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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. $$$$

Chez Pierre

Route 9, Wilton, 793-3350. www.chezpierre 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 seven days a week. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Chez Sophie Bistro

534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-3538, 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 $28 offered Mon-Thu except in July and August. Reservations recommended. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and Sunday brunch. $$$

Inn at Erlowest

3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, 668-5928. Eclectic regional cuisine with a strong French influence served in an intimate dining room in a 100-year-old castle. Chef Ray Bohmer 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 Mon and Tue, dinner 5:30-9:30 Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Nicole’s Bistro at the Quackenbush House

25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 465-1111. Dinner is served with a decidedly French flair in Albany’s oldest historic building. The menu is noted for traditional dishes including rack of lamb, 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 11:30-4 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$


1-3 Prospect St., North Bennington, Vt., (802) 442-7171. Offering a wide array of multi-ethnic cuisine with the emphasis on French. Separate lounge offers lower-priced menu items. Large outdoor terrace. Fine wine selection and full bar. Off-premises catering and takeout available. Serving 5 PM-close Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. AE, MC, V. $$$$


72 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. $$$


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. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-close Mon-Sat, dinner 4:30-close Sunday. Bar menu 3 PM-close Mon-Sat. Patio dining from April to October (may be extended, now heated). Reservations recommended. AE, D, DC, 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. Serving dinner 5-10 Wed-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$



Metroland's Fall/Winter Dining Guide 2006
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