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Ah, Lawrenceville, where plenty of small venues, cool bars and fun retail are popping up all over the place. And a great addition to that Butler Street corridor is New Amsterdam.

Inside the dark, sleek space dotted with cool pinup-style photos, you can find all kinds of people, having all kinds of drinks and eats.

There's typical bar food, such as wings, just a quarter a joint on Mondays. And there's the Double Yoi, a big hot dog with an egg. Wash it down with an Iron City for a buck.

But there are some intriguing choices, too. Try a grilled brie sandwich with berry chutney, or a vegetarian wrap with grilled tofu and sprouts.

"We're going to be expanding the menu," says co-owner Jimmy Woods. "In approximately a month, we're going to be open for lunch, with some healthier stuff, more vegetarian options."

Or, if you have no qualms about noshing on Kermit, you can get frog's legs.

"It started as something cool for a little party we were having -- it took off!" says Woods. "A couple weeks ago, there were like four people at the bar saying how great they are." Woods' favorite item is Jimmy's Fish Tacos, made with his beloved mahi-mahi, avocado and tomatoes. "They're definitely our biggest seller," he adds.

In a neighborhood more recently noted for its selection of basic beers, New Amsterdam offers an intriguing cocktail list, including the New Amsterdam martini, with Amsterdam gin and squeezes of fresh grapefruit juice and cranberry; and the pomegranate martini, a concoction made from pomegranate vodka, with lemon and cranberry juice.

While imbibing, New Amsterdam is also a great spot to hear different styles of music. Reggae nights are popular, Woods says, and the monthly Hijack Berlin-style deep-house nights draw huge crowds.

The impending warmer weather means more al fresco options for patrons: The front of the bar is a glass garage door, which can be opened to let in a breeze, and Woods says there are plans in the works for a rooftop deck.

"Lawrenceville needs a really nice place where people can go without some local drunk hanging on you," Woods says. "We're trying to be a little bit different. It's going just the way I wanted it to."

 

4421 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-682-6414
www.myspace.com/newamsterdam412

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