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FRENCH

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. $$$$

Brix Wine Bar

40 West St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-9463, brixwinebar.com. Designed as a wine bar and bistro in the European tradtition (complete with a Parisian-style zinc bar), Brix offers more than 120 wines as well as classic bistro fare such as grilled marinated lamb chops, steak frites, and duck confit over sweet potato puree. Full bar. No reservations. Serving 5-10 Sun, Tue-Thu; 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. Closed Mondays. AE, MC, V. $$$

Chez Pierre

979 Route 9, Gansevoort, 793-3350, chezpierrerestaurant.com. Dinners in the classic French manner, including sole Marguery, veal Oscar and steak au poivre. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 5-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Chez Sophie Bistro

534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-3538, 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, Cheryl, maintain a cellar with 400 French wines and three dozen Belgian-style beers. Their new venue features a piano bar, fireplace, a view of the sculpture garden, 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 Sat-Sun brunch. $$$

Inn at Erlowest

3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, 668-5928, theinnaterlowest.com. Eclectic regional cuisine with a strong global influence served in an intimate dining room in a 100-year-old castle. Certified master chef Dale Miller specializes in innovative interpretations of local ingredients, utilizing his own garden as well as local farmers markets. Signature dishes include miso-glazed black cod, butter-braised lobster and bone-in filet mignon; 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. Dinner from 5:30 PM Wed-Sun. Open seven days in season. AE, MC, D, V. $$$$

Le Canard Enchainé Brasserie

25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 465-1111. Chef-owner Jean-Jacques Carquillat has run a successful restaurant of the same name in Kingston since 1996; now he brings his expertise in traditional French country fare to the historic Quackenbush House. Specials change daily according to season, with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients; menu mainstays include roasted Long Island duck with orange sauce and trout almondine. Full bar, extensive wine list. Serving lunch 11-4 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Provence

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. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat, dinner 5-close Mon-Sat, dinner 4:30-close Sunday. Bar menu available 11-close. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Rouge

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. European-style bistro offering chef Kevin Everleth’s inventive cuisine and more than 60 wines by the glass. Dine inside or under the stars in the charming backyard patio. Wine and beer, on-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 5 PM-close daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/Debit. $$

 

 

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