Several area eateries are putting some tantalizing twists on that in-between meal called brunch.
Round-the-clock work shifts and tourists that keep unconventional hours in a push to maximize their leisure time are commonplace in a resort town, so it makes sense that an in-between meal like brunch would be a big hit in such places.
Several Atlantic City area establishments run special brunch menus during peak times of the week, and some even take things a step further by adding an element of entertainment to their brunch munchies.
One such establishment is the new One Atlantic City at Revel, which super-charges its Saturday brunch (taking the more conventional brunch route on Fridays and Sundays) with a shindig it dubs the One Ultimate Brunch Party from noon-5pm. The party is the brainchild of the New York City-based One Group — a high-end hospitality company that develops, manages and operates several luxury restaurants, lounges and bars throughout the country.
“As a company we have a number of concepts around the country and a lot of them have a party-brunch component,” says Devon Mosley, corporate director of marketing for the One Group. “There are several in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, and we wanted to bring the same party vibe to our property in Atlantic City.”
“Every Saturday from noon to 5 we have our lounge set up with some of the top DJs from the tri-state area and two ‘glam girls’ working the event,” says Vanessa Demetrio, the marketing and events coordinator for the One Group in the Greater Philadelphia Area. “So we have one dancer performing on the ledge and another that’s a pop dancer who generally uses props. The one we’re currently using [in AC] is a glam hula-hoop dancer who does some amazing moves with the hula hoop.”
Typically an establishment’s brunch schedule would start around 10 or 11am, but One’s noon-5pm slate is aimed toward the reveler who may have hit the nightlife scene on a Friday night and is gearing up for more of the same later Saturday.
The One Ultimate Party serves signature sangrias, mojito and margarita pitchers, and offers something called the “Bloody Hell” Bloody Mary or Bloody Maria kit. It’s $225, but comes with a bottle of Ultimat Vodka or Patron Silver Tequila as well as any ingredients one would need to customize their favorite eye-opener, such as pickled stuffed olives, horseradish, celery, limes, One’s special tomato juice mix and lots more. Among One Ultimate’s entrée options are the butterscotch pecan pancakes with coconut cream ($15), the PB & J French toast brioche (a sweet roll) with caramelized bananas ($14), steak and eggs with skillet potatoes ($23), biscuits and eggs benedict ($15) or the One burger with red wine onions and gruyere cheese ($18).
Also at Revel, the Mussel Bar does a Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm that includes such delectables as duck salad ($14) or black Angus steak tartar ($18) appetizers, or wood-fired Barnegat scallops ($26), beef short-rib carbonnade ($25), or sea salt-rubbed filet mignon ($38) as main dishes.
Further south on the Boardwalk at Caesars, two flagship establishments at The Pier Shops do popular brunches.
The Continental brunch (10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday) offers dishes like the banana nut waffles or the Hammonton stack of blueberry pancakes (each $11), the turkey sausage or asparagus-and-goat cheese omelets ($9), or eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ($12). They also offer signature eye-openers like the Astronaut (Tang, peach vodka, triple sec in a Tang-rimmed glass, $9.50), the Mid-Atlantic Mocha (Van Gogh double espresso vodka and chocolate milk, $9.50) and the Pomargarita (Milagro silver tequila, pomegranate cordial and fresh lime, $10). Down the third-floor hall at Phillips Seafood, their “Spiked Brunch” includes five courses of “uniquely inspired seafood dishes” (like crab Benedict, smoked Scottish salmon, shrimp, crab and asparagus omelet among others) prepared with the finest spirits and accompanied by Phillips signature cocktails. It’s $75 per person and tickets are available at missiontix.com or by calling 348-2273.
At Caesars’ sister property Showboat, Scarduzio’s offers a full brunch buffet every Sunday from 10am-2pm with made to order options, signature sushi, and a Bloody Mary bar for $29.99 per person. Another Caesars Entertainment property, Bally’s, does a 10am-2pm Sunday brunch at The Reserve with hot buffet items that change weekly, Chinese dishes, an a-la-carte tapas menu and a slew of amazing desserts.
The Teplitzky’s “Rise & Shine” brunch at The Chelsea hotel includes such options as sweet cream buttermilk pancakes (two $8, three $9), chicken paninis ($11) or berry and mascarpone (a soft Italian cream cheese) stuffed French toast ($12). Bloody Marys and mimosas are $6 at Teplitzky’s brunch.
One of the best brunches on the mainland is at Seaview Resort in Galloway, where the Seaview Champagne Sunday Brunch takes place every Sunday from 11:30am-2pm and includes omelet, Belgium waffle and salad stations, roasted prime rib and ham carving stations, a charcuterie (cooked cold meats) display, steamed clams, green-lip mussels and entrees like boneless pork chops, marinatd grilled chicken breast, seafood Newburg and more. There’s also live piano music and a complimentary glass of Champagne for a $39.95 per-person cost ($24.95 for children 12 and under, free for children under 4).
Several other area establishments also do weekly brunches, among them Nero’s Tuscan Steakhouse at Caesars, the Smithville Inn in historic Smithville, and the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.
Where are your favorite local brunch spots?
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