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May 1, 2008 09:14 AM

great special occasion meal in western mass

moved this from the boston board

we will be in northampton this summer. just wondering if people know of anything either in noho or in the (even further) boonies, a hidden gem somewhere (i'm thinking of a wonderful restaurant we used to eat at in plainfield run by two gay ex-monks long since closed as a template) in the berkshires. nothing east of noho preferably.


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  1. It's a bit of a ride from Northhampton, but I highly recommend the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield. Especially if you can make the Drover's Roast

    1. If it is still open "The Mill On The Floss" is outstanding and is in N. Berkshire County

      1. Green Street Cafe is still great place for a special dinner... not as hidden as some of the other recs but away from the busy main street madness. Had a great house-smoked duck breast recently. Lucky for you the summer months are some of their best because they feature produce grown in their own organic garden...

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        1. The Montague Night Kitchen isn't too far from Northampton, maybe 20 minutes or so. We went there just before New Years and really enjoyed it. It is set in an old mill building on a waterfall, a gorgeous setting. The room is warm and relaxed, and the food is very good, if sometimes a little busy. It would be perfect for a summer night.

          1. The Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland is both elegant and comfortable, with wonderful food! To see the menu go to