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Dec 10, 2010 07:00 AM

Dinner and New Year's in the Berkshires

I'm heading to the Berkshires for New Year's with my girlfriend. Any suggestions on restaurants for the weekend and a good New Year's spot near Pittsfield, Lenox or Great Barrington? We're two 30-somethings looking for dinner and dancing.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. You might want to check out the Interlaken Inn in Interlaken,Ct. right over the Ma. /Ct. border.
    Dinner,dancing,good food,ect.
    Tried to find a "reasonably-priced" deal for New Year's but Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge,and many other expensive Inns wanted a fortune for the evening.
    Seems like a good time of year to rip people off for some average dining and entertainment.

    Red Lion Inn
    30 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262

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    1. re: catnip

      Thanks. Agreed, New Year's is always seems to be twice the normal price. Red Lion looks interesting. I also saw some place called Bogie's and Mission Bar and Tapas. If anyone else has any suggestions, would love to hear them.

      1. re: NY TexMex

        Agree that food at red lion not that great. Chez Nous is really good but would not be a "party" atmosphere, more quiet and romantic as suggested.

        Bogies and Mission Tapas about as far apart as you can get atmosphere-wise. Bogies is I guess kind of an old school steak and potato and salad bar kind of place, would be near the bottom of my list for young people looking for something festive. Mission on the other hand has tasty and interesting if not exactly authentic tapas-type food, it's pretty small but likely to have live music with more of a "hip" atmosphere (if such a thing is possible in the Berkshires).

        Chez Nous
        150 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

    2. The Red Lion Inn will certainly be festive, but I have found the food pretty awful and not inexpensive. If you want something romantic, try Chez Nous in Lee, don't know what they have for NYE.

      Chez Nous
      150 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

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      1. re: City Kid

        I just found out that they have an electric keyboard player for New Year's.
        They are serving regular menu early and a prixe fixe menu later on NYE.
        Check out their website( more information.

        1. re: catnip

          If you do make a reservation for Chez Nous specify the main/front room where the entertainment is, much more festive than the other.

      2. Just spent a weekend at Equinox in Manchester VT. They had greass fed local steaks that were outstanding. The bar was small but hopping on an early December Saturday night.

        Beautiful spot.

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        1. re: jfood

          We were just in Manchester last weekend also.
          We did the $30 3-course dinner at the Chanticleer which was outstanding and Mulligan's on Saturday night fortheir lively bar crowd and super wings and burgers.
          I called the Equinox while we were up there and I asked what they were doing for NYE and I was told they have a DJ spinning records with a regular dinner menu.
          A far cry from what I thought they'd have(live band and special dinner).

        2. NY TEXMex-
          Go to ( )to find out about all the eating and entertainment for the upcoming Xams and NYE season.

          1. Good luck with your search!
            My advice is stay away from Inns in Lenox.
            We had a pretty awful Thanksgiving dinner at the one across from Tanglewood. (my mil's rec - she recalled it being a dining destination)

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            1. re: StatenIslandSara

              That would be the Apple Tree Inn Sara.
              We had a miserable breakfast there one time.
              We'd never go back there.

              Apple Tree Inn & Restaurant
              10 Richmond Mountain Rd, Lenox, MA 01240

              1. re: catnip

                Thanks! That was it. I didn't know if it was ok on this site to post the name with an unfavorable review.
                I can not recommend it at all.