Atlantic City is Stepping Up Its Game This Summer—Where You Need to Go
Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille in Atlantic City. (Photo: The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa)
Now that Revel — Atlantic City’s $2.4 billion mega-hotel and casino that opened two years ago — may shut down operations this summer, a traveler might think warily of visiting Atlantic City.
Nonsense. Put Revel behind you, like the bad beat you got on the river.
There’s plenty happening around Atlantic City. Here are our three picks of ways to enjoy AC without a thought given to gambling or bachelorette parties.
Wolfgang Puck is an Atlantic City veteran. Soon visitors will able to try dishes from Buca di Beppo, right.(Photos: The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Buca di Beppo)
1. Get in touch with a celeb chef
Two weeks ago, nearly every person at Borgata not at a blackjack table was clutching dishware emblazoned with a photo of Wolfgang Puck. Puck was signing books, hosting lunches and gamely posing for photos with any fan who shouted, “We love you!” at him.
Of course, Wolfgang has been in AC for years — but there’s a lot more celeb-chef sighting to do. Along with the Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival beginning July 25, which includes some really non-AC type celebs (Martha Stewart and Marcus Samuelsson), the spiky-haired Guy Fieri himself is opening up shop at Bally’s with Guy Fieri’s Chophouse. (Because if there’s one thing AC needs, it’s more steakhouses.) And that’s not the only place opening on the 4th: Martorano’s Italian-American Kitchen and Buca di Beppo are opening inside Harrah’s.
Saltwater taffy on the boardwalk. Photos: (Left) AP, (right) Angel Chevrestt