At night, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa glows purple against the Atlantic City skyline. The neon light attracts tourists and locals alike to the hub of dining, gaming, and entertainment located at the base of the building's 2,000 hotel rooms. The main draw, of course, is the 161,000-square-foot casino, which boasts more than 3,400 slot machines, more than 250 table games, and a large room dedicated to poker, the popular card game that allows you to poke players when it's their turn. Elsewhere, there's a sprawling spa, boutique shops, two event centers, and casual dining restaurants such as Borgata Buffet, The Metropolitan, N.O.W., Bread + Butter, and Roma.
City Wine Cellar stocks its shelves with hundreds of different wines, champagnes, and liquors. The cellar houses bottles ranging from table wines to high-end vintages from around the world, and lists its wines based on their ratings. They also routinely select choice beverages to feature on their site to help customers become acquainted with bottles they may not have tried.. To help their customers make informed buying decisions, City Wine Cellar hosts regular wine tastings, during which guests learn to detect each wine's variety of flavors without licking the label on the bottle. City Wine also stocks extravagant champagne bottles dating back to 1998 from Krug Grand Cuvee or Taittinger, as well as liquors from around the world, ranging from pisco and anise to whiskey and vodka. To make mixing drinks or serving wines simple, the store also sells a variety of useful accessories.
House-made ravioli, osso buco, and Chilean sea bass are just a few of the highlights at Vicolo Ristorante, where upscale Italian dishes are served at lunch and dinner. At lunch, professionals can be found studying the business of eating delicious Italian. In the evening, the dining room is as family-friendly as it is date-friendly. Regardless of the mealtime, save room for the customer favorite, the tiramisu.
Captain Al's cooks plate a menu of casual American fare as servers decant 16 draft beers. Hands dig into hearty appetizers, kick-starting palates with options such as four La Frieda sliders—miniature hamburger patties topped with american cheese originally concocted for lilliputian barbecues ($10)—or loaded cheese fries coated in cheddar and applewood bacon bits, which are ripe for dipping into buttermilk ranch ($8). Knives carve into entrees, slicing through the stuffed chicken breast to reveal a savory filling of goat cheese and spinach ($13), and fingers run up and down the rack of ribs ($19), which doubles as a spongy xylophone. In between chews, diners wash down meals with sips of eclectic draft brews such as Delirium Tremens, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and Smithwicks, or more common standbys such as Blue Moon, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Coors Light.
The rustic wooden pillars and bracing that characterize the dining room and bar at The Sticky Wicket may appear formal, but the restaurant thrives on casual fun. Martinis and wine help wash down a range of upscale pub fare, such as baby back ribs, burgers, English fish and chips, and Yankee pot roast. Though the long cushioned benches allow for more communal dining, nine booths are outfitted with flat-screen TVs for playing children's programs as well as sports. An adjacent liquor store contains a diverse stock of beer, wine, and spirits.