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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) Montauk vs. (7) EH Village

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 towns/villages/hamlets vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Montauk's explosive growth continued in 2012. The Montauk Beach House replaced the old Ronjo. Swallow East opened to solid reviews. Dave's Grill was voted one of Zagat's best East End eateries. The Surf Lodge stayed out of trouble. The lighthouse became a historic landmark. It felt like every day brought news of a change to "The End." It wasn't all good news for longstanding businesses, though. The Montauk Movie might be shuttering for good and Ronnie's Deli, sadly, did after 50 years. Will these changes be enough to earn the hamlet this year's cup? That's up to you.

Hoping not to be outdone by all that's been going on in the MTK is the village of East Hampton. 2012 saw the opening of the Highway Diner & Bar, a new sushi spot, the Clintons return for the summer, the Hamptons International Film Fest celebrate its 20th anniversary...oh, and the village also saw the biggest sale of the year.

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed Hamptons]