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  1. Spot Check
    Spot Check: Underdogs, South Philly, 11:45, Friday, 10/12As far as how well tube-steaks will fit in, in the heart of cheesesteak country goes: A Geno’s employee was spotted ordering a dozen dogs.
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    Spot Check: Morgan’s Pier, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, 5/24The new riverfront beer garden is the first non-douchey venture to occupy the space.
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    Spot Check: Man Cave at the Flower Show, 6:10 p.m., Wednesday, 3/7The scene was neither manly nor cave-y.
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    Spot Check: Tritone on Its Last Night EverThe South Street institution closed its doors for good.
  5. Spot Check
    Japadog Opened Yesterday With Much Tinsel, No LinesOh, and a caviar-topped Kobe dog that costs thirteen bucks.
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    Spot Check: Federal DonutsFolks filed in steadily this morning to get their first tastes of the new spot’s donuts and coffee.
  7. Spot Check
    Spot Check: Zahav’s Love Boat Party, 9:20 p.m., Thursday 6/30You kind of had to be there.
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    Spot Check: South Philadelphia Tap Room, 6 p.m., Thursday, 6/9The menu of stoner snacks included Chef Schroeder’s elusive chicken-fried cheesesteak.
  9. Spot Check
    Yup, There Are Already 45 Minute Lines at the New Shake ShackAn opening-day spot check.
  10. Spot Check
    The Frying Pan Is Hot! Hot! Hot!The line last night was over 100 strong.
  11. Spot Check
    Spot Check: Frankford Hall, 7:30 P.M., Tuesday 5/17The beer garden’s gravel covered ground proved to be a challenge for at least a half-dozen overly primped women in high heels.
  12. Spot Check
    Mr. Big Wants Elaine’s to Become Steve’sBut others say it’s doing just fine, thank you.
  13. Spot Check
    So Dean Street Really Is Spotted Pig Brooklyn? The crowds would seem to indicate as much.
  14. Spot Check
    No Crowds Storming NobuBecause of the snow, sales are off 50 percent.
  15. Spot Check
    A Nearly Full House at Porsena, Room to Spare at HeartbreakWe counted heads at six new East Village restaurants around 8 p.m. last night.
  16. Spot Check
    Hung Ry Gets Slammed After RaveYou might want to go to Hung Ry early this week.
  17. Openings
    Reminder: Benu Opens TonightTry to get your reservations on OpenTable each day as the evening two months from tomorrow opens up.
  18. Spot Check
    Benu Already Pretty Well Booked Into SeptemberThe best you’re going to get, if you act now, is an 8:00 in the third week of September.
  19. Spot Checks
    How Long for a Shack Burger in Midtown?Just how bad are the lines at the Shake Shack’s new theater district location?
  20. Spot Check
    The Scene at KenmareEven celebrities have to wait.
  21. Spot Check
    Getting a Decent Table at the Lion May Not Be Utterly ImpossibleSome advice if you’re looking for a way into John DeLucie’s new restaurant.
  22. Spot Check
    Stumptown vs. MagnoliaWhich line is longer?
  23. Spot Check
    Spot Check: 500 DegreesPatrons couldn’t get enough free burgers
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    SOMA Spot Check: Which Restaurants Are Full?Bacar and Orson had many empty seats this weekend, while the smaller Fringale and Coco500 were booked up.
  25. Spot Check
    Le Caprice Has Capricious Door PolicyThe London newcomer is giving Monkey Bar some competition in the realm of midtown exclusivity.
  26. Spot Check
    Spot Check: Village Whiskey, 7 P.M., Sunday 9/6A quick check on Jose Garces’ newest venture on its opening weekend
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    Spot Check: MePa Alive and Well at 10 p.m.Who was out and about on a Thursday night.
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    Food Truck Wait TimesHow long do you have to wait these days for your food truck to deliver the goods?
  29. Spot Check
    Spot Check: Butcher & Singer, 1 P.M., Thursday 7/30How long are the lines for the $5.95 burger?
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    Spot Check: SquareBurger 2p.m., Wednesday 7/15SquareBurger has a peaceful afternoon atmosphere
  31. Spot Check
    Which of the New Pizzerias Is Getting the Biggest Piece of the Pie?We take head counts at several recently opened pizzerias.
  32. Spot Check
    Recession Spot Check: Which Restaurants Are Full?Industry wisdom says that bars are always busy during a recession, while people refrain from dining out. But is that actually true?
  33. Spot Check
    Mardi GrabassLast night, some restaurants were packed, while others … not so much.
  34. Spot Check
    ’Inoteca Downtown Still Hotter Than Uptown?We hit both at 1:30 a.m. on Friday night.
  35. Spot Check
    If You Reduce It, They Will ComeA head count of the bar crowd during Allen & Delancey’s half-off night.
  36. Spot Check
    Ko Is Slightly Less Impossible During the HolidaysThere were still seats open as late as this morning.
  37. Spot Check
    Which Reservation System Is More Infuriating: Tom’s or Ko’s?We tried out both today.
  38. Spot Check
    John Dory Booked Through NovemberPlus: Is seafood the new pork?
  39. Spot Check
    Tapas TortureThe wait at Boqueria Soho is as long as we knew it would be.
  40. Spot Check
    An Empty House and Bon Jovi at the Former FlorentOne month after taking over from Florent, R&L Restaurant is without booze, and without customers.
  41. Spot Check
    Want a Last Meal at Florent? Try Breakfast
  42. Spot Check
    Weekend Wait at Ippudo Reaches Two HoursA flashy newcomer has surpassed Setagaya as the ramen of the moment.
  43. Spot Check
    Bar Boulud’s Wine-Tasting Table, Chop Suey’s Dining Room Both Half-Full The first time we dropped in on a batch of new restaurants to take head counts, we hit the East Side. Then we threw it over to the West Side. Last Friday we took it uptown to see what’s doing above 42nd Street. It wasn’t easy hitting half a dozen spots between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., but luckily we were navigating familiar territory — Mermaid Inn? Magnolia Bakery? Blue Ribbon Sushi? Zak Pelaccio’s new spot? It’s like we never left downtown.
  44. Spot Check
    Full Houses at Gottino and El Quinto Pino, Room to Spare at Bar BlancLast time we ran a Spot Check, we dropped in on several newly opened East Village restaurants between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to take head counts (though in the case of Cantina, there were no heads to be counted). This Saturday we threw some love to the West Side and repeated the procedure with six new establishments in the West Village and Chelsea.
  45. Spot Check
    A Nearly Full House at Momofuku, But Tumbleweeds at CantinaYou’re a brave soul if you plan on checking out that new East Village or Lower East Side restaurant this weekend — if it’s full-up, you’ll be turned onto the streets with the entire teenage population of Strong Island. That’s why last Saturday we hit eight spots between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to take inventory — our head counts may or may not hold true this weekend when there will be far less drunken Santas running amok, but we’re pleased to see that the wait has lessened at Momofuku (in fact, there wasn’t one!) and are a bit shocked to discover that Jason Neroni is sometimes pretty much the only person in the dining room at Cantina. Bet he’s counting the seconds till 10 Downing.