Best of 2018

The votes are in! Best of Manayunk is back to celebrate our diverse businesses and community, and everything our vibrant, historic neighborhood has to offer. Within a one mile corridor of Main Street and the surrounding side streets sits Manayunk’s vibrant business district. From specialty shops to high-end boutiques, from craft beer and fine dining scenes to outdoor recreation and an entire fitness community, Manayunk has it all.

With so much diversity, we wanted to put the call out to you, the public, to nominate your favorite Manayunk businesses in 51 different categories. Nearly 10,000 individuals casted more than 125,000 votes, and here we bring you, the Best of Manayunk 2018.

On March 15, Manayunk businesses and community members gathered to celebrate the Best of Manayunk with a cocktail party at Bourbon Blue. Guests enjoyed food samples from Manayunk’s winning restaurants, drinks, and live entertainment with ticket proceeds benefiting
Main Street beautification efforts.


Best Place to Work
Crossmedia is one of the newer media and advertising companies to set up in Manayunk. Crossmedia is an international media planning and buying agency, with over 150 dedicated Crossmedians with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Barcelona. 4001 Main St #310, (267) 401-1660
Honorable Mention: RichardsApex

Best Innovative Business
River City Outpost
River City Outpost is a market and slow-food cafe offering fresh produce, local dry goods, and provisions. Customers can sign up for their “Snack Sack” CSA, full of Pennsylvania produce and other goodies each week. 4412-14 Main St, (267) 712-9432
Honorable Mention: Manayunk iPhone Repair

Best Place to Take Your Kids for an Afternoon
Pretzel Park
Pretzel Park is a beautiful park centrally located in Manayunk. With a farmers’ market, playground, and plenty of green space, it’s the perfect place for a family to spend an afternoon.
Honorable Mention: North Light Community Center

Best Public Art Installation
“I Love MNYK” Mural by Manayunk Residents/Splash Lab Arts
The “I Love MNYK” mural was a collaboration between the Manayunk Development Corporation, Splash Lab Arts, and the people of Manayunk. During the first ever Manayunk Harvest Fest, residents and guests were encouraged to paint what they love about the neighborhood, which resulted in a colorful homage to our neighborhood at the intersection of Roxborough Avenue and Cresson Street.
Honorable Mention: Fountain Street Steps Mosaic

Best Place for Pet Care
The Animedic Veterinary Clinic
The Animedic Veterinary Clinic believes in treating every patient as if they were their own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. They are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving their patients the best care possible. 102 Jamestown Ave (267) 297-7950
Honorable Mention: Top Tails Dog Walking and Pet Sitting




Best New Shop/Salon/Business
Pilgrim Roasters
Pilgrim Roasters imports their coffee beans from some of the best farms throughout the world. Roasted and brewed in small batches on site to ensure optimal flavor, Pilgrim Roasters is the place to be for your morning coffee. Find them at: 4120 Main St, (267) 331-5213
Honorable Mention: Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory

Best Customer Service – Retail
The Little Apple
The Little Apple is your one-stop shop for unique home goods, accessories, cards, and more! With unbeatable customer service, The Little Apple is like a slice of home right here in Manayunk. 4361 Main St, (267) 335-4968
Honorable Mention: Philadelphia Runner

Best Place to Refresh Your Wardrobe
Threads On Main
Turn your wardrobe around by shopping at Threads On Main, a chic boutique for women. With brands from Michael Stars to Velvet, stop by to find your next favorite pair of jeans, a great party dress, accessories, and everything in between! 4353 Main St, (215) 482-2917
Honorable Mention: LILA Fashion International

Best Place To Furnish Your Home
Look no further than Nadeau for all of your furnishing needs. With unique handmade items at affordable prices, Nadeau is the best place to go to spruce up any room in the house. 4131 Main St, (215) 483-5095
Honorable Mention: Pineapple on Main

Best Place to Get a Host/Hostess Gift
Pineapple on Main
Pineapple on Main is a home decor and gift boutique offering furnishings and gifts. From wine bottle openers, locally made stationary, and even wrapping
paper, stop by this one-of-a-kind shop before your next party. 4347 Main St, (267) 437-4014
Honorable Mention: The Little Apple

Best Kid-Friendly Shop
Worn Yesterday
Worn Yesterday offers gently used children’s and maternity clothing from top brands. This Main Street staple has been in Manayunk for over 30 years, so stop by for your next great outfit! 4228 Main St, (215) 482-3316
Honorable Mention: Latitudes & Longitudes

Best Pet-Friendly Business
Latitudes & Longitudes
Latitudes & Longitudes features handcrafted jewelry, handbags, journals, greeting cards, and of course, goodies for your dogs and dog lovers alike. Bring your dog shopping with you, and make sure to grab a treat on your way out! 4325 Main St, (215) 482-0417
Honorable Mention: The Goat’s Beard

Best One-Of-A-Kind Shop
Main Street Music
Main Street Music is an independent record store and gathering place for music lovers. Stop by for your next vinyl or CD purchase, and stick around for the occasional live in-store performances from locally and nationally known acts. 4444 Main St, (215) 487-7732
Honorable Mention: Hidden River Yams

Best Place to Buy Happiness
The Spiral Bookcase
Escape your normal life and get sucked into the pages of a good book. Catering to children and adults alike, this is the perfect spot to pick up your next read. And, don’t forget to say, “Hi,” to Amelia the cat while you’re there! 112 Cotton St, (215) 482-0704
Honorable Mention: Smoke Manayunk- Cigar & Hookah Lounge

Best Place to Prep for the Big Day
Nicole Miller – Philadelphia
Whether you’re looking for simple and sophisticated or want to “wow” your guests with beads and lace, Nicole Miller – Philadelphia can make your dress dreams come true. Stop by the second floor bridal suite for the ultimate wedding dress. 4249 Main St, (215) 930-0307
Honorable Mention: Gary Mann Jewelers

Best Place to Get Pampered
Salon L
Salon L’s talented team of stylists have one goal in mind: to send their customers home looking and feeling their best. From cuts and colors to their full service spa, head to Salon L for all of your pampering needs. 4120 Main St, (215) 483-2500
Honorable Mention: Art + Science

Best Stylist
Su-Shan Lai (Starshine Salon)
Su-Shan’s decades of experience in styling and cosmetology makes her stand above the rest. She ensures every experience is super personalized by getting to know each of her 1,000+ customers in her tiny salon tucked away on Grape Street. 111 Grape St, (215) 483-8180)
Honorable Mention: Artur (Artur Kirsh Salon)

Best Barber
John Loftus (Make Your Mark Barbershop)
Make Your Mark is the perfect mix of conventional and modern day barbershops. John makes each experience exceptional with his easy-going personality, along with his talents with a blade and scissors. 4257 Main St, (267) 335-5400
Honorable Mention: Tara Acosta (Sulimay’s on Main)

Best Place to Get Blinged Out
Bendi Jewelers
Bendi Jewelers carries jewelry that can’t be found anywhere else. Owner, Sami Nakishbendi, makes custom designs by getting to know his customers through one-on-one consultations. 4339 Main St, (215) 508-5220
Honorable Mentions: Remix on Main

Best Place to Start your Art Collection
Orbit Art Gallery
Orbit Art Gallery is your one-stop-shop for all things art, from prints to glass-blown figures and custom framing. Orbit offers a wide variety of different art pieces, locally and globally. 4312 Main St, (215) 508-6728
Honorable Mention: Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex



Best New Restaurant
SOMO Manayunk
SOMO has quickly become a Main Street favorite featuring classic comfort food, hand-crafted cocktails and a lengthy beer list. Interior designer and new restaurateur, James Morrissey, created a cozy and chic atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more. 4311 Main St, (215) 297-6668
Honorable Mention: The Spicy Belly

Best Customer Service – Food Service
Lucky’s Last Chance
Lucky’s Last Chance is known for their signature burgers and eclectic vibe, but also for their welcoming staff and servers. The delicious food, drinks, and knowledgeable staff makes Lucky’s Last Chance a Manayunk go-to. 4421 Main St, (215) 509-6005
Honorable Mention: Taqueria Feliz

Best Place to People Watch While Dining
Manayunk Tavern
Situated on the corner of Main and Rector Streets, Manayunk Tavern is the perfect spot to enjoy classic pub food and a craft beer. Be sure to snag a seat outside when the weather is warm for the ultimate people watching experience! 4247 Main St, (267) 335-2121
Honorable Mention: Winnie’s Manayunk

Best Family-Friendly Dining
Manayunk Brewing Company
Manayunk Brewing Company’s expansive food menu truly has something for everyone. Featuring fresh and locally sourced goods to a wide range of craft beer and one of the largest outdoor dining areas in Philadelphia, you’ll want to bring the whole family down for dinner! 4120 Main St, (215) 482-8220
Honorable Mention: The Couch Tomato

Best Lunch Spot
The Couch Tomato
Serving fresh, local, and organic food, The Couch Tomato takes pride in producing excellent food! Try their classic tomato bisque/grilled cheese combo or a signature salad for a perfect mid-day meal. 102 Rector St (215) 483-2233
Honorable Mention: Winnie’s Manayunk

Best Chef
Moon Krapugthong – Chabaa Thai Bistro, Binto Market & Cafe, and Yanako
Chef Moon Krapugthong is a talented and well-respected chef known for running three of Manayunk’s staple restaurants. From classic Thai to one-of-a-kind sushi rolls, Chef Moon knows exactly how to please her customers — and keep their stomachs full! Chabaa Thai Bistro: 4343 Main St, (215) 483-1979, Binto Market & Cafe: 4345 Main St, (267) 297-8764, Yanako: 4255 Main St, (267) 297-8151
Honorable Mention: Joel Romano (The Goat’s Beard)

Best Bartender
Chris Pelusi (Lucky’s Last Chance)
Chris began bartending eight years ago after he left his role as a drummer in a traveling band. Now a manager at Lucky’s Last Chance, Chris’s extraordinary knowledge and connection with customers is what makes him a Manayunk favorite. 4421 Main St, (215) 509-6005
Honorable Mention: Tim Vogel (The Goat’s Beard)

Best Server
Meg Kyle (Greg’s Kitchen)
Meg has served hungry customers at Greg’s Kitchen for three years. Meg’s casual personality and “take charge” work ethic makes her a favorite among brunch-goers. 4460 Main St, (215) 482-4734
Honorable Mention: Brian O’Donnell (Lucky’s Last Chance)

Best Main Street Dish
PB&J Bacon Burger (Lucky’s Last Chance)
Lucky’s Last Chances’ award-winning PB&J Bacon Burger mixes a childhood favorite with an adult twist that is unexpectedly delicious. This burger has won more than one city-wide award during its time on the menu! 4421 Main St, (215) 509-6005.
Honorable Mention: Dan Dan Noodles (Han Dynasty)

Best Signature Sandwich
Filet Tip Sandwich (Bourbon Blue)
Bourbon Blue has a menu full of delicious options but the coveted Filet Tip Sandwich is one you won’t forget! Accompanied by one of their specialty beers or cocktails, this could be any meat lover’s favorite meal. 2 Rector St, (215) 508-3360
Honorable Mention: Cheesesteak (The Tent at Chloe’s Corner)

Best Brunch Dish
Brekky Bowl (Greg’s Kitchen)
Greg’s Kitchen is a cozy spot to relax and indulge in some classic comfort brunch foods. The Brekky Bowl is a customer favorite for obvious reasons — scrambled eggs, meat, and cheese, layered on top of tater tots! 4460 Main St, (215) 482-4734
Honorable Mention: Crab Cake Eggs Benedict (Bourbon Blue)

Best Healthy Menu Item
Açaí Bowl (Boostin’ Bowls)
Always prepared with fresh ingredients and a variety of topping choices, Boostin’ Bowls Açaí Bowls are one to try. With flavor combinations like banana split and the “monkey” bowl, this superfruit will have you thinking you’re eating dessert! 100 Levering St, (276) 331-8974
Honorable Mention: Evolution of Alchemy (The Juice Merchant)

Best Place/Dish to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Belgian Waffle Sundae (Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory)
Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory specializes in ice cream and toppings made on site. Their Belgian waffles are made from scratch and served hot with ice cream piled on top. 4369 Main St, (267) 423-4376
Honorable Mention: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie (Insomnia Cookies)

Best Place to Share a Romantic Dinner
Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar
Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar has the perfect elegant atmosphere and menu selection for a romantic date night. From wine tastings to designer pizzas and small plates, their menu is diverse and gives a great range of options for anyone’s desires. 4365 Main St, (215) 483-0444
Honorable Mention: SOMO Manayunk

Best Counter Service
Marchiano’s Bakery
Marchiano’s Bakery opened its doors in 1984 and has satisfied customers with their delicious creations ever since. With everything done the old-fashioned way, you experience the tradition and the great pride they take in creating their classic tomato pie, specialty breads, and oreganata. 4653 Umbria St, (215) 483-8585
Honorable Mention: Deke’s BBQ

Best Cup ‘o Joe
Volo Coffeehouse
Volo Coffeehouse is an aesthetically pleasing, quaint cafe providing La Colombe coffee and other specialty coffee drinks. Sit and stay a while in the cafe or grab some joe to go. 4360 Main St, (215) 483-4580
Honorable Mention: Pilgrim Roasters

Best Delivery to Enjoy from the Comfort of Your Own Home
Franzone’s Pizzeria
Since 1955, Franzone’s has been a pizza tradition in the Philadelphia area, but just a few years ago, Charles Franzone III continued his family’s tradition by
opening up a shop in Manayunk. Franzone’s has a signature sauce that will keep you coming back for more.114 Levering St, (215) 508-1050
Honorable Mention: Laxmi’s Indian Grille

Best Asian Cuisine
Chabaa Thai Bistro
Chabaa Thai strives to serve authentic Thai cuisine and only uses the freshest and highest quality ingredients for their dishes. Combined with their inviting and friendly atmosphere, Chabaa Thai will undoubtedly be an unforgettable dining experience. 4343 Main St, (215) 483-1979
Honorable Mention: Yanako

Best Mexican Cuisine
Taqueria Feliz
Taqueria Feliz offers a classic and vibrant Mexican-inspired dining experience, featuring an assortment of traditional and signature dishes. Their array of tacos, guacamoles, and enchiladas are made with fresh and high-quality ingredients. 4410 Main St. (267) 331-5874
Honorable Mention: Adobe Cafe

Best Bar Snack
Suicide Wings (Union Tap House)
Considered to be some of the best wings in Philadelphia, Union Tap House’s suicide wings are for the brave and the ultimate lovers of spice! Try the suicide sauce or the 20+ other wing sauces offered. 4801 Umbria St, (215) 482-8980
Honorable Mention: Goat Nuggets (The Goat’s Beard)

Best Happy Hour
Taqueria Feliz
The atmosphere and drink selections at Taqueria Feliz make for the perfect happy hour location. Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., take advantage of their featured specialty cocktails and margaritas, tacos, and nachos! 4410 Main St. (267) 331-5874
Honorable Mention: JD McGillicuddy’s

Best Craft Beer Selection
Manayunk Brewing Company
On a Friday night, there’s no better to place to head than the brewery to sip on few of their house beers. Try one of their staples, like the Monk From the Yunk, or “drink” outside the box with a more adventurous flavor combination like French Toast Crunch Porter. 4120 Main St, (215) 482-8220.
Honorable Mention: Pitchers Pub

Best Place to Lift Your Spirit
The Goat’s Beard
Known for their craft cocktails, The Goat’s Beard is the ideal spot for anyone looking for great food and drinks. Pick from their “Whiskey Bible” or try a customer favorite, the “Friendly Neighbor.” 4201 Main St, (267) 323-2495
Honorable Mention: Craft Manayunk

Best Place to Enjoy a Glass of Wine
Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar
For nearly 30 years, Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar has strived to provide a quality menu and a diverse, yet affordable wine list. Owner, Bruce, and his staff are wine connoisseurs and can help you pick the best glass to compliment every item on the menu. 4365 Main St, (215) 483-0444.
Honorable Mention: Bourbon Blue

Best Place to Watch the Game
Pitchers Pub
Walk into Pitcher’s Pub and you’ll know why it’s the best place to watch the game. With the walls lined with TVs, an extensive beer list, and delicious bar snacks, Pitchers Pub will be the place you want to cheer on your favorite team. 4326 Main St, (215) 487-1370
Honorable Mention: A.G. Jameson’s U.S. Hotel Bar and Grill



Best New Workout
Bardio Sculpt (The Wall Cycling Studio)
Traditional barre meets H.I.I.T (high intensity interval training) for this sweat-inducing class! Stretch and tone while training interval style with mountain climbers, jump squats, burpees and much more. 107 Cotton St, (267) 336-7928
Honorable Mention: Fusion: Dynamic Hot Vinyasa (JTown Hot Yoga)

Best Calorie Killer Workout
Boxing Fitness (Joltin’ Jabs)
Manayunk native, Joltin’ Joey DeMalavez, committed his life to promoting fitness after he finished his professional boxing career in 2007. Joltin’ Jabs boxing classes will push you beyond your limits and excel you towards your fitness goals. 4303 Main St, (610) 256-5789
Honorable Mention: Bootcamp (GoalsFit); Hot HIIT  (JTown Hot Yoga)

Best Trainer That Kicks Your Butt
Juliet Sabella (The Wall Cycling Studio)
Owner and trainer, Juliet Sabella, teaches a range of classes at The Wall Cycling Studio that will get you sweating and wanting to come back for more! Her motivation and drive to help you succeed with your goals makes her a favorite in Manayunk. 107 Cotton St, (267) 336-7928
Honorable Mention: Carl Flotka (Never Give Up Training)

Best Place to Take a Visitor
Chew Philly Food Tours
Get to know Manayunk with a tour of the best food it has to offer. Guided by tour leaders who are knowledgeable and passionate about the local businesses and restaurants, Chew Philly Food Tours will let you experience eight tastings within Manayunk to immerse you and your guests into the culture of our food and history. (215) 600-4891
Honorable Mention: Manayunk Chambers Guest House

Best Place to Get Your Groove On
The Grape Room
The Grape Room’s fun atmosphere and wide variety of local talent gives visitors an entertaining experience six nights a week. The venue is just steps from Main Street with live music, open mics, and comedy nights. 105 Grape St, (215) 930-0321.
Honorable Mention: Dawson Street Pub


Reader’s Choice

Best Manayunk Superhero
Irene Madrak
Irene Madrak is the executive director of North Light Community Center. Not only does she run a successful nonprofit for children and families, but she stands up for community issues and remains involved in numerous neighborhood groups.
Honorable Mention: Dave Scarpello

Best Place to Live
The Isle Apartments
Manayunk’s newest apartment complex has every amenity you can imagine. This pet-friendly community has its own fitness room, a club room with views of the Schuylkill River, and even Starbucks coffee on site. 1 Cotton St, (484) 403-4396
Honorable Mention: Canal House Apartments

Best Community-Oriented Group/Business
Friends of Pretzel Park
Friends of Pretzel Park is a coalition of local groups and park advocates, including the Manayunk Neighborhood Council. The group is responsible for upkeep in the park, park programming, and the annual farmers’ market.
Honorable Mention: North Light Community Center

Best Shop Pet
Amelia (The Spiral Bookcase)
The Spiral Bookcase’s mascot had a rough start on the streets of Manayunk, but now calls the cozy bookstore home. Amelia’s daily duties include greeting guests with head butts and purrs, snuggling in the reading room, and being adored by everyone she meets. 112 Cotton St, (215) 482-0704
Honorable Mention: General Gazpacho (Millay)

Best Place to Snap a Pic for Instagram
Pretzel Park Dog Run
What has four legs, likes to roll around in dirt, and has the cutest face you’ve ever seen? Pretty much every dog you’ve ever Instagramed at the Pretzel Park Dog Run! You won’t want to miss the many mutts you can find at all times of the day. Your Instagram followers will thank you.
Honorable Mention: Your Favorite Manayunk Restaurant


Editor’s Choice

Manayunk Leadership Award
David Richards, RichardsApex
David Richards has been a leader in Manayunk for over 25 years. He has worked tirelessly with his brother to run their family’s business, RichardsApex, for nearly three decades. In addition, David has been the board president of the Manayunk Development Corporation for the last two years, and has also sat on the Manayunk Special Services District’s board and the Manayunk Parking Committee. He has lead the leadership team to decisions to better the district, and has represented our small business community throughout the years.

Main Street Ambassador
Lisa Gdowik, LILA Fashion International
This past holiday season, Main Street was lit up with new lights and festive garland. The idea to make Manayunk a “Winter Wonderland” came from Lisa Gdowik, co-owner of LILA Fashion International. Lisa lead the charge and reworked Manayunk’s holiday marketing efforts to ensure the holiday season was enjoyable for all who shopped on Main Street. She continues to bring new ideas and retail-centric events to the table to ensure Manayunk is a go-to destination.

Lifetime Service Award
Joan Denenberg, Manayunk Development Corporation
Joan Denenberg has consulted for Manayunk for almost 30 years, lending her experience in retail marketing, strategy, and recruitment. Her extensive background in shopping center and small town district marketing has led Manayunk’s marketing growth over the past three decades. Today, she oversees marketing planning, media buying, event sponsorship, and more. She’s also often seen helping on most event days, especially during the Manayunk Arts Festival, which Joan’s own mother, Barbara Boroff, founded 29 years ago.

District Visionary Award
Dana Dabek, North Light Community Center; Joe Gidjunis, JPG Photography
When the strategic planning process began, the Manayunk Development Corporation board was looking for leaders to step up to head the committee, and Dana and Joe didn’t hesitate. Dana brings her experience as the Director of Institutional Advancement for North Light Community Center and Joe brings his knowledge from running his successful business, JPG Photography. Both Dana and Joe have volunteered and served on boards for other nonprofits and bring a wealth of knowledge to the strategic planning vision.

Main Street Beautification Award
Barry Odyniec, Manayunk Development Corporation
Barry Odyniec, lovingly known as “the flower guy,” has done odd jobs around the Manayunk district for many years. In the summer months is when we see him the most, driving around the Manayunk truck with a tank full of water to make sure every tree and rose bush makes it through another hot summer. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Entrepreneur of the Year
Terry Leahy, TerryLeahyFilms
More than two years ago, new Manayunk resident, Terry Leahy, came to with a new idea — a biweekly web series to promote the Manayunk district. Now three seasons in, Manayunk Mornings has become a major marketing success, and it’s all thanks to the man behind the camera. Terry films and directs all 20+ episodes a season. In addition, he provides the red carpet interviews during the Best of Manayunk cocktail party, and is often seen filming all of Manayunk’s major events.