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AOL Announces the 2010 City’s Best Winners in New York City; Site Continues to Bring Best Local Entertainment Content to Residents


New Yorkers have selected the “best of the best” food, entertainment and lifestyle options that New York has to offer and can now support the future of their local classrooms

New York, NY – – AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today announced the winners of its 2010 City’s Best program, providing a guide to the best local food, entertainment and lifestyle options in New York. From Oct. 13 through Nov. 30, New Yorkers cast their votes to select their favorite venues from a list of top local businesses in 42 categories. The City’s Best program will continue offering New Yorkers daily news and updates on the latest in local lifestyle and entertainment.

In addition, by coming back to from today until December 31, 2010, New Yorkers can use City’s Best as a platform to show their support for local education. City’s Best has partnered with to donate $25,000 to the city that earns the most votes.


After two months of voting for their favorite local food, entertainment and lifestyle nominees, New York residents have identified the following category winners:

* Best After-Work Bars: The Fat Black Pussycat
* Best Barbecue: Bone Lick Park
* Best Breakfast & Brunch: Balthazar
* Best Celebrity Hotspots: Waverly Inn
* Best Chinese Food: Hop Kee
* Best Comedy Clubs: Caroline’s
* Best Desserts: Veniero’s Pastry Shop
* Best Family-Friendly Restaurants: Peanut Butter & Co
* Best GLBT Nightlife: VLADA Lounge
* Best Hook Up Bars: Down the Hatch
* Best Indian Restaurants: Tamarind
* Best Italian Food: Carmine’s
* Best Live Music: BB King’s Blues Club
* Best Movie Theaters: AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX
* Best Pet Culture: The Salty Paw
* Best Places to Break Up: Painkiller
* Best Salons: Gigi Salon & Styling Studio
* Best Shoes: Christian Louboutin
* Best Sports Bars: Third & Long
* Best Sushi & Japanese: Nobu
* Best Thrift & Vintage Shops: Housing Works
* Best Bagels: Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
* Best Beer Selection: Jimmy’s No. 43
* Best Burgers: 5 Napkin Burger
* Best Cheap Eats: Gray’s Papaya
* Best Cocktails: Clover Club
* Best Day Drinking: 79th Street Boat Basin Café
* Best Dive Bars: Rudy’s Bar & Grill
* Best Fashion Boutiques: Scoop
* Best Greek Food: Aliada
* Best Hotels: Trump Soho New York
* Best Irish Pubs: Stout
* Best Kid’s Clothing: Granny Made
* Best Mexican Food: Mesa Coyoacan
* Best Nightclubs: Pacha
* Best Pizza: Denino’s Pizzeria Tavern
* Best Romantic Restaurants: The River Café
* Best Seafood: Randazzo’s Clam Bar
* Best Spas: Tres Belle
* Best Steak Houses: Peter Luger Steak House
* Best Tattoo & Piercing Parlors: Red Rocket Tattoo
* Best Wine Bars: Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar

AOL today also announced winners for the 2010 City’s Best program in 24 additional major cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Twin Cities and Washington, DC. Voters throughout all 25 major cities joined the quest for their “City’s Best” by visiting to vote for their favorite food, entertainment and lifestyle businesses.

The 2010 City’s Best nominees in each category have been able to promote their businesses through resources provided by AOL. All nominees were sent the ubiquitous City’s Best window sticker to display at their business, so residents can easily spot one of the city’s best in store windows across their city. All of the winners will continue to be featured on the AOL City’s Best website for the coming months. New Yorkers are encouraged to visit the site for more information about the winners and for the latest news on things to do and places to go in New York.

“We are very excited to be announcing the winners of the 2010 City’s Best program in New York,” said Cotton Delo, AOL Northeast Regional Editor. “We are thrilled that so many New York residents chose to take part in this unique opportunity which allows them to give recognition to their favorite local businesses and select the best that New York has to offer. And now that the winners have been announced, I encourage New Yorkers to come back to City’s Best on a regular basis to check out what’s happening in New York. We are posting new stories and interactive elements on a daily basis.”

Local business nominees in New York were chosen based on overall reputation. City’s Best editors and writers selected the nominees based on editorial insight and local opinion of New York residents. The selection process was fueled by the mission of City’s Best, which is to bring experts and neighbors together to find and share the best in New York. Voting by New York residents determined the final winners in each category.

Make Your City A Better Place!

During a time of year when everyone makes resolutions to be better in the new year, City’s Best wants to make one city’s 2011 all that it can be.

In an effort to help readers make their city a better place in 2011 and beyond, City’s Best has partnered with to fund classroom projects in one of the 25 City’s Best cities. From December 14, 2010 through December 31, 2010, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote once a day for the city they believe deserves to be granted this wish. They will also be able to share some of their own resolutions with the rest of the City’s Best community and receive advice and information on local venues that will help them keep their resolutions.

When all the votes are tallied, City’s Best will donate $25,000 to local classrooms in the winning city through, helping provide a better education for the city’s future leaders. An additional donation of $5,000 will go to classroom projects in the top three runner-up cities.

About AOL
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL’s business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. AOL is focused on attracting and engaging consumers and providing valuable online advertising services on both AOL’s owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the United States, which serves as a valuable distribution channel for AOL’s consumer offerings.


Founded in 2000 by a social studies teacher in the Bronx, is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. In the past ten years of operation, residents of 50 states and 10 countries have funded 160,751 student projects, channeling more than $65 million in resources to over 4 million students.


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