Hot damn, it's getting down to the wire on The Bib, food52 and Eater's first ever restaurant competition. Every day during the past few weeks, one of 15 chosen judges has explained 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. Gael Greene advanced Marea in Round 3, and today Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley reveals which other restaurant is going to the final. Tonight, the winner will be announced at our Bib gala, and it will be revealed here tomorrow.
But first, Torrisi Italian Specialties vs. The Red Rooster, arguably the hottest restaurants in New York right now. No one should envy Crowley this duty, and he concludes at the end: "Chelsa and I argued this one back and forth a bit -- atmosphere vs. cocktails, duck vs. chicken, prix fixe vs. ordering-too-many-plates-to-fit-on-the-table. At the end it came down to which restaurant we were most excited to return."