The Hotspot | Nudel: The unofficial chef's table of the Berkshires

Photo provided by Stephanie GravaleseBaked lemon honey custard showcases Nudel's playful, sweet approach.

Details: Nudel, 37 Church St., Lenox. 413-551-7183, Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12:30-8 p.m.

LENOX — As Nudel restaurant reopens after a short holiday break, chef/owner Bjorn Somlo has decided to kick off the new year, and the new decade, with a new concept — a vegetable-forward menu that promises to be "resolution friendly."

Recipe for success: Offering seasonally inspired food, Nudel offers a creative approach while honoring local ingredients. Changing his menu sometimes daily, chef Bjorn Somlo creates a menu that highlights seasonal produce and showcases the farms and food producers in our region. With seasoned service staff members navigating the cozy space, Nudel is perfect for a small group having a celebratory dinner, an intimate first date, or a quiet solo dinner. The beer and wine offerings feature a mix of local and regional beers and ciders, and a well-curated wine list.

When making a reservation for one to three people, sit at the counter if it's available. You can watch Bjorn and his team make each dish, chat about food, the farmers, or the topic of the night. It's the unofficial chef's table of the Berkshires and is a can't miss for foodies.

What we can't get enough of: The tacos! The menu changes weekly, so your best bet is to order the tacos when they are available. I recently had the broccoli and cheddar croquette tacos with an almond romesco, jalape o and broccoli slaw. It was the perfect balance of decadent and fresh. The pasta dishes live up the hype (try the spaetzel) and if you have a sweet tooth, take a peek at dessert. Each offers a playful approach that you might not want to share. I ended my evening with the Baked Lemon Honey Custard with lemon curd, raspberry jam, chamomile and pistachio. Whether you come here once a season, or make it your regular date night spot, Nudel's beautifully executed menu surprises and delights diners with each visit.