Our Non-Cheesy Guide To Atlantic City

Summer is just around the corner (even if this NYC weather might have you thinking the sun will never shine again) which means it's time to start thinking about all those weekend getaways you'll embark on as soon as Summer Fridays get reinstated—or even a little earlier. While Atlantic City might not be the historic (or high-end) go-to destination of New Yorkers looking for an escape, we happen to think it can be a seriously fun spot to decamp for a few days if you're looking to mix some spa time with some after-hours fun and good food. Yes, foodies, believe it or not, we are talking to you! No really, think quality time with the likes of big-name chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Bobby Flay. While Atlantic City has been rightly categorized as a cheesy Vegas rip-off—not to mention its Jersey Shore rep—the juice-head gambling resort has made some serious strides with new hotspots to stay, eat, relax, and play. Without further ado, here's our guide to a weekend in Atlantic City, sans spray-tans and anything to do with strippers.
Click through for our tips on how to make your A.C. weekend less trash, more class!
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The Water Club Hotel
Free your mind of all your Atlantic City fears. One step into the lobby of the The Water Club hotel and you are instantly relieved of any thoughts of seedy gambling dens or Snooki spottings. The sleek interior, flattering lighting, and good (yes, good!) public art provides a much-needed respite from the glare and din of its sister property, The Borgata, to which it is conveniently connected. The Geoffrey Zakarian curated in-room dining (sticky toffee pudding!), football field sized TV screens, swinging lobby bar, and two pools and a world class spa will have you thinking you've won at the tables, and big.
The Water Club, 1 Renaissance Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 800-800-8817.
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Wolfgang Puck American Grille
Whether munching in the more casual "Tavern" section or in the main dining room, which requires reservations, Wolfgang Puck does it again with his American Grille at the Borgata. The culinary legend known for his big name restaurants like Spago and Chinois offers everything from Bone-In Ribeye with Maytag Blue Cheese Butter and French Fries at the Tavern (and a burger that's worth the calories) to his signature Gulf Shrimp & Sweet Corn Risotto with Asparagus, Parmesan and Crisp Parsley, which is one of many gourmet gut-enhancing options on the fine dining menu.
Wolfgang Puck American Grille at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 609-317-1000.

Izakaya has become the must-eat at restaurant for all travelers to Atlantic CIty almost over night. This modern Japanese pub located at the Borgata takes fusion to the next level with items like Kobe Beef Fried Rice, Lobster Lettuce Wraps, Spicy Tuna Crackers, and Edamame Dumplings that will have you wanting to eat here every night of your stay (it could also be the regulation hottie chef, Michael Schulson). With an impressive list of all sorts of sake-infused cocktails offered alongside these exceptional eats, you are sure to have a culinary experience that you or may not remember. Make sure to take advantage of their $7 drink and food menu on Mondays!
Izakaya at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 609-317-1000.

Chef Vola's
The secret is out! Everyone's leaving casino property to try and book a table at Chef Vola's for some home-cooked Italian fare. Chef Vola's has been a hidden go-to in AC for a while now but it is still nearly impossible to get a reservation less than a month in advance as this eatery is famous for its long list of specials, celeb clientele (Beyonce), the Veal Chop Parmagina on the bone, and its location in a basement straight out of That '70s Show. Make sure to book way early and don't forget to bring a bottle of wine as it is BYOB! The waitstaff at this tiny space is so friendly, you'll leave feeling like family.
111 South Albion Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 609-345-2022.
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Immersion Spa
Want to avoid any traces of AC seediness? Get lost for the day at The Water Club's Immersion Spa. With facials that will leave you glowing long after you check out, a giant pool with a sun-drenched view and equally giant loungers, and healthy-but-tasty snacks (house-made granola bars, Spanish tuna tartine, and iced Acai sprtizers) from chef Zakarian, we think this place will single handedly revamp AC's rep with its relaxing options that have everyone saying "ahh."
1 Renaissance Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 800-800-8817.
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mur.mur Nightclub
This intimate club at the Borgata always attracts the A-list when they are in town due to its swanky design and its ability to draw in some of the best DJs that will keep you shimmying and swaying all night long. That's not to say that's not The Situation flirting with big-haired girls at the banquette next to you. It's still AC after all.
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 609-317-1000.

MIXX Nightclub
Dance, dance, dance at Borgata's larger, multi level club, MIXX, that attracts big name DJs like Steve Aoki and DJ Spider, who never fail to keep the energy at an all time high.
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 609-317-1000.

The Borgata Casino
From slots to tables to poker, the Borgata has got your gambling game on lock. No trip to AC is complete without trying to take down the house and the Borgata Casino is definitely the classiest casino for to you to try your luck.
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 609-317-1000.

The Cabana Club at the Chelsea Hotel
Perfect for some summer time sunshine, The Cabana Club at the Chelsea Hotel is the only open air lounge in AC. With an extensive list of cocktails—as well as pitchers of fresh sangrias, daiquiris and margaritas, offered in daily flavor specials that utilize fresh fruits— this is the perfect spot to sip away an evening with friends in a private cabana on the pool deck or dance to tunes by live DJs under the summer sky.
111 South Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey; 800-548-3030.