It’s our favorite time of the year. It’s the week we get to experiment and try all of the restaurants we wither never tried before or can’t afford to try on a regular basis.
That’s right, Atlantic City Restaurant Week is back! And it’s better than ever as 83 restaurants are putting their best culinary foot forward to entice people into their restaurants not just for this week, but for future reservations, too.
From Sunday to Saturday, March 2 through 8, guests will get the chance to sample fine dining for a small price, as lunch menus are $15.14 per person and dinner will cost you $33.14 per person at every restaurant. When it comes to most locations, this flat rate includes a three-course meal, usually with sides. Considering that some participating restaurants’ entrees are more than double that price, it’s definitely worth a trip to Atlantic City.
New additions this year include amazing restaurants such as Luke Palladino Steakhouse & Seafood in Northfield and The Iron Room at Atlantic City Bottle Company, plus favorites including Knife & Fork, Mussel Bar, Robert’s Steakhouse and others will certainly be buzzing with business.
How do you choose? We took some of the work off your hands by picking our favorites and separating them into categories that are sure to make your choice easier to find. But, when it comes to A.C. Restaurant Week, who says you have to pick just one?
Amada: Iron Chef Jose Garces made the editor’s picks last year and it’s back on here and at the top of the list for its stunning variety of choices and value. Eight appetizer choices at the Revel restaurant include aged Manchego cheese with truffled lavender honey, ham croquettes and Galician white bean and ham stew. Then choose from nine items on the second-course menu such as seasonal fish, hanger steak, garlic shrimp and bacon-wrapped dates. End with chocolate cake with sherry caramel and pistachio or cheesecake with Meyer lemon sorbet and shortbread. And add a wine pairing for just 20 bucks.
Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub: This isn’t one of our top picks because of value, but because it’s one of the best restaurants in the city, and the Restaurant Week menu has some of its finest options, including chicken robatayaki with sage spicy mustard and the amazing spicy tuna cracker with scallion, jalapeno and nori for apps. Then the sweet crispy shrimp, beef short rib and sushi roll sampler are tough choices to make at this Borgata gem. Finish with the s’more tarte and the signature crispy rice sushi roll, which is basically vanilla ice cream, toffee, chocolate chip and peanut butter surrounded by Rice Krispies.
Knife & Fork: One of the greatest restaurants has been around forever for a reason. And Restaurant Week is the time to really experience why it has withstood the test of time with great lunch and dinner menus. Items such as the crab and corn chowder, filet mignon and cider-glazed bone-in pork chop plus white chocolate cheesecake and brownie bottom peanut butter pie will provide the answers.
The Palm: One of our favorite steakhouses is surprisingly not offering lunch this year, so make up for it at dinner with escargot-stuffed mushrooms and steakhouse bacon. Then hit the entrees including seafood risotto, prime skirt steak and the best chicken parm in South Jersey. And the chocolate bourbon tart and trio of cannoli sound great at this Trop eatery.
Steve & Cookie’s: An annual go-to place for us, this Margate institution and one of the finest restaurants in South Jersey doesn’t change its Restaurant Week menu much because everyone has their favorites and would get mad. Start with risotto fritters or lobster mac and cheese, then choose from one of five entrees, including the stellar Jack Daniels-glazed double-cut stuffed pork chop with Granny Smith apple, applewood-smoked bacon, farmhouse white cheddar and ample-roasted sweet potato and crispy parsnip. And don’t leave without devouring the peanut butter pie.
Dock’s Oyster House: One of the oldest and respected dining institutions in the city, you can enjoy all the sea has to offer here, with appetizers including asparagus and crab soup and main-course dishes including baked flounder, pan-sauteed crab cakes, panko-crusted Chesapeake oysters and pecan-crusted salmon, plus grilled filet mignon for all you meat lovers. If the menu looks familiar, it’s exactly same as last year. Joe’s cheese pie, key lime pie and Bailey’s chocolate mousse are worth trip alone.
Fin: This Tropicana restaurant is not only one of the best seafood restaurants in town, it’s one of the best restaurants in town period. Appetizers include the best Maine lobster bisque you will ever have, equally awesome Cape May clam chowder and two salads. A nice variety of entrees include jumbo lump crab cake, 28-day aged filet mignon, Faroe Island salmon and Jersey flounder Francaise. You’ll have to save room for dessert with Fin’s chocolate jubilation cake, lemon cheesecake and crème brulee.
Ram’s Head Inn: This legendary, classic gourmet destination has nice options for lunch and dinner. For lunch, homemade spaetzle is an intriguing option for a starter, plus entrees include lobster ravioli, veal scaloppini and the signature chicken pot pie. Dinner options include steamed littleneck clams and a jumbo lump crab cake for apps, plus crabmeat imperial, jumbo stuffed shrimp, salmon Wellington and filet mignon for entrees.
Robert’s Steakhouse: The best steakhouse in the city and one of the most expensive restaurants in A.C. will wow you with its decor and service and have you raving even more about Executive Chef Will Savarese’s food, which includes grilled shrimp with ruby red grapefruit for an app, and entrees including surf and turf (filet and crab cake), orecchiette pasta with roasted cauliflower and herb and caper tournedos of salmon. Great desserts at this Trump Taj Mahal restaurant include crème brulee, sorbet and chocolate gateau with chocolate-raspberry buttercream.
New Kids on the Block
Casa Taco & Tequila Bar: The new Mexican option at the Tropicana offers fun takes on authentic cuisine for lunch and dinner. The reason to hit lunch is the steak chimichanga, but dinner seems the way to go with Mexican-style seafood soup and short rib empanadas to kick thins off. Then a New York strip, bronzino, and Molcjate Polo – fajita-style chicken served in a lava rock with a spicy tomato broth – raise things up a notch.
The Cellar 32: This Brigantine go-to spot for wine features great lunch and dinner options that include sandwiches and pizza for lunch. Dinner is way better here including clams casino and firecracker shrimp for apps, and entrees such as a crab cake platter, whiskey BBQ Scottish salmon, blackened yellowfin tuna and shrimp and crab scampi. Plus there are five choices for dessert including molten turtle cake and peanut butter pie.
Iron Room at the Atlantic City Bottle Company: The speakeasy featuring Chef Kevin Cronin’s creative menu includes bay scallop crudo, steak tartare and cheese croquettes before you move on to entree choices including the dynamite chicken and waffles, braised pork belly and seared Atlantic pompano. Sweet potato funnel cake sounds about perfect.
LP Steak Steakhouse and Seafood: Luke Palladino’s new offering and his first steakhouse offers extra value because it’s a BYO joint. Good luck choosing from the handcrafted pierogies, real potato skins with truffle fondue and other app choices. Entrees include the 12-ounce black angus ribeye, a fish of the day, cracker-crusted mascarpone crab cakes and a dry-aged burger. The seven-layer roasted peanut chocolate cake and housemade maple bacon gelato will wow you.
Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House: This pub known for its great beer selection also has some killer food. Lunch is a great option here with New England clam chowder and other soups and salads. Six options for lunch include the signature Vagabond burger, a turkey apple brie sandwich, crab cake sliders and The Cuban. Plus Jim Bean banana cake.
Value Casino Dinner
Luke Palladino: The local celebrity chef’s eponymous restaurant at Harrah’s is real value here considering how pricy its regular menu is. Start with the signature truffled grissini – breadsticks brushed with white truffle butter and grated parmesan cheese and wrapped with prosciutto or the best arancini you will ever have. Then move on to the homemade potato gnocchi, braised pork ribs with salsa al diavalo or the Sicilian mixed grill and then finish the tiramisu. Find out why Palladino is one of the best chefs in South Jersey.
Morton’s: Because Morton’s is so pricy, Restaurant Week is one of the only times of the year we dine there. The expensive steakhouse chain inside Caesars returns with the same menu as last year, including baked five-onion soup, honey chili-glazed salmon, double-cut prime pork chop, 6-ounce filet and double chocolate mousse.
Mussel Bar: Perhaps the best all-around restaurant in Atlantic City, Washington, D.C., culinary icon Robert Wiedmaier’s Belgian roadhouse’s dinner menu shows the Revel bar and restaurant’s eclecticism. With four choices for apps and entrees, the best bets are the Wild Gulf shrimp bisque that is brandy-flamed with spicy dried tomato tapenande and crab-spiced oyster crackers and the signature white wine Blue Bay mussels with roasted garlic parsley and cream. For dinner, the Cave Aged Gruyere Mussels with fingerling potatoes, pancetta, gremolata and garlic leek broth and Chef Dean Dupois’ famous Kobe beef burger with smoked mozzarella and BBQ tomato jam on a homemade brioche bun will have you returning all year.
Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar: The revamped, longtime steakhouse at Caesars can be pretty expensive, so take advantage of this great Restaurant Week offer with items sucha s the new escargot crostini and the classic crab and shrimp Louis for starters. Entrees offered include pretzel-crusted flounder, filet mignon and a mixed grill of Kobe ribcap, Cape May scallop, Gulf shrimp and grain salad. The warm chocolate cake, crème brulee and steakhouse cheesecake are bonuses.
Scarduzio’s: Famed Philadelphia chef Chris Scarduzio’s great steakhouse in Showboat Casino-Hotel will normally set you back a pretty penny. But for Restaurant Week, he gives you plenty of choices, including sushi chef Armiyanto “Harry” Setiyaki’s king crab roll with spicy tuna garnish and chicken lemongrass dumplings with ginger soy dipping sauce as well as choices of soups and salads. Entree standouts include mustard-crusted Norwegian salmon, English Cut prime rib, braised shortrib and Scarduzio’s amazing homemade cavatelli. Peanut butter lava cake sounds like a not-too-shabby ending.
Value Casino Lunch
6ix, A Bistro: Bally’s cafe offers interesting lunch options including a jalapeno Jack fritter with mole dipping sauce for a starter, and the A.C. Seafood Fry withcrab cakes, clam strip and fries, or mussels and more. Dessert includes various cake options.
Bill’s Bar & Burger: Harrah’s stellar burger joint doesn’t have too many options but the ones they have are delicious, including a first course option of nachos or spinach dip. Choose between a Bill’s burger or a kobe burger with brie cheese, apple butter, caramelized onion and sauteed spinach. Grab a cookies and cream milkshake or apple pie milkshake for dessert.
Carmine’s: The famed New York-based Italian restaurant inside the Trop can also be on the list for great menu variety. Appetizers include stuffed mushrooms and three salads. Choose a lunch-size pasta from nine options such as clam sauce, rigatoni and broccoli, meatball, ravioli and Bolognese. Plus there’s chocolate-dipped cannoli and tiramisu.
Crossroads @ House of Blues: One of the more fun lunch options, Showboat’s themed eatery includes a lunch menu boasting shrimp and grits, penne Bolognese, chocolate mousse and key lime pie.
Metropolitan: Borgata’s cafe is the place to go if you’re looking or a great burger stuffed with pepper Jack cheese, a shrimp Po’ Boy with butter pickled apples or grilled chicken salad with grapes, candied walnuts and micro greens on a croissant. Finish with cake pops because you won’t find them anywhere else.
Michael Patrick’s Brasserie: Golden Nugget’s cafe has plenty of options for lunch and dinner, with lunch standouts including fried mozzarella and chicken quesadillas for apps, plus Michael Patricks’s Burger, chicken pot pie and fish and chips for the second course. Finish with coconut cream pie.
Village Whiskey: Iron Chef Jose Garces’ casual burger and whiskey destination is one of the best places for RW lunch, offering deviled eggs, tater tots and herb cherry tomatoes to start, then delivering its 8-ounce Village Burger, a veggie burger, a Cobb salad or BBQ pork Sammy for an entree, then sealing the deal with chocolate cake.
Value Non-casino dinner
Assagio!: The former Tre Figlio has nice buzz for its authentic Italian cuisine, and its Restaurant Week menu is a winner with pan-seared scallops wrapped in prosciutto, broccoli rabe and sweet sausage and eggplant rollatini for the beginning course. Then Pasta Assagio! With a trio of homemade pastas including gnocchi in alfredo sauce, cappellini in a rosa sauce and cheese ravioli marinara sounds like the best bet. But you can also have broiled stuffed flounder, chicken with mushrooms in a Dijon alfredo sauce or veal with arugula, tomato and roasted pepper salad.
Blue Water Grille: with great views of the inlet and Brigantine, the menus for lunch and dinner are worth trying out. But you really save bucks at night with four appetizer choices including lobster bisque, clam chowder, pan-seared mini crab cakes and Thai chicken satay. The generosity continues with a whopping, 20-ounce Delmonico steak, seafood fra diablo and surf and turf with a six-ounce filet and matching-size broiled lobster. Finish with either bread pudding and fried sugar in raw banana and that’s one of the best deals of the week.
Johnny’s Cafe & Martini Bar: Although Johnny’s has one of the best lunches of Restaurant Week, this Margate success story really bnings the value for dinner with appetizers such as Owner Johnny Liccio’s famous Nonna’s meatballs, lobster mac and cheese, sesame-seared tuna and burata. Entrees such as orechiette pasta with sausage, shrimp broccoli rabe and aioli sauce, as well as seared scallops and filet mignon with amazing mashed potatoes.
Joseph’s Restaurant: Renault Winery destination is keeping things extravagant for lunch and dinner. Dinner options include appetizer choices of mussels, burrata and flatbread with cheese and mushrooms; main-course options include pasta with crab, shrimp and cherry tomatoes in a saffron broth as well as mahi mahi, pork chop Milanese and eggplant Napoleon. Check out the tiramisu cheesecake and the warm bread pudding.
Phillips Seafood: Located inside The Pier Shops at Caesars, Executive Chef Paul ryan impresses with great menus for lunch and dinner. Early-day attractions include the Chesapeake crab cake sandwich and fish tacos. At night, the coconut shrimp is the go-to app, with entrees including Phillips famous crab cakes, and surf and turf.
Smithville Inn: This historic restaurant, dinner really stands out with pan-fried cheesteak dumplings, spicy shrimp with hummus, duck confit lettuce wraps and more for starters. Try the lobster tail or hanger steak, swordfish and veal medallions before ending with cherry chocolate cheesecake or bread pudding.
Tomatoe’s: At this hot spot in Margate, you can sample their great sushi – Atlantic City roll, which is spicy California roll topped with shrimp – butternut arancini and a special flatbread of the day. Then sink your teeth into a sushi plate, pan-seared salmon or pasta, then banana spice cake to end things .
Value Non-casino lunch
Atlantic City Country Club: Ed Daggers never disappoints for lunch or dinner, but go to lunch and sit in the historic Tap Room overlooking the gorgeous golf course and feast on award-winning shrimp and crawfish gumbo, General Tso’s chicken wings, chicken pot pie, the signature crab cake served on a sweet corn cake, braised short ribs, grouper tacos, butterscotch pie and lemon Bavarian in almond cookie.
Bocca Coal Fired Bistro: Margate’s spot with great pizza will be a lunch stop for us thanks to lobster bisque and buffalo chicken rangoons to get the meal started. Then the Ahi burger, cheesteak, coal-fired pizza and chicken sacchetti Florentina will make for some tough choices.
Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern: Fred & Ethel’s fun lunch menu in Smithville includes starters such as Mezzalina Mozzarella with roasted red pepper bruschetta and balsamic reduction, chipotle honey wings and bang bang shrimp. Add Mahi salad, apple Jack burger with apple bourbon chutney, Gouda cheese and bacon or Southwest chicken salad wrap, and that’s as good as it gets. No, wait, you can also have sugar cookie bread pudding or chocolate mousse.
Grill Room at Seaview: The country club atmosphere offers a nice lunch menu that includes appetizers such as Seaview clam chowder, watermelon salad and Caesars salad. Then tough choices include a burger with cheddar and bacon, a South Philly pork sandwich, bruschetta pizza and a stuffed portabella mnushroom.
W.L. Goodfellows & Co.: Galloway’s one-stop shop for a variety of great food and drinks offers an impressive lunch spread with red pepper risotto balls, mozzarella planks, onion soup or Caesar salad to start. Devour the Goodfellow Burger with aged cheddar cheese and applewood-smoked bacon, classic meatloaf or stuffed rigatoni and meatball before trying the chocolate brownie cheesecake or key lime pie.
American Cut Steakhouse: Iron Chef Marc Forgione holds nothing back with his creative take on a classic American steakhouse. Dinner appetizers such as tuna tartare, OG 1924 Caesar salad, or Schaller & Weber bacon sound like the perfect lead-in to a 10-ounce filet mignon, Bell & Evan’s chicken under a brick, or Dad’s salmon served with seasonal sides.
Gallagher’s Steakhouse: Finely aged beef is always on the menu along with fresh seafood, too. Dinner entree choices include an 8-ounce coriander-crusted filet mignon, salmon with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise sauce, or pork tenderloin with a ginger sauce.
The Reserve Seafood & Steak: Known for steaks and seafood with amazing views of Atlantic City. Apps include as iceberg wedge, crab bisque, or crispy fried calamari before tucking into a roasted filet mignon, stuffed Jersey flounder, or red wine braised short rib. Vanilla bean crème brulee and Reserve cheesecake are two favorite desserts.
The Steakhouse: Award-winning, USDA certified prime, black angus are all terms you really want to hear about your favorite steakhouse. The staff will help you pair each course with a special wine. Caramelized pear salad, braised beef short ribs, bourbon-brined BBQ chicken, and roasted sea bass. Fresh berry tart for dessert.
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse: You don’t have to be a high roller to appreciate this special low dinner price for three courses. Classic appetizers include caesar, iceberg wedge, or lobster bisque. Entree choices are petite filet mignon, Chicken Paige, or shrimp scampi. Desserts: Key lime pie, cheese cake, and house ice cream or sorbet.
Atlantic City Bar and Grill: Dinner appetizers include mini crab balls, mussels red or white, lobster bisque and Maryland crab soup. Entree choices include lobster tail, filet mignon, N.Y. strip steak, and zuppa de pesce with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, and calamari. How can they do that for only $33.14 per person?
Back Bay Ale House: Got the long winter blues? Try some Key West style in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardener’s Basin. Cream of crab soup at lunch or dinner is a must. Seafood samplers, Jamaican jerk chicken. Key lime pie or cheese cake is on the dessert menu.
Broadway Burger Bar: Of course they offer an 8-ounce prime Angus beef burger. Of course it is served on a brioche bun. Of course it has lettuce, tomato, and french fries with it. Of course they offer 60 craft beers, specialty cocktails and adult milkshakes.
Grotto Restaurant: Try some authentic Italian cooking in a comfortable trattoria-style setting. Lunch and dinner favorites include everything from cannelloni appetizers to ravioli alla vodka. Be sure to save room for a slice of mezzanotte cake or coconut cream pie.
Sammy D’s: A restaurant that advises you to “play with your food?” That means mix and match your Restaurant Week dinner with empanadas made with BBQ pork, manicotti in the Sicilian style or an Island spiced tilapia. Desserts include a caramel apple walnut cake.
Great Menu Variety
Girasole Ristorante: Whether it is the pasta e fagioli, the pizza Margherita, or the braciola e gnocchi, everything about Girasole is authentic Italian. Carpaccio Girasole offers warm, thin slices of filet mignon with artichoke, asparagus, shaved Parmigiana and truffle oil. Carpaccio tonno is made with thin, raw slices of yellowfin tuna, sun-dried tomato, scallion and black olives. All the desserts are homemade, too.
Inn at Sugar Hill: Always intimate and romantic with warm fireplaces and a view of the harbor. Perennial favorites jumbo lump crab cake are offered at both lunch and dinner. Meyer Ranch beef comes in the form of meatloaf with mushroom gravy at lunch and as an 8-ounce seared sirloin at dinner. White chocolate bread pudding is just one great choice from the dessert selection.
Los Amigos Restaurant: The place where Mexican, Southwestern, seafood and, of course, margaritas come to hang out together. Offerings include tacos, flautas, and chile Mexicana and an intriguing sounding Ultimate Burrito Divorciada made with grilled chicken rolled in a flour tortilla, along with Jack cheese, Mexican rice, black beans, sour cream, lettuce, verdes sauce and salsa roja. Oh!
Rainforest Cafe: A theme restaurant with food the entire family will love. Try the seaside clam chowder, Planet Earth Pasta or chicken fried chicken at lunch. Dinner- time choices include dynamite shrimp or chili con queso appetizers; entrees include parmesan shrimp pasta and pot roast. Save room for chocolate indulgence or Tribal cheesecake.
Arturo’s: Bally’s version of Little Italy is open for dinner with appetizer selections of Vongole oreganata or escarole and meatballs. Entree offerings include chitarra con Caposante with scallops and baby zucchini, messerighe Paesana, made with small rigatoni pasta, sauteed sausage, broccoli rabe and tomato sauce; swordfish “Spada” Marechiaro, with clams and Sardinian couscous or coteletta di Manzo Piemontese, made with breaded and pan fried beef cutlets topped with prosciutto and Fontina cheese, with creamy polenta and pomodora sauce.
Casa di Napoli: Signature dishes served in a fresh and simple manner. A house salmon pastrami served with Italian potato salad or mushroom and Boston Bibb salad with warm goat cheese are perfect starters for any meal. Entrees such as a filet mignon crusted with blue cheese, flounder Almondine with housemade mushroom ravioli, and duck breast served with polenta and portobella flan with blueberry port wine sauce are available at dinner only. Chocolate hazelnut crunch cake is the dessert.
Forneletto: Chef Stephen Kalt must have a cousin in South Philly. His dinner-only menu includes a 9th Street Italian Market chopped salad made with olives, chick peas, cucumber, tomato, radicchio, and soppressata. Chicken parmigiana, monkfish Francese, and a scrumptious veal “osso bucco” ravioli are possible second courses, with a classic tiramisu among dessert choices.
Il Verdi: Northern Italian cuisine is the thing at the Tropicana’s entry into fine Italian cuisine. Insalata Caprese, straciatella di pollo, cavatelli alla Bolognese, vitello al prosciutto, petti di pollo Trifolato, filetto di Manzo al gorgonzola e finocchio and salmon di Susanna all sound Italian to us. And amaretto cheesecake. Grazie.
Lugo Italian: Contemporary versions of classic Italian dishes are a mainstay at Lugo Italian. Chose from Caesar salad, Lugo meatballs or fritto misto of fried calamari, shrimp, and zucchini with marinara as a starter. Main course meals of pappardelle alla Bolognese, chicken parmigiana or seared organic salmon are next. One word: cannoli.
Trattoria Il Mulino: Italian cuisine is amazingly different from region to region. Abruzzese cooking is simple and rustic. At lunch, ricotta meatballs in tomato sauce or rice balls makes for a hard choice. Dinner entrees include chicken in crusta, risotto porcini, fish del giorno, or gnocchi in a Bolognese sauce.
Mia: Begin your meal with a bowl of Italian wedding soup, then choose between a creamy wild mushroom black truffle risotto, the Norwegian salmon a la plancha with butternut squash puree, or a free-range chicken breast with mixed wild mushroom marsala and garlic sauteed broccoli rabe. Assorted Italian cookies or crème brulee for the perfect finish.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Among the first steakhouses to stake a claim to Atlantic City a few years back. Begin with a Louisiana seafood gumbo, steakhouse salad or apple, walnut and blue cheese salad. Then get serious with a 6-ounce petite filet, a 12-ounce pork chop, an 8-ounce salmon filet, a 16-ounce stuffed chicken breast or some blackened sea scallops with a Cajun bearnaise sauce. How do you choose between chocolate sin cake and creamy homemade cheesecake?
Buddakan: Modern Asian cuisine served in a Chinese village setting makes for a dreamlike experience at Buddakan. At dinner, choose from Cantonese spring rolls, chicken and ginger dumplings, or an Asian Caesar salad with spicy cashews; entree choices are Alaskan King salmon with miso mustard, wok cashew chicken, or wasabi crusted filet mignon. Zen-ful donuts with sweet cream, banana and chocolate sauces couldn’t hurt.
Cuba Libre: A special tapas menu offers a choice of two tapas, an entree and two desserts for one low price at this Tropicana destination. Choose between malanga fritters, yucca fries, black bean soup, Barrio Chino chicken wings, papas rellenos, tostones and more. Suntanned salmon, pompano a la plancha, and arroz con pollo are just a few of the possible entrée selections. Desserts are chocolate torte, tres leches, and Cuban flan.
Dos Caminos: Modern Mexican cuisine includes popular appetizers such as Mexican chopped salad and ceviche, and entrees such as chiles rellenos, tacos al pastore, chipotle braised brisket and camarones Cozumela. Desserts include chocolate tarta and chocolate-covered pretzel flan.
Lillie’s: Go for the Cantonese and Szechwan spices, traditional noodle dishes, and the sushi bar. Lunch and dinner options include hot and sour soup or sushi rolls. Entree choices include beef chow fun at lunch and Singapore rice noodle at dinner. Pineapple cheesecake sounds good, too.
Nanking: An Asian fusion menu allows diners to choose from a wide range of cooking styles and influences. At lunch, try the chicken satay, basil ginger beef, and green tea cheesecake. At dinner, drums of heaven or chili paneer and an entree of filet mignon pepper steak or sun-dried creamy shrimp.
Noodles of the World: Borgata’s noodle house offers a prix-fixe lunch menu at $15.14, with first-course choices of edamame, kim chi, or chicken satay; soup choices of hot and sour or vegetable; mains such as Hong Kong beef fried rice, kim chi fried rice, pork lo-mein, and chicken pad Thai.
Sofia: Mediterranean flavors abound on the dinner-only menu for Restaurant Week. Appetizers include Greek favorites spanakopita, saganaki and haloumi. Entrees include pasta Aphrodite with jumbo lump crab, and their signature dish Seafood Plaki, made with Chilean sea bass and jumbo shrimp with kalamata olives, feta cheese, potatoes, and an ouzo tomato sauce, served in a terracotta pot.
Azure by Allegretti: If you are not already wintering in St. Tropez, stop in at Revel for a taste of sunshine and deep blue seas. Dinner options include paccheri, a veal ragu with wild mushrooms, pan-seared organic salmon with Swiss chard, or the free-range chicken with spinach spaetzle. Dessert is a chocolate mousse cake with raspberry coulis and Chantilly cream.
Chart House: Golden Nugget’s location is No. 30 in a company that has been in business for 50 years. They must be doing something right. Dinner-only choices include Caesar salad or clam chowder, braised short ribs, shrimp scampi, or bronzed mahi, and a mini lava cake for dessert.
Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood: Touted as combination oyster house, sports bar and seafood shack, and owned by one of Atlantic City’s famous restaurant families, Harry’s is offering seafood classics such as clam chowder and chicken salad and oysters at lunch and an oyster sampler and fish and chips at dinner.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Aged steaks, fresh seafood, local ingredients. What more could we ask for? Oh, special price! At lunch, try the pretzel-crusted flounder or mustard-crusted salmon. At dinner, steak and lobster, chicken Francaise, or pancetta seared salmon. A Northwest three berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream to finish.
Latz’s by the Bay: There must be a reason why the Latz family restaurants have been so successful for four generations. Two reasons are great hospitality and creative food. Open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday during Restaurant Week. Start with one of Latz’s famous soup or salads, finish up with a slice of double chocolate cake with whipped cream.
Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking: Without missing a beat, the atmosphere at the new Central Square location feels like coming home again. Many of Luke’s signature dishes are available at dinner: truffled grissini, peppers alla Nonna, Bartolini Farms Umbrian heirloom bean soup, potato gnocchi, and whole wheat strozzapreti. Housemade gelati or tiramisu for dessert.
Red Room Cafe: With Northern and Southern Italian cooking covered, the chef places a special emphasis on seafood, too. Try the pulpo and calamari, grilled octopus and squid or the eggplant stack made with tomato and fresh mozzarella. Entrees include farfalle di mare, Veal Sorrentino, and chicken Vincenzo. Don’t leave without a cannoli.
Sage: Chef Lisa Savage provides plenty of surprises on her Restaurant Week menu featuring appetizers from a Mediterranean meze plate with grilled pita to edamame falafel. Entrée choices of half-roasted duck with sun-dried cherry sauce, a 12-ounce grilled pork chop with apple compote, or butternut squash risotto can be followed up with ricotta donuts, chocolate truffle torte, or a slice of key lime pie.
Capriccio at Resorts Casino Hotel: Dinner plates include linguini alla vongole, pollo alla Francese, vitello parmigiano, strozzapreti alla Bolognese and fileto di Manzo. The dessert selection is as colorful as the savory menu with choices such as pane budino al coccolato, gelati e sorbetti, Meyer lemon semifreddo, seven-layer cake, cheesecake and more.
Evo Restaurant: Savory menu leans Italian both traditional and modern, the dessert menu is more international. Dutch chocolate cake, housemade crème brulee and New York-style cheesecake are among the choices.
The Melting Pot: Choice of decadent chocolate fondue for dessert includes strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispie Treats, marshmallows, pound cake, or brownies dipped in milk, dark, or white chocolate. Adults might add Disaronno, Baileys, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Chambord, or Tuaca.
Continental: Tapas menu with inventive desserts. Offerings include a peanut butter cup made with chocolate peanut butter mousse, chocolate crunch, and caramel; beignets and berries with elderflower honey; or apple cheesecake spring rolls.
Wolfgang Puck American Grille: Choices include melting chocolate truffle cake with ice cream or carrot cake with ginger scented ice cream, finishing a third course at dinner only should not be much of a problem.
(L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
6ix A Bistro, Bally’s Atlantic City, Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD, Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-340-2000 x1555
A Touch of Italy, 6629 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, D, Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-646-1855
Amada, Revel Casino Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-225-9900
American Cut Steakhouse, Revel Casino Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, 609-225-9860
Arturo’s, Bally’s Atlantic City, Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D, , Su, M, T, S, 609-340-2300
Assaggio, 500 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, D M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-965-3303
Atlantic City Bar and Grill, 1219 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-348-8080
Atlantic City Country Club Tap Room Bar & Grill, 900 Shore Rd., Northfield, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-236-4465
Azure by Allegretti, Revel Casino Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, 609-225-9870
Back Bay Ale House, Historic Gardner’s Basin , 800 N. New Hampshire Ave, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-449-0006
Bill’s Bar and Burger, Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, L Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S 609-441-5800
Blue Water Grille, FantaSea Resorts, 60 N. Maine Avenue, Atlantic City, LD F, S; D Su, M, Th, F, S, 609-343-7447
Bocca Coal Fired Bistro, 7805 Ventnor Avenue, Margate, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-823-3663
Breadsticks, Resorts Atlantic City, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, Th, F, S; D Su, M, Th, F, S, 609-340-7800
Broadway Burger Bar, The Quarter at Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-317-4660
Buddakan, The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, LD M, T, W, Th, F, Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-674-0100
Capriccio at Resorts Casino Hotel, Resorts Atlantic City, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, W, Th, F, S, 800-932-0734
Carmine’s, The Quarter @ Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, LD, M, T, W, Th, F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-572-9300
Casa di Napoli, Showboat Atlantic City, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, S, 609-343-4340
Casa Taco & Tequila Bar, Tropicana Casino & Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-343-9938
Chart House, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel, Huron Ave. & Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-340-5030
Continental Restaurant, The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-674-8300
Crossroads @ House of Blues, Showboat Atlantic City, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-343-4088
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, The Quarter @ Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-348-6700
Dock’s Oyster House, 2405 Atlantic Avenue, , Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-345-0092
Dos Caminos, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrahs Blvd, Atlantic City, D W, Th, F, 609-441-5747
Evo Restaurant, Trump Plaza Casino Hotel , 2225 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-0400
Fin, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Brighton & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, W, Th, F, S, 609-340-4000 x4936
Fornelletto, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, D Su, W, Th, F, 609-317-1000
Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern, 1 N. New York Rd. (Rt 9 & Moss Mill Road), Smithville, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-652-0544
Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Resorts Atlantic City, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F 609-340-6555
Girasole Ristorante, 3108 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, LD M, T, W, Th, F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-345-5554
Grill Room at Seaview, 401 S. New York Rd., Galloway, LD, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-652-1800
Grotto Restaurant, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel, Huron & Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, LD, Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-8475
Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood, Bally’s Atlantic City, Park Place & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-431-0092
Il Verdi, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Brighton & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, F, S, 609-340-4000 X 4936
Iron Room @ Atlantic City Bottle Co., Atlantic City Bottle Co., 648 N. Albany Avenue, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-348-6400
Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, F, 609-317-1000
Johnny’s Cafe & Martini Bar, 9407 Ventnor Ave., Margate, LD, Su, M, T, W, Th, F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-822-1789
Josephs Restaurant, Renault Winery Resort, 72 N. Breman Ave., Egg Harbor City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-965-2111
Kelsey’s, 1545 Pacific Avenue, , Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-344-2200
Knife & Fork Inn, 3600 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, LD F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-344-1133
Latz’s By the Bay, 801 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, LD, Su, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, W, Th, F, S, 609-788-8838
Lillie’s, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel, Huron Ave & Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-2000
Los Amigos Restaurant, Tanger Outlets -The Walk, 1926 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-344-2293
Lugo Italian, Revel Casino Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, 609-225-9890
Luke Palladino, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrahs Blvd, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-441-5576
Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking, 199 New Road, Central Square, Linwood, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-926-3030
Luke Palladino Steakhouse & Seafood, 1333 New Road, , Northfield, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-646-8189
McCormick & Schmick’s, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, LD M, T, W, Th, F; D M, T, W, Th, F, 609-441-5579
Mia at Caesars, Caesar’s Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, D T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-2345
Michael Patrick’s Brasserie, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel, Huron Ave & Brigantine Blvd, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-2000
Morton’s The Steakhouse, Caesar’s Atlantic City , 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-449-1044
Mussel Bar & Grille, Revel Casino Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-225-9851
Nanking, Ballys Atlantic City, Park Place & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-340-1100
Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse, Caesar’s Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, D W, Th, F, S, 800-223-7277
Noodles of the World, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, L Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-317-1000
The Palm Atlantic City, The Quarter @ Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-344-7256
Phillips Seafood, The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-348-2273
Rainforest Cafe, Trump Plaza Casino Hotel, 2201 Boardwalk , Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-345-5757
Ram’s Head Inn, 9 West White Horse Pike, Galloway, LD, Su, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-652-1700
Red Room Cafe, 141 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-822-1067
Robert’s Steakhouse, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D M, T, W, Th, 609-428-6505
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Tanger Outlets -The Walk, 2020 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-344-5833
Sage, 5206 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, D Su, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-823-2110
Sammy D’s, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-5402
Scarduzio’s Steak Sushi and Lounge, Showboat Atlantic City, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D Su, Th, F, S, 609-343-4330
Smithville Inn, 1 North New York Road, , Smithville, LD, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-652-7777
Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave., Margate, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-822-9111
Steve & Cookie’s By The Bay, 9700 Amherst Ave., Margate, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-823-1163
The Cellar 32, 3119 Revere Blvd, , Brigantine, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-264-9463
The Inn at Sugar Hill, 5704 Mays Landing, , Mays Landing, LD T, W, Th, F, S;, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-625-2226
The Melting Pot, Tanger Outlets - The Walk, 2112 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-1100
The Metropolitan, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, L Su, M, T, W, Th 609-317-1000
The Reserve Seafood & Steak, Bally’s Atlantic City, Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, D W, Th, F, S, 609-340-2350
Tomatoe’s Restaurant, 9300 Amherst Ave., Margate, D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-822-7535
Trattoria Il Mulino, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-449-6004
Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House, 672 N. Trenton Ave., Atlantic City, LD Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-350-6721
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel, Huron & Brigantine Blvd., D M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-441-8355
Village Whiskey, Revel Casino Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, LD, Su, M, T, W, Th, F; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, 609-225-9880
W. L. Goodfellows and Co., 310 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway, LD, Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S; D Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 609-652-1942
Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, D Su, Th, 609-317-1000