Best of Manhattan 09: Reader's Choice Poll


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best summer festival: lincoln center out-of-doors


best public space: tie, the high line and central park



best reason to love nyc: the food


best local blog: mominthecity.com



best reason to go downtown: the high line


best downtown bar/restaurant: tie, beauty bar and yerba buena


best midtown bar/restaurant: applebee's bar and grill


best upper west side bar/restaurant: arte café


best upper east side bar/restaurant: baraonda


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 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 and 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, the pedestrian malls on broadway)


best outdoor venue: central park summerstage


best place to hear live music: tie, bowery ballroom and carnegie hall


best political goof: gov. david paterson


best nyc celebrity to hate: donald trump


best art exhibit: the metropolitan museum of art


best broadway show: tie, jersey boys and hair


best local politician: mike bloomberg (runner-up: chuck schumer)


best old-timer: ed koch


thanks to everyone who weighed in on our readers' choice poll!





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