We based the contending crab cakes on ones we had tried before, often recommended places, and award winners from websites and places like City Paper. Places such as G&M etc. were not included because if at least three of the judges had tried them previously and agreed they would not compete with some of the other contestants they were eliminated. Of course lots of beer was also consumed during the tasting.
And the winner is...
Here is a link to pictures of the crabcakes from all six restaurants:
Original discussion from Reddit: