Summer Escape Let’s Do Atlantic City

Summer Escape

Let’s Do Atlantic City

by: Joe Meny
World-famous Boardwalk

What was the original main attraction in Atlantic City, New Jersey? Answer: The Boardwalk.  It was first constructed in 1870, 16 years after the resort city was incorporated by the New Jersey Legislature. Atlantic City was viewed as a prime piece of real estate and its development brought wealthy visitors to the newly constructed resort with ocean views.  Costing five thousand dollars and built 10 feet wide in sections of 12 feet, the first boardwalk was dedicated on June 16, 1870.  At the end of each summer season for many years, the Boardwalk was actually taken apart and stored for the winter months. The boardwalk is 60 feet wide and just over six miles long, and is currently the world’s longest wooden structure walkway.  Once used as a fashion runway for wealthy visitors, the structure was transformed into a source of entertainment. Stunts, shows, the greatest big band music of the era, and the original Miss America pageant were all part of this entertainment. The Atlantic City Boardwalk is a permanent staple of the Jersey Shore, providing access to hotels, gift shops, attractions and the famous casinos that hundreds of thousands of travelers visit every year.

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Dining Recommendations

Located inside Resorts Hotel and Casino, Gallagher’s Steakhouse brings its distinctive NY style (and flavor) of steak preparation to Atlantic City.  The service, quality of the food, and preparation at Gallagher’s Steakhouse is always perfect. They dry age their steaks which we find preferable to ‘wet age’.  The portions of the sides are enough for two, which they in fact encourage. The steaks, no matter which cut you select, will undoubtedly be one of the best you have ever had.  The decor mimics the original Gallaghers in NYC (that you may be familiar with!).  And with all the original photos and memorabilia on the walls, it’s almost like a history lesson with dinner!

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When staying in Atlantic City, we always make sure to eat at least one dinner at Phillips Seafood Restaurant, located in The Pier Shops across from Caesars Hotel & Casino.  With windows that overlook both the world-famous boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean, Phillips offers its guests a wonderful view that is matched by the quality of its service and cuisine. Phillips Seafood offers a classic American seafood menu boasting an array of fresh seasonal fish and Phillips’ famous Maryland-style crab cakes, that are not-to-be missed!.  Beautiful dining rooms, romantic booths and a full bar create the perfect environment to dine on the freshest, finest seafood available.  Phillips Seafood Restaurant brings an upscale, interactive dining experience to guests with their exhibition kitchen, attentive service and sweeping ocean views.  Phillips is the perfect place to experience spectacular sunset dining!

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A distinctively British dining experience awaits you at the recently opened Gordon Ramsay’s Pub located adjacent to the spacious lobby at the Caesar’s hotel. Mr. Ramsay, the star of “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef”, brings his classic dishes including ale-battered fish and chips, and bangars and mash (chicken, beef, and pork sausages with bacon, cheddar mashed potatoes and onion gravy) to his English-style pub/restaurant.  the menu offers a selection of pub pies, including chicken, steak and ale, and shepherd’s pie.  It is Ramsay’s second pub, following in the footsteps of Caesar’s sister property in Las Vegas.  The atmosphere, food, and attentive servers makes Gordon Ramsey’s Pub a must-do destination for a great meal in a uniquely appointed dining space.  It can best be described as a fun pub serving English comfort food rooted in tradition but modernized in execution.  And wonderfully accompanied by creative cocktails and great beer.

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Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, located inside Bally’s Hotel and Casino (1900 Pacific Ave. & the Boardwalk), is a traditional steakhouse with a twist.  Featuring  a menu of Guy’s popular signature dishes with a New Jersey flair, you can indulge yourself with the Java Rubbed Ribeye Chop, Jersey Shore Clams Casino, Baja Shrimp Cocktail, Crab-Crusted King Crab Legs, or choose from several renditions of steaks and burgers (go for the Bacon, Mac and Cheese burger!).  There are plenty of great options on the menu to please any palette.  Be sure to complement your meal with a California-sourced wine, a mug of robust craft beer, or a selection of spirits from a small batch distillery.  You will absolutely enjoy the complimentary pretzel roll with an amazing butter mustard spread.  Do not skip dessert!  The winner here is the S’mores Taco: a cannoli crust-like shell with chocolate brownie, Nutella, and marshmallow.  And don’t forget to take in the view.  The windows overlook the famed Atlantic City boardwalk and beach.

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James’ Saltwater Taffy

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Timeless treats and classic confections can be found at James’ Saltwater Taffy featuring Bayards’ Chocolates and Fralinger’s candies and treats. All the candies, chocolates and confections are made the old-fashioned way, using the original recipes that were pioneered long ago.  Once inside, there is so much to choose from, including mouth-watering macaroons, fudge, mints, nuts, keepsake tins & souvenirs and of course, world-famous salt water taffy.  James’ Saltwater taffy has several convenient locations on the Boardwalk at New York Ave., Tennessee Ave. at Bally’s Park Place, the Trump Taj Majal, and the Marketplace at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino.

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New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse is located right in Atlantic City at Pacific & Rhode Island Avenues.  A convenient 15 – 20 minute walk from the Resorts Hotel & Casino, Absecon Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, having been in operation since 1857.  It is also New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse.  Absecon Lighthouse is home to the original, first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857.  Its recent renovation includes a stunning replica of the Lightkeeper’s dwelling, an educational museum, and gift shop.  Climb the 228 steps for a breath-taking 360-degree view of the Atlantic City skyline.  For more information, check out or call 609-449-1360.

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Above it All

Getting there:  If you don’t have a car, we strongly recommend taking the Greyhound Lucky Streak service departing from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.  With a convenient and frequent schedule both to and from the Atlantic City casinos, Greyhound’s Lucky Streak service is truly a bargain (and the best way to begin your trip).  Our recent journey was $37.50 per person round-trip, with a $25 Casino bonus upon arrival, making the cost for a round-trip from NYC to Atlantic City just $12.50.  We can’t think of a better way to travel to Atlantic City!  For more information, visit: