Indulge in AC’s culinary scene with cultural cuisine, boozy brunches and chill nightlife fit for group dining and special occasions
“Atlantic City is one of those rare places where modern luxury and simpler times fit comfortably together,” says Tony Mongiovi of Wolf’s Bus Lines. Whether you’re coming here to test your luck at the casino and relish the nightlife or on a trip with family and friends, there’s no doubt you’ll be eating out. Atlantic City restaurants outside of the bustling casinos are the perfect places to start, especially if you’re looking to accommodate a large party or an intimate gathering. Some of the best group dining options are family establishments that offer all the necessary savory comforts.
Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern in Atlantic City
Established by the Mancuso family in 1935, Angelo’s has been an institution beloved by the community and visitors alike for decades. Seven nights a week, Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern, in the Ducktown section of Atlantic City, graciously serves diners authentic Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients. Upon entering this charming Atlantic City restaurant, groups are transported to another world, with exposed red brick and warm dining rooms radiating the smells of an Italian kitchen.
Sit down among friends and family and let the wine flow while you browse the timeless menu. Share appetizers of clams oreganata baked to perfection, lightly fried eggplant Florentine and refreshing crisp bruschetta. Peruse dinner options, including chicken cacciatore in Angelo’s homemade sauce and pasta primavera with scratch marinara or scampi sauce. Ocean delights are popular and include shrimp, sea scallops, and mussel dishes.
Cardinal in Atlantic City
Wednesdays through Sundays, crowds gather at Cardinal to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour, plus live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Owner and Chef Michael Brennan creates memorable dishes in a lively atmosphere in AC’s Orange Loop District. Dine on contemporary American fare under warm lights in the inviting dining room or head outdoors to the al fresco patio to savor brunch items in a laid-back environment. Order the Southern eggs Benedict with fried chicken smothered in sausage gravy, lemon ricotta pancakes, fresh salads, wraps, boozy breakfast drinks and more.
Sit down for lunch and savor coastal favorites with the gang. Cardinal lobster rolls are made with house aioli and fresh herbs while their crab cake sandwiches tickle taste buds with apple jicama slaw and Cajun remoulade. Pair with sides like fried Brussels sprouts and black pepper hoisin glaze duck wings with scallions and sesame seeds.
Salmon Wellington and house-made ricotta gnocchi grace the dinner menu, as well as filet mignon, juicy burgers, fresh salads and starters. Cardinal’s happy hour offers discounted drinks, half plates, full plates and a fresh raw bar. Groups can reserve space for a private event and let the food and friendly atmosphere take care of the rest.
Signature proteins bursting with flavor include Steak Angelo with roasted peppers, black olives, mushrooms, and balsamic vinegar and Steak Maryland topped with jumbo lump crab, gorgonzola, and blue cheese. In addition, Angelo’s banquet hall offers space large enough for parties of up to 120 people for events including weddings, reunions, graduations and other celebrations.
Atlantic City’s Rhythm & Spirits
Italian American fare and culturally inspired cocktails bring Italy’s culinary heritage to visitors near and far at Rhythm & Spirits. Mark Callazzo and Lee Sanchez both grew up in Italian American households and partnered to create a space where guests can gather around the table.
Brunch and dinner menus offer classic Italian cuisine from pizza, pasta and sandwiches to shrimp scampi and Southern fried chicken parmesan. The extensive wine list and craft cocktails offer an array of flavors for all palates and pair well with their menu.
Happy Hour at Rhythm & Spirits is the place to be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. They offer a bevy of delicious small plates for $5, $8 cocktails and wine, and $4 beers. Order an Italian lager or Rusted Revolver gin and tonic while you decide between a small plate of Mama’s meatball sliders or roasted pork broccoli rabe tacos. Reserve a spot for a private event with Rhythm & Spirits’ special large party brunch menu. For a lively event, enjoy the music of Friday Night Jazz Nights with Eddie Morgan, Saturday Night Dance Party with DJ Skyline and Sinatra Supper featuring Robert Polillo and Lee Sanchez on the third Friday of each month.
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