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Bistro Zinc

56 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. $$$$


40 West St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-9463, Authentic French bistro in the European tradition (complete with a Parisian-style zinc bar), Brix offers more than 180 wines, and an extensive by the glass selection, as well as classic French bistro fare. Full bar. No reservations. Serving brunch 10-2 Sun, 5-10 Tue-Thu; dinner 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$

Chez Pierre

979 Route 9, Gansevoort, 793-3350, Dinners in the classic French manner, including sole Marguery, veal Oscar and steak au poivre. Bistro menu available in the lounge. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5:30-10 Tue-Fri, 5-10 Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Open 5-10 all-week during racing season. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Inn at Erlowest

3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, 668-5928, American cultural cuisine with a strong global influence served in an intimate dining room in a 100-year-old castle. The culinary staff specializes in innovative interpretations of local ingredients, utilizing their own garden as well as local farmers markets. Signature dishes include scallop Wellington with consomme, confit of filet with smoked potato hash, hand made angolotti garden vegetable composition, and house-made soups, breads and desserts. Full bar, on-premises catering with a 250-person-capacity ballroom. Reservations strongly recommended. Dinner from 5:30 PM Tue-Sun. AE, MC, D, V. $$$$


Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 689-7777, 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. Private dining room accommodates 12-60 people. Nightly entertainment Thu-Sat. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-close Mon-Sat, dinner 4:30-close Sun. Bar menu available 11:30-close. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


3 Center St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-4111, 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. Reservations for four or more. Serving dinner 5-10 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

The Wine Bar & Bistro

200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881, European-style bistro offering chef Kevin Everleth’s inventive cuisine and more than 60 wines by the glass. Come get cozy by one of three fireplaces. Beer and wine specials 5-6:30 Mon-Fri. No reservations. On-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 5 PM-close daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$


Metroland's Spring/Summer Dining Guide 2010
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