One of the best restaurants in Atlantic City is now open for lunch … on Fridays. The Palm Restaurant, located inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, is now offering its legendary fare for lunch with a new menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday.

The decision to open for lunch on Fridays was partly inspired by Atlantic City Restaurant Week, when its lunch service was packed every day. But General Manager Paul Sandler says it went beyond that one week.

“It really was inspired by our guests who kept asking us to open for lunch,” he says. “They would say, ‘We are looking for a place to come in and go at least one day a week. So I said, ‘Why not, let’s try it.’”

Most Palm locations are open for lunch around the country, but the Atlantic City location has been dinner-centric since its opening. The menu is “totally different” from other Palm menus with a mix of signature items and new creations.

“This is not a business-generated market, so I didn’t want to go for that business luncheon or power lunch. I want it to be a take-your-time, recreational experience,” Sandler says. “But it can be quick. They can order a salad or a double steak of 36 ounces.

Known for its great steaks, seafood and Italian dishes, The Palm’s lunch menu isn’t huge but covers a lot of bases. Seven starters include the iceburg lettuce wedge ($9.90) with Danish blue cheese, bacon, toasted walnuts, cherry tomatoes, chives and fried onions; lobster bisque ($13.40). Popular sandwiches and big salads include the Louis “Gigi” Delmaestro Salad ($12.90) with shrimp, green beans, tomato, onion, bacon, lettuce, roasted pepper, egg and avocado in garlic vinaigrette; a Nova Scotia lobster BLT sandwich ($18.90) with bacon, arugula and “Goddess” dressing; and the Philly steak sandwich ($14.90) with prime New York steak, caramelized onions, thyme and sharp provolone cheese.

The burgers ($14.90) are simply amazing featuring a whopping 12 ounces of prime beef. Check out the 837 Club Burger with prosciutto di Parma, roasted red peppers, pesto aioli and fontina cheese; and the Bozzi with aged gouda, smoky BBQ sauce and crispy fried onions.

The highlights of the menu are the entrees, including Atlantic salmon ($16.90) with roasted red pepper sauce and mango salsa; jumbo lump crab cakes ($24.90); a 9-ounce filet mignon ($29.90); and my favorite, chicken parmigiana ($15.90).

The dinner menu is also available at lunch.

“Sometimes, we will have groups of lawyers and business owners who want more than what the lunch menu offers, and we are ready for them,” says Sandler, who notes that he would never say never to expanding to other days. “I am never a person to say ‘no’ to business, but let’s see where this takes us. It was a big challenge making the price point beneficial for both guests and the restaurant, and I think we created a menu with a price point that is extremely approachable, and people who tried it are already booking reservations for future Fridays.”

For more information, call 609-344-7256 or

Oktoberfest at Trop

Tropicana gets into the festive spirit from Sunday, Oct. 6, to Saturday, Oct. 12, as it celebrates Germany’s great tradition of Oktoberfest throughout the property.

Specially-priced beer, brats and other German fare can be enjoyed all week long, according to General Manager Steve Callender: “In Munich, Oktoberfest is a festival to celebrate beer. At Tropicana, we’ll raise a stein and lower prices in honor of the traditional celebration.”

Offerings include 15 percent off beer purchases at A Time for Wine; bratwurst with sauerkraut cooked in beer for $5 at A Dam Good Deli; $4 weisswurst — German white sausages — at A Dam Good Sports Bar; $6 beers including Warsteiner, Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfest, Beck’s, Samuel Adams Oktoberfest and Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat Ale, plus bratwurst and kraut for $7, soft pretzel with beer cheese for $4, and tasting paddles of Sam Adams Boston Lager, Oktoberfest and Angry Orchard for $9 each at The Bar at Fin; a German-style feast at Fiesta Buffet for $27.95 on Sunday, Oct. 6, Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, with bratwurst, pork and kraut and more; Oktoberfest with an Irish twist at Ri-Ra Irish Pub including bangers, bacon and sauerkraut for $13.95.

There will also be a beer night at Broadway Burger Bar on Thursday, Oct. 10 featuring four 16-ounce beers, a tasting glass, sliders, fries, onion straws and Bavarian pretzels for $35, plus patrons will learn about all of the beer.

And you can even stay over for a good rate: $69 between Sunday and Thursday, plus receive $10 in free slot play and a $20 food and beverage credit to be used at any Trop-owned outlet. The rate for Friday, Oct. 11, is $129. Use booking code TOCTF and call 800-345-8767 or go to

Whiskey dinner

at Village Whiskey

Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Village Whiskey, located inside Revel Casino Hotel, is celebrating … whiskey! In fact, its celebrating Four Roses Whiskey at a tasting event 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

The classic American bar will celebrate the distilling icon — and one of Garces’ favorite whiskeys — with a tasting Four Roses’ famed whiskeys, including Yellow Label, Single Barrel, Small Batch and its rare and acclaimed 125th Anniversary Limited Edition. The $55 dinner will include pairings with bar snacks and raw bar items. A representative and Four Roses distiller will be on hand to speak at the event.

Call 609-225-9880 to make reservations since it is limited to 25 guests.

‘Gravity’ opens at IMAX

“Children of Men” director Alfonso Cuaron’s much-anticipated “Gravity” opens at the IMAX at the Tropicana on Friday, Oct. 4, with a special screening 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

The film, starring Academy Award-winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, chronicles the terrifying journey of two marooned space shuttle astronauts. Bullock stars as a brilliant medical engineer on her first mission, accompanied by a veteran astronaut portrayed by Clooney.

When the shuttle is destroyed, they are left completely alone tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling into the blackness. With no link to Earth and a slim chance at rescue, fear turns to panic, oxygen begins to deplete and “the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.”

The film, rated PG-13, has been digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience and is in 3D.

Go to for showtimes and tickets.

Bravo star at Nugget

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga will host a book signing of “Love Italian Style” at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The Bravo reality star will sign her books in the Main Atrium of the casino 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, plus fans can also see her play blackjack against four Facebook contest winners at 11 p.m. on the Veranda in Haven Nightlcub. The book can be purchased on site for $25.99 at the Nugget.

Go to Golden Nugget’s Facebook page for a chance to play blackjack against Gorga. Each of the four winners will receive $200 and play 10 hands with the new author.