Luke's Lobster:

The lobster roll has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance recently (and has possibly jumped the shark with its availability at Citi Field), but there's one lingering problem: they're usually way too expensive. Luke Holden and his father Jeff, both Maine natives, are trying to change this in the East Village. The Lobster Roll will be the biggest draw at the Holdens' new place, and at $14 it's pretty reasonable, especially with the near-complete lack of filler mayo and celery. Other seafood rolls are as cheap as $6, and dishes include fresh chowders, bisques, crab claws and lobster knuckles. No liquor license yet, but spring will bring some Maine-grown beers. 93 East 7th Street, (212) 387-8487

Summit Bar: East Village mainstay Baraza is now no more, but in its stead comes Summit bar, a low-key, high quality cocktail joint. Summit's bar is set against exposed brick, track lighting and low couches, with a couple of cool chandeliers thrown in for good measure. The back patio will be heated and tented this winter, and will apparently have an "employees-only" jacuzzi (the point of which is?). According to Shecky's the drink menu was created by Greg Seider, who's previously collaborated with Minetta Tavern and Mercer Kitchen. Fun classics like the Pisco Sour stand next to inventive concoctions such as the "My One and Only," consisting of Old Raj gin, apricot cordial, St. Germain liquor, and a "house made saffron tincture." All drinks are between $9-12. There's not much in the way of food yet; meat and cheese plates (which includes locally made Sopressata) are all that's available now, but the menu will grow into the winter. Grub Street has the pretty pictures. 133 Avenue C; no phone

Armando's: Armando's has gone through some drama recently. After 73 years as a New York classic, it closed last year and was replaced by the Spicy Pickle. This was a grave mistake, apparently, so Armando's has been rebuilt in its original spot and will reopen, looking for its former glory. Chef David Ferraro, previously of Montparnasse, will offer standard Italian fare. Pastas range from $12-18, with risotto with duck confit along side classic spaghetti carbonara. Desserts around $8 include coffee panna cotta and a goat cheese cheesecake. Armando's was once known for attracting the likes of Norman Mailer and the Brooklyn Dodgers, so the next few months will tell if this becomes the new Yankee's watering hole. 143 Montague Street; (718) 624-7167