Spotted next to Mansion Clam Bar on Riverside Ave: Julian's Brick Oven Pizza. Looks about to open, and I get a good vibe. If anyone tries it, please report back!
I've always meant to try DeRosa's, just down the block, which I hear is good everyday Italian.
Also nearby is Galaxy Cookies (47 Saugatuck Ave 203-226-9731), making some of the most meticulously balanced (and delicious) cookies I've ever tried.