Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the Best of Brooklyn Heights! Exactly 100 readers responded and the votes have been carefully tabulated. Without further ado, here are the results:
Best Fine Dining
Jack the Horse Tavern and Colonie in a tie.
Yes, there is fine dining in Brooklyn Heights. These two are the finest and nicely bookend the Heights at its borders.
Best Casual Dining
Honorable mention: River Deli
Best Overall Restaurant
Noodle Pudding earned the most votes in the “casual dining” category, and almost as many in the “fine dining” category, for the most votes of all restaurants across categories. We thought this called for an added category of “best overall restaurant,” and that the honor belongs to Noodle Pudding. A choice so good, even Mark Bittman instagram’ed about our favorite neighborhood restaurant and Chef Tony.
Clark’s Restaurant (in a decisive win)
Honorable mentions: Cranberry’s and Joe Coffee Company.
Most cagey response: “There is a deli with a man who makes the best breakfast sandwiches, but I don’t want to say for fear of it getting too busy.” Fess up, dear reader, and share with your neighbors!
Best Lunch Spot
Honorable mention: Grand Canyon Restaurant.
Table 87 (in a very close win)
Close runner up: Fascati Pizzeria
Honorable mentions: Luzzo’s and Dellarocco’s
This contest was down to the wire and counting the votes sent the heart racing. Because it’s Brooklyn and it’s pizza and it’s dead serious. As one reader put it, “we are awash in great pizza.” Indeed we are, and we’ll argue about it til the end of time.
Five Guys (by a mile)
Honorable mentions: Henry Street Ale House and Jack the Horse Tavern
Most socially-conscious response: “Don’t eat red meat (unhealthy and contributes to climate change).”
Most apologetic response: “282 (sorry, I know it’s out of bounds)!” But you’re right, the burgers are so good.
Key Food on Montague (by a big margin)
Honorable mention: Perelandra
Best Hair Salon / Barber
Fabio Scalia and Choo Choo Cuts
The votes in this category were close and spread out over many choices, with Scalia and Choo Choo having marginal leads over others.
Other winners in their own right: Studio 78, Van Sickel Salon, Clinton Street Barber Shop and Cutting Edge.
Best Nail Salon / Spa
Best Dry Cleaners / Laundry
Best Cleaners (in a landslide)
Best Gym / Fitness
Eastern Athletic Club (in a close win)
Close runner up: Equinox
Most contrary response: “Anything but Eastern Athletic.”
Most eyebrow-raising response: “My bedroom.”
Most nostalgic yet inappropriate response: “Club Wild Fyre.”
Best Miscellaneous Retail
Sahadi’s (in a decisive and unsurprising win)
Honorable mention: City Chemist
Best Miscellaneous Service
Housing Works and James Weir Floral Co. in a tie.
Honorable mention: Rocco & Jezebel for Pets
Most loud response: “ROAMING KNIFE SHARPENING GUY WITH THE OBNOXIOUS BELL ON HIS TRUCK.”
Most whimsical response: “The guy who repaints stuff around the Heights.”
Most think-out-of-the-box response: “A Better Way”
And… the best and most correct response (according to BHB): Brooklyn Heights Blog