The votes are in and the winners have been selected for the 2012 About.com Manhattan Readers' Choice Awards.
Congratulations to all of the worthy winners!
1. About the 2012 Manhattan Readers' Choice Awards
For our second annual Manhattan Readers' Choice Awards, we took nominations from our readers in 10 categories. For each category, readers nominated five finalists and then voted for the winners from Feb. 22 through March 21, 2012. The polls were audited and validated by our tech team to produce the final results: FAQ on poll validation
. You can see more categories across dozens of About.com topics for Readers' Choice Awards
in technology, products, services, and more.
This race was just too close to call so we had to declare a tie. Congratulations to the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck
and the Kelvin Natural Slush Truck
Why not enjoy a dumpling dinner and a raspberry ginger slush for dessert? That way, you get to enjoy the best of both of the Best New York City Food Trucks.
New York City is home to some of the best desserts
in the world. But according to your votes, the ultimate NYC sweet treat is a doughnut from The Doughnut Plant
The Doughnut Plant, with NYC locations on the Lower East Side and in Chelsea, makes homemade doughnuts in tantalizing flavors including pineapple, peanut butter and jelly, hazelnut, tres leches, and many more.
We asked you to vote for the Best New York City App and the competition was fierce. The winner is NYC-ARTS
, the ultimate mobile guide to arts and culture events all over New York City.
Brought to you by the people behind Channel Thirteen WNET, NYC-ARTS is a free mobile guide designed to help you discover the best arts and culture events happening in and around New York City.
In the battle for Best Manhattan Gym, we had a clear and decisive winner -- the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
With a full 74% of the vote, the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers dominated the vote. And why not? This massive workout destination on the Hudson River has everything -- from fitness classes to rock climbing, to ice skating, to a year-round swimming pool.
in Union Square can now claim the title of Best Manhattan Yoga Class.
Owner Cyndi Lee describes OM yoga as a seamless integration of vinyasa, precise alignment, and the Buddhist meditation methods of mindfulness and compassion. Classes are held daily in the 6th floor OM Yoga studio above The Strand bookstore. Offerings also include prenatal yoga classes, private classes, and yoga teacher training.
Looking for the ultimate Manhattan fitness class to whip you into shape? Check out Physique 57
, our winner for Best Manhattan Fitness Class.
Physique 57 classes combine isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches to lengthen and sculpt your muscles. Celebrities like Kelly Ripa and Denise Richards have been spotted at Physique 57 studios in New York (Spring Street, West 57th Street, and West 73rd Street), Bridgehampton, and L.A.
The competition for the title of Best Manhattan Hair Color was hard-fought. Each of the three finalists earned hundreds of votes and the leader kept changing throughout the voting period. In the end, James Corbett at James Corbett Studio
was the big winner.
Located in Union Square, James Corbett Studios offers a full menu of salon and spa services in an elegant but friendly environment. James himself is a master colorist beloved by celebrities and New York beauty editors.
Devachan Salon and Wei Lang Spa at Devachan
took the title for Best Manhattan Salon for Curly Hair. Founded by Lorraine Massey, curl advocate and author of the book Curly Girl
, Devachan specializes in making curly hair beautiful through cut, color, and their own line of products for curly hair.
earned 82% of the vote to dominate the category of Best Manhattan Salon for Black Hair. Founder Ellin LaVar is a legend who has styled numerous celebrities and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Located on West 72nd Street, LaVar offers haircuts, color, weaves and extensions, natural hair care services, relaxed hair care services, and more.