For over four decades, Buffalo Harbor Cruises ships have plied the waters of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and the Black Rock Lock and Canal, inviting tourists and locals alike to take in the rich history of Buffalo's scenic waterways. Party boats ferry revelers past the city skyline with fully licensed bars and pumping music, and chartered cruises and tours send guests sailing on a relaxing lake trip on a double-decker ship.
The cooks at Scarlet populate their menu with creative seafood and steak dishes as well as an assortment of grilled pizzas. Diners can enjoy shrimp and grits with andouille sausage and a hot-pepper cream sauce or taste lobster tail with lemon and garlic shallot butter. Bacon and gorgonzola mashed potatoes accompany prime cuts of filet mignon, and grilled pizzas rest on housemade dough.
At Frankie Mohawk’s Bar and Grill, dedicated oven charmers construct a menu of fresh creations served amid subtle hues and floral arrangements. Guests discuss the merits of pickle spears over slices while awaiting specialty burgers such as the 8-ounce Italian burger with capicola, salami, and provolone cheese ($6.50). The restaurant’s own tomato sauce arrives with many dishes, including the eggplant parmesan ($14.95), and specialty hand-carved meats nestle into fresh-baked bread with a carving-station order ($6.95). Manicotti crepes also sneak up on hunger with hidden reserves of ricotta and parmesan cheese ($13.95). The tortellini contadina with italian sausage and fresh snow peas in a blush plum-tomato sauce ($13.95) provides the necessary energy for analyzing marinara Rorschach tests that mysteriously appear on napkins.
The cooks at Mangoz Restaurant decorate plates with a menu of authentic Jamaican cuisine prepared fresh daily. On the appetizer roster, pastry patties burst with savory fillings such as beef, chicken, or veggies ($3.50) and beam with a golden hue reminiscent of King Midas's lace gloves. Among entrees, orange jerk chicken ($12.95) combines citrus and spice; the stewed beef slowly tenderizes in a rich red tomato sauce ($10.95). Eaters can round out protein-packed plates with a side order of vegetables such as sweet potatoes with pineapple ($3.75), or a dessert from the softly glowing display case. A tangy rum sauce swathes Jamaican bread pudding ($5.95) while preventing cherries, dates, and fruit fillings from escaping to a reggae concert. The restaurant's intimate dining room bears bright yellow walls and hanging plants that photosynthesize sunlight into cayenne-infused oxygen.
From hotdogs to souvlaki sandwiches, Greek to Me's eclectic menu combines the potency of Greek flavors with the familiarity of American tastes. All items are cooked to order and, like subpoenas, the vast majority of breakfast items are served all day long. Fuel the morning with french toast, pancakes, or belgian waffles ($6.49), or take on the ultimate omelette, an egg blanket generously stuffed with green peppers, onions, cheddar cheese, bacon, sausage, ham, and gyro meat, all resting under a shimmering coat of sausage gravy ($8.79).