Welcome back to The Bib, food52 and Eater's first ever restaurant competition, where notable New Yorkers whittle down a list of New York's best new restaurants. Every day during the Bib, one of 15 chosen judges will explain why one restaurant, narrowed down from a giant list of '09 and '10 openings by our Bib Panel, defeated the other in a comparative tasting.
M. Wells, Maialino, Ma Peche, Marea, Kin Shop, Locanda Verde, Red Rooster, and Torrisi Italian Specialties advanced in Round 1, and Torrisi, Red Rooster, Marea, and Ma Peche moved forward in Round 2. Now the third round begins as critic Gael Greene weighs in on Ma Peche and Marea.
On the squid and bone marrow pasta at Marea: "The long fat noodles are so firm it’s difficult to roll THEM around a fork. And yes there are bits of shell to avoid and a fiery chili afterburn to relish." On the soup at Ma Peche: "The three of us take comfort in the English pea soup with an embarrassment of shrimp and oxtails ('oxalis' is the typo on the menu). It’s almost wonderful in that it’s actually edible."