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I know that Revel hasn't been open very long, but we are thinking of spending a weekend in AC and want to try some of the higher end restaurants. I have read some good things about the places at Revel. Any other opinions?

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  1. While I usually enjoy my experience at Bobby Flay's, I've been there so many times that I'm looking forward to Chef Garces' places at the Revel. I've been to a few in Philly and thought they were good and fun.

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    1. re: tommy

      We have been to all of the Garces places in Philly, so they are not a priority for us (except maybe the Village Whiskey since it is bigger than the one in Philly and easier to get a table, plus the burger is AWESOME). I read a nice write up about Azure and that is the one I'm most interested in.

      1. re: tommy

        Our fav's at Borgata are also BF's and dining at the bar at Wolfgang Pucks. Been to both often enough to memorize the menus!

        We recently stayed at Revel and really enjoyed dining there. We started with a late lunch at Mussel Bar by Robert Wiedmaier. Excellent. We shared the mussels Mediterranean and frites. Will return in the future to graze thru more of the menu. Very enticing.

        Our dinner at American Cut was excellent. Hip, inviting, not stodgy (like Old Homestead) and the food was excellent. An app of hiramasa tartare was a great start. I had lamb and J had fish. Both were very good. Could be our new fav, over BF's. We'll return after trying more that Revel has to offer.

        For us, Borgata has (2) dining options of interest (BF's and WP's) while Revel has more. The big difference between Borgata and Revel is with the layout. American Cut is kind of hidden off the casino floor. Directional signage is minimal and often confusing. Revel invites exploration and the payoff around the next corner can be satisfying (another dining option)!

        We look forward to trying Azure, Amada, Village Whiskey and others during our next visit.

        1. re: Foody4life

          Then you might find this interesting. It's a review of some Revel's restaurants from the food critic in The Philadelphia Inquirer...

          http://mobile.philly.com/food/?wss=/p...

          1. re: Philly Ray

            thanks. hadn't read that before and will take note.

            One other comparo of note between Revel and Borgata is we haven't found a great breakfast spot at either.

            At Borgata, the Metropolitan service is surely at worst and disinterested at best with the food just OK. Bread and Butter is a great spot for a quick breakfast sandwich but the line can be out the door.

            At Revel, they had an unnamed restaurant that appeared behind some wall panels in the corridor from the hotel lobby to the casino escalator. The wait was 45 mins so they suggested we go to One - near the casino. One was fine, but breakfast for them is a courtesy not a specialty!

            Best casino breakfast was at Bouchon at the Venetian in LV. If Revel or Borgata could get something similar, that'd be a great way to start the day.

            1. re: Foody4life

              Tony Luke's for breakfast. Always. :)

              1. re: tommy

                +1 for Tony Luke's Pork Italian but they open at 11 so it'slunch for me.

                Fatburger has a good cheap egg sandwich at all hours though.

          2. re: Foody4life

            we found the Mussel Bar to be excellent as well, village whiskey was quite good for lunch, completely unimpressed by Amada (which is a pity as it was the one I really wanted to try), agree that American Cut is hidden down a staircase but heard great things about it from friends who went there.

            1. re: Foody4life

              Stodgy is in the eyes of the beholder. The Old Homestead is an "old school" NYC steakhouse. IMHO, The Old Homestead porterhouse is head and shoulders above anything BF has to offer. I haven't been to WP's so I can't comment on them.

              1. re: TomDel

                The Old Homestead on 9th ave is beautifully stodgy and a piece of NYC and steakhouse history. The one at the Borgata was made to look stodgy, but lacks any charm whatsoever.

                Flay's doesn't serve any dry-aged beef, so if that's the barometer (it's generally mine) then I'd agree that the OH might have an edge there (although, is their beef really dry-aged?). BF's is good for hanger and margaritas. OH good for masculine cuts and bourbon. I wouldn't kick either out of bed, but the mindset of my crew when we're at the Borgata is hanger and margaritas more often than not. Although that burger at OH is out of this world.

                1. re: tommy

                  Sterile, corporate dining could better describe our one and done dinner at OH-Borgata.

                  Love OH-NYC (along with Keens and other NYC classics) and the porterhouse we shared at OH-Borgata was really superb, but our group much prefers the ambiance of WP's, BF's and now American Cut at Revel. Their iPod soundtrack plus the energy of the room along with the interesting cuisine all fuel the evening!