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.
Friday was the end of Round 1. A brief recap: The Awl's Choire Sicha advanced M. Wells, musician Brian Chase picked Maialino, writer Regina Schrambling chose Ma Peche, actress Zoe Kazan moved Marea forward, College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen advanced Kin Shop, WSJ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Deborah Needleman selected Locanda Verde, fashion designer Peter Som preferred Red Rooster, and Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos chose Torrisi Italian Specialties over Rubirosa.
Today, New Yorker staff writer and author Adam Gopnik kicks off Round 2 with his take on Torrisi Italian Specialties vs. Kin Shop. He writes of Torrisi: "The mozzarella, whose making you can see over your shoulder, is, in a city with lots of good mozzarella, perfect: chewy without being rubbery, fresh without being watery, simple without being bland." On Kin Shop: "The duck laab starter is one of the spicier things on a menu not overwhelmed with heat — but it is excellent: a salad of minced duck, roasted chilies and hearts of romaine."