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.
A brief recap: M. Wells, Maialino, Ma Peche, Marea, Kin Shop, Locanda Verde, Red Rooster, and Torrisi Italian Specialties advanced in Round 1, and yesterday Adam Gopnik chose Torrisi over Kin Shop. Round 2 continues today with comedian Eugene Mirman's take on M. Wells vs. Red Rooster. He writes:
There are over eighty elements that make a great restaurant. The first six everyone knows: no one yells at you or calls you names, kids are not allowed to run around punching you, a beautiful gold sign displays the Heimlich maneuver, the wait staff barely cries, tables that don’t wobble, and warm artisan bread. But there’s much more that goes into making a top-tier restaurant...
Click through for the rest and to find out who wins this round.>>