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. $$$$
40 West St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-9463, brixwinebar.com.
Authentic French bistro in the European tradition (complete
with a Parisian-style zinc bar), Brix offers more than 180
wines, and an extensive by the glass selection, as well
as classic French bistro fare. Full bar. No reservations.
Serving brunch 10-2 Sun, 5-10 Tue-Thu; dinner 5-10:30 Fri-Sat.
Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$
979 Route 9, Gansevoort, 793-3350, chezpierrerestaurant.com.
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. $$$$
Inn at Erlowest
3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, 668-5928, theinnaterlowest.com.
American cultural cuisine with a strong global influence
served in an intimate dining room in a 100-year-old castle.
The culinary staff specializes in innovative interpretations
of local ingredients, utilizing their own garden as well
as local farmers markets. Signature dishes include scallop
Wellington with consomme, confit of filet with smoked potato
hash, hand made angolotti garden vegetable composition,
and house-made soups, breads and desserts. Full bar, on-premises
catering with a 250-person-capacity ballroom. Reservations
strongly recommended. Dinner from 5:30 PM Tue-Sun. AE, MC,
D, V. $$$$
Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 689-7777, provence-restaurant.net.
Serving traditional and contemporary Southern French and
Mediterranean cuisine. Experience fine dining in true French-bistro
style with such classic dishes as bouillabaisse, roasted
duck and steak frites. Enjoy professional and friendly
service, an open kitchen featuring daily specials, a full
custom-made zinc bar, and award-winning wine list in a beautiful,
casually elegant French setting. Private dining room accommodates
12-60 people. Nightly entertainment Thu-Sat. Serving lunch
11:30-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-close Mon-Sat, dinner 4:30-close
Sun. Bar menu available 11:30-close. Reservations recommended.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$
3 Center St., West Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-4111, 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. Reservations for four or more. Serving
dinner 5-10 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$
The Wine Bar & Bistro
200 Lark St., Albany, 463-2881, winebaronlark.com. European-style
bistro offering chef Kevin Everleth’s inventive cuisine
and more than 60 wines by the glass. Come get cozy by one
of three fireplaces. Beer and wine specials 5-6:30 Mon-Fri.
No reservations. On-premises catering, takeout available.
Serving 5 PM-close daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $$