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There's More At Revel To Get Excited About Than Just the Food

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February 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

...actually, we take that back. We're pretty darn excited about the food here.

With just two months to go, the folks at Revel are working overtime to make sure everything is in place for a smooth soft opening next month. Construction briefly stalled in 2009 due to the economy, which in a way lends even more excitement now to the opening of Revel's 1,800 rooms, "theater-inspired" casino, two-acre outdoor SkyGarden, pool, spa, two nightclubs and over a dozen restaurants.

And though not all of the restaurant spaces have been finished yet, we were lucky enough to sample a few dishes from the resort's championing chefs—including Iron Chef winner Jose Garces, who will be opening not one but three restaurants inside the sprawling oceanfront resort. Oh, and his burgers? Awesome. After biting into one, we literally had to stand there motionless (with about seventy other diners swarming around us) until every last morsel had been devoured. And we don't even usually eat meat.

And the awesomeness continues! In addition to Garces' three American- and Mexican-flavored outposts at Revel, guests can also look forward to:

· Azure by Alllegretti—Alain Allegretti's classy joint will combine classic Italian with French Riviera style cuisine, so think handmade pasta, Mediterranean whole fish, and a raw bar.

·Lugo Caffe—Chef Stefano Chiaruga will re-create the bustling grand caffes of Rome and Florence with dishes like veal piccata, fresh mozzarella (made on-site!) and brick oven pizza.

·Meanwhile, Michel Richard will also be opening three separate restaurants, including Central Michel Richard (which will overlook the casino), O Bistro and Wine Bar and The Breakfast Room, featuring both grab-and-go items and standard a la carte menu.

·American Cut will be the resort's steakhouse, by Iron Chef Marc Forgione, who opts for locally-influenced American cuisine. Inside the restaurant, diners can gawk at the leather-wrapped supporting columns and open kitchen.

·Mussel Bar will be the first northeast opening of Chef Robert Wiedmaier's popular gastro-pub outside of the DC metro area. Designed to look like a Belgian roadside tavern, guests will find classics here like biere, moules & frites.

We don't know about you, but we're a little worried. With all the eating we plan on doing, how exactly are we supposed to fit in time for the slot machines?

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