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Looking for a couple of suggestions near Pittsfield MA and New Lebanon NY

I went to School In New Lebanon and am retuning for my 20th reunion. I am lamenting the loss of Shuji's. Now that I am grown up and really like all types of Japanese food I could've finally appreciated it for what it was. The one time I went there in high school, all I ate was Tempura.

That said, I don't think I will be looking for japanese in the area, but my wife and I were looking for Breakfast on a Saturday and a Monday, Dinner Sunday night, plus something late night for Friday after I pick my wife up at Albany Airport Friday night @ 10 pm. Take out to meet her would be fine.

Also my motto is "to have something I cannot readily find in the vast expanse of LA"

Thanks

- P.

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  1. Well, we all lament the loss of Shuji's. That said, I don't think there's any place in New Lebanon with that level of dining. There are some that like Mario's (which sort of stole The Pillars menu) but I'm not one. As to the people now running The Pillars--well, they try, but it is definitely not worth it.
    Don't think you'll find anything late night in either town--get something when you're in Albany.
    As to b'kfst: try Cafe Reva on Tyler St in Pittsfield; everyone loves it.
    For a more casual coffee/pastry, there's Dottie's Coffee Lounge on North St in Pittsfield. I'm not too impressed by their baking, but have to admit to being very fussy about wanting world class pastries. Again, folks seem to like it.
    For dinner, I'd suggest reading the chow boards on the Berkshires. West Stockbridge isn't too far--Rouge is great. If you're jonesing for Japanese, there's Fin in Lenox, but be warned that it's a very small restaurant with no reservations.
    Good eating!

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    1. re: mjoyous

      Thank you for the Rouge recommendation I think that might do the trick for Sunday night though I hope they are open. Do they have a website? Google only pulls up third party spam sites.

      Thanks for all your help.

      Take Care

      - P.

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      Rouge
      3 W Center Rd, West Stockbridge, MA 01266

      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        Here's the website:
        http://www.rougerestaurant.com/
        I'm pretty sure they're open Sun night, and they're still good. We like to sit in the bar area, they have an interesting bar menu.

        1. re: BerkshireTsarina

          Off subject--but to the Tsarina. Trader Joe's in Hadley has burrata--2 4 oz balls for around $4 and I found it way better than the stuff Price Chopper carries. I know the real burrata nuts will inform us it's not the right thing if it's not made fresh, but what alternative do we have up here in the boonies?

          1. re: mjoyous

            Whee! Thanks, joyous. We won't be getting over that way till June 3rd, when I do my next one-to-one at the Apple Store in Holyoke. I'll call TJ ahead of time, otherwise we don't do the run up to Route 9. Any burrata is better than NO burrata!

      2. JAES SPICE... NORTH ST. PITTSFIELD (EVEN HAVE SUSHI,,BUT I HAVE NOT TRIED) ALL OTHER DISHES WERE GOOD..ESP. AT LUNCH.

        BREW WORKS.....34 DEPOT ST. PITTSFIELD. BURGERS, ETC..V.GOOD...GREAT BEER.. ITS A BREWERY !

        DRAGON RESTAURANT...BEST VIETNAMESE...IF THEY ARE OPEN ?
        ON RT.20 (HOUSTONIC ST.) WEST OUT OF PITTSFIELD
        3 TOTALY DIFFERENT BUT GOOD OF THEIR TYPE !!!

        CHECK OUT.. BERKSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEB SITE

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        1. re: marciap

          The Dragon is closed. I can't agree that Jae's Spice is all that great , as it's proved rather inconsistent. Have only tried the food at the Brew Works a few times and find it of the mass produced, frozen & Cisco variety--not worth it at all.
          If I were headed to Pittsfield for a dinner, I'd trry Brix Wine bar, based on other chowhead recommendations.

          1. re: mjoyous

            I concur. If you like fresh fried frozen stuff then the Brew works is for you. If you want good food I would say Brix or Trattoria Rustica right around the corner. IMHO avoid Spice and all it's incarnations.

            1. re: mjoyous

              FYI - Brew Works went to a new menu late June and all of the menu items are fresh, local, delicious and many reipes are made with beer. Very good and worth another try.

          2. Joyous and Lenox are right on.
            Spice is a shell game, and you want to be more sure than that.
            BRIX is certainly our favorite in the area. Dragon would be our Best of Asian BUT ----
            We just passed by Sunday and it was still closed. Don't tell me it's closed forever, Joyous????????

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            1. re: BerkshireTsarina

              Re: Dragon. The phone # has a "filled mailbox" and the restaurant removed it's "We'll reopen in April" sign quite a while ago, so I think it's history.
              A friend had spring rolls down at Railroad Street in GB last week and said they were "almost" the same, but not quite as good--and she's not too fussy. So I'm truly disappointed too. As a NYS resident, it was the closest good resto in the PItt!

              1. re: mjoyous

                Agh!
                We had the spring rolls at Railroad Street a couple of months ago. They were nowhere near the equivalent of the Dragon. Overfried and drippy with grease.
                Major bummer!
                As for you, have you tried Brix? Obviously not the same ethnic as the Dragon, but a really good place of its own kind, esp. if you like wine and French bistro food.

                1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                  I had the BEST veal chop there.... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

                  1. re: Lenox637

                    That's interesting. Any other recs? Looking Beyond Burgers ---

                    1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                      Haven't tried Brix but looks like it will be the next dinner in Pittsfield. Am headed out to Mission Tapas this Thursday though.

                      1. re: mjoyous

                        Good! Report, please.
                        (We'll be at FIN, but everybody already knows FIN.)

                        1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                          Like FIN, I've been consistently pleased with Mission, having eaten there 6-8 times. Think I've tried everything I possibly like, though they do have daily specials.

            2. The Lenox Garage, formerly Barood's, great "Tex-Mex" done like a tapas bar. Good drinks as well.

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              1. re: Lenox637

                I respectively have to really really disagree with this rec!
                Went there with the boss about 2 weeks ago and had high hopes.
                Chips with nacho dips (or something similarly named) came with a bright orange thin flavorless canned tasting cheese dip, canned tasting ice cold been dip with peppers chopped into it and good guac.
                Fish tacos was 1 overcooked not hot small portion of over -cooked fish in a cold tasteless flour tortilla with a few strands of cabbage and a drizzle of nondiscript white sauce.
                No salt and pepper brought outside when our food came, no hot sauces like the inside tables had, had to ask for silverware and napkins after our food came.
                Out of Negro modelo, out of Sangria (our first 2 choices)
                we gave up after the taco came.
                Maybe it was just a REALLY bad night.

              2. I forgot about BRIX WINE BAR..lovely place..and with "Citroen'' models !
                Is "FINS" the LOUD ,overly bright, good enventive sushi..but very high price$$$ ? Even with great food I haven't gone back.
                Heard that 'Trattorio Ruustico" was only O.K.
                IF YOU CAME ALL THE WAY DOWN TO G.B....TRY SOME OF THE REALY GREAT DINING SPOTS AROUND !! Go to the 'Chamber Info Booth' on Main St...they have all the MENUS to check out....