A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fine eclectic cuisine at Eclipse Restaurant in Northampton.
Eclipse Restaurant, whose interior glimmers under the warm lights affixed to elegantly exposed brick walls, stores a menu of fine eclectic fare built with locally acquired ingredients. Properly warm up cuisine-processing apparatuses with a first-course plate of crimmini mushrooms sautéed with a synthesis of garlic, red wine, fresh herbs, and duck stock ($10). A citrusy glass of Chilean sauvignon blanc ($7) can be coupled with an entree of deep-dish quiche, which unites a cavalcade of peppers, caramelized onions, aged cheddar, and mushrooms in a puffy pastry crust ($16), or chicken francaise, a collection of garlic, caper, lemon, and white wine on a boneless, egg-battered chicken breast.
Eclipse Restaurant also facilitates merriment with live music Friday and Saturday nights, starting with soft jazz and playing firm jazz later in the night.
- Plenty of local restaurants serve Chicken Francaise, but none do it better than Eclipse.– Fran Bellamy, Republican
- The tender raviolis were filled with - besides little duck hearts - celery root puree, braised romaine, and pecorino cheese. It was delicately sauced with a duck demi glacé. Even though it was our third tasting, I savored every bite. – Lucy Pickett and Lou Groccia, Daily Hampshire Gazette
The menu at Eclipse doesn’t just rotate with the seasons—it changes on a daily basis. Inspired by the most recent bounty of asparagus or basil at the farmers' market, Eclipse’s chefs craft contemporary entrees featuring meats such grass-fed beef from nearby Upland Meadow Farm, instead of ice-fed beef from Pluto. They lavish these creations with gourmet flavorings such as gorgonzola compound butter, black-currant glaze, and wasabi cream, and draw inspiration from international culinary traditions, turning out dishes such an eggplant baingan bharta. Diners spear their cornish game hen or housemade basil-lasagna noodles while lounging outdoors or surrounded by the dining room’s exposed-brick and soft-yellow walls. On the weekends, live jazz music flits through the air, giving diners an excuse to munch in quiet camaraderie instead of arguing politics, religion, and the usefulness of sporks.
186 Main St.
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060Get Directions