3 new eating options opening in A.C. in time for Memorial Day weekend

Baywalk at Harrah’s (and outdoor bar), Longo’s Meatballs & Martinis and Dougherty’s Steakhouse & Raw Bar open for business

The Baywalk at Harrah’s — an outdoor, bayside container bar with dining and live music — will open over Memorial Day weekend, one of three new dining options for an anticipated crowd.

Last weekend saw the opening of two other dining options:

Atlantic City casinos are obviously trying to recoup money they lost last summer due to the pandemic. And, in the case of the Baywalk at Harrah’s, the new concept is playing off last summer.

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City officials said Baywalk was inspired by the success of outdoor, bayside dining at the resort last summer. They are calling it an ultimate summer destination, one with live music, selections from the new Rum Point Crab House’s raw bar and, of course, signature cocktails and drinks from a custom-designed container bar.

Signature bites include the Baywalk Burger, featuring aged Angus Beef paired with white cheddar and served with freshly prepared chips.

Here’s a look at the other two:

Jerry Longo’s Meatballs and Martinis: The Longo’s brand originated in the Historic Federal Hill area in Providence, Rhode Island, where Longo created a unique menu of authentic Italian cuisine.

Longo, born and raised in South Philadelphia, said his menu is designed to inspire exploration and sharing. Longo said entrees at the new Atlantic City location will include pasta dishes such as “spaghetti & our famous meatball,” spaghetti and crab gravy, bucatini all’Amatriciana and classic Roman-style pizza al taglio.

His signature dish is a Meatball Salad, known as the “Longo Classic,” which features the restaurant’s famous homemade meatball and a scoop of ricotta, alongside romaine, cucumbers, black olives, cherry tomatoes, red onion and old school vinaigrette.

Dougherty’s Steakhouse & Raw Bar: The restaurant, which opened May 19, is now open for dinner seven days a week.

The restaurant may be new, but the Dougherty family name has been synonymous with fine dining in Atlantic City for more than 120 years.

In 1897, Harry “call me Dock” Dougherty opened Dock’s Oyster House with a vision of a fine neighborhood restaurant and a commitment to quality and service. That vision and commitment has allowed the subsequent four generations of Doughertys to flourish in the restaurant industry, growing the brand to include the iconic Knife & Fork Inn, Harry’s Oyster Bar and Linwood Country Club.

After years of emphasis on quality seafood, Dougherty’s Steakhouse allows steaks and chops to share the spotlight.