The Best of Long Island 2010

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At the Long Island Press, we know there is only one way to determine what is truly the Best of Long Island—and it is the same way we have made that determination since the first year of this poll: We ask you to tell us. You vote. We tally. You decide. We tell the world.

This is the fifth year of the Long Island PressBest of L.I. poll, and it’s also by far the biggest. We have added nearly 40 new categories—now featuring a total of 215—and we had approximately 50 percent more votes cast this year than we did last year.

Some extraordinary measures were put in place to make sure your favorites were considered, and your votes counted. The first step was establishing a comprehensive nomination process, so that any company that does business on LI had an opportunity to be in the running. This nomination process was open to everyone, for two months, from July through August. The winners of our 2009 poll were automatically nominated again, so that they could defend their titles. The nominations were honed down to the top finalists in each category before the voting began. The survey was originally designed by Brainstorm Studios in Melville, and third-party administrated by Tens of thousands of votes were cast for the Best of honors through our website, The official voting began on Oct. 1, and was open to everyone. Once the voting ended on Dec. 15, the results were added up, then double-checked for duplicate IP address votes (which were then removed), then added up again.

This year, as we did last year, we separated local and national winners. We gave local businesses first-, second- and third-place awards in each category. If a national chain was one of the three highest vote-getters in any individual category, that chain was noted on its own, as the first-place national winner, after the first-, second- and third-place local winners.

Be aware, of course, that what may be The Best to your neighbor may not be The Best to you—which is why we named at least three winners in every category. All these places got waves of support. All have patrons who care about them and continue to give them business. All have found homes and customer bases on Long Island. And all are viable candidates to earn your vote for the Best of L.I. in next year’s poll, and beyond. We recommend you try all of them, as they all represent the Best of L.I.

We also included some of our own choices—our Editor’s Picks, which include some fun and unusual categories. Best Place to Cure a Hangover, for instance. Best Road to Get Lost On. Etcetera. These weren’t open to a vote—they were just us, kicking around some ideas, having some fun.

Just as we hope you will have fun when you read the 2010 Best of L.I. We hope you will use this as a guide, something to help you explore and find new favorites of your own. And when you find those favorites, send us some feedback; let us know. We hope you will keep this issue nearby all year round, return to it and reference it.

Here at the Press, we’d like to give a well-deserved round of applause to Executive Vice President Felice Cantatore and Marketing Director Harlan Friedman, for the incredible efforts they offer every day in constructing, maintaining and building our Best of program. We’d also like to tip our caps to the businesses that went out of their way to promote themselves, to lobby their patrons for votes, who went to great lengths to prove to our readership that they are the best. But, most importantly, we have to give a standing ovation to our readers, who voted in such incredible numbers and made sure their voices were heard.

You’ve tried the rest. But you’ve found the best. And you return to it, week after week, month after month, year after year. You tell your family and friends about it, your neighbors, your co-workers. We want to thank you for telling us about it. You voted. We kept score.

Now the results are in. And here they are.









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