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Nov 20, 2009 05:43 AM

40 Green Street Lunch

Anyone been there yet? What's it like?

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  1. Where is it? What state? What town?

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    1. re: ciclista

      Northampton, MA. Right near Smith College.


    2. I have been coming to 40 Green Street frequently since they've opened. It's a great spot, very European, good ambience. The baker is from France and the owner has lived there (French wife, I believe). The croissants and madeleines are really good, as are the cakes (e.g. tarte normande, spectacular). They do really good sandwiches, I highly recommend the "Barcelona" (jamon serrano, chorizo, quince).

      A review from the Gazette:

      1. Been there, great concept, new stuff, new flavours, love the tarte normande, run for the croissants... vietnamese sandwich is to die for...Noho is getting there!

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        1. re: wizpers

          The so-called banh mi is not to die for, nor is the greek sandwich. As is typical for the area, the overpriced and under-seasoned food comes off as pseudo-ethnic and trendy, rather than authentic and good. Go to Springfield: near the Belmont/Dickenson 'X,' there is a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese food store that will make an actual banh mi, with the ingredients that the sandwich calls for.
          This cafe has potential, so why are they surfing the wave of Northampton mediocrity?

          1. re: homesick for food

            Agreed on the banh mi. However, one mediocre entry on the menu does not make the cafe mediocre - there are some good to outstanding offerings at #40.

            1. re: fame da lupo

              Anyone else have specific recommendations?

            2. re: homesick for food

              I have to agree with homesick...bland. I am not sure why I have heard good things about their croissants, I have tried them twice and they are small and rubbery. I will give them another try though, things can happen.

              On a separate note...not that it really matters but I believe they are French Canadian, my French friend was very annoyed that I referred to them as French.

              1. re: lovethyfood

                Have to agree with homesick & lovethyfood. Stopped for a croissant one Monday when Bread Euphoria, which I pass on my way into town, was closed. Had high expectations for "the real thing", when small is quite OK. But the chocolate croissant I had was dry, not at all flaky, with minimal butter taste and just so chocolate. Did not make me want to try lunch there.

          2. A very welcome addition to the Noho landscape. Authentic French pastries, great sandwiches, fast friendly service and worthwhile hole-in-the-wall ambiance. Recommended.

            1. We rarely go out to eat. Today we went to 40 Green St to celebrate Father's Day. The experience was ruined by one of the people who worked there, who spent the whole time telling a co-worker about an accident he was in that involved a lot of blood and broken stuff. In a loud, grating voice. Followed by an egotistical discourse on some of the many things he was really good at. We could not get out of there fast enough.