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ebaba Sep 19, 2011 03:48 PM

My husband, baby son and I will be staying in North Adams for two nights this week and I'm hoping for some recommendations for relaxed lunches and dinners at spots that won't mind seeing a well-behaved baby. I can't get a sense of the most baby-friendly places in North Adams, Great Barrington, or in between -- we'll be in Great Barrington on Thursday at lunchtime and beyond that don't have much in the way of plans. I think dinner Wednesday and Thursday night would ideally be closer to North Adams, and places that can accommodate us fairly early (5 / 5:30?). We'd also be very happy, I think, to take it to go and have dinner at Porches.
We live in Boston and love Hammersley's, Metropolis, Picco, the Paramount, Franklin Cafe, Coppa, the Buttery, etc. Reasonably priced, good ingredients, warm atmosphere, not stuffy at all.
A recent search turns up Cafe Adam but I can't tell how baby-friendly it is.
Please help! And thanks so much.

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Cafe Adam
325 Stockbridge Rd Ste 4, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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    Lenox637 Sep 20, 2011 06:17 AM

    Most restaurants in the Berkshires are fine with babies especially when one is dining earlier in the evening. The Dakota is in Lenox and quite a ways from Gt. Barrington. This site is full of threads about the Berks, it really comes down to what YOU want to eat. There are some places that are gathering spots for the after work crowd such as Mission Bar and Tapas in Pittsfield, but I feel that you will find most restaurants will be quite accommodating. When Bistro Zinc was in it's heyday MSO and I would bring our 6 month old daughter there for an early dinner, knowing full well that if she started acting up we would quietly take our meal to go. Good luck and enjoy your visit.

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      ebaba Sep 20, 2011 06:41 AM

      Thank you, I really appreciate your help -- I'll look into the two spots you mention in Pittsfield. Is Gramercy Bistro a good choice for a nice dinner if we go when they open? Would they mind that we have a baby in tow?
      Scanning the Porches website Mezze and Spice Root are both appealing -- have you been to either?
      It's my birthday, and I think we'd like to plan on one nice(r) dinner out.
      Thanks again!

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      Gramercy Bistro
      24 Marshall St, North Adams, MA 01247

      Spice Root
      23 Spring St, Williamstown, MA 01267

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        Lenox637 Sep 20, 2011 08:22 AM

        Mezze is AWESOME!!

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      chowmensch Sep 20, 2011 06:49 AM

      I would not recommend Dakota, with or without a baby. Not chow quality at all. I would, however, heartily recommend Cafe Adam. We've never had bad meal there and some of our dinners and lunches there have been at a very high level. Also, I believe the owner and his wife have a baby and would likely be understanding of your child being in the restaurant. Good luck! Let us know how things go.

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      Cafe Adam
      325 Stockbridge Rd Ste 4, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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        ebaba Sep 20, 2011 07:56 AM

        Thank you for the recommendation for Cafe Adam -- we'll definitely try it for lunch or an early dinner, and I'll be very happy to report back.

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        Cafe Adam
        325 Stockbridge Rd Ste 4, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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        mjoyous Sep 20, 2011 08:43 AM

        I'm with you, ebaba. This isn't a board for etiquette lessons; it's about food. One additional recommendation, reachable on travel from North County to GB, is Rouge in West Stockbridge. Recommend the bar, where you can get sandwich, tapas or full dining menus. The food is outstanding, and the couple who own it used to bring their kids when they were babies and are very child friendly!

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          Lenox637 Sep 20, 2011 09:54 AM

          YES!!!

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            mjoyous Sep 20, 2011 01:24 PM

            Lenox637: nice to see your posts again!

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            ebaba Sep 20, 2011 12:41 PM

            Thank you! The bar at Rouge for one dinner.

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              mjoyous Sep 20, 2011 01:25 PM

              You're very welcome. Let us know if you enjoy it.

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            nfnebwiri Sep 20, 2011 02:15 PM

            A few if you want more casual -
            - Pittsfield - Spice Dragon (pan-Asian), Baba Louies (wood fired pizza, location in G. Barrington)
            - Lanesboro - Old Forge (massive beer list, above average pub food)
            - Lenox - Fin (Sushi)
            - Great Barrington - Rt. 7 Grill (BBQ), Bizalion (lunch only, French cafe with counter service)

            Would stay away from Dakota, we brought our baby there but she did not make the food any better. Agree that Cafe Adam should be ok especially early.

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            Cafe Adam
            325 Stockbridge Rd Ste 4, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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              ebaba Sep 27, 2011 10:13 AM

              While we had some trouble getting to the area (a closed stretch of Route 2) and didn't head south until Friday (weren't feeling well) here's where we very happily ended up:
              Spice Root: we sat at the bar and had a drink while waiting for take out, which was delicious. We shared a wonderfully spicy vindaloo and a delicious tikka masala. The fried samosas and poori were less-than-great only because they basically steamed on the way home. The staff there are lovely and they gave my son a bit of mango lassi to tide him over until we left.
              Gramercy Bistro: a lovely lunch on the early side, with what had to be the richest rendition of a croque monsieur I have ever eaten (and could barely finish). We shared a potato leek soup to start and I had mentioned it was mainly for the baby -- it wasn't served piping hot as a result, which was very thoughtful. He loved it.
              Hot Tomatoes: a cranky baby meant that we ordered takeout again for dinner the next night -- we thought this was a really delicious pizza. My husband said it was "like the Upper Crust if the Upper Crust were really good" if you are familiar with the chain here in Boston
              Rubis: finally for lunch before we headed back home we had a truly delicious Cuban from Rubis in Great Barrington -- really, really, really delicious, and I would love to have had the time to sample the rest of the hot sandwiches, coffee, etc. A real gem. It reminded me of the Cheese Iron in Scarborough, Maine or South End Formaggio in Boston but better, probably on account of the atmosphere, not to mention being a sit-down spot.
              We had a great trip! We ate very well and hope to come back soon. Thanks so much for your recommendations, I appreciate it very much.

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              Gramercy Bistro
              24 Marshall St, North Adams, MA 01247

              Spice Root
              23 Spring St, Williamstown, MA 01267

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