Best Of

2013 Readers’ Poll Contest

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SHOPPING AND SERVICES

Best Toy Store

Kidrobot

118 Prince Street, 212-966-6688
kidrobot.com

Best Tattoo Parlor

Brooklyn Ink

462 87th Street, Brooklyn, 718-238-0844
brooklyninktattoo.com

Best Comic Book Store

Forbidden Planet

840 Broadway, 212-473-1576
fpnyc.com

Best Bikini Waxer

European Wax Center

Various locations around Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

Manhattan:

1577 First Avenue, 212-288-8088;

314 Columbus Avenue, 212-799-5999;

315 West 57th Street, 646-553-3655;

222 East 34th Street, 646-553-3666;

82 University Place, 646-553-3686

Staten Island:

2935 Veterans Road West, 718-356-6200;

2381 Hylan Boulevard, 718-980-3300;

2329 Richmond Avenue, 718-477-6000

Queens:

70-10 Austin Street, 718-544-0001;

30-19 Steinway Street, 718-663-4626

waxcenter.com

Best Lingerie

Agent Provocateur

133 Mercer Street, 212-965-0229
agentprovocateur.com

Best Antiques

Brooklyn Flea

176 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-928-6603

20 East 40th Street, 713-935-1052

brooklynflea.com

Best Spa

Spa Castle

131-10 Eleventh Avenue, Queens, 718-939-6300
spacastleusa.com/ny

Best Vinyl Record Store

Earwax Records (Tie)

167 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, 718-486-3771
facebook.com/pages/Earwax-Records/292081603948

Other Music (Tie)

15 East 4th Street, 212-477-8150
othermusic.com

Best Skateboard Shop

Skate Brooklyn

78 St. Marks Place, Brooklyn, 718-857-5283
skatebrooklynny.com

Best Bookstore

Strand Book Store

828 Broadway, 212-473-1452
strandbooks.com

Best Furniture Store

ABC Carpet and Home

888 Broadway, 212-473-3000
abchome.com

Best Hair Salon

Nelson’s Barber Shop

248 Parkside Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-462-8800

Best Used Bookstore

Strand Book Store

828 Broadway, 212-473-1452
strandbooks.com

Best Gift Shop

MOMA Design Store

44 West 53rd Street, 212-767-1050

11 West 53rd Street, 212-708-9700

81 Spring Street, 646-613-1367

momastore.org

Best Jewelry Store

Catbird

219 Bedford Avenue, 718-599-3457
catbirdnyc.com

Best Shoe Store

DSW

40 East 14th Street, 212-674-2146

213 West 34th Street, 212-967-9703

2220 Broadway, 917-746-9422

139 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-789-6973

dsw.com


SPORTS & RECREATION

Best New York Liberty

Cappie Pondexter

Best Gym

New York Health & Racquet Club (Tie)

Various locations around Manhattan

39 Whitehall Street, 212-269-980062 Cooper Square, 212-904-0400

24 East 13th Street, 212-924-4600270 Park Avenue South, 212-245-691760 West 23rd Street, 212-989-2300

132 East 45th Street, 212-986-3100

20 East 50th Street, 212-593-1500

110 West 56th Street, 212-541-7200

1433 York Avenue, 212-737-6666

nyhrc.com

New York Sports Club (Tie)

Various locations around Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

mysportsclubs.com/regions/NYSC.htm?WT.svl=Header

Planet Fitness (Tie)


Various locations around Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island

planetfitness.com

Best New York Knick

Carmelo Anthony

Best Team Owner

John Mara

Best New York Jet

Nick Mangold

Best Brooklyn Net

Deron Williams

Best New York Giant

Victor Cruz

Best Basketball Court


McLaughlin Park

Jay and Tillary streets, Brooklyn

nycgovparks.org/parks/mclaughlinpark

Best Bike Shop

Brooklyn Bike & Board (Tie)

560 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-295-2339

Ride Brooklyn (Tie)

468 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 347-599-1340

ridebrooklynny.com

Best Horse Track

Belmont Park

2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, 516-775-2694

nyra.com

Best New York Yankee

Mariano Rivera

Best New York Red Bull

Eric Alexander (Tie)

Jonny Steele (Tie)

Best Golf Course

Bethpage State Park

99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale, 516-249-0700

nysparks.com/golf-courses/11/details.aspx

Best Tennis Court

chelseapiers.com

Best New York Ranger

Henrik Lundqvist

Best New York Islander

John Tavares

Best New York Met

David Wright


FOOD AND DRINK

Best Caribbean

Miss Lily’s

132 Houston Street, 646-588-5375

misslilysnyc.com

Best Senegalese

Africa Kiné

256 West 116th Street, 212-666-9400 or 212-666-9500

africakine.com

Best Fries

Pommes Frites

123 Second Avenue, 212-674-1234

pommesfrites.ws

Best Fast Food

Shake Shack

Various locations around Manhattan and Brooklyn

shakeshack.com

Best French

Jacques Brasserie

204-206 East 85th Street, 212-327-2272

jacquesbrasserie.com

Best Beer Garden

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

29-19 24th Avenue, Queens, 718-274-4925

bohemianhall.com

Best Local Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, 718-486-7422

brooklynbrewery.com

Best Pizza

Roberta’s Pizza

261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, 718-417-1118

robertaspizza.com

Best Sandwich

Katz’s Delicatessen

205 East Houston Street, 212-254-2246

katzsdelicatessen.com

Best Cheap Meal

Great N.Y. Noodletown

28 Bowery, 212-349-0923

greatnynoodletown.com

Best Thai

Pok Pok NY

127 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY, 718-923-9322
pokpokny.com

Best Fried Chicken

Pies ‘N’ Thighs

166 South Fourth Street, Brooklyn, 347-529-6090
piesnthighs.com

Best Small Plates

Miller’s Near & Far

65 Rivington Street, 646-559-1210
millersnearandfar.com

Best Soup

Veselka

144 Second Avenue, 212-228-9682
veselka.com

Best Fish

Le Bernardin

155 West 51st Street, 212-554-1515
le-bernardin.com

Best Ice Cream

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

125 East 7th Street; 61 Grove Street
biggayicecream.com

Best Italian

Dell’Anima (Tie)

38 Eighth Avenue, 212-366-6633
dellanima.com

Le Zie (Tie)

172 Seventh Avenue, 212-206-8686
lezie.com

Osteria Morini (Tie)

218 Lafayette Street, 212-965-8777
osteriamorini.com

Best Russian

Uncle Vanya Café

315 West 54th Street, 212-262-0542

Best Sushi

Taro Sushi

446 Dean Street, Brooklyn, 718-398-5240
tarosushibrooklyn.com

Best Cupcake

Baked by Melissa

Various locations around Manhattan

bakedbymelissa.com

Best Falafel

Mamoun’s Falafel

22 St. Marks Place, 212-387-7747

mamouns.com

Best Hot Dog

Crif Dogs

113 St. Marks Place, 212-614-2728

555 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-302-3200

crifdogs.com

Best Wrap

Blossom Du Jour (Tie)

259 West 23rd Street, 212-229-2595

617 Ninth Avenue, 646-998-3535

165 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-799-9010

blossomdujour.com

Luscious Food (Tie)

59 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-398-5800

lusciousbrooklyn.com

Rebecca’s Bakery & Chicken Q (Tie)

127 Avenue C, 212-260-6449

Best Japanese

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

187 Orchard Street, 212-466-0404
blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_sushi_izakaya_main.htm

Best Outdoor Bar

Union Pool

484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-609-0484
union-pool.com

Best German


Schnitzel Haus>

7319 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-836-5600
schnitzelhausny.com

Best Georgian

Oda House

76 Avenue B, 212-353-3838
odahouse.com

Best Indian

Tamarind

41-43 East 22nd Street, 212-674-7400

99 Hudson Street, 212-775-9000

tamarindrestaurantsnyc.com

Best Vietnamese

Num Pang Sandwich Shop

140 East 41st Street, 212-867-8889

1129 Broadway, 212-647-8889

21 East 12th Street, 212-255-3271

75 Ninth Avenue, 212-390-8851

numpangnyc.com

Best Korean

BonChon Chicken

325 Fifth Avenue, 212-686-8282

207 West 38th Street, 212-221-3339

957 Second Avenue, 212-308-8810

104 John Street, 646-692-4660

45-37 Bell Boulevard, Queens, 718-225-1010

bonchon.com

Best Salad

Maoz Vegetarian

Various locations around Manhattan

558 7th Ave, 212-777-0820

38 Union Square East, 212-260-1988

59 East Eighth Street, 212-420-5999

2857 Broadway, 212-222-6464;

2047 Broadway, 212-362-2622

683 Eighth Avenue, 212-265-2315;

Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 106th Street

maozusa.com/restaurants/locations/nyc

Best Austrian

Edi & The Wolf

102 Avenue C, 212-598-1040
ediandthewolf.com

Best Ethiopian

Queen of Sheba

650 Tenth Avenue, 212-397-0610
shebanyc.com

Best Martini

The Bowery Hotel

335 Bowery, 212-505-9100

theboweryhotel.com

Best Cocktails

Bowery Diner

241 Bowery, 212-388-0052
bowerydiner.com

Best Noodles

King Noodle

1045 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-456-6543
kingnoodlebk.com

Best Bloody Mary

Black Swan Bar

1048 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-783-4744
blackswannyc.com

Best New Bar

The Monro

481 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-499-2005
monropub.com

Best Healthy Meal

Mamoun’s Falafel

119 MacDougal Street, 212-674-8685

22 St. Marks Place, 212-387-7747

mamouns.com

Best Beer List

D.B.A. Brooklyn

113 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, 718-218-6006
dba-brooklyn.com

Best Dumplings

Vanessa’s Dumpling House

220 East 14th Street, 212-529-1328
vanessasdumplinghouse.com

Best Wine List

Wolf and Deer

74 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-398-3181

Best Spicy Food

Mission Chinese Food

154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800
missionchinesefood.com/ny

Best Sports Bar

The Blind Pig

233 East 14th Street, 212-209-1573
blindpignyc.com

Best Hookah Bar

Le Souk Harem Lounge

510 Laguardia Place, 212-777-5454
lesoukny.com/harem1

Best Happy Hour

Cain’s Tavern

36 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-326-2663
cainstavern.com

Best Malaysian

Curry Leaves Malaysian

135-31 40th Road, Queens, 718-762-9313

Best Margarita

Lobo Park Slope

188 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-636-8886
lobonyc.com

Best Taco

Dos Toros Taqueria

11 Carmine Street, 212-627-2351

1111 Lexington Avenue, 212-535-4658

137 Fourth Avenue, 212-677-7300

189 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn,
718-384-8833dostoros.com

Best Dive Bar

Cain’s Tavern

36 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-326-2663
cainstavern.com

Best Chinese

Mission Chinese Food

154 Orchard Street, 212-529-8800
missionchinesefood.com/ny

Best Burger

Shake Shack

Various locations around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and JFK International Airport

shakeshack.com


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Best Theater Actress

Cherry Jones

Best Off-Broadway Theater

BAM Harvey Theater

651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100
bam.org

Best Theater Actor

Jim Fletcher

Best Broadway Theater

Eugene O’Neill Theatre>

230 West 49th Street, (212) 840-8181
eugene-oneill-theater.com

Best Jukebox

Duff’s Brooklyn

168 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-599-2092
duffsbrooklyn.com

Best Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue, 212-535-7710
metmuseum.org

Best Strip Club

Pumps Bar

1089 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718-599-2474, pumpsbar.com

Best Comedy Club

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

307 West 26th Street, 212-366-9176
newyork.ucbtheatre.com

Best Karaoke

Winnie’s

104 Bayard Street, 212-732-2384

Best Guitarist

Marnie Stern

Best Free Concert Series

Celebrate Brooklyn

bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/celebrate-brooklyn

Best New Art Gallery

Agora Gallery (Tie)

530 West 25th Street, 212-226-4151
agora-gallery.com


Leo Koenig Inc.
(Tie)

545 West 23rd Street, 212-334-9255
leokoenig.com

Best Live Music Venue

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111
boweryballroom.com

Best Rock Bar

Cain’s Tavern

36 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-326-2663
cainstavern.com

Best Trivia Bar

Cain’s Tavern

36 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-326-2663
cainstavern.com

Best Movie Theater

IFC Center (Tie)

323 Sixth Avenue, 212-924-7771
ifccenter.com

Nitehawk Cinema (Tie)

136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-384-3980
nitehawkcinema.com

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