7. Senti

With Piccolo Forno and Matteo’s just up the street, Lower Lawrenceville is not wanting for Italian food. That didn’t stop Franco Braccia and his wife Annette Ishida from opening Senti last month. Located in the new Doughboy Square building, Senti hopes to bring something new to the neighborhood with its brand of upscale Italian cuisine and wine. A small menu of Italian favorites like fritto misto and orecchiette with rapini is complemented by an impressive (mostly) Italian wine list. Senti also has one of the only Enomatic wine systems in the city, allowing guests to load money onto a card and sample 1, 3 or 5 ounce wine pours to their hearts’ content.

8. Wild Side Tap Room

In 2013, Full Pint opened a brewpub at their North Versailles brewery. You’d be forgiven if you’ve never made the traffic-plagued trek there to give it a try. Now, with the opening of their Upper Lawrenceville pub last week, there’s no excuse. Located next door to Wild Purveyors, the Wild Side Tap Room features Full Pint’s regular line of brews, as well as a rotating lineup of Wild Side beers. The Wild Side series, which includes sours and other “weird” beers, pairs perfectly with a sandwich of the day or a local cheese plate from Wild Purveyors. With Hop Farm, Roundabout and Atlas Bottle Works all just blocks away, Full Pint’s new tap room offers yet another way to drink great local beer without braving suburban traffic.

9. Piebird

For the past three years or so, Annalee DePaoli (under the name Piebird) has been steadily building a following with her outstanding cakes, pastries and of course, pies. In December, she successfully raised over $10,000 on Kickstarter to fund the opening of a commercial kitchen in Upper Lawrenceville. The money will buy all of the necessary ovens, mixers and gizmos needed for Piebird to continue to expand their sugary offerings. DePaoli hopes to eventually add a retail space, but for now you can continue to order her confections online and at restaurants around town.

10. Pusadee’s Garden reopens

December 1 to March 1 are the dark days of winter, made worse by the fact that Pusadee’s Garden is closed. There is nothing sadder than forgetting their closing date and going to the restaurant excited at the prospect of comforting Thai food on a cold December evening, only to be confronted with the reminder that they are closed. Pusadee’s reopening is one of the surest signs of Spring—and we cannot wait.

All photos by Brian Cohen.