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Lenox for Memorial Day Weekend-recs??

Hi all,
I'm traveling to Lenox, MA for a wedding Memorial Day weekend.
We will be there for 3 days and looking for some tasty recs!
We're covered as far as breakfast since our inn will provide it.
Mostly, I'm looking for recs for some midrange-cheapish lunch spots. We don't have a preference as far as cuisine. We're coming from NYC and are open to basically anything as long as its tasty!

Our plan:
Friday
arriving on the later end and would appreciate any dinner recs
Sat
lunch: open
dinner: Nudel? or Alta or Bistro Zinc? (just places we saw on the wedding website that were recs)
Sun
lunch: open
dinner: wedding time!
Monday
Head home!

Appreciate any tips.
Thanks in advance...

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Nudel
35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

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  1. Avoid Zinc, not good at all. There are numerous threads about Lenox and the Berkshires. Alta, Rouge in W. Stockbridge, Mission in Pittsfield. If you want a great burger(not fancy) The Lantern on North St in Pittsfield is good.

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    1. re: breadfan

      Agree on ZInc. Super over-rated!!!

    2. I love Nudel but on that weekend it will be madness, so line up early.

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      Nudel
      35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

      1. Agree exactly with breadfan. Also Brix in Pittsfield although haven't been since chef changed.

        For lunch spots there is Haven in Lenox, Cakewalk in Lee both of which are counter service, not ultra cheap but I guess not bad compared to NYC. If you are into beer you could also head up to the Old Forge in Lanesboro for lunch which also has some good if casual food.

        1. Brix Wine Bar (Pittsfield) is still excellent, but get there early or you may not get a table. We also like Rouge (West Stockbridge). I agree that The Lantern's (Pittsfield) burgers are the best.

          1. We really like Nudel and Alta. There is a new restaurant opening where Church St Cafe was. Don't know anything about the food or concept.
            I can strongly advise you NOT to eat at Apple Tree Inn's restaurant.

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            1. re: StatenIslandSara

              New owners of Church St. also own Alta and Frankie's in Lenox; it'll take a little while to get it open would be my bet, but maybe they'll move really fast.

              1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                I had forgotten to mention Frankie's. We go there occasionally and are usually very pleased, especially with daily specials.

                1. re: magiesmom

                  Awesome! Thanks so much for the suggestions.
                  Sounds like we are set for dinner. If you have any other lunch suggestions near any of the areas you go hiking in Lenox, we are open to it. Or a place to get supplies to bring on a picnic there too :)

                  1. re: hakusai

                    picnic supplies at Guido's or Nejames.

                    1. re: hakusai

                      We've gone hiking in Kennedy Park then had a great lunch at Jonathan's Bistro in the Aspinwell Shops (the park borders the shopping complex)

                      *thanks Tsarina for the info on the new owners! Can't wait to try it.

                      1. re: hakusai

                        The National Audubon Society in Lenox has trails up Lenox Mt. to the old fire tower. Great 360 degree views!

                        1. re: rhoneranger

                          It's Massachusetts Audubon (not the National.)
                          Also, no one mentioned Chocolate Springs in Lenox for artisanal chocolates and fantastic cupcakes(real buttercream!) on the weekends. Perfect after hike food.

                  2. re: StatenIslandSara

                    Went to Church St Cafe for lunch for the first time since new ownership - would be interested in other Chowhounders' impressions, but we were really disappointed! The original Church Street used to have abundant choices of creative dishes made of fresh local ingredients. The new Church Street lunch menu is extremely limited and somewhat boring - burger, a few sandwiches, a few salads, flat breads. The flat breads would have been a good addition to the old menu, except that they threw the old menu away!

                    My husband had the burger, which came out overcooked. My daughter had the chicken rice soup, which was good, but way over-salted. She also had grilled cheese, with tasteless cheese. I had a flat bread with prosciutto, arugula, little bits of asparagus, roasted garlic and cheese (same tasteless stuff) - it was good for a small meal, but again, lacked creativity and freshness that the old Church St had.

                    Woe is me - we are mourning the loss of what was a lovely outdoor lunch spot!

                    Disclaimer: I must admit that we were never fans of Alta either.

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                    Church Street Cafe
                    65 Church St Ste 201, Lenox, MA 01240

                    1. re: liyuan

                      I ate at Church Street for lunch in June when we were in Lenox for a family wedding. I was underwhelmed by the food and the service. My turkey burger was NOT turkey but after they insisted it was 2ce, I ate it b/c my 3 yr old was getting antsy. It will be a skip the next time we are in Lenox.

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                      Church Street Cafe
                      65 Church St Ste 201, Lenox, MA 01240

                  3. Spouse & I just returned from a vacation in Lenox & surrounding area.We had a very nice dinner at Alta, but it was overshadowed by far by dinner at Cranwell Resort. The dining room in a former private mansion (now a hotel) was elegant, service, first rate, without being pretentious and the food was excellent. Wild mushroom & herb tart app. was excelent. Mixed grill with a petit fillet, lamb chop & grilled scallops was perfectly done & the scallops in particular are so flavorful! Chicken Statler, my spouse's favorate also received rave eview (moist & nicely seasoned). Side vegs were perfectly done. For dessert, the apple tart with caramel sauce was special. After dinner, the hostess graciously gave us a mini tour of the premises. Top of the line in Lenox and well worth it for a special time.