Northampton without Green Street?
I'm looking for the best place for fine dining near Northampton, MA. I'm currently living in Portland, OR, and am going back for reunion, but should make reservations now.
I would have just called Green Street Cafe and called it a day (I remember how wonderful they were - I was a foodie at 20), but they are closed due to some inspection snafu, and Sienna jumped ship since my days in the area.
Is there anything else at that level? Circa has a new owner, anyone know anything about him?
And please don't recommend Spoleto, I know a lot of people love it, but as far as I recollect, it was mediocre at best.
Thank you, thank you,
Yeah the green street situation is a real bad one. that was one of my favorite places to go. Thats the bad news, the good news is that circa has re-opened under new ownership and has made some great changes. It's definetly the new place to eat in the valley. The dining room has been re-done with more light, warmer colors, fresh flowers, and chair pads, which i think is a huge plus. The food is amazing; seasonal, local ingredients, including foraged wild edibles, fresh fish, different cuts of meat. It's my new favorite place. The new owner has really done well.
Del Ray is very good and on the upscale side. It's the same owner as Spoleto mind you, but the restaurants share nothing in common as far as I can tell.
I've not been to Sienna in S Deerfield, about 15 min north of Northampton, but I hear very good things about it:
The Sierra Grille (in the old Baystate Hotel, downstairs) is really great- excellent food, not as pricey as other places, huge wine and beer menu, late night bar menu, and small & affordable desserts. It doesn't have the same, cozy and "fine" feeling that Green St and Circa have, but it's nice on the inside and the owner, O'Brien, is one of the nicest guys you'll meet.
It still has the front, bar area that the Baystate had, so it's also a nice place to go for drinks and snacks if you don't want the whole sit-down dinner-- but that certainly doesn't compromise the quality.
I hightly recommend the Belgian fries with duck gravy for any meal you might have!