Best Of

Readers’ Choice Contest 2014

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How to Spend a Very, Very Long Day, According to the Village Voice‘s 2014 Best of NYC® Readers’ Poll:

Start your morning with a coffee from one of Blue Bottle’s five locations (voted Best Coffeeshop for Coffee), because you’re probably going to need the jolt of caffeine for the insane day Voice readers have got planned for you. Afterward, carb up with a bagel from Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company (voted Best Bagel) in Astoria, Queens. And what the heck, grab brunch right after that at Cafe Mogador (on St. Marks or in Williamsburg), voted Best Brunch this year. You might want to take a nap after all that goat cheese and Hudson Valley Duck Confit, but resist the urge! There are so many more Best things to do right now, and it’s only noon.

Get the blood pumping in Central Park (the Best Place to Jog), or perhaps venture down to Rockaway Beach (voted Best Beach this year) to punch back the freezing waves. If you opted to jog in Central Park, head down to the East Village afterward and treat yourself at Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (voted Best Ice Cream). Maybe you get a Salty Pimp or a Rue McClanahan ice cream sandwich. If you opted to hit the beach in October, you won’t be faced with the crush of a summer crowd, and neither will you have to stand on a long line at nearby Rockaway Taco (voted Best Pop-Up). Either way, make your way to Brooklyn, because the sun’s going down and you deserve a drink. Stop at The Way Station (voted Best Cocktail Bar), or, and we’re going to use the H-word, maybe you stop by The Johnson’s (voted Best Hipster Bar) in Bushwick to rest your tired legs on the retro furnishings while you take in the tribal art. Tempting as it might be to linger, only stay for a drink or two at either of these places, because there are a million other bars — like, say, The Levee (voted Best Dive Bar), though by this point in the day your drinking appetite might be tapering off. Which is good, because…

…You’ve got more places to go yet. Finding yourself a mite peckish, following your rounds of tipples? Take the L train to Artichoke Basille’s on East 14th, home of the Best Pizza (Slice). Then head to one of Doughnut Plant’s two Manhattan locations for dessert (voted Best Doughnuts). As you’re in the best film-going city in the world, take in a movie at either Angelika Film Center New York (voted Best Independent Movie Theater) downtown or at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 (voted Best Multiplex) near Lincoln Center. When the movie’s over, find out where Jonathan Toubin (voted Best DJ) is spinning that night, and if you can’t find him, head to Verboten (voted Best Dance Club). End the night at Tom’s Restaurant (voted Best Diner) and check in at the Ace Hotel (voted Best Hotel) to sleep it off.

If you find yourself temporarily low on funds the following morning, you could submit yourself to the Best Cheap Thrill (taking the Staten Island Ferry) or maybe just stay in with a book from The Strand (voted Best Book Store for Used Books and Best Book Store for New Books).

That’s only one scenario (and 21 Best of NYC readers’ choice awards). The rest are below. Congrats to our winners — New York loves you.

Arts & Entertainment

Best All Ages Club

Webster Hall

125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, www.websterhall.com

Best Blues Club

Blue Note

131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

www.bluenote.net

Best Jazz Club

Blue Note

131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, www.bluenote.net

Best Independent Movie Theater

Angelika Film Center New York

18 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, www.angelikafilmcenter.com/nyc

Best Multiplex

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13

1998 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-loews-lincoln-square-13

Best Cheap Thrill

Taking the Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall Terminal Manhattan (South Ferry), www.siferry.com

Best Casino

Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382, www.mohegansun.com

Best Dance Club

Verboten

54 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, www.verbotennewyork.com

Best DJ

Jonathan Toubin

www.twitter.com/jonathantoubin

Best AM Radio Personality

Joan Hamburg

www.twitter.com/JoanHamburgShow

Best FM Radio Personality

Alisa Ali

www.twitter.com/AlisaAliWFUV

Best Hair on a Local TV Personality (Female)

Liz Cho

www.twitter.com/LizCho7

Best Hair on a Local TV Personality (Male)

Pat Kiernan

www.twitter.com/patkiernan

Best TV News Anchor

Brian Williams

www.twitter.com/bwilliams

Best Museum

The Museum of Modern Art

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, www.moma.org

Best Place for a First Date

Central Park

5 Av To Central Park W, 59 St To 110 St., www.centralparknyc.org

Best Place to People Watch

Union Square Park

Broadway To 4 Ave., E 14 St. To E 17 St., www.nycgovparks.org/parks/union-square-park

Best Karaoke

Karaoke Sing Sing on Avenue A

81 Avenue A, Manhattan, NY 10009, www.karaokesingsing.com/avea/price

Best Live Music Venue

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, www.boweryballroom.com

Best Rock Club

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, www.boweryballroom.com



Shopping & Services

Best Airport

JFK International Airport

www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk.html

Best Book Store for New Books

Strand Book Store

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, www.thestrandnyc.com

Best Book Store for Used Books

Strand Book Store

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, www.thestrandnyc.com

Best Bridal Shop

Stone Fox Bride

611 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, www.stonefoxbride.com

Best CD/Record Store

Bleecker Street Records

188 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014, www.bleeckerstreetrecordsnyc.com

Best Clothing Store for Men

La Petite Mort

37 Orchard St New York, NY 10002, www.shoplapetitemort.com

Best Clothing Store for Women

Bird

220 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

316 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

203 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 10013

www.shopbird.com

Best Comic Book Store

Forbidden Planet

832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, www.fpnyc.com

Best Furniture Store

IKEA

1 Beard St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, www.ikea.com/us/en/store/brooklyn

Best Lingerie

Agent Provocateur

675 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065

133 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

www.agentprovocateur.com

Best Sex Shop

Babeland

94 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

462 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

www.babeland.com

Best Hotel

Ace Hotel

20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, www.acehotel.com/newyork

Best Tattoo Shop

Three Kings Tattoo

572 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, www.threekingstattoo.com

Best Toy Store

FAO Schwarz

67 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, www.fao.com

Best Neighborhood to Live In

East Village



Sports & Recreation

Best Sporting Goods Store

Paragon Sports

867 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, www.paragonsports.com

Best Sports Bar

Berry Park

4 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, www.berryparkbk.com

Best Beach

Rockaway Beach

Beach 3 St. to Beach 153 St. and Boardwalk to Atlantic Ocean, http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/rockaway-beach-and-boardwalk

Best Place to Jog

Central Park

5 Av To Central Park W, 59 St To 110 St, www.centralparknyc.org

Best Bike Shop

Bicycle Habitat

244 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, www.bicyclehabitat.com

Best Bowling Lanes

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, www.brooklynbowl.com

Best Giants Player

Eli Manning

www.giants.com

Best Jets Player

Geno Smith

www.twitter.com/GenoSmith7

Best Yankees Player

Derek Jeter

www.facebook.com/derekjeter

Best Mets Player

Daniel Murphy

www.mets.mlb.com

Best Knicks Player

Carmelo Anthony

www.twitter.com/carmeloanthony

Best Nets Player

Kevin Garnett

www.twitter.com/RealKGarnett

Best Rangers Player

Henrik Lundqvist

www.twitter.com/HLundqvist30

Best Islanders Player

John Tavares

www.twitter.com/91Tavares

Best Liberty Player

Anna Cruz

www.twitter.com/annacruz_15

Best Athlete’s Butt

Derek Jeter

www.facebook.com/derekjeter

Best Major League Sports Venue

Citi Field

123-01 Roosevelt Ave, New York, NY 11368, www.citifield.com

Best Sports Broadcast Personality

David Cone

www.twitter.com/dcone36



Food & Drink

Best Bagel

Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company

3614 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103, www.bkbagel.com

Best Bakery

Sullivan Street Bakery

533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, www.sullivanstreetbakery.com

Best Barbecue

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

604 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, www.dinosaurbarbque.com

Best Breakfast

City Bakery

3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, www.thecitybakery.com

Best Brunch

Cafe Mogador

101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

www.cafemogador.com

Best Burger

Shake Shack

Six NYC Locations

Madison Ave & E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, www.shakeshack.com

Best Coffeeshop (for coffee)

Blue Bottle

5 NYC Locations

160 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

www.bluebottlecoffee.com

Best Dim Sum

Golden Unicorn

18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002, www.goldenunicornrestaurant.com

Best Diner

Tom’s Restaurant

2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, www.tomsrestaurant.net

Best New Bar

Lovecraft Bar NYC

50 Avenue B, New York, 10009

www.lovecraftnyc.com

Best Cocktail Name

Gin and Chronic at The Tippler

425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011, www.thetippler.com

Best Bartender

Alissa May Atkinson at Pine Box Rock Shop

12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, www.pineboxrockshop.com

Best Cocktail Bar

The Way Station

683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY, www.waystationbk.blogspot.com

Best Hipster Bar

The Johnson’s

369 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Best Dive Bar

The Levee

212 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, www.theleveenyc.com

Best Gay Bar

Metropolitan

559 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, www.metropolitanbarny.com

Best Lesbian Bar

Cubbyhole

281 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014, www.cubbyholebar.com

Best Whiskey Bar

Noorman’s Kil

609 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, www.noormanskil.com

Best Local Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

79 N 11th St, New York, NY 11249, www.brooklynbrewery.com

Best Doughnuts

Doughnut Plant

Two free-standing locations

220 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011

379 Grand St New York, NY 10002

www.doughnutplant.com

Best Egg on a Roll

Stage Restaurant

128 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, www.villagevoice.com/locations/stage-restaurant-894658

Best Falafel

Mamoun’s Falafel

22 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

119 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

www.mamouns.com

Best Fried Chicken

Blue Ribbon

28 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003, www.blueribbonfriedchicken.com

Best Ice Cream

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

www.biggayicecream.com

Best Late Night Dining

Wo Hop

17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

www.wohopnyc.com

Best New Restaurant

Mokbar

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, www.mokbar.com

Best Oyster Happy Hour

Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, www.maisonpremiere.com

Best Pizza

John’s of Bleecker Street

278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, www.johnsbrickovenpizza.com

Best Pizza (Slice)

Artichoke Basille’s

328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003, www.artichokepizza.com

Best Place to Eat Out Alone

Meatball Shop

Six NYC Locations

84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002, www.themeatballshop.com

Best Pop-up

Rockaway Taco

95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693, www.rockawaytaco.com

Best Ramen

Momofuku Noodle Bar

171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003, www.momofuku.com/new-york/noodle-bar

Best Spaghetti

Eataly

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, www.eataly.com/nyc-locations-and-hours

Best Steakhouse

Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, www.peterluger.com

Best Sushi

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar

225 Liberty St, New York, NY 10281, www.blueribbonsushibar.com

Best Thai Restaurant

Pongsri Thai

244 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036, www.pongsri.net

Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Red Bamboo

140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012, www.redbamboo-nyc.com