Mass MoCA campus in North Adams | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Mass MoCA campus in North Adams | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

By Chef Sandy Smith

North Berkshires has a small, but nice, art scene. Lots of outdoor activities and a growing farm-to-table restaurant scene.
— Chef Sandy Smith

About Chef Sandy Smith

Chef Alexander "Sandy" Smith is the chef and owner of Gramercy Bistro, located on the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams, MA. The bistro serves locally-sourced New American cuisine.

In 2015, Smith took over the shuttered Mohawk Tavern, which is also in North Adams. The tavern was first opened in the 1930s, but closed in 2013. Smith kept the original bar and restored the space adding new stained glass, air conditioning and flat screens TVs.

Photograph courtesy of Gramercy Bistro

Photograph courtesy of Gramercy Bistro

Gramercy Bistro

The experience....

"We create well-executed classics, that might have a new approach or are just as you remembered. It is about global classics sourced locally."

87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.663.5300
www.gramercybistro.com

Make sure to order..

"The sweetbreads and tuna."

Photograph courtesy of Mohawk Tavern

Photograph courtesy of Mohawk Tavern

Mohawk Tavern

The experience....

"It's a neighborhood bar with a jukebox, pool table, and dart board. We have craft beer on tap and a small wine program."

30 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.346.4052
themohawktavern.com


Chef Sandy Smith's North Berkshires Guide

MORNING | Coffee

Photograph courtesy of Brewhaha

Photograph courtesy of Brewhaha

Brewhaha

Wake up to a latte, a Cubano, or an Espresso Con Panna (with fresh whipped cream) at this coffee shop in downtown North Adams.

"They have great coffee and awesome breakfast sandwiches."

20 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.664.2020
www.facebook.com/brewhahacafe

SHOPS | Farmers Markets & Specialty Foods

Photograph courtesy of North Adams Farmers Market

Photograph courtesy of North Adams Farmers Market

North Adams Farmers Market

This market is open from June to October and sells everything from fresh produce to flowers to baked goods to skincare products. In addition, you can enjoy live music from 10am to 12pm.

"There are two vendors that I really like, North Yeast Bakery and Many Forks Farm. Make sure to get pastries from North Yeast Bakery."

Sat: 9am - 1pm, June - Oct
Marshall Street and St Anthony Drive, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.664.6180
www.facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket

Photograph courtesy of Williamstown Farmers Market

Photograph courtesy of Williamstown Farmers Market

Williamstown Farmers Market

This market is open from May to October. The vendors sell local products, soaps, ciders, cheeses, and prepared foods.

"Peace Valley Farm have the best cherry tomatoes and leaf lettuce."

Sat: 9am - 1pm, May - Oct
125 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA 01267

www.williamstownfarmersmarket.org

Photograph courtesy of Wild Oats Market

Photograph courtesy of Wild Oats Market

Wild Oats Market

This market opened in 1982 and has been providing its members and the local community with fresh produce and organic groceries ever since.

"This is just funky and cool, and great for vegetarians too."

320 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
T: 413.458.8060
wildoats.coop

MID-DAY | Lunch

Jack's Hot Dog Stand

An old school restaurant serving classic American food at affordable prices. This stand has been around since 1917.

"It's the real deal of a blue collar hot dog and hamburger hole-in-the-wall kind of joint."

12 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.664.9006
 jackshotdogstand.com

AFTERNOON | Sweets

Photograph courtesy of The Rainbow Shack

Photograph courtesy of The Rainbow Shack

The Rainbow Shack

Try one of their 18 flavors of hard ice cream or 38 flavors of soft-serve ice cream and soft-serve frozen yogurt, from Moose Tracks to Tutti Frutti to Orange Pineapple. 

"A rainbow of flavors, pick what you like and they do frozen yogurts too."

85 Summer Street‎, Adams, MA 01220
T: 413.743.4031
 facebook.com/TheRainbowShack

HAPPY HOUR | Beer

Photograph courtesy of Bright Ideas Brewing

Photograph courtesy of Bright Ideas Brewing

Bright Ideas Brewing

Located in the shadow of the Mass MoCA museum, stop by this brewery after you visit the Sol LeWitt paintings.

"It's local, fresh beer and I really like the pale ale."

111, Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.346.4460
brightideasbrewing.com

EVENING | Dinner

Summer Tomato Salad @ Mezze | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Summer Tomato Salad @ Mezze | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Mezze Bistro + Bar

New American cuisine cooked by chef Nick Moulton highlights local artisans and independent farmers. Owner and Beverage Director Nancy Thomas has co-authored a few cocktail books, so make sure to check out their bar list.

"All the food is really great here and their menu is constantly changing."

777 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
T: 413.458.0123

www.mezzerestaurant.com 


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