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Lunch at Augustine and Le Coucou, Further Miznon Rumormongering, and More Intel

Michael Alig returns to clubland, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Atrium in Dumbo]
[Daniel Krieger]

Is East Village pizzeria hit Artichoke moving to a new space on East 14th Street? EV Grieve notes that a permit for a "pizza restaurant" in the window of 321 East 14th Street next to Halal Guys lists Artichoke partner Francis Garcia as the tenant. The space is almost directly across the street from the original Artichoke, which has been in business since 2008. Eater has reached out to Team Artichoke for more details.

Penn Station is getting a location of Underwest, the popular doughnut shop that currently operates out of a Hell’s Kitchen carwash. The train station outpost will open on Thursday. Two days after that, on December 3, the Penn Station Shake Shack will also make its debut.

— Keith McNally’s smokin’ hot Financial District boîte Augustine launches lunch today with a menu that includes a rotisserie lamb sandwich, a lobster roll, a "whiskey burger," grilled fish, duck confit salad, and a turkey pan bagnat. Brunch starts this weekend.

— In other crucial LunchWire news: Daniel Rose and Stephen Starr’s megawatt French stunner Le Coucou is now serving a midday meal during the week, with a menu that has halibut in a beurre blanc sauce, quenelle de brochet, beef tartare, a crepinette with chicken and foie gras, and grilled lamb chops. Peep the whole menu here.

— And one last bit of menu change-up news: Sunny Meatpacking District Italian restaurant Santina now has a pig-centric section of the menu with dishes like a lardo crepe, guanciale rice, a country pork chop, and linguine with clams and ‘nduja. Major Food Group’s hot spot is now sharing details about its daily special on the new Santina Insta account.

— Here is more wildly unconfirmed rumormongering about the first U.S. branch of Eyal Shani’s Paris/Tel Aviv hit Miznon: An Eater tipster whispers that the chef is actually planning three NYC restaurants — one in Williamsburg, one on the Upper West Side, and one downtown, either the East Village of Lower East Side. If everything goes according to plan, all three could open next year. If you hear any other rumors about the opening of Miznon, or any other highly anticipated restaurant, please send them to the Eater tipline. Anonymity is guaranteed.

Stephen Starr and Justin Smillie just opened a version of their popular Gramercy restaurant Upland in Miami Beach. It looks identical to the original.

Michael Alig, the ‘80s promoter who went to jail for killing and dismembering one of his fellow "club kids," is completing his probation this week and will begin working with downtown club The Rumpus Room as a "creative consultant." Alig tells the Post: "It’s what I was doing before, but I’m not hands-on....Back then I was handing out the invitations, I was taking names for the mailing list. Now I’m just telling [the club] how to do it and who to do it with."

— Residents of the building that houses Upper East Side hookah bar Amoun have filed many complaints with 311 about noise and the smell of smoke emanating from the cafe. The tenants are putting together a lawsuit to force the owner into making some adjustments to the space.

— And finally, here’s a look at Jeepney’s Kamayan Night stuffed pig feast: