Westchester Magazine Celebrates "Best of Westchester 2011"

Westchester residents flocked to Glen Island Harbour Club Wednesday night for Westchester Magazine's annual Best of Westchester Party.

On Wednesday night, Westchester Magazine celebrated the best in dining, arts and entertainment at its annual “Best of Westchester” event at the Glen Island Harbour Club.

Guests enjoyed everything including music, food, spa treatments and even to spray tans.

Each year, Westchester Magazine places the top organizations, restaurants, and companies in the county into eight categories: food & drink, shopping, nightlife, arts & leisure, home, health & beauty, kids, and services. The magazine then chooses awards within those categories, such as “Best Steak” or “Best Facial.”

Winning vendors set up their booths with their foods, products, and services and guests are able to walk around tasting and trying whatever fancies them. 

“Normally people think that you need to go to the city, down in Manhattan, to get the best of anything” said Nick Trombetta, owner of Maffei Salon who was voted “Best Hair Colorist of 2011. “And truthfully, there is a lot to be said for what’s going on in Westchester right now.”

Check out what the winners had to say in the video.

Here's a list of winners from Patch towns across Westchester: 

Food & Drink

Best Cheese Shop – Dobbs & Biship Fine Cheese (Bronxville)

Best New Tapas - Bellota (White Plains)

Best Meat and Potatoes - Thyme Restaurant (Yorktown)

Best Eggplant Parm - Tuscany Cafe (White Plains)

Best New Pizza - ZaZa (Scarsdale)

Best Patisserie - Chantilly (Bronxville)

Best Cozy to Comfy Expansion - Stan'z (Larchmont)

Best Bloody Mary - Rye Roadhouse (Rye)

Best Crowd Pleaser - Arrosto (Port Chester)

Best New Candy Shop - Candy Rox (Rye) 

Best Cookies Like Mom Makes - Provisions (Pelham)

Best Good Deal Wine Store - Vino 100 (White Plains)

Best Sangria - EliA Taverna  (Bronxville)

Best Crostini - Fig & Olive  (Scarsdale)

Best Curger Choices - Westchester Burger Co. (White Plains)

Best Pancakes - On the Way Cafe (Rye)

Best Hot Dogs - Lubins-n-Links (Tarrytown)

Best Hot Chocolate - Mint Premium Foods (Tarrytown)

Best Fried Chicken - Alvin & Friends  (New Rochelle)

Best Restaurant with a Bar Scene - Bartaco (Port Chester) 

Best Snack Nuts - Bobbysue's Nuts! (Chappaqua)

Best Distillery - StilltheOneCOMB Vodka (Port Chester)

Best New Butcher - Tarry Market (Port Chester)

Best New Restaurant Design - Cienega (New Rochelle)


Ice Cream

Best Unique Flavor - Rangoli Indian Cuisine (New Rochelle)

Best Ice Cream for Adults - Vintage 1981 (Larchmont)



Best Hottest - Candlelight Inn (Scarsdale)

Best Variety - Lazy Boy Saloon (White Plains)

Beat Meatiest - Q Restaurant & Bar (Port Chester)



Best Eco-Centric Gifts - REcologie (Larchmont)

Best New Equestrian Shop - Twisted Bit Saddlery (Scarsdale)

Best Made-by-Women Crafts - Brigit (Mamaroneck)

Best New Women's Accessory Shop - Clutch (Larchmont)

Best Fair-Trade Gift Shop - Aurora FT (Chappaqua)

Best Vintage Apparel - CoutureDossier (Chappaqua)

Best Fashionista's Favorite - Crave (Port Chester)

Best Shop Reinvention - Outerluxe (Larchmont)

Best Finds at great Prices-   (Pleasantville)

Best Family Jewlery Shop - R&M Woodrow Jewlers (Rye)



Best Sports Fan's Bartender - Tommy Dee @ The Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant (Ossining)

Best Grown-Up-Date Night Spot - Vintage 1891 (Larchmont)

Best Wine Bar Alternative - Haiku Asian Bistro (Scarsdale)

Best Outdoor Bar - Hudson Grille (White Plains)

Best Tequilas and Margaritas - Bartaco (Port Chester)

Best Alternative to Caribbean Vacation - The Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar (Rye)

Best Gay Night - Elements Food & Spirits (White Plains)


Arts & Leisure

Best New Halloween Attraction - Horseman's Hollow (Sleepy Hollow)

Best Gallery Redo - Clay Art Center (Port Chester)

Best New professional Writers Group - Marmaduke Writing Factory (Pleasantville)

Best Hip-Hop Instructor - Shar Adrias at Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists (Tarrytown)

Best Musical Upgrade - The Westchester Chamber Symphony (New Rochelle)

Best Indie Bookstore - (Pleasantville)

Best Literary Tea - Voracious Reader (Larchmont)

Best Theater Revamp - Picture House (Pelham)

Best Local Music Festival - (Pleasantville)

Best New Theater Series - White Plains Performing Arts Center (White Plains)

Best DJ - Caroline Corley @ 107.1 The Peak (White Plains)



Best New High-End Home Boutique - (Briarcliff Manor)

Best Furniture - Country Willow Baby (Bedford Hills)

Best Brass Hardware - The Decorative Hardware Studio (Chappaqua)

Best New Antique Furnishings Shop - (Bedford Hills)

Best Antiques - Post Road Gallery (Larchmont)

Best New Traditional Furniture Store - Stickley, Audi & Co (White Plains)


Health & Beauty

Best Personal Trainer - Helen Ansari of the Saw Mill Club (Mount Kisco)

Best Pilates Intructor - Doris Pasteleur @ Hall at Body Wise Connection (Chappaqua)

Best Gym with a View - LizzFitness (Ossining)

Best Salon Hairstylist - Billy Galasso @ Billy's of Mount Kisco (Mount Kisco)

Best Colorist - Nick Trombetta @ Salon Maffei (White Plains)

Best Zumba - Christine Gonzalez @ Belmars Fitness Studio (White Plains)

Best Skincare Boot Camp - Najia's Esthetic Skin & Laser Center (Mamaroneck)

Best Makeup Shop - (Katonah)

Best Laser Hair Removal Specialist - Lisa Yozzo @ The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery (Mount Kisco)



Best Candy Buffets - Sweet Teez (Larchmont)

Best Tween Wear - Stephanie's Kloset (Larchmont)

Best Dance Classes - Steffi Nossen School of Dance (White Plains)

Best Toy Store - A Nu Toy Store (Tarrytown)

Best Place to Spend a Friday Afternoon - Chocolations (Mamaroneck)

Best Karate - Toshindo Karate and Fitness Center (White Plains)

Best Zen Mommy and Me - Destination Maternity (White Plains)


Kids Parties

Best Sports parties - Pro Swing (Port Chester)

Best Fairground Parties - Carnival Time (Mamaroneck)

Best Sweet-Tooth Parties - Longford's of Larchmont (Larchmont)


Where to get the kiddies' hair clipped

Magic Cuts For Kids (New Rochelle)

Little Stars Haircuts (Eastchester)



Best Wedding Florist - Petals by Alice (Pleasantville) 

Best Foreign Auto Repair - D & A Auto Center (Bronxville)

Best Bike Repair - Van's Katonah Servicenter (Katonah)

Best Cleaning Service - Oscar's Cleaning Service (Ossining)

Best Guitar and Guitar Repair Shop - Rock Island Sound (Tarrytown)

Best Domestic Auto Repair - White Plains Chrysler (White Plains)

Best Gay Resource Center - The LOFT (White Plains)

Blue July 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Wow! Way to overthink it!! Its a fluff magazine in the 2nd or 3rd wealthiest county in the US. Its not "non for profit" and the " best of " anything is always up for debate so take it for what it is. If you think there is a need for a magazine that caters to smaller shops in all towns of Westchester then you have a great idea for another magazine!!
Heron July 23, 2011 at 02:41 PM
I have actually bought the magazine on several occasions. I shouldn't be so critical of a magazine that I have, in fact, purchased. Every time I have gotten it, I've been struck by the fact that the "Westchester" in the magazine does not seem the same as the part of Westchester that I live in. Especially when I look at the society events pages and the ads for cosmetic surgery.
ajetreo July 24, 2011 at 03:03 AM
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Traffic nitemare is right. People waited over a hour to get in. The traffic was backed up to main St on whyman ave to the Pelham line on Pelham road and to the old a-p in the east side of Pelham road..the event ran out of things by 8:30pm it was to go till 10pm
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