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Mr. Chow’s Menu ... Revealed!

The enigmatic restaurateur has managed to keep his menu something of a mystery, practically nonexistent online — until now!

By Ben Leventhal

Mr. Chow’s Menu ... Revealed!

The enigmatic restaurateur has managed to keep his menu something of a mystery, practically nonexistent online — until now!

By Ben Leventhal

City Gears Up to Better Police Labor Violations; Beef Threatens Fish at Le Bernardin

City Council to introduce a bill giving authorities more power to crack down on restaurant labor violations like the alleged ones at Saigon Grill. [MetroNY] Related: 100 Students to Protest Saigon Grill [Grub Street] Kobe beef, having once appeared on Le Bernardin’s menu, is taking over and chasing the fish away – a fact chef Eric Ripert is less than thrilled about. [NYP] Bizarre details of Mr. Chow’s abuse emerge from the lawsuit, including information about one employee who was forced to lie on the floor and be menaced and even kicked by the diminutive restaurateur. [Gawker]

Mr. Chow Sued for $5 Million; Loans Crush Wannabe Chefs

Michael Chow of Mr. Chow is hit with a $5 million lawsuit for skimming tips, demanding “cult-like attention” from staff, and utilizing “degradation as a management technique.” [NYP] Cooking-school graduates are being crushed by their student-loan debts: “The story is always the same. The school convinces the student they are going to be the next Julia Child or Wolfgang Puck, and the student will sign anything.” [NYT] The Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group finally agrees to be bought out by Patina Restaurant Group [NYT] Related: The Secrets of Steakhouse Riches [Grub Street]

Brits Get No Tips at the London?; Lower Eastpacking District Opening

Flo chart: Guy Martin snubs N.Y. for Boston, the scoop on Tía Pol's new place, and more. [NYT] Ramsay's non-union Brits getting stripped of tips? [Eater] Marco Moreira to open a Japanese-y restaurant in his old Tocqueville space. [NYS] The shutter comes down on Park Ave. Cafe. [Crain's] The Beard House steps up its game for the celebrity-chef era. [WSJ] A thirteen-pound sausage belonging to Batali goes missing. [LAT] Mr. Chow celebrates his new flick with Sharon Stone and Sidney Poitier. [NYP] Prepare for yet another food festival, this one care of Food Network. [NYP] Another bar in the Lower Eastpacking District [NYP] Wagyu import restrictions have eased; Cuozzo explores the "mouth-filling, artery-busting glory" of it all. [NYP] Dos Caminos, numero tres. [NYP]