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The coolest bars and restaurants in town

Published On 05/29/2013 Published On 05/29/2013
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1. American Cut 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Home to Iron Chef Marc Forgione's signature Tomahawk Rib Eye Chop, a 48oz steak that's been dry-aged for 28 days, and then awoken from its coma to find itself even more delicious.

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2. Azure 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

You'll find fresh seafood with French flair at this ultra-classy boardwalk hot spot. Snag a full tasting menu and wine pairing for around $150 per person, or lower that price tag and go a la carte.

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3. Distrito Cantina 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Food truck inside a casino? Amazing. Refuel here with mini tacos and fruit-infused tequila cocktails, by the glass or by the pitcher.

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4. Mussel Bar 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

From chef Robert Wiedmaier comes Mussel Bar in Revel, where you can feast on bivalves bathed in white wine, spicy Thai green curry, or melted Gruyere cheese. Mussel's got brunch, lunch, and dinner menus available, as well as a Belgian-centric brew list and cocktails.

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5. Buddakan 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

This upscale restaurant features trendy dim sum and sake that won't drain away all your gambling money before the slots can.

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6. Carmine's 2801 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Come for jumbo-sized margs and meals that're intended for sharing, if you're into that sort of thing.

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7. Fatburger 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (The Marina)

Soak up the booze in classic style with a burger and fat fries at this 24/7 joint.

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8. 28 West One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Atlantic City)

Named for its height above sea level, 28 West's a weekends-only gastrolounge rising up from the Borgata's former SeaBlue space and now serving a dozen sure-bet sandwich and small plate options like red onion-jammed cheddar burgers and beer-battered fish with duck fat chips, plus 22 craft brews to sink them down.

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9. Bill's Bar & Burger 777 Harrahs Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Brigantine)

Bill's does delicious burgers, shakes (boozy and not), and gooey cheese fries at a lower price point than most casino food. Plus, the resto offers a full bar and pitchers of specialty cocktails, while the attached Harrah's poker room does not.

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10. Luke Palladino 777 Harrahs Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Brigantine)

Expect farm-to-table freshness and an extensive wine list. Beat the house and go during happy hour: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:30pm to close, and Saturdays from 10pm to midnight.

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11. Old Homestead Steakhouse 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (The Marina)

This steakhouse institution boasts a 20oz burger and a 48oz porterhouse for two. Oh, and you can wrap pretty much anything you want in thick-cut bacon. Their list of 50 excellent wines under $50 will give the illusion you know what you're talking about.

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12. Chef Vola's 111 S Albion Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

This 85-year-old, family-owned Italian restaurant is super exclusive (complete with a secret side door), so you won't get in without a reservation made at least a month in advance. When you go, be sure to BYOB and prepare for an intimate dinner without any set menus.

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13. Teplitsky's 111 S Chelsea Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Teplitsky's is the Chelsea Hotel's retro-diner, and though it looks a bit more like the Jetsons than the 1950s, with these happy hour prices, no one's complaining.

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14. White House Sub Shop 2301 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Ducktown)

There's no mistaking this Atlantic City deli's raison d'être: a giant sign above the 1940s corner diner displays a neon-lit sandwich above the words, "home of submarines." You're not just here for a legendary foot-long though, you're here for the Italian Sub. Layers of peppered salami, ham, and thick-sliced provolone join the requisite toppings of lettuce, tomato, onion, and hot pepper relish before the whole shebang is drizzled with oil and dusted with oregano. A half-sandwich could easily constitute a meal at White House, but get the whole one anyway.

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15. Girasole 3108 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Girasole serves authentic Italian food in a beautifully decorated setting that prominently features the flower after which it is named.

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16. Tony Boloney's 300 Oriental Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (Boardwalk)

Normal pizzas fail in comparison to the inventive pies served at Tony Boloney's. Toppings include chicken and waffle; fig, homemade goat cheese, and local honey; and macaroni salad -- why forgo pizza for other food when you can simply put said other food on top of a pizza?