Water Club: For a water view in an indoor oasis the pool at The Water Club at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is a luscious option. An exclusive menu by the hotel’s Culinary Lifestyle Consultant, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian offers specialty dining while lounging poolside. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa theborgata.com · Robert’s Rooftop at Scores: Enjoy beautiful ocean views from high above the Boardwalk while savoring select dishes from the menu of Robert’s Steakhouse. Want to take a walk on the wild side? Venture inside for the gentlemen’s club entertainment offered by Scores. Trump Taj Mahal scoresac.com · Royal Albert Palace: Feast like a maharaja on authentic Indian cuisine while enjoying the views of the Boardwalk and beach. Enjoy chicken makahni, shrimp vindaloo, chicken curry and other traditional favorites. Vegan and vegetarian options are plentiful and diners can request the level of spice that suits their tastes. Trump Taj Mahal trumptaj.com Around Town · Back Bay Ale House: Craft beers and oversized margaritas pair better with seafood, sandwiches and breakfast when they’re consumed on an enclosable porch overlooking a marina and part of the AC skyline. Historic Gardner’s Basin backbayalehouse.com · Blue Water Grille: With windows that stretch from floor to ceiling, there’s almost no place in the dining room or at the bar that doesn’t boast a panoramic view of the Absecon Inlet and Brigantine Beach. Though the restaurant resides in the Flagship building of the FantaSea Resorts, a vacation condo building, property managers welcome the public for contemporary American breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Flagship fantasearesorts.com · Dining on the Fifth: Five stories below The Chelsea Hotel’s supper club lies the ocean, which brings pleasant distraction to diners when the pianist playing the white grand piano in the 1920’s themed restaurant takes a break. The Chelsea thechelsea-ac.com · Souzai Sushi & Sake: Serving up some of the best sushi and sashimi in town, with a bar team that knows its sake — Souzai is a casual spot located directly across from Phillips Seafood on the third level of the Pier Shops at Caesars. Graceful ocean views accompany happy-hour cocktails or sushi specials, as well as unforgettable lunch and dinner items. The Pier Shops at Caesars souzaisushi.net · The Twenties: Dine in an historic landmark that served legends such as Marilyn Monroe, Nucky Johnson, Princess Grace of Monaco, John F. Kennedy and Frank Sinatra. And don’t miss the 6th floor view of Brighton Park in front of The Claridge Hotel and the Boardwalk and beach beyond. The Claridge Hotel claridge.com · Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House: One of the city’s original craft beer draught lists can be sampled at the low-key and family-friendly bar and restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. vagabondac.com · Wonder Bar: Tucked into the Intracoastal Waterway, Wonder Bar’s low-lying tiki bar provides most of the action. Locals love the fact that this AC staple serves food until 6am in the summer. Visitors appreciate the convenient location, ample parking and boat docks for water access. In the winter months enjoy the more formal Sunset Room with floor-to-ceiling bayfront windows. wonderbarac.com The Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) is the destination marketing organization for Atlantic City, New Jersey dedicated to diversifying the visitor economy by increasing the number of leisure visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do. The ACA is a non-membership, private non-profit organization that accomplishes its mission through the “Do AC” marketing campaign, producing citywide events and destination image building by working with the media globally. Atlantic City’s official visitor web site along with DO AC social media channels and the DO AC consumer database are the go-to sources with travel deals, entertainment lineups, compelling photography, videos and visitor information that maximize travel and tourism opportunities encouraging visits to Atlantic City year-round. For more information visit www.doatlanticcity.com.
HUNDREDS OF STORES, THREE MAJOR SHOPPING AREAS AND ONE PLACE TO SHOW IT ALL OFF
Shop Atlantic City, NJ’s Impressive Retail Scene Then Dine, Drink and Do AC For great deals and a variety of shopping experiences smart shoppers head to Atlantic City. Each casino property offers their own unique shops or you can browse the Boardwalk for salt-water taffy and homemade fudge, souvenir stores and specialty shops. Shopping enthusiasts know that there are three shopping complexes to satisfy their retail fix. New shops at The Walk outlet mall, the latest styles and luxury lines at The Pier Shops at Caesars and Tropicana’s shopping and dining mecca The Quarter, allow shoppers to snap up fresh-from-the-runway fashions, update their family’s wardrobes and find the perfect gift. Here’s what those in need of retail therapy will find around town: TANGER OUTLETS THE WALK With more than 90 brand-name outlet shops and no tax on clothing, shopping at The Walk is guilt-free, tax-free and loaded with great finds. Newest addition Bass Pro Shops is a destination unto itself. Opened on April 15, the store is stocked with everything the outdoorsman/woman could possible need for hunting, camping, fishing and much more including a large boat showroom. Shoppers are greeted by a 13,000 gallon aquarium filled with indigenous sea life and murals depicting regional scenic locales. basspro.com/atlanticcity Exercise Your Plastic Men’s clothier Jos. A. Banks, trend-setter Abercrombie & Fitch, eyewear specialists Sunglass Hut, charm and bead specialist Pandora Jewelry, and music and pop culture inspired Hot Topic have joined Coach, J. Crew, DKNY, OshKosh, Brooks Brothers, Eddie Bauer, St. John and other retailers that have made The Walk a destination for savvy shoppers. Refuel After hours of retail therapy, shoppers can refuel at a number of local and nationally known restaurants located throughout The Walk. The newly-opened Wingcraft offers shoppers a welcome respite with a selection of local and national craft brews, more than nine varieties of wings, brick oven pizzas, salads, entrees and more. Or they can sip on a margarita while sifting through their purchases at Los Amigos where local chef Genero Castillo has developed a menu of creative and complex Mexican fare as well as Southwestern inspired items. More Reasons to Shop At The Walk, even the parking facilities can provide a fun shopping experience: The Wave Parking Garage, located at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway, is a convenient spot to stow your vehicle as well as home to the Noyes Art Garage of Stockton University. This spacious, light-filled emporium is lined from end to end with local crafts for sale in boutiques, art galleries, exhibit spaces and working artist studios. artsgarageac.com The Walk also offers shoppers convenient valet parking centrally located for access to all its shops with several options for free or discounted parking based on amount of daily purchases. In addition, members of the US or Canadian armed services and AARP and AAA members can present their ID cards to any merchant and receive a free coupon book entitling them to even deeper discounts. tangeroutlet.com/atlanticcity PIER SHOPS AT CAESARS The Pier Shops is the first stop for fashionistas who know that there is more to retail therapy than simply shopping. And the recently announced reimagining of the property as The Playground will bring a new and unique experience to AC. The new concept is designed to allow visitors to shop, dine and relax to the music or sports of their choice. The first phase scheduled to open this summer, T Street, will be comprised of live music venues on the first floor. Six themed music clubs will showcase buzz-worthy young acts in virtually every music and entertainment genre including country, rock, jazz, folk, rhythm and blues and comedy. thepiershopsatcaesars.com Exercise Your Plastic Situated on one of Atlantic City’s historic piers, The Pier Shops stretch out above the ocean offering sweeping sea and beach views that transform shopping into a special event. Even before hitting such lux boutiques as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Michael Kors and Tiffany & Co., shoppers can settle back in the Adirondack chairs placed near the windows and enjoy incredible ocean views. While keeping stocked with the latest styles is priority one, The Pier Shops’ retailers offer a wide range of services and specialty stores. Choose the perfect outfit for a night on the town at Gucci, Guess or White Lotus Boutique. Sports fans can find everything they need for game day at Sports City and Sports Collection. Techies can upgrade their cell accessories at The Apple Store, Cellairis or Cellularum. Refuel Need a quick pick-me-up? Stop at Starbucks for a latte and arguably the best views of any Starbucks in the U.S. For visitors who want the full AC experience, Stephen Starr’s nationally-renowned Buddakan and The Continental are among the full-service dining spots where the cuisine and cocktails are worthy companions to the romantic, seaside setting. Craving crabs? The legendary Phillips Seafood serves that and much more in this seaside locale where diners can watch the goings-on in the exhibition kitchen or enjoy the view of ocean waves crashing onto the shore. And at Souzai Sushi and Sake, weary shoppers can refresh on fresh, traditional Japanese dishes, creative cocktails, Asian beers and sake. THE QUARTER The Havana-themed shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife complex within Tropicana Casino & Resort celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014 and just keeps getting better. tropicana.net/quarter Exercise Your Plastic Make an impression during a night on the town with a new outfit from Francesca’s Collections or White House Black Market then finish off the look with a classic necklace from Erwin Pearl or glitzy sparkles from Swarovski. Guys can make a fashion statement of their own with AKA’s selection of top designers including Hugo Boss, Roar, Affliction and more. Surprise the kids with a bit of the beach from Seashore Kids. Their selection of dress-up gear, hand puppets, adorable rain gear and charming toys are a delight. For the ultimate Atlantic City souvenir, check out Zephyr Gallery’s 3D Monopoly game under glass where properties are marked by rhinestones, old-time graphic prints and other works by local and national artisans. Refuel Sugar highs await at Godiva and Lick, a colorful fantasyland of sweets. But for more serious sustenance, famished shoppers can hoist a signature mojito or caipirinha and sate their appetites with Cuba Libre’s Nuevo Cubano cuisine. Voted best steakhouse four years running by Casino Magazine, The Palm continues to serve its renowned aged prime beef, succulent Nova Scotia lobsters and hearty salads. Fans of Italian cuisine can treat their taste buds to authentic recipes at Carmine’s serving home-style Southern Italian specialties in extra large portions. More Reasons to Shop A trip to bluemercury Spa can revive even the most exhausted shopper. The highly-skilled therapists perform the brand’s world-renowned oxygen facials, revive tired muscles with therapeutic massages for singles or couples and offer a special selection of signature luxury body treatments. Coming this summer Tropicana will add a state-of-the-art fitness center, accessible from bluemercury, that will be Atlantic City’s first casino-based fitness complex available to hotel guests, employees and the general public. The Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) is the destination marketing organization for Atlantic City, New Jersey dedicated to diversifying the visitor economy by increasing the number of leisure visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do. The ACA is a non-membership, private non-profit organization that accomplishes its mission through the “Do AC” marketing campaign, producing citywide events and destination image building by working with the media globally. Atlantic City’s official visitor web site along with DO AC social media channels and the DO AC consumer database are the go-to sources with travel deals, entertainment lineups, compelling photography, videos and visitor information that maximize travel and tourism opportunities encouraging visits to Atlantic City year-round. For more information visit www.doatlanticcity.com.