Welcome to the Best of NH

Since 2000, New Hampshire Magazine has polled and published the picks of its readers and editors in categories that range from best cupcakes to best martini to best antiques shop and everything in between.

Voting in these categories takes place each year, starting in mid-January. Our online-only ballot is the best way for readers and customers to recognize the best of the best that the Granite State has to offer.

Our annual Readers’ Poll and extensive list of Editor’s Picks all lead up to the state’s biggest celebration, The Best of NH Party, which is held annually each summer.

Congratulations to the 2020 Best of NH winners and thank you to the 12,898 people who took time to vote!

Best of NH Winners

Best of NH 2020 Food Odds and Ends

Not everything fits neatly into a category, but that doesn't mean you should pass up these winners, including your favorite new restaurant, family-friendly, outdoor and farm-to-table dining, plus gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy options

Best of NH 2020 Fun & Adventure

It's time to get out and explore the Granite State. Here are our suggestions and readers' picks for the best ways to have fun and maybe learn something new along the way.

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Due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to stage our usual live event this year. That being said, we still had one heck of a virtual Facebook Live party with celebrity guests, beloved emcees, delicious cocktail and food demonstrations and tons of great giveaways!

A note from New Hampshire Magazine’s Publisher Ernesto Burden:

Thank you to all of the amazing talent who made the June 18 Best of NH 2020 Party At Your House such an incredible experience, to our sponsors for making it possible, and to our entire New Hampshire community for your attendance, support and engagement throughout the event and throughout the years!

Special shout outs to our hosts, Neal and Marga from WZID’s New Hampshire in the Morning, music coordinator Steven Friedman from The River, and our technology partner Edify Direct, whose video production skills are second to none regardless of the complexity of the project. And of course, we couldn’t do any of this without our presenting sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and all of the sponsors who supported this year and in years past.

While we hope to be back at the stadium next year to see you all in person, in the meantime we’re so grateful that you joined us to continue the Best of NH tradition in this virtual format this year.

Check out the 2020 Best of NH Party

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Posted by New Hampshire Magazine on Thursday, June 18, 2020

2020 Best of NH party hosts


Neal & Marga from WZID’s New Hampshire in the Morning

2020 music and entertainment

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Sully Erna of Godsmack backed by Celtic Woman fiddler Mairead Nesbitt & Chris Lester

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2020 food and beverage demonstrations and recipes

Cocktail demonstrations by:

Cooking demonstrations by:

  • Best Burger Manchester Area and Best Restaurant With Beer List winner, New England’s Tap House Grille, will be cooking up some Shrimp Scampi. Click here for the recipe.
  • Best New Restaurant winner, Greenleaf, will be making Pea Gnocchi with Late Spring & Early Summer Vegetables & Sweet Italian Sausage. Click here for the recipe.

Nonprofit event partners

CASA of New Hampshire

New Hampshire Magazine is proud to partner with CASA of New Hampshire again for the 2020 event.

CASA of NH recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system.

During our Facebook Live event on Thursday, June 18, CASA will have a chance to explain the important work they do and invite more involvement.

New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund

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And with the struggles being endured by so many of the restaurants who would normally be serving their best to our guests, we will be raising funds for an emergency program designed to assist servers, bartenders and kitchen workers as well as other employees who work in the hospitality industry who have been devastated by the stay-at-home orders designed to get us all back to work (and play) as soon as possible.

We hope attendees will consider donating to both CASA of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund.

Best of NH Party photos

2020 Best of NH Ballot

The 2020 Best of NH Ballot is now closed. Thank you to the nearly 13,000 people who took the time to vote for their favorite restaurants, shops and services.

Presenting Sponsor

Event Sponsors

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Position your business, brand and services with the best… in front of New Hampshire Magazine‘s 123,000+ affluent, educated and active readers, website visitors and guests at the Best of New Hampshire Party.

Join the winning team as a sponsor and party with the best of ’em!

For more information on how to become a part of the Best of NH Party, call Kimberly Lencki at (603) 413-5154 or Josh Auger at (603) 413-5144.

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