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Pittsfield - Lennox - Williamstown Recs Please

My wife and I will be staying a weekend in Pittsfield. Tanglewood tickets one night and Theater tickets in Williamstown the next. We are looking for good early dinners both nights. Any cuisine, atmosphere and price range, so long as the food is the best available. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Wine Bar/Bistro - Brix, Pittsfield
    French - Chez Nous, Lee
    Tapas - Mission, Pittsfield (not that authentic but fun and tasty)
    Pub Food - Old Forge, Lanesborough

    If you want to go all out could try Blantyre or Wheatleigh in Lenox but can't personally vouch if they are worth the price.

    There are lots of restaurants in Lenox but most are nothing special and overpriced (exception - Nudel, and also have liked Alta)

    Would specifically avoid Zinc in Lenox or Tratorria Rustica in Pittsfield, or to be honest most Italian places.

    There are lots of good places in the southern Berkshires, Stockbridge, G. Barrington but don't know if you want to go that far. Williamstown I don't know as much about so hopefully someone else can help there. There are actually numerous places of all kinds despite this being a rural area so you may get more help if you are more specific.

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    Wheatleigh
    11 Hawthorne Road, Lenox, MA

    Brix
    40 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

    Chez Nous
    150 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

    Nudel
    35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

    1. Cafe Adam in Great Barrington (reservations in season will be essential). Heartily second Brix. Once Upon a Table is tiny and fun and has a full scale dinner menu different from its cafe-type lunch menu. And it's right there in Stockbridge.

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      Brix
      40 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

      Cafe Adam
      325 Stockbridge Rd Ste 4, Great Barrington, MA 01230

      1. Agree with all of nfne's recommendation, but would add the Gramercy Bistro on the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams. Haven't eaten there since they moved from their old spot a few months ago, but have always found their food solid, and the new menus have been very appealing.
        There's also Rouge in West Stockbridge(lots of posts on this board, local favorite)--eat at the bar for bar, tapas and full menu.
        Enjoy.

        1. I agree with most of the postings except Trattoria Rustica. The lighting is a little too dark for me but the food has always been outstanding. Nudel is a shining star in the Berks.... especially in Lenox where the restaurants seem to cater to lowest common tourist denominator.

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          Trattoria Rustica
          75 North St Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201

          Nudel
          35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

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          1. re: Lenox637

            Another vote for Nudel. Also very good Maylaysian at Flavours in Pittsfield, ask them for their recs.

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            Nudel
            35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

          2. I disagree strongly about Nudel...had lunch there a couple months ago, and, admittedly the sandwich was good; HOWever, that was ALL it was: a sandwich on a plate, no side, no garnish, and it was not inexpensive. Trattoria...the menus is limited and the wine list has mostly upper-ended bottles, thereby sabotaging their sales...in the impulse, generally, it to drink wine by the glass in a restaurant that does not offer many choices under 40.00.

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            1. re: AikiLou

              You should try the tasting menu at Nudel for dinner. It consists of only locally raised ingredients.

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              Nudel
              35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

              1. re: Lenox637

                Was at Nudel for dinner a few weeks ago...dinner for three with a bottle of WritersBlock Cab Franc was 145.00. I am an eductated consumer and know that bottle was overpriced by 10.00...had heard from various people about the inflexibility of the chef...so, my point is that by law now, restaurants in the tri-town area have to have a specifically worded caveat on the menu: IF A PERSON IN YOUR PARTY HAS A FOOD ALLERGY, PLEASE INFORM YOUR SERVER BEFORE ORDERING. My understanding is that it is to be worded EXactly that way, and not only is it not worded to the requirement, but, since there is such inflexibility, their stance must be, by default, DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU HAVE A FOOD ALLERGY BECAUSE WE DO NOT DO SUBSTITUTIONS, SO, IF YOU HAVE A FOOD ALLERGY, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. Also, there are many of us who are not in the American majority - we have not, in the past year become gluten intolerant. At Nudel, you have to pay for bread if you want it. And the owner gets away with all of that...unbelievable....

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                Nudel
                35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

                1. re: AikiLou

                  I don't really have a problem with the chef's way. Nudel, to me, is more than a place to fuel the body. Food can be art and to make substitutions distracts from the chef's overall vision. As far as paying for bread, I think it presumptuous to expect bread. Yes that has been the custom in restaurants but it is a business first and foremost.

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                  Nudel
                  35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

                  1. re: breadfan

                    I disagree...yes a restaurateur IS running a business, but, is not good will important also, especially in this economy? So are you saying (and I have no food allergies, but, some people really ARE allergic to nuts or are lactose intolerant) that if you have a food allergy, you should not go out to dinner or should not expect to be accomodated? Food may be art, but, that point of view is a bit too precious for me; one's restaurant experience should not be about the chef; it should be about the diner and his or her experience...and...whatever happened to graciousness?