58 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • MARCH 2021
SPOTLIGHT ON 2020 WINNERS
YOU VOTED, THEY WON
2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The winners of the coveted 16th annual
Bethpage Best of Long Island contest
were announced on Feb. 26 after more
than a million votes were tallied for
Long Islanders’ favorite businesses,
people, and places.
The largest contest of its kind on LI
celebrates dozens of categories ranging
from a wide range of genres from
arts and entertainment to weddings,
with food and drink being among
the fiercest competitors. The list of
winners will be found at bestoflongisland.
“Epic Escape Rooms LI is grateful,
thrilled and blessed to have won for the
third year in a row Best Escape Room
on Long Island,” the Hempstead-based
entertainment company said. “When
we opened Epic our dream was to be
able to provide our customers with
the very best and personalized escape
room experience possible. As the saying
goes, ‘Dreams do come true.’”
Hundreds of businesses, people, charities,
and other entities faced off in
the latest round of competition. Upon
conclusion of the 75-day voting period
on Dec. 15, a third party began tallying
the votes, weeding out fraudulent activity,
and having an independent auditor
certify the fairness and accuracy of the
results so the winners could then tout
their titles with confidence.
The popularity of the contest, which
originated in the Long Island Press and
is sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit
Union, continues to grow each year.
Nearly 200,000 voters chose among
more than 8,000 ballots in dozens of
categories, ranging from the long list
of restaurant cuisines judged to the
wide array of other business sectors the
public ranked. Now that the numbers
have been crunched, winners can bask
in their glory.
And not unlike the presidential elections,
voters were already looking
ahead to the next contest as soon as
the voting ended. Anyone who didn’t
see their favorite business, person, or
place on the ballot this time can nominate
their favorites in the 2022 Best of
LI contest. Nominations are accepted
through Aug. 31.
Supporters can then cast their votes
next fall at the polls from Oct. 1 through
Dec. 15. Voters are allowed one vote per
email address per day for each category.
More information can be found at
Remember, these winners couldn’t be
called “the best” without the voters.
When it’s all over, it was Long Islanders,
not the contest organizers, who awarded
these honors to the local businesses
that call Long Island home.
NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!
Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2022
Bethpage Best of Long Island program.
Step 1: Visit bestoflongisland.com
Step 2: Click "Nominate Now"
Step 3: Select a category and 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 2021 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit
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