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Jersey Choice: The 2012 New Jersey Monthly Best of Poll

Our annual readers' poll will determine the BEST OF NEW JERSEY.

Posted November 11, 2011

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Welcome to the Annual New Jersey Monthly Best of New Jersey Poll

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The official electronic ballot lists 80 different categories in four segments: Food & Drink; Shopping; Health & Beauty; and Recreation/Attractions. Vote for your favorite in as many of the categories as you wish. Please include the location (town, city or county) of each place you vote for. As you roll over each category, last year's winners will be listed for your reference.

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Wee Care

I’ll probably do 1/3 of my granddaughters’ shopping there.

Posted by: Joe Foley, Bayou Vista | Dec 04, 2011 14:03:09 PM |


Calandra’s Bakery is THE place or cupcakes. A Cannoli cupcake can you imagine? or a Carroct cake cupcake. They are the BEST!

Posted by: Kristi, Fairfield | Dec 19, 2011 15:37:56 PM |

Butcher shop

Hind & Fore butcher shop in Bridgewater NJ is the best.Friendly,helpful staff,great products.

Their 60 day dry aged steaks are the best.

Posted by: Gary Weiss, Lebanon nj | Jan 12, 2012 14:43:26 PM |


Posted by: Jenifer Walsh, Emerson | Nov 22, 2011 21:29:19 PM |

gift shops

thanks for putting this survey together every year - NJ really has some fine businesses

Posted by: kelly coleman, port republic | Nov 23, 2011 17:30:42 PM |

Bagel Oven absolutely makes the best bagels in the US, not only NJ!

Posted by: Sarah Stout, Rumson | Nov 23, 2011 19:02:19 PM |

Best Pizza & Italian Food in NJ!

Posted by: Marisa, Middlesex, NJ | Nov 25, 2011 01:04:09 AM |


Best Happy hour all drinks and wine half price

Posted by: ron olszowy, little falls | Nov 26, 2011 16:49:56 PM |

I love the businesses in New Jersey

Posted by: Carmela DeMorest, South Hackensack | Nov 26, 2011 20:54:17 PM |

This designation leads me to try a new place. I have rarely been disappointed! Keep it up!

Posted by: Ali Warner, Succasunna | Nov 26, 2011 21:45:19 PM |

love this!

Posted by: jill, wayne | Nov 28, 2011 06:30:38 AM |

Terry is the Best!!

Posted by: Chris Greig, Hawthorne N.J. | Nov 28, 2011 11:57:12 AM |


Terry is the best! You will not be disappointed... xo
Terry’s Mane Street Salon #1

Posted by: Angela, Monroe | Nov 28, 2011 13:27:50 PM |

Day Spas

Senseabilities in Manasquan, hands down is the best. Every time I go in there it is so beautiful, so peaceful and so professional. I hate going to Massage Envy and Hand and Stone-type places... they’re like massage mills- you are a number there that fills in an hour. At Senseabilities, you are treated like you’re their number 1 client every time, without fail.

Posted by: Melissa, Brick | Nov 28, 2011 18:36:32 PM |

Design Spree

Always a treat to shop here. Beautiful items at great prices!

Posted by: Georganna Williamson, Princeton | Nov 28, 2011 20:47:52 PM |

Count Basie Theatre

The Count Basie Theatre is such a great theatre because of its intimacy. There is not a bad seat in the house and the audience feels like it can connect with the artists. Not to mention how beautiful the theatre looks after its renovations.

Posted by: Alex Campanella, Red Bank, NJ | Nov 30, 2011 18:23:45 PM |


Matt Jennings Boot Camp Rocks!!! Best thing I’ve ever done...

Posted by: Ann D, Brick | Dec 01, 2011 21:46:15 PM |

Matt Jennings Boot Camp

It rocks. Matt is a wizard with when it comes to transforming the human body. People who do it, love it!

Posted by: Tristan, Brick | Nov 30, 2011 21:06:25 PM |

Fitness club

Matt Jennings boot camp is awesome and you get amazing results.

Posted by: Debbie Koehler, brick | Dec 01, 2011 14:03:02 PM |


Matt Jennings Boot Camp Rocks!!! Best thing I’ve ever done...

Posted by: Ann D, Brick | Dec 01, 2011 21:46:13 PM |

Lightly Salted Surf Mercado

Good peeps and great product. When the winter blues start kicking in, visit Lightly Salted and you’ll feel like your on a mini vacation.

Posted by: Jenny, Brick | Dec 04, 2011 04:26:57 AM |

gift shops

Wee Can Shop is an amazing gift store. Children have an opportunity to walk around and select the perfect present for their family members. Everyone is SO helpful. The Foley family is truly fabulous - the items in the store are unique - the experience is priceless!

Posted by: Kim, Montville, NJ | Dec 04, 2011 14:03:13 PM |


Posted by: Mary Ellen, Red Bank | Dec 04, 2011 14:29:20 PM |


SUGARUSH has the Very Best Cupcakes & the friendliest staff anywhere around!

Posted by: Carolyn, middletown | Dec 04, 2011 18:16:39 PM |


agreed...Sugarush in Red Bank is the best in the state. I have tried over 30 places in jersey and they by far have the frshest cupcakes and the most variety. You get to eat what you want on your cupcakes at the cupcake bar and their specials are so inventive.

Posted by: John, Edison | Dec 05, 2011 02:04:41 AM |

vote for tons of treasures for the best gift shop!

Posted by: Michele Maietta, Midland park | Dec 05, 2011 02:35:39 AM |

Sugar rush has the best cupcakes and are the nicest people

Posted by: nickole fucetola, north arlington nj | Dec 05, 2011 02:57:28 AM |


Posted by: Kathy Kobe, Los Angeles | Dec 05, 2011 05:22:12 AM |


Sugarush in Red Bank is the best ... love the "make your own" cupcake bar.

Posted by: Connie Jalet, Mesa Verde, CA | Dec 05, 2011 07:50:12 AM |

Purr N Pooch

I can sleep easy when I go on vacation knowing the staff at Purr N Pooch is taking care of my dogs! Love them

Posted by: Frank Ross, West Long Branch | Dec 05, 2011 14:51:38 PM |

cupcake magician

Cupcake magician has by far the best tasting cupcakes, there isn’t a flavor I was unsatisfied with, even there sugar free cupcakes are tastey. As for the staff the friendliest and the most caring.

Posted by: Carmelina Kenny, middletown | Dec 05, 2011 14:57:23 PM |

Voting for the Best


Posted by: Terri Thomson, Lakewood NJ | Dec 05, 2011 15:10:17 PM |

NJ Maritime Museum

A great spot to visit

Posted by: Anthony Rimikis, Medford, NJ | Dec 05, 2011 16:00:33 PM |

Cupcake Magician

Cupcake Magician by far is the best around. Their warm and extremely friendly atmosphere is like home away from home. Their varieties are AMAZING and taste outstanding!

Posted by: Rose, Lincroft | Dec 05, 2011 19:54:16 PM |

Cupcake Magician Best

Cupcake Magician is were I truly tasted the magic! Great job guys you have finally touched my sweet dreams...

Posted by: John, Hazlet | Dec 05, 2011 20:01:35 PM |


Sugarush has my vote for the best of the best - not only are the sweet treats delicious, but the owners are the best and the staff is terrific! They give so much back to their community!

Posted by: Debra Marx, Lincroft | Dec 05, 2011 21:17:31 PM |

Sugarush Rocks!

Seriously, I have had the "other" guys in Red Bank and there is no comparison. Best in Red Bank, Best in NJ!!

Posted by: Mark, Middletown | Dec 05, 2011 22:02:50 PM |

Best of New Jersey

You left out best French Macaron! Asalt & Buttery in Little Falls makes the most amazing French macarons in NJ!!

Posted by: Karen Veltri, Caldwell | Dec 05, 2011 23:19:01 PM |

The Fine Grind

Great place to meet friends for coffee, breakfast, or a hot cocoa break after school with the kids. They have also graciously hosted my book club. Delicious coffee and nice atmosphere.

Posted by: Christine Corso, Cedar Grove | Dec 06, 2011 14:58:36 PM |

K-9 Resorts

K-9 Resorts was #1 last year and I am voting again to keep it that way...

Posted by: Jason Parker, Scotch Plains, NJ | Dec 06, 2011 15:26:14 PM |


Posted by: ralph sabia, red bank | Dec 06, 2011 19:18:30 PM |


1st Avenue Pizza is by far one of the best pizzaria’s in NJ

Posted by: Phil, Atlantic Highlands | Dec 06, 2011 21:10:34 PM |

pet services

K-9 Resorst is the best. Boomer cant wait to go to daycare and everyone there is so friendly and kind to the animals.

Posted by: tom sheehan, plainfield | Dec 07, 2011 00:03:00 AM |

Fitness boot camp

Total Core Fitness Boot Camp in sayreville is the best they really know how to create a great work out and push you to the max lose weight and inches rapidly. highly recommend

Posted by: jose garcia, East Brunswick | Dec 07, 2011 00:51:11 AM |


This is good

Posted by: Michael Ranieri, Union | Dec 07, 2011 01:02:39 AM |

Total Core Fitness Boot Camp

Total Core Fitness Boot Camp is hands down the best. Ryan Toth makes working out fun and something you look forward to every day.

Posted by: Chrissy Gross, Spotswood | Dec 07, 2011 13:56:08 PM |

Total Core Fitness Boot Camp

Total Core Fitness Boot Camp in Sayreville is a fitness experience no other "gym" could match.

The challenging yet achievable workouts push you beyond your preconceived limits. The results speak for themselves.

You won’t find comraderie or support like this anywhere else.

Posted by: Donna Borst, Spotswood | Dec 07, 2011 12:27:58 PM |

best yoga studio

Surya yoga academy

Posted by: laura deutsch, Summit | Dec 07, 2011 17:13:23 PM |



Posted by: Kimberly McAdam, Hoboken | Dec 07, 2011 17:32:53 PM |

Best "Hot Yoga" Classes

Surya Yoga Academy offers the finest "Hot Yoga" classes! The instructors are not only superb, but are caring and always willing to help and answer questions.

Posted by: Susan M Peterson, Summit | Dec 07, 2011 17:41:17 PM |


The most gorgeous cupcakes ever!

Posted by: Muriel, Fredericksburg, VA | Dec 07, 2011 19:02:05 PM |

Cupcake Magician

Truly the BEST in all area’s. Taste, Staff, Family, Atmosphere but most of all HEART. This family has the biggest Heart I have ever seen. They are always the first to Give in any situation. Great Charity people with wonderful tasting cupcakes!!

Posted by: Mary, Fair Haven | Dec 08, 2011 02:32:50 AM |

K9 Resorts Day Care and Luxury Hotel

The Parker brothers provide a facility that rivals some of the best hotels for humans. Any pet owner would be thrilled to leave their furry loved one there for a night, or a whole weekend. In fact, their pet care services are so great - I can’t imagine anyone grooming their own pet. You really need to see this place. They have my highest recommendation.

Posted by: Jason Benedict, Fanwood, NJ | Dec 09, 2011 00:02:31 AM |

best cupcakes

best cupcakes, great staff and Johnny is a great guy

Posted by: Roseann Sans, Rochelle Park, NJ | Dec 07, 2011 14:14:00 PM |


Total Core Fitness Boot Camp
Best workout ever! You are always challenged and see unbelivable results.

Brenda Swissman, East Brunswick Dec,07

Posted by: Brenda Swissman, East Brunswick | Dec 07, 2011 16:16:01 PM |


Surya Yoga rocks. The studios in Summit and Hoboken are clean with showers and jut the right amount of heat. The staff is friendly and helpful, and a wide range of classes are offered.
Check it out!

Posted by: Big Mama, Jersey City | Dec 07, 2011 17:17:22 PM |


The best and most gorgeous cupcakes ever!

Posted by: Muriel, Fredericksburg, VA | Dec 07, 2011 19:04:34 PM |



Posted by: Sean, Marlton | Dec 07, 2011 21:20:27 PM |


LOVE Alluem Yoga!!! Located in The Droecher’s Mill Historic Building alongside the river!! Breath taking! You are on a vacation every time you step on your mat! Best instructors. Friendly desk people! Love shopping in The Nook for the best Savasana Socks! Best yoga in NJ!!

Posted by: Gina Pachkowski, Cranford | Dec 08, 2011 00:04:12 AM |

Cupcake Magician

By far best Cupcke in the state or maybe the World!

Posted by: Robeert Gatto, Washington NJ | Dec 07, 2011 17:12:44 PM |

Sugarush is the best

I live in North Jersey and I have had quite a few cupcakes up North and in NYC. I have to say, Sugarush in Red Bank blows them all out of the water. Freshest, most fun cupcakes I have every had. Red Velvet and the canoli cupcakes (you have to ask for it) are to die for!

Posted by: Tara, Saddle Brook | Dec 07, 2011 18:18:12 PM |


The most gorgeous cupcakes ever!

Posted by: Muriel, Fredericksburg, VA | Dec 07, 2011 19:02:35 PM |

Gourmet Shop (Cheese shop)

Affinage Cheese shop is the best kept secret! New and awesome cheese experience! Sample and find the cheese of your liking. The staff is friendly and helpful! Beautiful looking STORE just a nice find... GREAT PLACE and the bread is just a door away (Calandra’s)

Posted by: Sherri De Luca, LAFAYETTE | Dec 08, 2011 05:45:29 AM |

Hair Salon

Evolution the Salon in Shrewsbury & now Monmouth Beach too is THE BEST!! Everyone is so friendly, talented and well educated! Please vote for them :-)

Posted by: Kerianne, Tinton Falls | Dec 09, 2011 13:53:39 PM |

Sugarush - No Doubt!

Of all the cupcakes I’ve had, Sugarush definitely has the best. They have the Red Bank, NJ, NYC, and all the other areas beat, hands down. And their efforts to give back to the community are unparalleled; whether it’s their signature Sugarush cupcake which benefits a specified charity every month, or they are off organizing huge fundraisers like Go Naked & Check Yourself which raised over $8,000 for the American Cancer Society, Chris & Jesse are on top of it. And who wouldn’t want to make your own cupcake at the cupcake bar??? SIMPLY THE BEST!

Posted by: Kate, Red Bank | Dec 10, 2011 13:38:40 PM |

Rickys of Red Bank!

Ricky’s of Red Bank is the ultimate treat! They are AMAZING. Their walls of candy is to die for, they have everything you could possibly imagine! Their homemade icecream and free toppings bar is an amazing dessert to enjoy in their clean and welcoming enviornment. Their friendly staff makes going to Ricky’s that much more enjoyable! Plus birthday parties at Ricky’s are great! I have never met a kid did not like a Ricky’s party! Ricky’s rocks!

Posted by: Jackie, Holmdel | Dec 11, 2011 23:26:53 PM |

Mr. Cupcakes

Mr. Cupcakes is absolutely amazing! His Red Bank store is in the perfect location to enjoy a cupcake while shopping. His variety of cupcakes is plentiful! His staff is great too! MR CUPCAKES 100%!!

Posted by: Jackie, Holmdel | Dec 11, 2011 23:28:41 PM |

Mr. Cupcakes

Mr. Cupcakes is absolutely amazing! His Red Bank store is in the perfect location to enjoy a cupcake while shopping. His variety of cupcakes is plentiful! His staff is great too! MR CUPCAKES 100%!!

Posted by: Jackie, Holmdel | Dec 11, 2011 23:28:42 PM |

Mr. Cupcakes is the best

Mr. Cupcakes has the best cupcakes and the friendliest staff. I was introduced to the place back in 2007 and I will not go anywhere else for cupcakes. Keep up the great work

Posted by: Nick, Clifton | Dec 12, 2011 17:30:40 PM |

K-9 resorts

My dog really loves his stay at K-9. Very professional and clean environment for your dog.

Posted by: Damaris , Metuchen, NJ | Dec 13, 2011 16:58:00 PM |

Pet Services

Morris Animal Inn is a first class pet resort. The staff is excellent and the facility accommodates all types of dogs and cats. I never worry about my dogs while he is staying with them.

Posted by: Dorothy Flynn, Morristown | Dec 13, 2011 18:54:03 PM |


I will enjoy voting and will give some serious thought to my votes. But I wish there were more categories! I don’t go to Sports Bars...nor do I go specifically to Wine about just BARS? There are so many deserving candidates. And the food categories leave out so many possibilities. Why not expanding the choices to types of food, like Italian, Latin, etc? I’d love for my favorites to get recognized...but they don’t make pancakes! Please expand the categories and give the truly deserving places a chance to get some love from your readers!

Posted by: Frederick Loren, East Rutherford | Dec 13, 2011 19:48:33 PM |

Mr. Cupcakes

Mr. Cupcakes is so delicious! It’s always the first thing I think of when I need a quick little surprise or a good birthday treat for someone. Or just a snack for me, of course.

Posted by: Tricia Torley, Clifton | Dec 13, 2011 20:54:55 PM |

Love Hand & Stone Massage spa - Spring Lake & Brick

Posted by: maria cermatori, toms river | Dec 14, 2011 03:38:03 AM |

sugarush in red bank

all I can say is wow...I have literally spit out other cupcakes in the area. Love this shop, love their cupcakes, love what these guys do. Love how nice and charitable they are. Good things should happen to good people an that deserve to win.

Posted by: Mary, brick | Dec 14, 2011 05:48:42 AM |

sugarush in red bank

all I can say is wow...I have literally spit out other cupcakes in the area. Love this shop, love their cupcakes, love what these guys do. Love how nice and charitable they are. Good things should happen to good people an that deserve to win.

Posted by: Mary, brick | Dec 14, 2011 05:48:45 AM |

Dog Kennel - K9 Resorts

My dog enjoys doggie day care during his stays there. The staff is professional and the facility is very clean.

Posted by: Stella, New Providence | Dec 14, 2011 16:17:08 PM |

Best Bakery & Bread~

Calandra’s Bakery in Caldwell bread and bakery in Essex County!

Posted by: Gina, Cedar Grove | Dec 14, 2011 18:52:34 PM |

Great place to shop!

Posted by: Orvel Ray Wilson, Boulder, CO | Dec 14, 2011 19:08:13 PM |


Family owned and operated in LONG BEACH ISLAND for 43 years!! greatest employees and always super friendly:) NJ PROUD BABY!! love this place

Posted by: christy, EDGEWATER PARK, NJ | Dec 17, 2011 22:33:34 PM |


K-9 resorts is a beautiful resort for dogs. We felt at ease leaving our spoiled little westie. She had a great "vacation" there. It is the best of the best!

Posted by: eileen kelly, UNION | Dec 15, 2011 04:29:29 AM |

Mr. Cupcakes hands down!!

Mr. Cupcakes is a great place to go for amazing cupcakes, He is one of the originals. After all these years and as much as they expanded the cupcakes have never changed...always consistent! always delicious!

Posted by: Tara, Ridgewood | Dec 17, 2011 02:04:56 AM |

Walter Bauman

Good reliable store

Posted by: Ana Bercovici, W.Orange | Dec 17, 2011 21:36:20 PM |

K-9 Resorts, Fanwood

K9 Resorts is a tremendous asset to our community. They provide loving pet care and give a tremendous amount of their time and sales to local charities!

Posted by: Helen Arminio , Scotch Plains | Dec 15, 2011 16:09:32 PM |


Ava’s Cupcakes in Rockaway are by far the best this state has! Been up and down the entire state trying cupcakes, and Ava’s wins! Delightful Staff, Adorable & Quaint Shop, and fresh baked cupcakes that cannot be rivaled! Go Ava’s!!

Posted by: Mary Jo Woodward, Newark | Dec 15, 2011 16:14:20 PM |

Cupcakes and Bread

Calandra’s has the Best Cupcakes and Bread.

Posted by: Derrick, Newark | Dec 15, 2011 17:27:05 PM |

Best of!

Love mr cupcakes - best around !!!! Great variety & always fresh & Johnny is the best ;)

Posted by: Lauren , Hasbrouck heights | Dec 16, 2011 21:11:44 PM |


Best ice cream BRAINFREEZE New Milford

Posted by: Murphy Panagiotou , Rivervale Nj | Dec 18, 2011 14:34:16 PM |

New Restaurants

I am thrilled that we have so many new restaurants near Millburn. I have tried several, and none disappointed me. However two stand out for me: Peter’s is great Italian food in a delightful setting. Personal attention from Peter makes it extra special. McLoone’s Boathouse in the South Mountain Reservation is a delight for the eye as well as the palate! Their brownie dessert is well worth the calories!

Posted by: Ilene Lasky Klein, Short Hills, NJ | Dec 18, 2011 17:42:19 PM |


Calandra’s Bakery is THE place or cupcakes. A Cannoli cupcake can you imagine? or a Carroct cake cupcake. They are the BEST!

Posted by: Kristi, Fairfield | Dec 19, 2011 15:37:54 PM |

sugaru cupcakes

ok, I don’t normally fill out these things, but I had to write about these cupcakes and the staff. I had such a nice experience with the owners chris and Jesse. My daughter loved the place and hw many different cupcakes I could make made it that much better. We ave been back 5 more times and haven’t repeated a cupcake yet. The best in NJ by far.

Posted by: Mark, middletown | Dec 19, 2011 16:57:19 PM |

Love the Barker Lounge! Safest place, by far, to leave your dog.

Posted by: Victoria Hudak, Union | Dec 20, 2011 04:20:45 AM |


Posted by: Erina Murcia, Elizabeth | Dec 20, 2011 04:58:22 AM |

Doggie daycare aka dog heaven

Barker lounge in Roselle has gone above and beyond my expectations for doggie services...they show genuine concern for my high-energy boxer...not to mention that my dog drags me in there because she loves it so much! Nothing beats an exhausted pooch!

Posted by: Jen, Rahway | Dec 20, 2011 12:43:23 PM |

Pet Services

Great people at Barker Lounge. My dog loves it.

Posted by: Robert Callahan, Cranford | Dec 20, 2011 13:06:20 PM |


My Om Town Yoga in Westfield is such a wonderful studio; it’s my second home. The owners and instructors are wonderful, the atmosphere is cozy and intimate and there’s a closeness between all the members and the instructors. I’m so glad I got involved earlier this year, it’s helped me grow physically, spiritually and mentally.

Posted by: Kim, scotch plains | Dec 20, 2011 14:21:21 PM |

For Pet Services Barker Lounge is awesome!

We love taking our pug Big Daddy to the Barker Lounge in Roselle and we can tell that he LOVES it too. Not only does he get to play with other small dogs all day, but the staff are so friendly and compassionate that they treat him as if he were one of their own. They always make me feel like Big Daddy special from the time I walk in and they shout "YAY! Big Daddy’s here!" to the time we go home and they tell me how much they love him. They also have wonderful events for the ’parents’ and local’s just an all-around feel good place for both pets and parents.

Posted by: Celine Bass, Scotch Plains | Dec 20, 2011 14:29:00 PM |

The Barker Lounge

Barker Lounge takes care of my Golden Retriever while I am away. I can enjoy my vacation knowing they give her all the exercise, food, sleep and love that I would at home.

Posted by: vivian, Hoboken | Dec 20, 2011 17:52:27 PM |

The Bake Works in Northfield

Best icing in New Jersey! I don’t eat sweet but I LOVE their cake and cupcakes!

Posted by: Kristin, Ocean City | Dec 20, 2011 21:46:56 PM |

Best of Jersey 2012

Calandras Bakery - best bread and cannolis in New Jersey hands down!!!!

Posted by: Kayla Devlin, Clifton | Dec 21, 2011 19:00:28 PM |

The barker lounge

I bring my dog to The Barker Lounge and we both love it , he plays endlessly and I always feel comfortable/worry free leaving my pooch with the loving staff. They go way beyond any other doggie daycare service... I will never my my dog anywhere else besides The Barker Lounge :)

Posted by: Jessica, Rahway | Dec 22, 2011 02:32:45 AM |

Pet resort

K9 is a top notch facility!

Posted by: Michelle R., Berkeley Heights | Dec 22, 2011 19:21:52 PM |


they have best bread in nj

Posted by: gursel uludogan, woodland park,nj | Dec 26, 2011 17:33:12 PM |

Barker Lounge is the Best!

The Barker Lounge is by far the best place I have ever brought my dog to! The staff is WONDERFUL and I know that my dog is in good hands when I leave her. She can’t wait to get there and never wants to leave!

Posted by: Katherine, Garwood | Dec 26, 2011 23:43:47 PM |

Best Breakfast

The absolute best breakfast in NJ is Shut Up and Eat!, on Main Street, Toms River. A casual, fun place for families serving great good in an eclectic environment. The waitresses wear PJs and customers receive a discount if they wear their PJs.

Posted by: Michael, Island Heights | Dec 27, 2011 15:27:53 PM |

Calandra’s Bakery is the best; especially for bread.....

Posted by: Carol Francese, Lyndhurst | Dec 28, 2011 00:34:43 AM |

Greatest store ever

Posted by: Jessica b, West long branch | Dec 28, 2011 02:07:41 AM |

Geeatest store ever!

Posted by: Jessica b, West long branch | Dec 28, 2011 02:10:00 AM |

Good Stuff


Posted by: Alex Capulong, Jersey City | Dec 29, 2011 19:06:01 PM |


Great New Store . . . Love the gifts and antiques!

Posted by: Patty Brown, South Orange | Dec 30, 2011 02:48:25 AM |

GregDavid Salon, Orange, NJ/Best Hair Salon

Thank You to Keith Jones & staff for all that you do. You continue to make GregDavid Salon a success with your amazing talents and professionalism. The front desk staff makes you feel very at home and you become part of a family. Keith is always the first at work, early morning hours, which is what his clients (family) appreciate. Keith pays attention to the details, which is what he has been taught as he has traveled,trained and learned from the best for over 25 years.

GregDavid Salon is simply the "Best". Love all of you.

Posted by: Bernice R. Jones, Hillside, NJ | Dec 31, 2011 10:57:12 AM |

great idea!

I love the best of...

Posted by: Susan Keller, Flanders | Jan 02, 2012 17:03:32 PM |


Calandra’s has the best bread! We go by buy a loaf of the french bread with sesame seeds and he it on the way home.

Posted by: Michele Rios, Clifton | Jan 02, 2012 18:16:29 PM |

Day Spa

Brushed Tanning Sudio at the Fountain Spa is incredible. It is run by Allison and she treats you with such respect and dignity when you go there. She’s very professional and very educated on spray tanning. She does a magnificent job and I just wanted to recommend it to all my friends. I always feel so good with a brushed tan. It is 100% organic & FDA approved. It won’t hurt you unlike tanning beds. Everyone should go and try it! You look and feel like you’ve been on vacation! Give it a try...

Posted by: Gale Palumbo, Nutley | Jan 02, 2012 18:31:50 PM |

Biggie’s is our favorite place to go. Great food, drinks and staff!

Posted by: Lisa, Wood Ridge | Jan 02, 2012 20:01:22 PM |

Best Sports Bar

Biggie’s is the BEST.....great food, so fresh and so many TV’s to watch the big games....most friendly staff around!

Posted by: Carol Grutta, River Edge | Jan 03, 2012 02:16:53 AM |

Sickles Market

In addition to Sickles Market’s wide and varied selection of gourmet foods, garden items and other quality products, their customer service is above the norm. Being part of the Sickles experience is an event. I joined them for a field trip to Longwood Gardens they were offering to their customers. On the coach ride, they provided a wine and cheese tasting that was both fun and educational. They raffled off all kinds of beautiful items from their beautiful garden area. They now are adding a trip overseas to the list of wonderful events they provide.

I would say if you’re looking for an exceptional food market that provides not only delicious and exciting foods, impeccable customer service and then add to that excursions to interesting places, you need look no further. You have it all with Sickles.

I am so happy I found this market.

Posted by: Beverly Guenett, Belford | Jan 03, 2012 18:04:35 PM |

Best Wine!

Hands down Valenzano Winery in Shamong!

Posted by: Tischa Culver, Pine Beach | Jan 03, 2012 19:38:57 PM |

Best Hospital around

Posted by: Michele, lebanon twp | Jan 03, 2012 23:15:13 PM |


the best cupcakes come from the stuffed cupcake in nutley, nj. they are to die for. they are delicious and have talent to master any flavor. all done professional and they do works of art. i simply love them. all those knock off wannabes follow them for ideas and art work! lmao the stuffed cupcake no other place can beat them!

Posted by: janeth , jersey city | Jan 03, 2012 23:38:15 PM |



Posted by: Karen, neptune | Jan 04, 2012 00:18:58 AM |

The Best Gift Shop

The Woman’s Exchange in Little Silver offers an array of gift items made by consignors from all over the US.The perfect place to shop for that special baby gift or last minute item to bring as a dinner guest. The shop boasts volunteers and fulltime managers who are courteous and helpful to all. As a non-profit gift shop, yearly proceeds are donated to local charities. The Woman’s Exchange is the best "gift shop in town!"

Posted by: Susan, Oceanport | Jan 04, 2012 00:45:49 AM |

My favorite places in Little Silver

Skin and Bones Day Spa is by far my favorite place. Nice variety of services, wonderful, caring and talented staff. Nothing pretentious about it, like other places. My whole family goes there.

Coco Bond hair salon is amazing. I don’t trust anyone else!

Fresh Fitness, congratulations on your new start! Rob and his crew have moved on to bigger and better! I love my personal workouts and the rigorous bootcamp! Other places make me feel like I don’t belong.

Posted by: Laurie, Eatontown | Jan 04, 2012 14:24:47 PM |

shine yoga center is the best

Posted by: Izzy Eliaz, New York | Jan 04, 2012 19:18:32 PM |

best day spa

Seriously... the best day spa around... including ORGANIC Products and Natural Mani & Pedi’s ... which is very important and hard to find in this area.

Posted by: lindsay kemp , little silver | Jan 04, 2012 14:39:40 PM |

Red Ginger-great store

Very, very good service and selections. Definitely the best

Posted by: Marina Klima , Odessa, Ukraine | Jan 04, 2012 16:41:25 PM |

Sickles Market

Since moving to this area a year ago, I have found that Sickles Market is my favoriate place to shop. They have a great butcher, cheese, meat, floral, bakery department. The best and all in one location. Loving it, glad to patronize such a convenient, wonderful market.

Posted by: Joan Cusumano, Tinton Falls, NJ | Jan 04, 2012 20:16:11 PM |

Great idea

Posted by: Pam Hemel, Shrewsbury | Jan 04, 2012 21:12:28 PM |

Red Ginger Home is a great furniture store.

Posted by: PatriciaWalch, Morganville | Jan 05, 2012 02:25:19 AM |

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Posted by: Jen , Westwood | Jan 05, 2012 02:56:56 AM |


Wonder Bagels are the best bagels in Jersey!

Posted by: Nada Salloum, Paramus | Jan 05, 2012 18:27:26 PM |

Best Bread Bakery in NJ - Pecoraro Bakery!

If you have not tried the panella from Pecoraro Bakery in Jersey City, then you have never tasted the best Italian bread in New Jersey, hands down. This is the oldest bread bakery in Jersey City, and once you try it you will understand why the shelves are empty by noon every day! Delicious!

Posted by: Jackie, Jersey City | Jan 06, 2012 00:17:00 AM |

iPlay America - the FUN new kid on the block

We hope that you will vote for us - being new, we would love the support from our neighbors and past guests! Thanks and happy voting!

Posted by: iPlay America, freehold | Jan 06, 2012 21:46:24 PM |

i love Shear Glamour Hair Salon they are best around.

Posted by: rick, forked river | Jan 07, 2012 01:16:50 AM |


Cko has changed my life! I have lost 43 lbs! The staff is always caring and very supportive! No better place to go to reach your fitness goals.

Posted by: Julie Lorenzo-Jaqueth, Ogdensburg | Jan 07, 2012 22:42:41 PM |


ICAT is a great gym

Posted by: Alex Lewis, Tinton Falls | Jan 07, 2012 23:57:57 PM |

The fit republic

Thank you to the fit republic for always training me with a smile !! Best training hands down!

Posted by: Ona, North bergen | Jan 08, 2012 06:01:52 AM |

Skin and Bones Day Spa in Little Silver

My wife owns this spa so I know you think I’m prejudice. I see the level of dedication, love and loyalty to the clients and to each other as staff. There is no other spa that cares like they do. They work hard in continuing training and Erica is always looking for the best products and services for their clients.
Trust in this Day Spa and please vote for them.

Posted by: Keith Brummer, Oceanport | Jan 04, 2012 15:12:19 PM |

sugarush cupcakes best around

i had the pleasure of checking these guys out when I went to red bank to visit my in-laws over the holidays. The best I have had. I loved that I could pick my own. Besides the great cupcakes, the owners Chris and Jesse we both there behind the counter having a great time and making me feel so comfortable. Can’t wait to go back.

Posted by: John, clifton | Jan 04, 2012 16:03:29 PM |

Best fitness & recreational facility is hands down the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA. Great facility, great staff, wonderful members and programs.

Posted by: Rosemary Day, Parsippany | Jan 04, 2012 16:55:42 PM |

Best Cannoli

Best Cannoli’s

Posted by: Rosalie, Westfield | Jan 04, 2012 19:13:16 PM |

Five Guys...LOVE the giant fries!

my daughter LOVES the giant fries, and esp loves that after they are put in the to-go bag, they seem to put in another extra scoop of them!

Posted by: fidgit, Lincroft | Jan 05, 2012 16:35:58 PM |

Walter Bauman Jewelry

Walter Bauman Jewelry can be summed up in a few choice words: Courteous, professional, trust-worthy and fair prices.

Posted by: Ronald Citron, Verona | Jan 05, 2012 17:12:29 PM |

Best Bagels in Jersey!

WONDER BAGELS IN JERSEY CITY ARE THE MOST EXQUISTE AND SCRUMPTIOUS BAGELS IN DARE I SAY THE ENTIRE TRI-STATE! They literally melt in your mouth! Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese (salt, pepper, Ketchup) on a Sesame Bagel is the way to go for me!

Posted by: Kim , saddle brook | Jan 05, 2012 19:20:04 PM |

BLUE SHEEP BAKE SHOP - the ONLY destination for CUPCAKES!!!

Blue Sheep Bake Shop! Hands down the best tasting cupcakes imaginable. They are also very creative with flavors and design. They are always open for new cupcake suggestions and ideas. Virtually NOWHERE can compare to the magnificence that is Blue Sheep Bake Shop!

Posted by: Kristen, Bound Brook, NJ | Jan 05, 2012 20:48:24 PM |

Best Customer Service

Knowledgeable staff and the best customer service you can get.

Posted by: Anthony, Elmwood Park | Jan 06, 2012 05:04:47 AM |

Hot Sand Glass Studio

Simply the best attraction in Asbury Park for kids

Posted by: Linda Valentino, Chatham | Jan 06, 2012 12:20:02 PM |

best fitness club

best place to work out is the Fit Republic

Posted by: maria bringas, cliffside park | Jan 06, 2012 12:21:30 PM |

Hot Sand is a great place to take out of town guests.

Posted by: Dee, Shrewsbury | Jan 06, 2012 14:41:41 PM |

best cupcakes

The cupcakes at blue sheep bake shop are outstanding. There is a wide variety and are always fresh. They are the yummiest cupcakes I have ever tasted.

Posted by: connie szukics, east brunswick | Jan 06, 2012 16:17:15 PM |



Posted by: jon m, wayne | Jan 06, 2012 19:12:30 PM |

Donut category

You should have a Donut category and I nominate Judicke’s Bakery in Bayonne.

Posted by: shari, aberdeen | Jan 06, 2012 22:14:56 PM |

Best of the Best

There are so many categories to choose from this year with some new ones as well. At the moment I am thinking Day Spa..and I have to go with Vito Mazza in Woodbridge. Their hot stone massages are the BEST!!

Posted by: Sharon Condiracci, Monroe Township, NJ | Jan 07, 2012 00:32:48 AM |

Barrington Coffee House is a great live music venue with delicious coffee in a homespun yet hip environment.

Posted by: Steve Butt, Media, PA | Jan 12, 2012 19:27:36 PM |


Hey There Cupcake has the tastiest and most beautiful cupcakes in NJ. The service is impeccable and they maintain a caring family friendly atmosphere. Their attention to my kids has been remarkable. They have made cupcakes for a few of our family parties and everybody has been very impressed. Love them :)

Posted by: Sarah Stuarr, Kearny | Jan 07, 2012 16:02:57 PM |

Barker Lounge

The Barker Lounge in Roselle Park, NJ is such a wonderful place to have your dog stay when you’re away. You’re mind is totally at ease knowing that they’re well taken care of and he’s ALWAYS happy to be there.

Posted by: Debi LeBrun, Scotch Plains, NJ | Jan 05, 2012 16:26:04 PM |

great service

Walter bauman short hills nj has great service and they always treat u great

Posted by: rosalie, edison nj | Jan 05, 2012 17:10:46 PM |



Posted by: jen Cowden, SUMMIT | Jan 06, 2012 01:29:55 AM |

no comment :-)

Posted by: Kathleen Danilewicz, Brick | Jan 06, 2012 02:22:59 AM |

Calandras is the best!

Happy hour ant Clandras Bar and Restaurant is fantastic!

Posted by: Catherine , Morristown | Jan 06, 2012 15:25:23 PM |


Ballys is the best in Atlantic City

Posted by: Will, Pine Hill | Jan 06, 2012 22:16:23 PM |

Autumn Meadow Trading

Hi everyone, really great that NJ Monthly does something like this. A lot of our customers have been voting and hope they keep it up. We are a newer gift shop that has been booming in the downtown Toms River area. We make our own soy candles and have by far the BEST customer service out there. Feel free to come check us out 11c Washington Street in Toms River.

Posted by: Tom Nuara, Toms River | Jan 07, 2012 13:34:34 PM |

Best Boutique in New Jersey!

Gypsy Warrior Boutique, Ridgewood, everyone is so obsessed! I love it!

Posted by: Amanda, Ridgewood | Jan 08, 2012 14:15:08 PM |

CKO Bayonne

The best gym for miles around. Mike Takano and his team of professionals rock!

Posted by: Josie Deluca, Hoboken | Jan 08, 2012 21:15:56 PM |

CKO Bayonne

The best gym for miles around. Mike Takano and his team of professionals rock!

Posted by: Josie Deluca, Hoboken | Jan 08, 2012 21:15:58 PM |

The Fit Republic

Best personalized hard core training and nutrition support = The Fit Republic. Check it out in Cliffside Park, NJ.

Posted by: Dr. Paul Barbato, Union City, NJ | Jan 08, 2012 21:17:57 PM |

I Play America

I Play America is an awesome indoor amusement park. Very clean & very organized.

Posted by: Karen Valek, Howell | Jan 09, 2012 01:51:30 AM |

Best of Survey

I love Walter Bauman Jewelers in Union, NJ! That is my favorite jewelry store by far! They are helpful, courteous, professional and have a great selection at reasonable prices!

They also give the best prices for selling Gold/Silver!

Hope that they win the Best of Jewelry Stores!

Posted by: Deborah Schillinger, Linden, NJ | Jan 09, 2012 06:13:53 AM |

#1 pole

I am looking forwar to seeing the results

Posted by: Gerry Carretta, Washington Township, NJ | Jan 09, 2012 13:52:35 PM |

Eden Market, South Orange NJ

Love their fresh Meats that are sliced and prepared into great sandwiches

Posted by: Sharon Davis, nj | Jan 09, 2012 14:47:12 PM |

Rook Coffee

One of the best in the state! I am lucky enough to have them within a 5 minute walk from home, and I can no longer drink coffee from anywhere else. They have NO flavored coffees, just the best tasting brews you will find that do not need ANY flavors added at all!

Posted by: Patrick Gleason, Oakhurst | Jan 09, 2012 16:59:15 PM |

Rook Coffee Roasters

Rook Coffee Roasters is by FAR the best coffee the best coffee I’ve ever had. Such friendly staff, very knowledgeable about the beans and process. I’m a big coffee person and I wouldn’t go anywhere else to get it but here. Love it!!

Posted by: Jamie Gaudious, Ocean | Jan 09, 2012 17:36:51 PM |

My Om Town Yoga, Westfield NJ

The classes and instruction are like no other although I live in NYC I attend classes at my Om Town Yoga during the weekend. Estrella, embodies Yoga, she believe in it’s healing properties. She travels 1x per week into NYC to bring the Benefits of Yoga to a charter school, where we work 12 hr days

Posted by: Denise, NYC | Jan 09, 2012 18:11:46 PM |

permission for comments

Yum Yum French Fries

Posted by: Rocco Alfano, Ozone Park, NY | Jan 09, 2012 18:55:16 PM |


I love Cathy’s Nice Nails and Hair! The best customer service and welcoming and comfortable aura. Not to mention a great service list and the relaxing inexpensive twenty dollar pedicure! Love all their Redken products and overall, the cleanliness and fun at this homely, local place is the best for men and women.

Posted by: Tricia, Farmingdale | Jan 10, 2012 01:08:00 AM |

vote for Biggies!

Biggies is the Best!

Posted by: Julia Ann Hill, hawthorne | Jan 10, 2012 01:22:03 AM |


MoonShine Modern Supper Club in Millburn is a trendy new restaurant with an appealing bar/lounge area. Their signature cocktail list is creative and impressive (and delicious) and their wine list is extensive. Great happy hour spot too!

Posted by: Meredith D, Springfield | Jan 10, 2012 13:53:58 PM |


MoonShine Modern Supper Club in Millburn is a trendy new restaurant with an appealing bar/lounge area. Their signature cocktail list is creative and impressive (and delicious) and their wine list is extensive. Great happy hour spot too!

Posted by: Meredith D, Springfield | Jan 10, 2012 13:55:24 PM |

Alchemy Hour, Maplewood

Alchemy Hour, Maplewood (women’s apparel and accessories with a beachy theme)
Very young Janean Harvey has made a big leap to open her own store, parlaying numerous years of retail experience into a work of passion and high spirited drive to create a welcoming shopping experience
Go Janean!

Posted by: Robert Schott, Cranford | Jan 11, 2012 14:34:22 PM |

gift shops

we are fortunate to have LaPlaca Pottery Works in our area. Gregg LaPlaca is a master potter, an incredible artist and teacher. I buy his pottery for myself, and people I love. (always the brides favorite gift at showers, I never go to the registry). someone I loved has her ashes in one of his urns.

Posted by: Irene Heaney, spring lake heights | Jan 10, 2012 02:19:03 AM |

Surya yoga

Surya yoga is the best yoga in New Jersey. It has classes for all levels, great instructors (Anyra, Susan, Gilli, Jessica and Jeff are all superstars!), and a welcoming atmosphere. It is heated yoga, but they don’t go overboard.

Posted by: David Mattingly, Hoboken | Jan 10, 2012 13:18:51 PM |

Westfield Fitness Studio

Area’s best. We used their owner/lead trainer Vincent Chen to design conditioning program for our Dragon Boat racing team.

Dr. John C. Chen
Coach & President
Charlotte Dragon Boat Association

Posted by: John Chen, Charlotte | Jan 10, 2012 15:48:44 PM |

Best Restaurant

Even though it is fairly new Moonshine in Millburn is outstanding. Great food great service.

Posted by: Robert Reddington, Springfield<NJ | Jan 10, 2012 18:13:53 PM |

Little sweet cakes

the best cupcakes I have ever tasted!!! And I’m a junk food junkie!!! The strawberry is to die for...... The coconut is amazing.... And the owners Jen And Amanda are incredibly sweet!!! Bring the kids!!! Oh and I can’t wait tomtry the gluten free cupcakes! My son is on a gluten free diet and I am somexcited they started the new cupcakes.. They are located on broad st in pt pleasant.

Posted by: Kerin Flynn , manalapan, nj | Jan 10, 2012 23:46:31 PM |

Little sweet cakes

the best cupcakes I have ever tasted!!! And I’m a junk food junkie!!! The strawberry is to die for...... The coconut is amazing.... And the owners Jen And Amanda are incredibly sweet!!! Bring the kids!!! Oh and I can’t wait tomtry the gluten free cupcakes! My son is on a gluten free diet and I am somexcited they started the new cupcakes.. They are located on broad st in pt pleasant.

Posted by: Kerin Flynn , manalapan, nj | Jan 10, 2012 23:46:32 PM |


Best breakfast ever! Regular! Don’t like to miss!!

Posted by: Faith Dixon, Ship Bottom | Jan 11, 2012 00:06:42 AM |

Best Cocktails in NJ!

Moonshine has such unique specialty cocktails! I personally enjoyed their sangria best! This is the place to be if you want a beautiful atmosphere and enjoy a delicious and different kind of drink.

Posted by: Rob Stanzione, Wood-Ridge | Jan 11, 2012 00:27:15 AM |

Millburn, nj rocks!

Posted by: Barbara Wolfe, rocky hill, ct | Jan 11, 2012 02:25:11 AM |

Best Gift Shop

"Seed387" has the best gifts in Millburn N.J.!!!

Posted by: Nancy Levy, Millburn | Jan 11, 2012 02:45:27 AM |

Moonshine for Cocktails!

Moonshine supper club has a fabulous bar with some great drink specialties. My personal faves are the OMG and the "Over 21 Hot Chocolate." My husband says their wine list can’t be beat. We have been waiting for a place like this for some time now. A must try for those that haven’t been.

Posted by: Marley Goldenring, West Orange | Jan 11, 2012 02:57:27 AM |

Moon Doggie Coffee

Moon Doggie actually takes pride in roasting their own coffee, most of which is fair-trade or rainforest certified. Plus, they donate a sizable portion of their proceeds to animal rescue groups and send coffee to the troops overseas through their Java for Joes program which they began 3 years ago.

Posted by: Donna Funk, Maywood | Jan 11, 2012 03:09:00 AM |

Great pancakes

The pancakes at the greenhouse are the best!

Posted by: Milt nuckols, Richmond | Jan 11, 2012 03:14:35 AM |


Hind and Fore, Bridgewater...the best

Posted by: Ron Ledford, Hillsborough | Jan 12, 2012 14:39:33 PM |

little sweet cakes

correction located on bay ave in pt pleasant!!!

Posted by: kerin, manalapan | Jan 11, 2012 17:00:57 PM |

Papillon 25 South Orange has great cocktails,great food ,great Jazz on Thursdays,R&b & blues on Saturdays, It is like being in New york city without leaving the Village.

Posted by: yanick Ranieri, West orange | Jan 12, 2012 00:15:53 AM |

Morris Animal Inn

My dog loves it here. Would never leave her any other place. Wonderful staff and the best care.

Posted by: Ashley, Chatham | Jan 12, 2012 20:52:35 PM |

Hind and Fore - Best Butcher

Best Butcher around! Their dry aged steaks are amazing; the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Love this place!

Posted by: Adam Verlin, Annandale | Jan 13, 2012 04:24:50 AM |


Hind & Fore is a rare find - a local, independent shop with the absolute best products and unbeatable customer service! Try them - you will give up buying supermarket meat products forever!

Posted by: Colleen Tobia, Branchburg | Jan 13, 2012 14:29:02 PM |

Strategic Combat Academy

This place is amazing, top notch trainers and friendly,clean, motivated environment! if your interested in feeling great and receiving the best training around! they offer classes in BJJ, Muay Thia, Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA, & Bootcamp Conditioning

Posted by: Rey Riviera, Highland Park | Jan 13, 2012 17:19:41 PM |

2 chicks with chocolate

by far the BEST chocolate at 2 CHICKS WITH CHOCOLATE in South River, NJ and hands down best customer service! If you have not tried this stuff yet, you have no idea what you are missing. Bon-Bons, chocolate bark, wine collection, chocolate covered popcorn with pop rocks, spice tiles, and oh so much more!

Posted by: jamie bobel, keyport | Jan 14, 2012 01:04:19 AM |

BESt Gift Shop

Heidi’s Cottage is the loveliest little shop in NJ. "Independent shop" often means high prices, but this store, owned by a mother & daughter, offer the best of both worlds - beautiful items & reasonable prices. The BEST place to go for hostess gifts or for that one-of-a-kind item to finish a room.

Posted by: Donna, Dunellen, Nj | Jan 14, 2012 01:27:08 AM |

Good Luck

Posted by: Lisa Gagliano, Summit | Jan 14, 2012 12:10:32 PM |

Surf Shop

Best Surf Shop around they sell all the top surf brands and have an amazing staff.

Posted by: Britt Garrison, Fair Haven | Jan 15, 2012 02:20:40 AM |


Posted by: Karolyn Szot, Lebanon | Jan 11, 2012 18:28:46 PM |

Alchemy Hour Boutique

The owner, has over 7 years of retail experience and at age 21 she’s putting some of her best experience and talents into this great little surf-inspired shop. Great prices, relaxed, friendly and exceptional customer service. Globally, locally and socially conscious too. The decor of this ladies apparel and accessories boutique was designed and created by the owner herself including the tie dyed awning outside the store! Go Janean!

Posted by: Helen Harvey, Maplewood | Jan 11, 2012 21:42:30 PM |

Cherry Pick

Cherry Pick Children’s Boutique and Consignment Shop is the best around! Top quality designer brand clothing at affordable prices. Don’t miss this one moms!!!

Posted by: Cathy Williams, Eatontown | Jan 12, 2012 01:23:20 AM |

Maritime Museum Beach Haven

A great place to visit and see historical
artifacts. If you love the island you would enjoy this museum!

Posted by: George C. Hartnett, Moorestown | Jan 12, 2012 03:45:34 AM |

Best Butcher Hind and Fore!!!

You can’t beat Hind and Fore’s meats and service...lovely people, lovely food...

Posted by: Meg Penn, Lebanon | Jan 12, 2012 16:38:08 PM |

Hind and Fore, the best!!!!

You can’t beat Hind and Fore’s meats and service, lovely people, lovely food!

Posted by: Meg Penn, Lebanon | Jan 12, 2012 16:40:35 PM |


Best gift shop ever! Hottest hippest boutique.

Posted by: Judy rudman, Short hills | Jan 12, 2012 17:17:24 PM |

Best Butcher

My Favorite happens to be ; Best Butcher, because at Eden Gourmet Marketplace in South Orange; I believe the Best Butcher resides, Marty goes over and beyond his job description in making sure that EVERY customer gets the very best and their meat is cut or ground to their liking. Thank You Marty !

Posted by: Ronald Mojomick, South Orange | Jan 12, 2012 19:43:44 PM |

Morris Animal Inn

My dog loves it here. Would never leave her any other place. Wonderful staff and the best care.

Posted by: Ashley, Chatham | Jan 12, 2012 20:52:33 PM |

The Aroma is Intoxicating

The very first franchise of Aroma Coffee, the Israeli coffee to die for, is now open at the Garden State Plaza, just next to Lord & Taylor. Coffee is amazing, the food is fresh and tasty and a great value. Ask for the owners Gary & Raj, they are always there. Worth the trip.

Posted by: Ross Gnesin, Far Hills | Jan 13, 2012 01:30:26 AM |

BEST pancakes

The best pancakes in nj are definitely Jayson’s. My family has been going there for years and they are always satisfied. We go at least twice each time we visit LBI.

Posted by: Sue, Cherry Hill, NJ | Jan 13, 2012 03:34:30 AM |

Greg David Salon

Greg David Salon is the BEST salon on the map in Orange,New Jersey! There stylist are friendly, courteous, and Fabolous!

Posted by: Jin Lee, Hillside | Jan 13, 2012 20:30:22 PM |

Best surf shop

Glide surf shop in Normandy beach!!!

Posted by: Brian, Toms River | Jan 14, 2012 00:16:53 AM |

These are all my favorites !!!!

Posted by: RM, | Jan 14, 2012 12:21:59 PM |


Posted by: Angela Ricciardi, toms river | Jan 14, 2012 15:35:19 PM |

Consignment/Vintage Shop

Sugar & Spice and Everything Twice is the best children’s consignment shop ever! An amazing variety of high end clothing that are so well organized. The owners are super friendly too-which makes it "twice" as enjoyable!!

Posted by: Heather , Parsippany | Jan 14, 2012 23:22:22 PM |

Gift Shop

TMC in Stirling.....
Greatest little gift shop there is. What a discovery! All kinds of specially crafter jewelry, scaves, handbags .... great place, reasonably priced if you are looking for something different for yourself or a gift get there as fast as you can a real ’girly’ shop

Posted by: B. Pleasant, South Plainfield | Jan 11, 2012 19:42:05 PM |

love that you want our feedback

Posted by: Cindy Medina, Caldwell | Jan 11, 2012 23:09:23 PM |



Posted by: Janet depalma, Nutley | Jan 12, 2012 00:56:29 AM |



Posted by: Bethanie, little falls | Jan 12, 2012 01:38:03 AM |

Just what Point Pleasant Beach needed. Awesome selesction and great prices

Posted by: Margarita Perez, Brick | Jan 12, 2012 02:11:21 AM |


Jayson’s Pancake House in Ship Bottom (LBI) has hands down the BEST pancakes in NJ!! They’ve been around forever and it is ALWAYS delicious with the freshest ingredients. YUM

Posted by: Lydia, Ship Bottom | Jan 13, 2012 03:32:05 AM |

Skin & Bones Day Spa

You cant go wrong with this day spa. Lauren and Donna and Barbara all have taken care of my skin and waxing to perfection. And the whole staff is friendly and caring. A very relaxed and professional vibe. Try them.

I also love Sickles Market for gifts. They have expanded and their butcher department is awesome and their cheese department is my favorite.

And DJeet in the Grove has amazing Truffle Fries!!!

Posted by: Tracy Sherman, Little Silver | Jan 13, 2012 16:07:16 PM |

Best Pancakes

Shut Up and Eat in Toms River is the best place for Pancakes and Breakfest period !!!

Posted by: colin kelly, Toms River NJ 08753 | Jan 13, 2012 17:41:21 PM |



Posted by: RORY CHADWICK, hoboken | Jan 11, 2012 21:35:21 PM |

Love TMC

Linda Tribuna has beautiful gifts in her shop!

Posted by: Sue Green, Cranford | Jan 11, 2012 21:36:21 PM |

Idiosyncrazies - Best Gift Store

If there’s anyone that hasn’t been by Idiosyncrazies on Arnold Ave, in Point Pleasant yet, you need to do yourself a favor and make a special trip there. There’s a unrivaled selection of unique gifts (a large number being Fair Trade products) and a fresh display of local art as well.

Posted by: Jack Fusco, Toms River, NJ | Jan 12, 2012 15:13:24 PM |

Hind and Fore

Best Butcher by far. They are so friendly and have the best products.

Posted by: Lisa Schoch, Hillsborough | Jan 12, 2012 15:17:09 PM |

Pet Boutique

Beowoof is by far the BEST Pet Boutique in Hoboken, with the BEST quality products in and very friendly service.

Posted by: Christine Marshall, Hoboken | Jan 12, 2012 21:39:49 PM |

Best Pet Care

Morris Animal Inn is not only the best pet care in NJ, it’s among the best in the world! We drive our pets from CT to NJ because of their amazing care and facility. Every pet in NJ and beyond should be so lucky to stay or play with Morris Animal Inn!

Posted by: Laura, Wilton, CT | Jan 12, 2012 22:28:25 PM |

skin and bones day spa

I love being there. It is always so beautiful, they are always so warm and pleasing. the products truly amazing,Every One there so gracious. Thank You All for all that you have done for me over the years.I really appreciate all the fun I have had there. Oh and I feel so great when I go home.

Posted by: mell zillger, rumson,n.j. | Jan 12, 2012 23:09:28 PM |

Moon Doggie Coffee is the best

I have used Moon Doggie Coffee and it is the best!!!

Posted by: Rosanne Hughes, Monsey | Jan 12, 2012 23:48:07 PM |

Great Music and Coffee too !!!

Love this place, Scott does a great job with creating a friendly atmosphere and wonderful music.

Posted by: Louis Dallara, Medford | Jan 13, 2012 15:53:29 PM |

Bakery- desserts & other

The Flaky Tart, Atlantic Highlands.

THIS us the best place for desserts. Owner and creative head, Marie is a James Beard award winning talent.You will also often see her in her shop, coming out from the kitchen, with signature hair bandana, for a very friendly chat with customers.

The best: carrot cake, key lime pie, cookies, muffins, and other goodies are always available and super fresh.

She also has a fresh dialy assortment of lunch items: fresh salads, soups, sandwiches all with her creative touch.

DO TRY THE MACARONI and CHEESE! IT IS THE BEST ! Bake fesh daily. Served in large delicious wedges.

Posted by: Diane Benson, Leonardo, NJ | Jan 13, 2012 16:01:06 PM |

good luck

Posted by: ross blanco, asbury park | Jan 13, 2012 19:47:49 PM |

Childrrens Boutique

Kidegories is the best children’s store with excellent gifts and furniture the best customer service too.

Posted by: Sara, Long Branch | Jan 14, 2012 13:24:12 PM |

Green Beans is awesome!!!!

Posted by: Claire, Manasquan | Jan 14, 2012 19:37:38 PM |

best of voting

I wanted to vote and the deadline is January 15... form is not available????

Posted by: maria tsivicos, wayside | Jan 15, 2012 16:40:48 PM |


Thanks to Keith and his great staff.Much love!

Posted by: SHARON NELSON, KEASBEY,NJ | Jan 16, 2012 02:54:26 AM |


Thanks to Keith and his great staff.Much love!

Posted by: SHARON NELSON, KEASBEY,NJ | Jan 16, 2012 02:54:26 AM |

BEst Gift Shop

A Dash of Thyme, Denville
A very pleasant place to shop, a true Denville atmospohere, cozy, quaint and a bit of class!

Posted by: Donna Ott, Denville | Jan 16, 2012 17:17:51 PM |

Ken at Corrados in Wayne* Best Dog Groomer*

Our dogs dont go anywher else, uncle kenny is knowledgable, friendly and excellent dog groomer, we take our buddy and bella there and only there. thank you for taking excellent care of our little furry family! Everyone should give Ken a try he works very hard and it shows our pets always come home looking great, smelling clean and they are happy! Thank you Ken

Posted by: Donna A, wayne nj | Feb 03, 2012 16:56:29 PM |

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