Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8800. This elegant restaurant
in the heart of Lenox serves simple, French-inspired bistro
food such as steak, grilled duck, roast chicken and seafood,
with desserts by an in-house pastry chef. Full bar. Reservations
suggested. Serving lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5:30-10 daily.
AE, MC, V. $$$$
Route 9, Gansevoort, 793-3350, www.chezpierrerestaurant.com.
Dinners in the classic French manner, including sole Marguery,
veal Oscar and steak au poivre. Full bar, banquet facilities.
Serving dinner 5:30-10 Tue-Fri, 5-10 Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed
Mon. Reservations suggested on weekends. Racing season schedule
5-10 PM seven days a week. AE, MC, V. $$$$
Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-3538, www.chezsophie.com.
Chef Paul Parker continues the traditions of his late mother
Sophie by serving inventive seasonal cuisine based on locally
grown organic ingredients. He and his wife and partner,
Cheryl, maintain a cellar with 400 French wines and three
dozen Belgian-style beers. Their new venue features a piano
bar, fireplace, sculpture garden with outdoor dining and
private dining rooms. Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction
winner. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner.
Three-course prix-fixe option for $30 offered Mon-Thu except
in July and August. Reservations recommended. Serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner 7 days a week, plus Sunday brunch. AE,
MC, V. $$$
Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, 668-5928, www.theinnaterlowest.com.
Eclectic regional cuisine with a strong French influence
served in an intimate dining room in a 100-year-old castle.
Chef Tony Destratis specializes in innovative interpretations
of local ingredients, utilizing his own garden as well as
local farmers markets. Signature dishes include bison tartare,
butter-braised lobster and cote de boeuf; also creative
salads with copious fresh greens and herbs, and house-made
soups, breads and desserts. Full bar, on-premises catering
with a 300-person capacity ballroom. Reservations strongly
recommended. Closed Sun-Wed, dinner 5:30-9:30 Thu-Sat. AE,
MC, D, V. $$$$
Bistro at the Quackenbush House
Quackenbush Square, Albany, 465-1111. www.nicolesbistro.com.
Dinner is served with a decidedly French flair in Albany’s
oldest historic building. The menu is noted for traditional
dishes including rack of veal, roast duckling and steak
au poivre, as well as a fair-weather menu. Also features
contemporary menu items. Prix Fixe two-course lunch ($14.95)
and three-course dinner menus ($26) are available. Enjoy
summer dining in the fabulous garden. Full bar, banquet
facilities and private rooms for any occasion. Serving lunch
11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Reservations suggested.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-0281. Eclectic cuisine leaning
toward French, but especially popular for its fresh seafood
dishes with special sauces. Full bar, banquets for up to
100. Serving Tue-Sat 5-9. Closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V.
Plaza, Guilderland, 689-7777, www.provence-restaurant.net.
Serving traditional and contemporary Southern French and
Mediterranean cuisine. Experience fine dining in true French-bistro
style with such classic dishes as bouillabaisse, roasted
duck and steak frites. Enjoy professional and friendly
service, an open kitchen featuring daily specials, a full
custom-made zinc bar and award-winning wine list in a beautiful,
casually elegant French setting. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat,
dinner 5-close Mon-Sat, dinner 4:30-close Sunday. Bar menu
available 11-close. Patio dining from April to October (may
be extended, now heated). Reservations recommended. AE,
D, MC, V. $$$
Center St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-4111, www.rougerestaurant.com.
William Merelle is the chef and owner of this quintessential
French bistro in the Berkshires. Among the entrées is the
house favorite, braised duck with shredded potato cake and
rosemary balsamic vanilla sauce. Tapas served at the bar.
Takeout available. Serving dinner 5-10 Wed-Sat. AE, MC,