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|Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout.||Terrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting.||Table Six, in Lenox, features a changing prix fixe meal in the refurbished Kemble Inn.|
This is one of those restaurants that you’re tempted to keep a secret. It would be a shame if you had to wait for a table on the deck with its gorgeous views of the lake and the rolling lawns of the public golf course (though the indoor dining room with its circular fireplace in the middle the room is—dare we say?—chic.) The Greens at the Copake Country Club is so off the beaten path that you would never just stumble across it, and yet it is only a couple of miles from Hillsdale and the Route 23 exit for the Taconic State Parkway. Although you will be handed a dinner menu with serious entrees like grilled sea scallops with cellophane noodles in coconut lemongrass broth ($26) and Herondale Farm beef stew ($23), you can also ask for the Club Menu that is filled with hearty bargains such as a turkey club sandwich ($8) and jumbo burger ($9) that come with a mound of fries and cole slaw, and chicken Caesar salad ($10). The folks running this intelligently gentrified golf club seem to understand their diverse clientele so there’s a children’s menu (pasta with butter: $5) as well as a list of local purveyors who supply the restaurant, including Equinox Farm, Farm Girl Farm, Herondale Farm and SoCo Creamery. A brand new covered porch that looks like a rural version of a trendy urban lounge has just opened so you can enjoy cocktails and the views even on a stormy day. Once you visit, you may not want to tell your friends because you’ll be tempted to keep it a secret, too. —Dan Shaw
44 Golf Course Rd., Copake, NY
Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m