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CONTENTS PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO p.8 SHOPPING AND SERVICES p.16 HEALTH AND BEAUTY p.22 FOOD AND DRINK p.28 IN THIS, OUR 14TH ANNUAL BEST OF BERGEN POLL, you helped us set a record with more than 240,000 votes — nearly double the previous record of 123,000 set two years ago. The two-round, eight-week poll featured 135 categories, including Food & Drink, Health & Beauty, Places to Go & Things to Do and Shopping & Services. During Round One of the poll, nearly 18,000 readers voted by nominating their favorites. The top eight nominations in each category then moved on to Round Two in a head-to-head format. The second round had nearly 40,000 participants. If you won this poll, you earned the right to say you are the Best of Bergen! BEST OF BERGEN 2020 NOTES AND METHODOLOGY • There were two rounds of voting. • The first round — voting by nomination — started Sept. 3 and ended on Oct. 4, 2019. • The second round featured the top eight nominations from the first round in a head-to-head vote that started on Oct. 14 and ended Nov. 8, 2019. ON THIS PAGE AND THE COVER Ho-Ho-Kus native, television and radio host Kevan Kenney presents the Best of Bergen 2020 issue. • Voters were allowed one vote per category, per person, per round. PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANNE-MARIE CARUSO • Voting for next year’s poll starts in September 2020. PRODUCTION DIRECTION AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY: JOHN FLYNN AND JORAM MUSHINSKE • Finalists are listed in order of finish. • Follow us on social media (@201magazine) to stay informed. • If you have any questions, email John Flynn: flynn@northjersey.com. ALL PHOTOS WITHIN THIS ISSUE: NORTH JERSEY MEDIA GROUP ARCHIVES, GETTY IMAGES OR COURTESY OF THE BUSINESSES 2 2020 EDITION | (201) BEST OF BERGEN GUIDE