Best of Manhattan 09: Reader’s Poll

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Best of Manhattan, Posts.

Best Summer Festival: JellyNYC’s The Pool Parties

Best Public Space: Tie—The High Line and Central Park

Best Reason to Love NYC: The food

Best New Building: New Cooper Union building

Best Local Blog:

Best Weekly Club Night:
Disco Down at Happy Endings

Best Reason to go Downtown: The High Line

Best Reason to go Uptown: Central Park

Best Downtown Bar/Restaurant: Tie: Beauty Bar and Yerba Buena

Best Midtown Bar/Restaurant:
Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Best UWS Bar/Restaurant: Arte Café

Best UES Bar/Restaurant: Baraonda

Best Bronx Bar/Restaurant: Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Best Brooklyn Bar: The Woods

Best Queens Bar: Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Best Rooftop Bar: 230 Fifth

Best Expensive Eats: Tie: Babbo and Morton’s

Best Meal for Less Than $10: Maoz Vegetarian

Best Midtown Lunch: Chipotle

Best Dessert: Red Velvet Cake

Best Ethnic Restaurant: Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

Best Restaurant for Comfort Food: Eisenberg’s

Best (Non-Chain) Coffee Shop: Tie—Mudd and Joe, the Art of Coffee

Best Discount Clothing Store:
Tie—H&M and Century 21

Best Cheap Date: Central Park

Best Way to Get Rid of Pests: Move

Best Place for People Watching: Times Square (specifically pedestrian “malls” on Broadway)

Best Off-Broadway Show: The Toxic Avenger

Best Outdoor Venue: Central Park SummerStage

Best Place to Hear Live Music: Tie—Bowery Ballroom and Carnegie Hall

Best Political Goof: Governor David Paterson

Best Street Vendor: Tie—Big Gay Ice Cream Truck guy and The Dosa Guy at Washington Square

Best NYC Celebrity to Hate: Donald Trump

Best Art Exhibit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Best Broadway Show: Tie: Jersey Boys and Hair

Best Drink Special: Beauty Bar drink and manicure: $10

Best Local Band:
Care Bears on Fire

Best Local Politician: Mayor Bloomberg (runner-up: Chuck Schumer)

Best Place for Late-Night Gorging: Veselka

Best Standup Comic/Comedy Club: Tie: Comix and Comic Strip Live

Best Vestige of Old New York:
Tie: Brooklyn Bridge and Katz’s Deli

Best New Development: None

Best Oldtimer:
Ed Koch

Best Local Writer: Jonathan Lethem