This summer's new dining options at the Atlantic City casinos are expansive, given the openings of Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, June 28. I headed down to scope 'em out. Ocean offered me a preview tour. Hard Rock did not, but its doors were open, so…
Here's a rundown of the food options.
The former Revel includes a reprise of two Jose Garces restaurants – Amada (Spanish, ocean views) and Distrito (Mexican, plus a taco truck) – plus a redo of the steak house American Cut and a new Italian seafooder called Dolce Mare (replacing Azure from the Revel days).
Garces' former Village Whiskey space will give way in about a month to a Wahlburgers. Rounding out the dining options: Villain & Saint, a rock-theme bar-restaurant (replacing Mussel Bar & Grille across from Distrito); Cafe 500, a 24-hour restaurant; SkyCafe, a bar-restaurant; Harper's, a bruncherie near hotel check-in; Zhen Bang Noodle & Sushi, replacing a spot called Plate across from Village Whiskey; La Scala, for quick Italian; and Pit Boss BBQ, replacing Garces' noodle house Yuboka next to Amada. Coming up this winter will be a buffet.
Note that a few weeks away is a cafe called Cereal Town, specializing in bowls of cereal. (You know those gamblers: Always after me lucky charms.)
The former Trump Taj Mahal across from Steel Pier, has — naturally — a Hard Rock Cafe, complete with 400 seats and indoor-outdoor stages.
Returning from the Taj days – but revamped – are the plush Robert's Steakhouse and Il Mulino (plus a casual Trattoria Il Mulino).
New options include Sugar Factory, a sweets-focused 300-seater with plenty of savory options; Council Oak Fish, a plush white-tablecloth seafooder; Kuro, a Japanese restaurant; Song, a Chinese restaurant; and Youyu Noodle Bar.