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Is This the Last Saturday for the Red Hook Vendors?

Things have looked dire for the Red Hook vendors for much of the summer, with first the Parks Department and then the Department of Health threatening their future. As Porkchop Express reported last week, the DOH popped in for a surprise inspection and was shocked — shocked! — to find no running water there. So will the situation be remedied by this weekend, when inspectors are rumored to show up again? Doubtful, says vendor representative Cesar Fuentes. “They want us to have hot and cold running water, a refrigerated truck to store food in, all the food prepared either in a restaurant or in a DOH-approved preparation facility, and a lot of other things.”

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]

A Quest for the Best Bánh Mì, Ed Levine Salutes Heroes, City's Dim Sum Summed Up

Whether you're ragin' for Asian or perfectly fine with pizza and meatballs, this week's weekly roundup of roundups delivers. Continuing its quest to find the mother of all bánh mìs, Porkchop Express breaks bread at Pho Sàigòn and A Chau Deli. [Porkchop Express] Five K-towners that go beyond grill-it-yourself. [NYT] Some dim sum. Okay, a lot of dim sum. [amNY] Artichoke renditions, from the dip everyone gets at Freemans to the slice everyone gets at DiFara's. [NYDN] Ed Levine: My (top five meatball) heroes. [Ed Levine Eats] Tien Mao wolfs 25 slices in search of Strong Island's best. [Gothamist]