Best of Manayunk

About Best of Manayunk

The Best of Manayunk is back again this year to celebrate our diverse businesses and community, and all our vibrant, historic district has to offer! The competition awards the district in 55 total categories under the live, shop, dine, play and reader's choice categories, which were voted on by the community. The 2018 winners will be announced at the Best of Manayunk cocktail party and in the "Best of" issue of Manayunk Magazine.

Best of Manayunk 2018 Categories


Best Place to Work

Best Innovative Business
River City Outpost

Best Place to Take the Kids for an Afternoon
Pretzel Park

Best Public Art Installation
I Love MNYK Mural

Best Place for Pet Care
The Animedic


Best New Store/Salon
Pilgrim Roasters

Best Customer Service - Retail
The Little Apple

Best Place to Refresh Your Wardrobe
Threads on Main

Best Place to Furnish Your Home

Best Place to Get a Host/Hostess Gift
Pineapple on Main

Best Kid-Friendly Shop
Worn Yesterday

Best Pet-Friendly Shop
Latitudes & Longitudes

Best One-of-a-Kind Shop
Main Street Music

Best Place to Buy Happiness
The Spiral Bookcase

Best Place to Prep for the Big Day
Nicole Miller

Best Place to Get Pampered
Salon L

Best Stylist
Su-Shan Lai
Starshine Salon

Best Barber
John Loftus
Make Your Mark Barbershop

Best Place to Get Blinged Out
Bendi Jewelers

Best Place to Start Your Art Collection
Orbit Art Gallery


Best New Restaurant
SOMO Manayunk

Best Customer Service - Food Service
Lucky's Last Chance

Best Place to People Watch While Dining
Manayunk Tavern

Best Family-Friendly Dining
Manayunk Brewing Company

Best Lunch Spot
The Couch Tomato

Best Chef
Moon Krapugthong
(Chabaa Thai Bistro, Binto Market, Yanako)

Best Bartender
Chris Pelusi
Lucky's Last Chance

Best Server
Meg Kyle
Greg's Kitchen

Best Main Street Dish
PB & Bacon Burger
Lucky's Last Chance

Best Signature Sandwich
Filet Tip Sandwich
Bourbon Blue

Best Brunch Dish
Brekky Bowl
Greg's Kitchen

Best Healthy Menu Item
Acai Bowl
Boostin' Bowls

Best Place/Dish to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Belgian Waffle Sundae
Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory

Best Place to Share a Romantic Dinner
Jake's and Cooper's Wine Bar

Best Counter Service
Marchiano's Bakery

Best Cup o' Joe
Volo Coffeehouse

Best Delivery to Enjoy from the Comfort of Your Own Home
Franzone's Pizzeria

Best Asian Cuisine
Chabaa Thai Bistro

Best Mexican Cuisine
Taqueria Feliz

Best Bar Snack
Suicide Wings
Union Tap House

Best Happy Hour
Taqueria Feliz

Best Craft Beer Selection
Manayunk Brewing Company

Best Spirits to Lift Your Spirit
The Goat's Beard

Best Place to Enjoy a Glass of Wine
Jake's and Cooper's Wine Bar

Best Place to Watch the Game
Pitchers Pub


Best New Workout
Bardio Sculpt
The Wall Cycling Studio

Best Calorie Killer Workout
Boxing Fitness
Joltin' Jabs

Best Trainer to Kick Your Butt
Juliet Sabella
The Wall Cycling Studio

Best Place to Take a Visitor
Chew Philly Food Tours

Best Place to Get Your Groove On
The Grape Room


Best Manayunk Superhero
Irene Madrak
North Light Community Center

Best Place to Live
The Isle Apartments

Best Community-Oriented Group/Business
Friends of Pretzel Park

Best Shop Pet
The Spiral Bookcase

Best Place to Snap a Pic for Instagram

Pretzel Park Dog Run


Manayunk Leadership Award
David Richards

Main Street Ambassador
Lisa Gdowik
LILA Fashion International

Lifetime Service Award
Joan Denenberg
Manayunk Development Corporation

Main Street Beautification Award
Barry Odyniec
Manayunk Development Corporation

District Visionary Award
Dana Dabek
North Light Community Center
Joe Gidjunis
JPG Photography

Entrepreneur of the Year
Terry Leahy

Helping Hands Award
Mark Snyder
Quality Window Cleaning

Cocktail Party Information

Best of Manayunk Cocktail Party:
Thursday, March 15, 7-11PM
Bourbon Blue, 2 Rector St.

2018 Sponsors

Coming Soon!