When he opens American Cut later this week at Atlantic City's new Revel resort and casino, Marc Forgione will have a two-pronged mission: Putting forth a classic steakhouse experience, and paying homage to the Iron Chef’s “old man,” the veritable Godfather of American Cuisine, Larry Forgione. “I’m bringing the steakhouse back to the old school,” Forgione tells Grub Street. “Not many people realize it, but the steakhouse is an American concept, and my old man was this huge advocate of American cuisine, so I’m also paying some respect to him.”
Like Alain Allegretti’s Azure, which is next door, and Jose Garces’ Amada, which is above it, American Cut is positioned as one of Revel’s “signature restaurants.” And as such, the 300-seat place presents guests with breathtaking views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Appointed with dark wood tables, comfy brown leather club chairs, and wraparound, button-tufted black leather banquettes, the space embraces a synthesis of old and new aesthetics. Lounge seating near the bar, a 60-seat private dining room, a raw bar, and “grand meat bar” complete the picture.
To further reinforce the O.G. vibe, Forgione says he did tons of research while planning American Cut’s menu, tracing steakhouse staples like creamed spinach, Caesar salad and the classic wedge to their origins, so he could serve them in all their authentic glory.
“I’m embracing those classics instead of trying to turn it into something circus-like,” Forgione explained. “It wouldn’t be classic if at some point it wasn’t originally badass.”