AT­LANTIC CITY: WHAT’S NEW

NEW NIGHTLIFE RES­TAU­RANTS AND AND MUL­TI­MIL­LION-DOL­LAR REN­O­VA­TIONS AT AT­LANTIC CITY’S TOP CASINO HO­TELS ARE KEEP­ING GUESTS EN­TER­TAINED BE­YOND THE GAMING TA­BLES. BY JES­SICA TZIKAS

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Back in ac­tion: New res­tau­rants and nightlife—and mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar ren­o­va­tions—at At­lantic City’s top casino ho­tels are keep­ing guests busy away from the gaming ta­bles.

TOP TA­BLES

In­spired by his child­hood, Iron Chef Michael Sy­mon opened An­ge­line, an Ital­ian-amer­i­can restau­rant in­side the Bor­gata Ho­tel Casino & Spa (1 Bor­gata Way; the­bor­gata.com), just be­fore Memo­rial Day. Cre­at­ing the feel­ing of a Sun­day din­ner with the fam­ily, the menu is full of com­fort foods like Mom’s Meat­balls and lin­guine and clams with pancetta, plus health­ier op­tions, such as sword­fish pre­pared on a wood-fired grill—all served in a homey at­mos­phere, lov­ingly de­scribed by Sy­mon (and de­signed by his wife) as “a space that gives off the same warm, cozy feel­ing [as my fam­ily ta­ble].” Ask for ex­tra nap­kins.

Jose Garces is back in AC for a sec­ond run with a trio of new con­cepts at Trop­i­cana (2801 Pa­cific Ave.; trop­i­cana.net). Okat­she of­fers sushi, small plates, yak­i­tori, and ra­men, along with 50 types of sake. At Olón, Garces gets back to his Ecuado­rian roots with a 43-seat ce­viche bar, five kinds of em­panadas, and wood­fired Wagyu skirt steak. The 60-seat Bar Olón is lo­cated be­tween the two din­ing rooms and of­fers a beer-cen­tric bar menu and laid-back beach vibe.

A shore sta­ple for more than two decades, the Ital­ian restau­rant Girasole (3108 Pa­cific Ave., 609-345-5554; gi­ra­soleac.com) marks its 25th an­niver­sary in

At­lantic City with cel­e­bra­tory events and spe­cial dishes all sum­mer long. Owned by lo­cal no­table Gino Iovino, Girasole is a go-to spot for happy hour, of­fer­ing sea­sonal small plates like cala­mari, arancini, pizza, and cros­tini—all just one block off the beach.

Across the way at Har­rah’s Re­sort (777 Har­rah’s Blvd.; cae­sars.com/ har­rahs-ac), Coastal Craft Kitchen is dish­ing out share-wor­thy com­fort food with a seafood twist. Think but­ter­milk-brined fried chicken with sam­bal slaw and what the restau­rant is billing as the city’s best burger. A week­end raw bar is packed with oys­ters, lo­cal clams, mus­sels, snow crab, king crab, and cold-wa­ter lob­ster, and Coastal’s new “Beats, Brews, and Brunch” spe­cial, ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day from noon to 5 pm, fea­tures lo­cal DJS and cock­tail spe­cials.

LAUGH IN

At­lantic City is again home to night­club-style stand-up com­edy with the de­but of the At­lantic City Com­edy Club at Play­ground Pier (1 At­lantic Ocean; at­lantic city­com­e­dy­club.com). Co­me­dian and pro­ducer Matt Bridge­stone opened the club in col­lab­o­ra­tion with his en­ter­tain­ment group and the New York Com­edy Club to bring shore­go­ers a place to catch head­lin­ers and new acts amidst a cool club vibe. In ad­di­tion to com­edy, the club of­fers a full bar and food, plus a DJ and af­ter­party for se­lect shows.

SUITE LIFE

This sum­mer, Har­rah’s Re­sort is all about the new and im­proved. The ho­tel just com­pleted a $30 mil­lion room ren­o­va­tion in its Bayview Tower, fol­low­ing the open­ing of the sta­teof-the-art Wa­ter­front Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the tower. Plus, a new fit­ness cen­ter and a com­plete ren­o­va­tion of The Pool at Har­rah’s, which will now have plush new daybeds and an up­dated sound sys­tem for your fa­vorite sum­mer per­for­mances.

NIGHT MOVES

Al­though not new to the scene, Golden Nugget’s The Deck and H2O Pool (600 Huron Ave. and Bri­g­an­tine Boule­vard; golden nugget.com/at­lantic­c­ity) have been re­vamped for the sum­mer. The out­door casino, The Deck, has live mu­sic and theme nights and is open ev­ery day of the week through­out the sea­son. Or cool off in a pri­vate ca­bana at the H2O Pool, now of­fer­ing mini spa treat­ments dur­ing the week. Else­where, Premier at Bor­gata and Ivan Kane’s Kiss Kiss Night­club at Trop­i­cana are both cel­e­brat­ing their one-year an­niver­saries all sum­mer long.

Bor­gata’s new An­ge­line dishes out Ital­ian fam­ily fa­vorites like lin­guine with clams and pancetta.

Raise a toast to Premier’s first an­niver­sary all sum­mer long. be­low: Back for its sec­ond sea­son is Bor­gata’s beer gar­den and out­door pool.

A trop­i­cal cock­tail at the new Coastal Craft Kitchen at Har­rah’s.

Jose Garces’s Okat­she at Trop­i­cana.

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