Best of Montclair 2021 — Winners ANNOUNCED!

The wait is finally over: we have the winners for the Best of Montclair 2021! After weeks of voting and local businesses working hard for your support, we have finally closed our polls and have tallied the votes to see who has won the title, and of course the bragging rights of being the “best” in town.

Winners – please note: an email will be going out with your virtual decal + link to use plus instructions on how to obtain your physical decal in the new year. Please email hello@themontclairgirl.com so we have your most up-to-date email address. Thank you and congratulations to all who were nominated!

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Best Accessories Boutique: Velvet Lush Boutique


Best Acupuncture Practice: Montclair Acupuncture LLC


Best Avocado Toast: The Corner


Best Bagel: Hot Bagels Abroad


Best Bar: Egan & Sons


Best Barbershop: Classic Man Cut & Shave


Best Beer Selection: Montclair Brewery


Best Blow Out: Hair 491


Best Botox / Fillers: Evolve Med Spa


Best Breakfast Sandwich: Hot Bagels Abroad


Best Breakout Montclair Business 2021: Butler & The Board Charcuterie


Best Brunch: Raymond’s


Best Burger: Tierney’s Tavern


Best BYOB Spot: Samba


Best Chicken Parm: Belgiovine’s Italian Deli


Best Chiropractor: Eshanov Chiropractic


Best Clothing Boutique: Velvet Lush Boutique


Best Cocktails: Faubourg


Best Coffee Shop: Paper Plane Coffee Co.


Best Community Event: Montclair Jazz Festival


Best Cookie: Montclair Bread Company


Best Covid-Born Business: Mind Your Beads and Seeds


Best Date Night Spot: Samba


Best Daycare: Park Street Academy


Best Deli: Belgiovine’s Italian Deli


Best Delivery Restaurant: Ani Ramen


Best Dentist: Stellar Smile Center


Best Dermatologist: Montclair Rejuvenation Center


Best Dessert Shop: The Pie Store


Best DIY Experience: Parcel


Best Dog Walker: Montclair Pet Girl


Best Espresso Martini: Faubourg


Best Eyebrow Spot: ARC Beauty Salon


Best Facial: SKN


Best Female-Owned Business: Kai Yang


Best Fitness Studio: D’Fit


Best Floral Design: Clores Flowers & Gifts


Best Food Truck: Mezoco Mexican Taqueria Truck


Best Fries: Stuffed Grass-Fed Burgers


Best Gift Shop: Giftbar


Best Gluten-Free Menu: Plum Bakery


Best Hair Salon: Hair 491


Best Hangover Food: Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza


Best Healthy Food Spot: Manhattan Juice Bar & Cafe


Best Hidden Gem: Jackie’s Grillette


Best Home Decor: Curated Home & Living


Best Home Organizer: Joyful Nest Home Organizing


Best Hot Dog: Tierney’s Tavern


Best Kids’ Activity: Montclair Art Museum


Best Kids’ Boutique: Over The Moon


Best Lashes: Lure Lash


Best Liquor / Beer Store: Merit Fine Wine and Liquor


Best Local Maker / Artisan: Salt Air(e) Collective


Best Mac n’Cheese: Raymond’s


Best Makeup Artist: Moxie Salon & Beauty Bar


Best Margarita: Tinga


Best Massage: Qiqi Massage


Best Mutz: Nicolo’s Italian Bakery & Deli


Best Nail Spot / Studio: Nail Fitness


Best New Dinner Spot: Popolari


Best Nutritionist: Well Made Nutrition


Best Outdoor Dining Set-Up: Faubourg


Best Pasta: da Pepo


Best Live Performance Venue: The Wellmont Theater


Best Pet Groomer: Montclair Pet Grooming


Best Pet Shop: L&B Healthy Pet Markets


Best Photographer: New Moon Photography 


Best Physical Therapist: Parabolic Performance & Rehab


Best Pizza: Brick + Dough


Best Plant Shop: Mind Your Beads and Seeds


Best Restaurant: Faubourg


Best Restaurant with a View: The Highlawn


Best Seafood: Halcyon Brasserie & Bar


Best Sports Bar: Egan & Sons


Best Spot for Visitors: The Van Vleck House & Gardens


Best Spray Tan: Olive Organic Tan Spa


Best Steak: Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House


Best Stroller-Friendly Restaurant: Raymond’s


Best Sushi: Nori


Best Sustainable Business: Good Bottle Refill Shop


Best Taco: Tacoria


Best Tailor / Dry Cleaner: Moline Kronberg Cleaners


Best Tapas: Samba


Best Therapist: Lukin Center for Psychotherapy


Best Vegan / Vegetarian-Friendly Menu: Le Salbuen Cafe Market


Best Wedding Business: Bridal Atelier Montclair


Best Wellness Business: Enlightened Path Healing


Best WFH Spot: Red Eye Cafe


Best Wine Selection: Faubourg


Best Wings: Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza


Best Yoga Studio: JaiPure Yoga Studio


Noteworthy Non-Profit: Human Needs Food Pantry


Person of the Year: Eliot R. Mosby of Montclair Diner

Montclair Diner’s owner, Eliot Mosby, had owned the restaurant for less than a year when things shut down in 2020. During that time, Mosby continued to employ all of his staff, made his menu more affordable and extensive to accommodate families ordering takeout, partnered with local organizations, and raised funds to feed frontline workers and families in need. He is our Montclair 2021 Person of the Year.


Winners, feel free to save this decal to post on your social media (we’ll also be mailing them – so reach out to hello@themontclairgirl.com with a specific address if needed):

Congrats to all of the winners and to those who were nominated, and thank you to everyone who voted!

If your business was a winner or you love any of these businesses, make sure to share this post.

Our team will be in touch with the winners to send you your decal to display for all to see.