Cornucopia Cruise Line's ships transport guests through the inland waterways along the New Jersey shoreline. Each ship is appointed with up-lit ceilings, brass railings, hardwood dance floors, and glittering lights. During evening cruises, wait staff serve a sit-down dinner as the DJ's tunes coax diners onto the dance floor. Excursions on Saturday and Sunday sate guests with buffet-style lunch or brunch, respectively. The ships range in size from the Cornucopia Majesty's vast 1,200-person capacity to the Cornucopia Destiny's intimate 400-person quarters, where guests should wear business-casual attire, eschewing gym shoes on their feet and flip-flops on their hands.
Alvin C. Copeland Sr.'s first chicken venture was a flop. His Chicken on the Run restaurant dished up traditional fried chicken, but his customers in the suburbs of New Orleans turned up their noses. So he decided to start over completely. This time, he named the restaurant "Popeye's" after Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, played by Gene Hackman in the movie The French Connection. But it wasn't the name that brought customers flocking in: it was the new chicken recipe, now spicy with New Orleans flair. This flavor has fueled astronomical growth ever since?in 2011, Popeye's opened its 2,000th restaurant worldwide.
Now, Popeye's is an international destination for crunchy Cajun-style fried chicken and melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk biscuits. Both the spicy and mild chicken gets marinated for 12 hours or more, then it's hand-battered, hand-breaded, and fried to a delectable crisp, like space aliens that fly too close to the sun. The french baguettes of po' boy sandwiches come stuffed with chicken or crispy shrimp, and to finish off meals, diners have their pick of homestyle sides such as coleslaw, green beans, and mashed potatoes.
Owners Sophie Tan and Calvin Yum know how to make sushi fun. Which is why their restaurant, Cucumber Sushi and Salad Bar?called "a shiny new restaurant that epitomizes millennial dining" by the Staten Island Advance?entertains diners in a trendy eatery that features minimalistic decor and a menu of classic and creative Asian dishes. Traditional options such as yellowtail rolls and thai coconut curry support the menu's creative cast of Japanese salads and specialty rolls made from spicy kani and Mexican seasonings. Cucumber Sushi and Salad Bar also offers prix-fixe and spring special menus.
Joe's Famous Pizza & Catering begins with a customizable crust?thin, sesame, or gluten-free?stretched into an 18-inch disk or square. Guests can then choose their own toppings or opt for one of the chefs? carefully selected flavor combinations, from the cheesesteak pie to the mediterranean pizza covered in shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and garlic, before the pizza is cooked in a brick oven. And while the eatery is known for their pizzas, the chefs also build platefuls of lasagna and veal marsala, and sandwiches stuffed with chicken parmigiana and pulled pork. Beyond Italian favorites, the menu offers seafood paella and burritos. Chefs happily tuck meals into trays to feed guests at parties celebrating birthdays and National Catered Food Day, as well as boxing meals up for carryout.
Though it specializes in tacos, Pico Taco is anything but traditional. A modern interior with simple wooden tables, rough brick, and a colorful wall covered in words such as "sashimi" and "wasabi" fits with the kitchen's unique Mexican-Asian fusion cuisine. The menu begins with classics such as Oaxacan chicken mole and alambre, Mexican-style skewers of meat and vegetables. All the tortillas are made with corn and flour. And yet, it's the fillings that make each taco and burrito unique: smokey, tomato-based chicken tinga, baja-seasoned Alaskan fish, Japanese-style garlic-soy marinated chicken, and Korean barbecue beef, among others. To add an extra kick, six styles of regional Mexican salsas ranging from mild to hot are served on the side or poured into every drink.
The Pho Zone invites diners to submerge chopsticks in piping-hot noodle soups and Vietnamese specialty rice dishes as they bask in the natural light of a floor-to-ceiling front window. Diners can wash down banh mi sandwiches or steamed pork dumplings with a shake infused with tropical staples such as mango, avocado, or the sweet pulp extracted from the center of a ukulele.