Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Summer Spots

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Bells Kitchen and Smokehouse
Winner of Best BBQ Restaurant and Best Ribs on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest is this barbeque heaven at Bells Kitchen and Smokehouse. At Bells, you get a cozy rustic environment, super helpful staff, and an extensive selection of items featuring barbeque smoked to perfection. Whether you try the ribs, smoked mac and cheese, fries, bourbon glazed pork belly chunks, the Bourbon Hot Burger, or their amazing BBQ sauces, the food is flavorful and filling. Dine in or order to go. 976 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, 516-492-3557.  bellskitchenandsmokehouse.com

Paper Doll Vintage Boutique
Want to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn? Admire the style of Raquel Welch? Well, with the help of Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, you won’t have to look very far for inspiration—just this winner of Best Vintage Clothing Store on Long Island in Sayville! This vintage clothing store offers an assortment of retro merchandise, from dresses and skirts to coats and jackets. You will also fall in love with the 1970s-inspired handbags and 1940s-inspired hats, making you feel as if you just traveled back in time. 23 Main St., Sayville, 631-319-1919, facebook.com/PaperDollVintageBoutique

Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge
There’s a good reason this place won Best Happy Hour, Best Bartenders, Best Martini, Best Singles Spot and Best Mojitos on Long Island. Time always seems to stand still when everyone’s enjoying the high life here, thanks to owner/chef Spiro Karachopan, who has made his mark on Long Island nightlife. The delicious drinks are a bargain, that’s why the bar is packed! With a wide range of mouth-watering eats to accompany really any beverage, Spiro’s knows how to achieve happiness in the here and now. Long Islanders declare it an absolutely amazing experience. 4 Patchogue Dr., Rocky Point, 631-744-4100, spiroslounge.com

Intelligent Fitness
Often voted Best Gym on Long Island since 2011, Intelligent Fitness has been changing lives since 1997. Offering a wide range of classes, life coaching, and personal training options to help you change your body and achieve your desired results, Intelligent Fitness and their trainers have one single all-encompassing goal that is to help clients improve the overall quality of their life. Intelligent Fitness’ unique and copyrighted business model of personal training allows individuals to pursue personal goals and objectives on an individualized level. Classes range from Barre, Pilates, SuperSycle, Sycle-Fit, TRX, and Body Blast, including many others. Their business is improving lives, “one body at a time!” 3012A Jericho Tpke., East Northport, 631-858-2900, intelligentfitness.net

Tashi Rose Tween Boutique
Tashi Rose Tween Boutique has established itself as the trendiest and most fashion-forward store for tween Long Islanders around, which is why it won Best Tween Fashion Store on Long Island! And you won’t have to break the bank to shop here, either. Affordable prices, cool styles that come in a variety of colors and sizes, and a friendly staff who just loves helping shoppers locate the best possible outfit for the first day of school, their first school dance, or any other occasion—Tashi Rose Tween Boutique is definitely the place to be! 2882 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, 516-308-7600, facebook.com/Tashi-Rose-Tween-Boutique

Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Bethpage Best of Long Island program through Aug. 31.
Step 1: Visit bestoflongisland.com
Step 2: Click “Nominate Now”
Step 3: Select a category and enter the information of the person or business you wish to nominate.
Step 4: Click “submit”
Step 5: Repeat for all your favorite people and businesses

To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com