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Best of Syracuse 2013 Winners!

The Best

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CNY has spoken.

The Best have been chosen.

 

You, the readers, have chosen the best of the best in Central New York.

The creme de la creme.

The top of the heap.

The king of the mountain.

The … you get it. Here are the winners!

 

Metro Living

Best Local Hot Spot

Armory Square

 

Best Ethnic Festival

Irish Festival

 

Best Music Festival 

Jazz Fest

 

Best Bed and Breakfast

Sherwood Inn

 

Best DMV 

Taft Road, North Syracuse

 

Best Road Project to complain about 

Route 81 repairs

 

Best Hotel 

Genesee Grande

 

Best Outdoor View 

Green Lakes State Park

 

Best Homegrown Celebrity 

David Muir

 

Best Professional Photographer 

Jack O. Bocchino

 

Best City Neighborhood

Strathmore

 

Best Blog

Syracuse Guru

 

Best TV Personality 

Chris Brandolino

 

Best Radio Personality

The Show on K-Rock w/Hunter, Josh and Joe

 

Best Local Columnist 

Sean Kirst

 

Best Local Reporter

Jim Kenyon

 

Sports & Leisure

Best Library

Liverpool Public Library

 

Best Sports Venue

Carrier Dome

 

Best Park

Onondaga Lake Park

 

Best Trails

Beaver Lake Nature Center

 

Best Place to Ski

Labrador Mountain

 

Best Ice Skating

Clinton Square

 

Best Gym

Planet Fitness (DeWitt)

 

Best Yoga

O Yoga

 

Best Zumba

Dancing Katz

 

Best Arts Classes

Commercial Art Supply

 

Best Motor Race Track

Fulton Speedway

 

Best Bowling Alley

Flamingo Bowl

 

Best Golf Course

Green Lakes State Park

 

Best Organized Walk/Run

Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run

 

Best Public Place to Take Your Dog

Wegman’s Good Dog Park

 

Love & Sex

Best Hook-Up Joint 

Singers Karaoke Club

 

Best Adult Club 

Lookers

 

Best Outdoor Make Out Spot 

Onondaga Lake Park

 

Best Spot for Lunch for Two

(TIE!)

Alto Cinco

Empire Brewing Company

 

Best Romantic Getaway 

Mirbeau

 

Best Wedding Venue

Turning Stone

 

Best Place to Propose 

Onondaga Lake Park

 

Best Wedding Photo Spot 

The gazebo at Onondaga Park

 

Best Lingerie Shop 

Fantasy Fashions

 

Best Wedding Band/DJ

Prime Time

 

Going Shopping

Best Used Bookstore

Books End

 

Best Locally Owned Clothing Store 

Boom Babies

 

Best Consignment Shop

EcoChic Boutique

 

Best Neighborhood Market 

Syracuse Real Food Co-op

 

Best Spa/Massage 

Mirbeau Inn and Spa

 

Best Salon/Stylists 

Hair Habitat

 

Best Place to Buy Music 

The Sound Garden

 

Best Smoke Shop 

All Mixed Up

 

Best Local Pet Store 

Pet Supplies Plus

 

Best Auto Dealer 

Fuccillo

 

Best Auto Repair Shop

Auto Tech

 

Best Car Wash 

Delta Sonic (Erie Blvd.)

 

Best Liquor Store

Liquor City

 

Best Farmers Market

CNY Regional Market

 

Best Tattoo/Piercing Shop

Tymeless Tattoo

 

Best Jewelry Store 

Egon Ehrlinspiel

 

Food & Drink

Best Bar 

Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge

 

Best Breakfast Spot 

Stella’s

 

Best Italian Restaurant

Pastabilities

 

Best Indian Restaurant

Dosa Grill

 

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

King David’s

 

Best Thai Restaurant 

Erawan

 

Best Mexican Restaurant 

Alto Cinco

 

Best Steakhouse

Scotch and Sirloin

 

Best Asian Restaurant

Ichiban (Liverpool)

 

Best Creative Menu 

Gentile’s

 

Best Wings

OIP (Original Italian Pizza)

 

Best Pizza 

Twin Trees (Avery Ave.)

 

Best Frozen Treat 

Gannon’s Isle

 

Best Fish Fry

(TIE!)

Doug’s Fish Fry

Fish Cove (Shop City)

 

Best Beer Selection 

Blue Tusk

 

Best Java 

Cafe Kubal

 

Best Patio

Retreat

 

Best LGBT-Friendly Bar 

Rain Lounge

 

Best Restaurant to get a Veggie/Vegan dish 

Stong Hearts Cafe

 

Best Barbecue

Dinosaur Barbeque

 

Best Burger 

Blarney Stone

 

Best Local Brew

Middle Ages’ Syracuse Pale Ale

 

Best NY State Wine 

Glenora Reisling

 

Best Sushi 

Sakana-ya

 

Best Restaurant Appetizer

Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish

 

Best Bakery

Harrison Bakery

 

Best Late Night Munchies Spot 

Mama Nancy’s

 

Best Food Truck/Stand 

Lady Bug Lunch Box

 

Best Sandwich Shop 

Brooklyn Pickle

 

Best Family Restaurant 

Tully’s

 

Best Caterer

Diamond Catering

 

Best Bartender(s) 

Cody and Jeff at The Dark Horse

 

Best Fair Food 

The Villa’s Pizza Fritte

 

Best Cupcake

Strong Hearts Cafe

 

Arts & Entertainment

Best Club Deejay 

Sam Vecchio aka DJ Slammin’ Sam

 

Best Museum 

Everson Museum of Art

 

Best Local Author

Bruce Coville

 

Best Karaoke Venue

Singers

 

Best Bluegrass Band 

Diamond Someday

 

Best Blues Band

Los Blancos

 

Best Country Band

TJ Sacco  (w/Urban Cowboys and Electric Rodeo)

 

Best Jazz Band 

CNY Jazz Orchestra

 

Best Hip Hop Artist 

ToTs

 

Best Rock Group

Under The Gun

 

Best Female Vocalist 

Letizia

 

Best Male Vocalist 

Just Joe (Altier)

 

Best Venue for Live Music

Westcott Theater

 

Best Alternative Group 

Sophistafunk

 

Best Dance Spot 

LAVA at Turning Stone

 

Best Cover Band 

Under The Gun

 

Best Community Theater

The Covey Theatre Company

 

Best Trivia Night

Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub

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