Sultry summer nights, fun in the sun, cool dipping and day tripping. Where are the hottest spots this season to mix, mingle, wine, dine, splash or dash off to? We have some bright ideas! 

Once again we rounded up the region’s very best, most “BELLA” places – with winners in 15 categories …

1384 Marlton Hotel

Best Café: Margaux at The Marlton, NYC 

Tucked away in the back of the newly opened Marlton Hotel, Sean MacPherson’s new restaurant Margaux is a cozy, 98-seat café that serves dishes with sunny, dynamic flavors, influenced by the cuisine of the Mediterranean, France and California. Perfect for people watching!
5 West 8
th Street,

Best Breezy brunch_ lombardis brunch

Best Breezy Brunch: Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue, NY

This top-notch waterfront restaurant with a location (previously home to Louis XIV) offers breathtaking views of Long Island’s Great South Bay. The menu features a raw bar, omelet, carving and pasta station, hot dinner and hot breakfast buffet, muffins, bagels, cold antipasto and more. It’s the place best place to kick back, enjoy a stellar brunch and clink mimosas. Reservations are recommended., 631-654-8970

Best burger_ Superman Burger

Best Burger: Pop @ Pod at the Pod 51 Hotel

Pop @ Pod is a new gastro-pub from the owner of Pop Burger, Roy Liebenthal and the Pod Hotels. The lively burger bar (adjacent to the Pod 51 hotel on 51st Street) features elevated pub fare, which includes a signature the “Superman” burger topped with melted cheese, bacon, grilled onions and fried pickles. (Sorry, no Kryptonite!)
230 E 51
st Street,

Best Cocktail menu_ Big Trouble In Little China

Best Cocktail Menu: Sweetwater Social

The pride and joy of Sweetwater Social is the distinct cocktail menu designed on a NYC subway map with each stop offering a cocktail reminiscent of that particular neighborhood. A preview of the cocktail list: Aqueduct Stop – “Day at the Races” with gin, 10 Tawny port, fresh lemon juice, cinnamon bark syrup, cranberry preserves and seasonal berry garnish over crushed ice, and Delancey Stop/Bowery Stop – “Big Trouble, Little China” with toasted sesame infused bourbon, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, cucumber, salt tincture and club soda garnished with a cucumber slice. Cheers!
643 Broadway,

Best Solo Lunch_ Triomphe

Best Solo Lunch Spot: Triomphe at the Iroquois Hotel, NYC

Going it alone? Triomphe’s bar is ideal for enjoying a solid meal solo, guaranteeing dining in 45 minutes or less at the bar. A big-screen TV airing the top news of the day, music and attentive bartenders offer an ideal respite from the office.
44th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues,

Best Waterpark_Hersheypark

Best Water Park: The Boardwalk At Hersheypark, PA  

If you’re looking to beat the heat, head to Hershey, PA and we promise – you won’t melt! The Boardwalk is a tribute to the legendary boardwalks and beaches of the Northeast and combines the best of family vacations – a trip to the seashore and a visit to an amusement park.

Best City Treats_ sweetery

Best City Treats: Sweetery’s Ice Cream Sandwiches 

These heavenly treats are made using all-natural freshly baked cookies and filled with delicious organic ice cream. Each sandwich is hand crafted on board Sweetery’s Mobile Bakeshop, “Chopper.” Cool off on the fly!

Best Urban Terrace

Best Urban Terrace: Refinery Rooftop 

Refinery Rooftop, located in the historic Garment District, provides 3,500 square feet of cinematic views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building and consists of indoor, outdoor and indoor-outdoor sections, with a retractable glass roof that enhances the city sunsets. The space is paved with vintage French terracotta floors, and the interior includes a lounge with a fountain, fireplace and wooden ceilings. 

63 West 38th Street,


Best Bottle Service: mur.mur Nightclub at Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ

Go big, or go home: Table service at mur.mur features a VIP entrance, VIP access, your choice of bottle(s) of liquor, an assortment of mixers and a private table. A table server will continuously mix your drinks for you all evening long, making you feel like a rock star for the evening.

Best Rooftop Gansvevoort

Best Rooftop Bar: Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the recently refreshed Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is a perennial favorite (and a returning BELLA winner!). Among the many reasons we love it: 360-degree views of the Hudson River and Manhattan, indoor and outdoor terrace seating and a fully landscaped garden.
18 Ninth Avenue (at 13th Street),

Best Fire Island Escape_ Madison Dining Room

Best Fire Island Escape: The Madison Fire Island Pines 

This luxury guesthouse (just a minute’s walk from the Pines Harbor and a minute from the beach) is touted as the island’s “newest” and “most chic” option.. It’s a favored enclave of those seeking privacy and comfort in an intimate resort-style setting.

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Best Rollercoaster Ride: Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, take a seat on Verbolten, a thrilling multi-launch roller coaster that features a daring “wrong-way bridge.” (Sssh, it leads riders to an 88-foot drop toward the Rhine River!) Verbolten’s passengers experience a multi-sensory dash through the Black Forest with multiple launches, environmental-theme elements, sound and light effects and high-speed turns that must be experienced to believe.

Best Shakes_ Assorted milkshakes (7)

Best Shakes: Best Harlem Shake, NY

Ready for brain-freeze? This creative and fun take on a 1940s burger and milkshake joint in the heart of Harlem features milkshakes made with local Blue Marble Ice Cream and New York Fresh Milk. The signature shake is “The Harlem Shake,” made with red velvet cake from Chatman J. Cakes in the Bronx. They also boast other to-shake-for flavors like Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate Bacon and Salted Caramel. They don’t disappoint!
100 W. 124
th Street,

The Kati Roll Company

Best Take Out: The Kati Roll Company NYC
As the weather warms up, so do the lines at NYC’s The Kati Roll Company with customers waiting to bite into a warm, savory kati roll –
a spicy mixture of meat and vegetables rolled in Indian flat-bread. New Yorkers in know, usually grab a few kati rolls and head for nearby park for an impromptu and flavorful picnic. It’s a NYC summer ritual.

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Best Outdoor Fitness: CLAY Health Club + Spa 

This contemporary health club and spa allows New Yorkers to escape to the roof and workout at the same time! Members are free to enjoy the rooftop on their own or join one of the rooftop classes.
25 West 14th Street, 

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