A staple in college towns, Cluck-U Chicken feeds poultry fans across the land with zesty chicken dishes, including the signature Wingers, more than 1 billion of which have been sold since the restaurant opened in 1985. Chefs also serve up tasty fare such as chicken sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and chicken breast bites. Cluck-U fare is available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery, making it an ideal choice for game days or a blind date with a chicken farmer.
Carnivores at the casual eatery can chomp into Lucky's Famous cheddar burger ($6) or the Lucky barbecue bacon cheddar burger ($8)—succulent savories made with freshly ground 100% Premium Gold Angus Beef and Lucky's special seasoning. The Lucky turkey burger ($5) tames health conscious tasters, and the Lucky veggie cheddar ($6) bypasses bovines for a legume-laden round, rife with cheese. Mash down the onslaught of meat with a Lucky's Famous chili cheese dog supreme, with chopped onions, sauerkraut, and relish ($5, add grilled onions, sliced jalapeños, or melted cheddar for $1).
The Fig Tree injects elegance into modern American cuisine with a seasonally rotating menu hailed as "unbelievably creative" by the Jersey Journal. This culinary creativity is grounded largely in locally produced ingredients. The menu changes frequently to reflect the seasons, but popular dishes have included roasted pork tenderloin with sweet-sausage stuffing and crispy branzino with orange-braised fennel. Servers can recommend a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail from the drink menu.
The restaurant's garden-level space shares the menu's sense of classical refinement. Surrounded by crystal chandeliers, ornate wall sconces, and rich oak-plank flooring, diners may feel they've walked down a few steps into the early 20th century. This ambiance helped The Fig Tree earn a spot on CBS New York's list of the Best Romantic Restaurants in Hoboken and Jersey City. Guests can settle in at the white Italian marble?topped bar, beside the main dining section's open fireplace, or at one of the back tables, which grant visitors a view of the verdant courtyard garden through three sets of french doors.
The word "fresh" is taken seriously at Fran's Italian Deli. Each day, the chefs work milk curds into a silky mass, then fashion the cheese into braid-like treccias of fresh mozzarella cheese. The cheese is so popular that they ship it to customers as far away as Italy, vacuum-sealing it with ice packs rather than cryogenically freezing the treat.
Happily, the mozzarella is just one of the reasons to visit the deli. The loaves of Italian bread arrive each day from a local baker and the kitchen staff whips together homemade tuna, macaroni, potato, chicken, and pasta salads. Patrons can sample the mozzarella, bread, and salads alongside fresh italian meats that are found in the deli's many hero sandwiches, including The Pesto, a fan favorite with grilled or breaded chicken, roasted red peppers, and pesto spread. Toppings such as sweet peppers customize sandwiches to individual tastes. Meanwhile, cheeses, deli meats, and antipasto behind a deli case await purchase by the pound, and weekday lunch specials perfume the deli with the scent of hot eats
Joseph Yaccarino emigrated from Naples, Italy, with his parents and 11 siblings at the turn of the century. He was just an infant at the time, allowing him to build nearly his entire life on North American soil. Joe's first professional endeavor was on stage, where he established himself as a comedian dubbed "Biggie." However, it wasn't long before he decided to lend his charisma—and nickname—to a different arena, one in which he'd never go hungry. Joe entered the food industry, starting by selling clams door to door.
The modest mobile business grew increasingly popular, and Joe eventually decided to apply his passion for mollusks toward opening a full restaurant in Hoboken. Three generations later, the original red brick location still thrives, as do three other locations that maintain the same family atmosphere and sea-bound smells of fresh raw oysters on the half shell. Warm italian sandwiches with fillings such as meatballs and sausage with peppers round out the menu.
Although steak, seafood, salads, and wines share the spotlight, it's the fondue pot that transforms the dining experience at The Melting Pot into an interactive one. Bubbling at the center of the table, steel cauldrons steam with cheese blends such as aged cheddar and lager beer, or fontina, butterkase, and buttermilk blue. Diners spear slices of granny smith apples, artisan breads, and veggies, before dipping them into the thick, creamy cheese. Although a wine and cheese fondue pairing may suit the evening on its own, a fresh salad followed by lobster and steak turns the experience into a three-course event. Continue the dipping feast by adding one of nine velvety chocolate fondues, and diners can gather around the table to dip strawberries, marshmallows, or chunks of cheesecake.