Best of Manayunk

2017 Best of Manayunk Winners


Best Outdoor Recreation Activity
The Manayunk Towpath

Best Family Activity
Brunch on Main Street

Best Place to Bring Your Four-Legged Friends
Pretzel Park

Best Community-Minded Business
North Light Community Center

Best Place to Work


Best Place to Shop - For Him
Greene Street Consignment

Best Place to Shop - For Her
Threads on Main

Best Place to Shop - For the Home
Pineapple on Main

Best Place to Shop - For the Kids
The Spiral Bookcase

Best Place to Shop - For the Wedding
Nicole Miller Manayunk

Best Place to Buy Gifts - For Him
SMoKE Cigar & Hookah Lounge

Best Place to Buy Gifts - For Her
Latitudes & Longitudes

Best Place to Get Pampered
Christie's Nails

Best Stylist
Dana | Salon L

Best Barber
Mark, John and Bryan | Make Your Mark Barbershop

Best Pet-Friendly Business
Top Tails

Best Specialty Shop
Johnny Destructo's Hero Complex

Best Window Displays
The Little Apple

Best Customer Service - Retail
Main Street Music

Best New Store/Salon
LILA Fashion International

Best Art Gallery/Studio Space
Artesano Iron Works


Best Tap List
Union Tap House

Best Wine List
Jake's and Cooper's Wine Bar

Best Specialty Cocktail
The Friendly Neighbor | The Goat's Beard

Best Lite Bite
Tomato Bisque | The Couch Tomato Cafe

Best Late Night Snack
Chocolate Chunk Cookie | Insomnia Cookies

Best Al Fresco Dining
Winnie's LeBus

Best Comfort Food
Steak Mac 'n Cheese | The Goat's Beard

Best Healthy Menu

Best Brunch Menu
Greg's Kitchen

Best Place to Grab a Slice
Franzone's Pizzeria

Best Place to Go on a Friday Night
Manayunk Brewing Company

Best First Date Spot
Bourbon Blue

Best Food To Go
Deke's Bar-B-Que

Best International Cuisine

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

Best Sandwich
Belly of the Beast | Smokin' John's Barbeque

Best French Fries
Main Street Fries | Lucky's Last Chance

Best Spicy Dish
Dan Dan Noodles | Han Dynasty

Best Taco
Fish Tacos Ensenada Style | Taqueria Feliz

Best Dessert to Ruin Your Diet
Red Velvet Cupcakes | Sweet Elizabeth's Cakes & Bakeshop

Best Bartender
Ashley | Lucky's Last Chance

Best Server
Lisa | Winnie's LeBus

Best Customer Service - Food Service
Volo Coffeehouse

Best New (or Reinvented) Restaurant
Chabba Thai Bistro


Best Workout
Spin Barre Fusion | The Wall Cycling Studio

Best Personal Trainer
Joey DeMalavez | Joltin' Jabs

Best Place to Get Your Sweat On

Best Place to Get Workout Gear
Philadelphia Runner

Best Place to Take a Visitor
The Manayunk Bridge

Best Live Music Scene
The Grape Room


Best Manayunk Superhero
Manayunk Maintenance Crew | Torrey, Roy, Gerry and Barry

Best Place to Live
Canal House

Best Day in the Neighborhood
StrEAT Food Festival

Best Local Artist
Johnny Destructo

Best Manayunk Instagrammer


Entrepreneur of the Year
Bruce Cooper | Jake's and Cooper's Wine Bar

Main Street Milestone Award
Michael Rose | Manayunk Brewing Company

District Visionary Award
Gwen McCauley | Manayunk Development Corporation

Lifetime Service Award
William O'Brien | Manayunk Law Office

Lifetime Development Award
Gary + Norma Mann | Gary Mann Jewelers

Main Street Ambassador Award
David Decca | Orbit Gallery

Manayunk Leadership Award
Brendan McGrew | Bourbon Blue

Community Spirit Award
Kevin Smith + Dave Bass | Friends of Pretzel Park

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, March 23 at 6-10PM
Manayunk Brewing Company

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 51 total categories under the live, shop, dine, play and reader's choice categories, which were voted on by the community. The 2017 winners will be announced at the Best of Manayunk cocktail party and in the "Best of" issue of Manayunk Magazine.

Cocktail Party Information

Join us, dressed to impress (cocktail attire is suggested)! On March 23, Manayunk businesses and community members will gather to celebrate the Best of Manayunk at a cocktail party at the Manayunk Brewing Company. Guests will have a chance to munch on food samples from Manayunk’s winning restaurants, sip on drinks, and dance the night away with live entertainment. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Friends of Pretzel Park and their future plans for our community hub. Tickets to the party can be purchased here! (event is for guests 21 and over)

*Proceeds from this year's event will go to Friends of Pretzel Park, who are actively doing general, playground, and dog run improvements!

2017 Sponsors