Previewing Revel Hotel's Restaurants
Revel is quickly becoming one of the hottest culinary destinations on the East Coast following its Memorial Day opening weekend. The food options range from high-end seafood at Azure by Allegretti to cheap eats coming from Distrito Cantina, a taco truck complete with picnic tables and plastic tablecloths, from Jose Garces. Famed celebrity chefs Marc Forgione and Michel Richard also have restaurants at the hotel. Overall, Revel boasts 14 restaurants from chefs hailing from New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Here are previews of the restaurants and some of their dishes:
Azure by Allegretti — This Mediterranean-meets-the-Hamptons seafood restaurant is run by French chef Alain Allegretti. The fresh seafood should be top priority when selecting and ordering your meal. Best dishes include the tuna tartare, the tomato and burrata appetizer, and the branzino, which is flown in fresh from the Mediterranean. Each fish dish comes with your choice of several light and flavorful toppings. Hint: go with a dressing that’s packed with garlic and lemon.
Amada — When you walk across the casino floor to arrive at your final destination (Amada), you’ll feel as if you walked onto the beach in Southern Spain, and have the urge to crack open a bottle of crisp wine and pair it with paella. Chef Jose Garces, who mastered the art of paella while working for a priest in Spain who happened to own three restaurants throughout the country, has some standout dishes on his menu. The figs with greens and cheese wrapped in jamón and the crispy garlic shrimp is outstanding.
Mussel Bar — If you’re a mussel fan, this great beer and seafood concept from D.C. chef Robert Wiedmaier is the place to kick back, relax, and eat some top-quality mussel dishes. Alongside any of the mussel dishes, try the salmon paired with sauerkraut and mustard and the Caesar salad paired with chickpea croutons.
Village Whiskey — For a superb lunch with spot-on service, Village Whiskey should make the list. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere makes it great for groups or dining alone at a high-top table or at the bar. Start with their traditional, yet fantastic deviled eggs and move your way to the fresh beets with homemade ricotta. The organic burger is another must-try. You can pair it with the beets or be adventurous and try the duck-fat fries.
American Cut — Iron Chef Marc Forgione knows his cuts of beef. In a nod to his father’s American Place restaurant, Forgione takes beautiful dry-aged beef from Pat LaFrieda and makes it come alive on the plate. The seafood options are a perfect accompaniment to the meat, and the desserts are a must-try for those looking for something sweet following the savory meal.
Distrito Cantina — Looking for some cheap, quick eats or a kickin’ happy hour margarita? Distrito Cantina has Mexican street-style tacos filled with yummy items like pork, chicken, and steak. Wash it down with a Mexican soda, cold beer, or margarita, while sitting on a picnic table and people-watching.