Lippera's at Chatham House
Went up to Jiminy Peak with my girlfriend on Saturday and came across this GEM of a restaurant! Not sure if any hounds live up in that area but this is around 45 minutes East of Albany and is phenomenal!!
We shared the calamari for an appetizer, it was perfectly done, crunchy but not rubbery. I had the braised short rib, simply perfect and double the portion size I am accustomed to in Westchester or NYC. The best part was the stuffing, which was really a breadpudding and mushroom casserole! She got the salmon special (stuffed with crabmeat and hollandaise sauce). The butternut squash soup was delicious as well.
For desert we got the chocolate chip cookie sundae, which is 3 huge chocolate chip cookies with several scoops of ice cream and covered in whipped cream.
Service was great, and very understanding of our disheveled appearance after a day of skiing. We offered to sit in the tavern as we were in jeans and ski jackets but they wouldn't hear of it!
We are quite excited to have found this place!! In the end it was only $80 for both of us (I got a margarita and she got a diet coke). I enjoyed it about 4 times more than an evening at Ruby's or Plates and it was 1/2 the price :) (Sorry, had to do it)
There's some great history here. Butch Lippera used to have an Italian restaurant in Ghent (the Italian Delight), which he sold in the early 1980s. It wasn't until he opened the Chatham House after years of renovation and restoration that the locals could enjoy his food again. And what a beautiful job he did. The Chatham House was an eyesore for 40 or 50 years. Now, it's the focal point of the village.