My husband and I stumbled upon NUDEL in early November, which I believe is when it opened. We were intrigued by the eclectic menu and went in to ask about some dietary restrictions I must deal with. The restaurant was bustling and practically full on a Wednesday evening, but we were greeted very warmly and we immediately liked the easy-going hospitality. Since the only room was at the bar, we took a seat, which turned out to be a lucky thing!
The owner/chef, Bjorn, works in an open kitchen and his complicated and skilled movements at the range amazed us. The menu changes daily and features seasonal, regional, and "highly ethical" (his words) local ingredients. He often cooks with the under-utilized cuts of meat and meat products that are so shamefully wasted and his trips to local farms in the morning dictate the day's menu. On the evening we dined there, the menu featured four tempting pasta dishes (my husband had the one with pheasant), several meat dishes such as beef heart or liver (there were others), various vegetable dishes, and a mackerel and bluefish salad (which I loved). So much more...
Prices are kept down and you can order one or several dishes, mixing and adding as you dine--very low-key and well-priced. The wines by the glass were not terribly exciting and rather expensive, but we were having such a wonderful time that we stayed put at the bar--over wine!-- even after we'd finished our meal.
The staff was especially accommodating to my lactose intolerance (plus I don't eat meat other than fish), but "the girlfriend" (as she called herself) went out of her way to talk with Bjorn (who was also very helpful) about my "issues." I was grateful for their respectful, non-judgmental assistance--a rare thing it seems.
I could use a bit more "plate appeal"--an awful lot to ask for given the dance the chef performs by himself!--but I would recommend this new place above all others in Lenox.
The food is very exciting and imaginative, tastes great, and serves a greater purpose in that the owner has a desire to keep prices down while he creatively makes the most of great local fresh ingredients.
We really respect his high standards! Fun, first class dining and great ambience!
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