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Marie07960 Apr 27, 2012 06:31 AM

Anyone been yet? Have you tried any of the restaurants? It seems like they are slowly opening them - one-by-one. Thanks!

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  1. Tapas52 Apr 27, 2012 09:32 AM

    I heard only the casino is open now........The developer of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City has announced that it is on schedule for a April 2012 opening. Look for a soft opening in the April and the grand opening Memorial Day Weekend May 25 - 28, 2012.

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      RGR Apr 27, 2012 11:34 AM

      One of our favorite NYC chefs, Alain Allegretti, is opening Azure, in the Revel. The food at his La Promenade des Anglais is seriously delicious, so I'm sure it will be at Azure. Not sure if it's open yet though the target date was April 20.

      Video of Chef Allegretti being interviewed at Azure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpEJYOwZYr0


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        rmurphy Apr 27, 2012 01:49 PM

        When I was there last weekend, the Mussel Bar and the taco place were open. TI believe the rest were still training staff. If anyone happens to know when Village Whiskey opens, please let me know. We had one of the best burgers I've ever had at their Philly location and have been craving another.

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          tom246 Apr 27, 2012 03:11 PM

          Agree on the Village Whiskey burger at their Philly location. One of the best in town.

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            tommy Apr 27, 2012 04:07 PM

            This hotel might draw me from the Borgata. I've enjoyed several of Garces' restaurants in Philly. If Village Whiskey has the same vibe as it does there, it'll be a nice change of pace from the rest of AC, which doesn't seem to put much thought into cocktails or bars. The bun at VW was certainly too large for the patty, but I'll get over it, with a knife.

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          stillnotdon Apr 27, 2012 05:28 PM

          We ate at Amada last friday--I thought there might be problems because it had been open less than a week, but it was surprisingly good. It's a tapas restaurant so we shared a couple of tapas--the lamb meatballs were amazing-and then, instead of ordering more, the 4 people I was with got 2 orders of the SAME paella for the table-it was enough for 6 people (and, actually delicious) but that's what i get for dining with unadventurous people- The service was initially terrific, but did slow down a bit as the evening progressed but, as I noted it was the first week. I'd definitely go again--just with different people.

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            Marie07960 Apr 28, 2012 04:43 AM

            We are at the Borgata this weekend and will take a drive over there to check it out today. If there is any new news, I will report.

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              Angelina Apr 28, 2012 07:41 AM

              We wnet 2 weeks ago. I don't like the layout of the gaming floor. Not that I am a gambler, but I felt like the place just did not "flow" quite as nicely as the Borgata. Only the Mussel Bar and the taco stand was open. Much of the staff had no clue if you asked any questions.

              Are they going to put stores in there? The place just seemed sort of empty. Also, I did not like the fact that when you leave the parking garage and go to the elevator, you have no clue on which way you go. You get out of the elevator, and eeven when you follow the crowd, you feel like you are not entering the right area.

              The view was beautiful, but nothing really open when I was there. Time will tell....for now, I prefer the Borgata. We wanted to eat at Revel, but nothing was open, Mussel Bar was closed until 5:30 when we were there, so we went to Bobby Flay.

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                Marie07960 Apr 29, 2012 04:03 PM

                For me, the biggest draw to take me away from my Borgata loyalty was the non-smoking atmosphere. I really want to love this place and make the move. We arrived in the morning. We are a couple of slot jockeys - no table games. The casino was pretty deserted and a nice guy kept coming by trying to take a drink order. He was pushing bloody marys pretty hard. I opted for a coffee at 11:00 a.m. He brought it in a ceramic cup - nice touch, I thought. My husband had a coffee later on and they were still serving it in ceramic! Off subject of food, I thought the rest rooms were pretty scarce. As Agelina said, things are not very clearly marked - but then, it was my first time. There are lots of places for retail stores that have yet to open. When we were walking around, we happened by the Mussel Bar when a young lady came out with a tray of pulled pork sliders on house-made buns. We sampled one and they were pretty tasty. A little later, we started to get a little hungry. We decided to have a margarita and tacos at Destrito. It's a little bar adjacent to the taco truck. The margarita was well-made, but for $14 each, I would have liked it in glass, rather than a snap-together plastic margarita glass. The tacos were a perfect little snack. We chatted with our bartender who told us that all of the restaurants are currently open, except for the Steakhouse by Larry Forgione. He said that some of them were still soft-opening, but they were open. I'm not 100% sure he was right, but he was convincing. Village Whiskey was open indeed as we passed it on our way back to the parking lot. The timing wasn't great for sampling the finer dining choices. Next time... We were back at the Borgata by around 4:00. The smoke did seem oppressive after spending the afternoon in a smoke-free place.

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                  cpski Apr 30, 2012 11:18 AM

                  Forgione's Steak House American Cut is open now
                  Had one dinner on the 2nd night they were open.
                  Beautiful space. Good service. Had a bone marrow appetizer
                  rib eye steak and mushroom side.
                  All the food was delicious. My go to place has been Bobby Flay's
                  This is a little more formal feel to me.
                  Nice bar,. Also I appreciate the no smoking casino.
                  I think the Azure also just opened but have not tried it yet.
                  Village Whiskey Amada, Distrito Cantina, Mussels are all open.
                  Price are a little higher for everything including the spa than
                  at Borgata

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                    NJDolfan Apr 30, 2012 01:35 PM

                    Michel Richard is Central was supposed to be open this week.
                    The following I know are open. Mussel bar, Lugo Caffe, Azure, American Cut, One, and the 3 Jose Grcis restaurants. Luke Pallidino will be opening a smaller venue of retail items and preparded foods, but not until Mid June. As I get more info I will pass along.

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              amirgold Jun 26, 2012 12:48 PM

              We went to Amada a couple of weeks ago. I think my wife summed it up best " I don't even feel like I am in AC, I feel like I am eating in Manhattan." It was really good. We sat at the bar because we didn't have a reservation, but the seating has some great views too.
              I hope it stays afloat because the place is amazing.

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              Mr. Bingley May 1, 2012 02:31 PM

              We're going next week; look forward to trying the eats out while the place still has that new car smell!

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                Angelina May 2, 2012 04:23 AM

                The best part is...you won't leave with that horrible "smoke smell" from the casinos where they allow smke everywhere!

                Have a good time Mr. Bingley!

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                  Mr. Bingley May 2, 2012 06:03 AM

                  I am quite looking forward to that aspect, angelina!

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                    Marie07960 Jun 14, 2012 12:46 PM

                    This past Saturday, we went to the Farmers Market in Sparta to purchase some Mangalitsa pig from Mosefund who is there every Saturday. While I was making my purchase and talking with Heidi, she spotted the Revel postcard in my purse. She told me that she had just delivered Margalitsa to Marc Forgione at American Cut the day before. We were going to Revel on Sunday and were still back and forth about where to have dinner. That settled it for me. We were going to American Cut. Well, we got there and found that there was no Magalitsa on the menu. I had seen Chef Forgione on Iron Chef with the Mangalitsa challenge and I was absolutely swooning over the dishes. Oh, well. I think that he might be working on an item or two for the restaurant, but nothing for this past weekend. We did have an issue a while back with the Pluckemin Inn where we called and checked to make sure that the Mangalitsa was available. Although they said yes, when we got there it wasn't. We were told that it takes a week for the meat to be ready to serve once the pig is delivered. Curing? Not sure.

                    Anyway, I had the filet mignon and my husband had the skirt steak. Both were perfect. Mine was definitely medium rare and my husband's stead was still mooing (rare). Collard greens were nice and porky and the twice baked potatoes were rich and yummy. I started with a Caesar Salad which was unusual (soft-cooked eggs) but just okay. My husband loved his octopus. Cocktails were good, too.

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                      Mr. Bingley Jun 27, 2012 04:03 AM

                      we didn't eat at American Cut but were very disappointed by the tapas place Amada. Bland watery food. My Bride loved the fish tacos from the Cantina truck (although they were expensive) and we really enjoyed the food at the Mussel Bar (we had a bunch of raw oysters and the charcuterie). We had a very enjoyable lunch at the Village Whiskey Bar (the pickled appetizers were excellent).

                      Almost without exception the employees were nice, sweet people and I hope they find a way to survive; goodness knows we could use the jobs in nj.

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                        cpski Jun 27, 2012 02:08 PM

                        We have had 3 meals already at Amada The
                        food is excellent. "bland watery food""
                        Far from it. Have tried at least 20 items on the menu
                        and all have been delicious
                        Also had one meal at American Cut which we also enjoyed

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                cgarner Jul 20, 2012 12:26 PM

                So far, My husband and I have eaten at Distrito three times and Village Whiskey once
                Distrito is already suffering from consistency problems
                The first two times we had tacos there, they were excellent
                The third time, we took family in from out of town (From San Antonio actually) and they were appalled we’d be spending this kind of money on tacos, but we convinced them how “great” they were… well… they weren’t nearly what we’d had the two previous visits

                Village Whiskey was very good… though I couldn’t really taste duck fat in the duck fat fries (I wonder how much duck fat needs to be in the mix to be able to call them duck fat fries???)
                The Whiskey King Burger is not to be missed…perfectly cooked (got it medium) juicy, rich… we’re heading to AC tonight and we may have to revisit the burger!

                1. ttoommyy Sep 26, 2012 10:40 AM

                  Just got back form a 2-night stay at Revel. What a place! Absolutely beautiful. The pool area is especially nice. You would never know you were in AC while you are on the property. We ate twice at Distrito: wonderful tacos and great guacamole. We also had a terrific spicy margarita. Our other meal on the property was a birthday dinner at Amada. We spent 2 1/2 hours there having a superb meal. All in all we had a plate of 6 mixed charcuterie, 3 cheeses, 8 tapas and shared a dessert. We left full and very happy. I would go back in a heartbeat.

                  1. sockii Oct 1, 2012 08:40 AM

                    About a month ago the SO and I had a very excellent meal at the Mussel Bar (since I'm from the Philly area I've been to the "originals" of the Garces places, so felt no need to revisit the AC incarnations.) Delicious short rib appetizer, two plates of mussels & frites and a superb dessert (I just remember it had chocolate, ice cream, and a caramel sauce I just wanted to drink up all by itself.

                    What was really classy was after I blogged about it, noting a couple rough spots in the service while overall enjoying the food, one of the owners emailed me thanking me for the feedback and that they were aware of these issues and working on training their (new) staff better to address them. So I give them big kudos for that.

                    1. ttoommyy Aug 12, 2013 07:21 AM

                      Just ate at Amada last night and I have to say it was even better than last year. We sat at the bar and shared about 5 plates plus a dessert of olive oil cake with a cardamom pastry cream and cinnamon ice cream. It was outstanding. Other outstanding dishes were the Spanish tortilla, clams with chorizo and rice with asparagus and wild mushrooms. Food and service were A+. Loved it!

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                        Worldwide Diner Aug 12, 2013 05:05 PM

                        Amada is very good. American Cut seems a bit overpriced but it was still good.

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