Photo of East Glisan Pizza Lounge courtesy Nick M. via Yelp
1) Montavilla: The East Glisan Pizza Lounge opened last Friday on NE Glisan Street, bringing a casual, late-night spot to the neighborhood. Chef Vallery Markel (the opening sous chef of Oven & Shaker and a recent alum of Bar Avignon) offers a menu with five appetizers (chickpea fritters; pork meatballs with tomato and Parmesan), three salads, and 10 pizza options (broccoli rapini with garlic oil; capicola with provolone, fennel, and Mama Lil's peppers). The bar offers a selection of cocktails for $7-8, nine wines by the glass, and beer on tap. Hours of operation: 5p.m. to midnight, daily.
2) Irvington: A musically inclined coffee shop debuted in mid-January on NE Broadway: According to co-owner Seth Brock, the Saint Simon Coffee Co. — named for a Shins song — is a family affair, owned by the Brock brothers also known as 3/5s of the band Redcast. Saint Simon Coffee serves Coava beans, tea by Steve Smith, and the pastry case is stocked by the Sugar Cube. Hours of operation: 7a.m. to 7p.m., daily. More information here.
3) NW/Alphabet District: NW 21st Avenue watering hole O'Brien's has shuttered, and the Dark Horse Pub has re-opened in its place. The new bar offers a more upscale vibe, with a food menu of sandwiches, burgers, and snacks (sweet potato steak fries, housemade crackers and hummus). [EaterWire]