The Greens Restaurant at Copake Country Club
I’m not a golfer myself but happen to be particularly fond of that breed of sportsperson. (For example, husband Edgar, dear man, is one.) At the very least, they certainly know how and where to dine. Take The Greens restaurant at the Copake Country Club for example. It is always a good sign (and quite a relief), when walking into a new dining place for the first time, to see someone you know and have them rush over to give you a big welcome, immediately singing the praises of the food.
There is no disguising the fact that The Greens is part of a golf club. This turns out to be a tremendous strength, atmospherically speaking: The restaurant is packed with a mix of golfers and families enjoying the quite extensive menu selections, and the bar is buzzing with linksmen discussing their last round (on the course, of course), keeping the barman on the move mixing and serving. In warmer weather, just around the corner we hope, the restaurant has a terrace that overlooks the golf course and Copake Lake; one can only imagine the gorgeous experience that will be when it opens. In the main restaurant, things are a bit more formal. At the center of the room is a wonderful free-standing, Swedish style fireplace that spreads its glow throughout the room. The chandeliers are made from deer antlers, and one side of the room is dominated by a handsome floor-to-ceiling wine rack, on its very own an impressive display. The staff are welcoming and bustle about efficiently.
The first thing my companion and I ponder over (Edgar is away for the weekend) is the wine list, a solid selection at great prices; $28 for a bottle of very nice chardonnay, for example, with similar prices for the reds. The bread arrives, an excellent crusty sourdough, and, joy of joys, the olive oil is already on the table — no need to ask.
Now to the menu. The shrimp and scallion tempura starter sounds delicious ($15), but we want to leave room for dessert and decide on the Equinox Farm baby greens with blue cheese phyllo turnovers ($11, pictured above) and the Equinox Farm baby arugula salad ($10) instead. My blue cheese phyllo is just excellent, full of rich and creamy melted cheese.
We had arrived a bit late and missed out on the swordfish special so chose instead the pan-roasted cod ($24, at left) and the unusual sounding “organic cumin and chili-roasted chicken” ($23) from the regular menu. The chicken is lightly spiced, tender and moist. The cod is a heady mix of flavors, a plate filled with red Himalayan rice, cipollini onions, spinach, and micro greens with a tomato caper vinaigrette. By now we are really relaxed and even though people are beginning to leave, the chatting and laughter from the bar next door makes us feel we are part of “the collective.” The service never waivers — keeping its eyes on us for whatever we might need.
Contrary to what we might have expected, portion sizes were more than generous, and we decide to skip dessert. We ask for our check, which turns out to be surprisingly reasonable, pack up the remnants of a bottle of unfinished wine, and make our way home. “Well,” I say to my partner in crime, “it looks as if we have found another great place for dinner.” — Elizabeth Goldfarb Richardson
The Greens Restaurant
Copake Country Club
44 Golf Course Road
Copake Lake, NY 12521