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Sep 19, 2011 03:48 PM

The Berkshires with a baby

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.

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

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    1. 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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      1. re: Lenox637

        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!

        Gramercy Bistro
        24 Marshall St, North Adams, MA 01247

        Spice Root
        23 Spring St, Williamstown, MA 01267

      2. 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.

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

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        1. re: chowmensch

          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.

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

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          1. 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!

              1. re: Lenox637

                Lenox637: nice to see your posts again!

              2. re: mjoyous

                Thank you! The bar at Rouge for one dinner.

                1. re: ebaba

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

            1. 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.

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