The New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) honored the 2016 winners of the Concierge Choice Awards on Monday evening the 26th of September. City Guide, New York City’s tourism media brand hosted the hospitality industry’s most prestigious awards gala at the Battery Gardens in Battery Park. The category selection and voting are done by more than 1,000 NYC concierges, who vote for businesses who provide excellent services to their guests.
Established in 2007, the Concierge Choice Awards (CCA) recognizes companies, organizations and individuals who create exceptional experiences for New York City visitors. A portion of the proceeds raised at the event is donated to Les Clefs d’Or Relief Foundation and NYCAHC Charitable Fund.
Dalver Media, the umbrella media group of City Guide, has hosted the awards dinner every year. This evening’s Master of Ceremonies was award-winning New York radio news reporter for 1010 WINS Radio, Juliet Papa. The night was enhanced by live performances by Broadway stars Ellyn Marie Marsh from KINKY BOOTS and Charity Angel Dawson of WAITRESS.
The Winners for The Evening Included:
Broadway Show – Winner: HAMILTON; Nominees: ALADDIN, ON YOUR FEET!, THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS
Cocktail Experience – Winner: BAR SIXTYFIVE AT RAINBOW ROOM; Nominees: BACCARAT HOTEL, PHD TERRACE, TOP OF THE STANDARD, UPSTAIRS AT THE KIMBERLY HOTEL
Department Store – Winner: CENTURY 21; Nominees: BARNEYS NEW YORK, BERGDORF GOODMAN, MACY’S, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Entertainment Service – Winner: PROMINENT TICKETS; Nominees: ALL SHOWS, AMERICANA TICKETS, OSCAR’S RESOURCES INC, STAR TICKETS
Family Friendly – Winner: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY; Nominees: BLUE MAN GROUP, LEGO STORE AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER, ALICE’S TEA CUP, M&M’S WORLD TIMES SQUARE
Live Entertainment Venue – Winner: CAFE CARLYLE AT THE CARLYLE HOTEL; Nominees: JAZZ STANDARD, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB, B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL
New Restaurant – Winner: VAUCLUSE; Nominees: OCEAN PRIME, BLACK BARN, GABRIEL KREUTHER, HUNT & FISH CLUB
Restaurant Experience – Winner: THE RIVER CAFÉ;Nominees: CAFE BOULUD, CASA LEVER, ESTIATORIO MILOS, LE BERNARDIN, THE SEA FIRE GRILL
Specialty Retailer – Winner: B&H PHOTO & VIDEO; Nominees: JACK’S PLACE JOHN VARVATOS, LEXINGTON LUGGAGE, TIFFANY & CO.
Steaks – Winner: BENJAMIN STEAKHOUSE; Nominees: CHARLIE PALMER STEAK, DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE, QUALITY MEATS, STRIP HOUSE
Tour – Winner: BIG BUS; Nominees: BATEAUX CELESTIAL, GRAY LINE/CITYSIGHTSEEING HOP ON HOP OFF, MANHATTAN BY SAIL, NEW YORK WATER TAXI
Tourist Attraction – Winner: ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY; Nominees: EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, INTREPID SEA, AIR, & SPACE MUSEUM, THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, TOP OF THE ROCK OBSERVATION DECK
Transportation Service – Winner: HELICOPTER FLIGHT SERVICES; Nominees: GO AIRLINK, PARIS LIMOUSINE, SUPERSHUTTLE/GOLDEN TOUCH, WINGS AIR
The evening concluded with the special Community Choice Award, this year honoring NYC & Company for their continued contributions to NYC tourism and the concierge community. Fred Dixon, CEO of the official destination marketing organization for the five boroughs of New York City, accepted the award, thanking and praising the NYCAHC and Davler Media Group.
Commenting on this year’s list of Nominees, David Miller, CEO of Davler Media Group notes, “we are thrilled to recognize the nominees and the winners for the 10th Annual CCA Awards. We share with them the passion to deliver excellence for services and hospitality to the nearly 60 million visitors coming to NYC each year.”
About City Guide
Since 1982, City Guide has been the definitive source for New York City planning, with comprehensive coverage of sightseeing, culture, theatre, dining, shopping, and nightlife. They offer maps, best-of articles, and helpful tips on everything from subways to cannolis. City Guide also has an extensive discount and coupon section, so visitors can get the best deals possible on a host of New York City experiences. Our approach to content is to be clear and efficient, allowing readers to get the information they need quickly. We illustrate everything we do with a careful look for telling images that show off the excitement and uniqueness of New York City.
CityGuide’s website serves over 2 million pageviews each month-reaching more than 10 million NYC visitors. The site is designed to allow visitors to plan their upcoming trips using our easy to use event calendar, discounts and rich editorial content of sightseeing tours, broadways shows, restaurants, museums, shopping, nightlife, events and more.
City Guide magazine is the NYC visitor market’s leading publication. Over 3 million copies of our weekly magazine are read annually. As the largest weekly visitor magazine, our publication is the up-to-the-minute guide for all things New York City. Distributed in over 400 hotels and 100-plus tourist destinations across NYC, branding us the go-to book for NYC tourists. Additionally, we publish a version of City Guide em português, a complete 2016-2017 guide to New York sightseeing, theater, culture, shopping, and dining. The free 80-page guide has in-depth looks at 15 defining Manhattan neighborhoods, plus full attraction, theater, and transit maps.
The New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) is an incorporated, not-for-profit group that fosters growth and development in the concierge profession and the hospitality industry at large. The association, comprised of over 140 members, represents approximately 51 hotels or nearly 28,000 rooms in the New York metropolitan area. Besides hotels, corporate members of NYCAHC include top shopping destinations, restaurants, sightseeing and tour companies.
In 2003, NYCAHC tapped into its extensive network of local leaders in the hospitality industry and began an annual fundraising initiative to donate to New York City-based charities. In the thirteen years since it began, the fund has donated thousands of dollars to numerous charities and local causes. In this way, NYCAHC is working to be a vital member and positive force for the New York City community. A portion of the proceeds from the Concierge Choice Awards will benefit the Les Clefs d’Or Relief Fund and the NYCAHC Charitable Fund.