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The Bib Day 5: Ricky Van Veen on Takashi vs. Kin Shop

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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.

On Wednesday, The Awl's Choire Sicha revealed his thoughts on M. Wells and Fatty 'Cue, on Thursday musician Brian Chase offered his take on Prime Meats and Maialino, on Friday writer Regina Schrambling (of Gastropoda) compared meals from Ma Peche and Minetta Tavern, and yesterday actress Zoe Kazan shared her thoughts on Lincoln and Marea. Today, co-founder and Notional CEO Ricky Van Veen compares West Village restaurants Kin Shop and Takashi.

Her review begins:

Jake Hurwitz, one of my writers at CollegeHumor, once said to me, "Instead of 'foodies,' they should say what they really are — assholes about food." I'm somewhere between novice and asshole, probably leaning more towards novice. Thus, I'm not going to provide any expertise on the food at these restaurants that you couldn't get from NYMag, Eater, or even a hastily written Yelp review. But I can try to give an amateur's take on what it was like to eat at them.

Click through for the rest and to find out who wins this round.>>

Kin Shop

469 6th Avenue, New York, New York 10011 Visit Website


456 Hudson Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 414-2929 Visit Website

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