A trip to Atlantic City may be exactly what you need. It's nice that such a place exists so close to Manhattan. Although I must admit even though I liked all the lights and loved the people watching, I definitely found out that gambling is not really my thing. However, I did enjoy the fine dining at Wolfgang Puck American Grille at the Borgata Hotel.
We listened to our friend's advice and spent the night gambling at the Borgata Casino Hotel but stayed at the Trump Marina Casino Hotel. It was definitely entertaining to see all the people who stay up all night gambling. Literally, the same people we saw at the tables before going to bed at 1:30am were still at the same tables when we left the hotel at 10am!