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Nudel vs. Alta, Lenox MA - relative pluses and minuses?

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We're going to a performance at Shakespeare & Co. the evening of July 5 and plan on having dinner in Lenox afterward. Nudel doesn't take reservations but it's a holiday week and we don't want to wait until 10 pm to eat. Other than that issue, can anyone tell us the pluses and minuses of each restaurant? We like a good wine by the glass menu so that we can each match our individual courses and look for something a little "different," such as local ingredients or interesting presentation. Both seem to be similarly expensive, but does one give better value-for-money than the other? Thank you for your opinons.

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  1. Wow, you are talking apples and oranges.
    Completely different places.
    Nudel: inventive food, way out, fabulous when it clicks, sometimes a little too weird for me, small, no reservations, noisy.
    Alta: more conventional food, almost always good but not inventive (etc. see Nudel above), wine probably as good or better than Nudel's, can be noisy when filled (and both will be FILLED on the evening of July 5th, would be my bet), they take reservations.
    Your "little bit different" is clearly Nudel, whether it's better value (portions are smaller than Alta) depends on what you value most.

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    1. re: BerkshireTsarina

      I would always choose Nudel as I think it is just more interesting and better. But Nudel will be a wait.

    2. If you are going to have dinner and then Tanglewood, go to Alta. If it's more about the food experience then go to Nudel. IMHO

      1. You can't really go wrong with either. Don't think one is greater value than the other. You just have to pick what experience you want. Alta is more traditional, calmer atmosphere, service a little more polished. Nudel can be a little more fun, noisy, with certainly more inventive and interesting food. Alta probably does have a slight wine advantage.

        1. Thank you all for your input. This forum is so great. You can't judge atmosphere, attitude, or approach from a website photo put up by the restaurant. We made a reservation at Alta but we might drop by Nudel to see how long the wait is after we go to Shakespeare & Co. performance.

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          1. re: AprilTwoCats

            If you can possibly get into Nudel, do it.

          2. Nudel is tiny. If you value comfort and a more private conversation then alta would get my nod.