This summer, Eater and addictive recipe site food52 are teaming up to hold our first-ever high-stakes New York City restaurant competition. It shall be known as The Bib.
A bit of background, you say? Certainly. Each fall, food52's Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, along with secret mastermind Charlotte Druckman, host a cookbook competition called The Piglet, using guest judges and bracketed heats to choose the book of the year. (Here's the Piglet fun from last year.) Now, it's the NYC restaurant industry's turn.
Through a highly scientific process involving spreadsheets, tallies, and an overtaxed whiteboard, The Bib Nomination Committee narrowed down a list of au courant restaurants—old enough to have settled in but young enough to be new—to a strong group of 16 competitors. We then asked 15 New York notables—actors, writers, comedians, musicians, a restaurant critic—to try two restaurants each and choose one to advance in the competition. They have done so, and as such, the results of The Bib are ready to be unleashed on the world.
Here's how this will work. Every day over the course of the next three weeks, starting Wednesday, July 27, two restaurants will go head-to-head and one of the judges listed below will decide which advances. When all's said and done, the final winner, plus a People's Choice Award, will be announced at a grand soiree on August 15.
So, tune in, remember to vote, and get ready for a fun party come August.
The following is the complete list of competitor restaurants and judges for The Bib:
Ricky Van Veen
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