Joel’s Front Yard Steak House has served a hearty menu of varied steak, seafood, and pasta since 1965. Maryland crab cakes ($9.95 for two) start meals with house remoulade and golden-fried flavor. Experience the slow-roasted deliciousness of a one-pound slab of the house specialty, prime rib ($24.95), also available blackened and Cajun-spiced for an additional $1. Cognac tenderloin tips cover char-broiled filet-mignon tips with a cognac-brandy shallot sauce and helpful advice ($21.95), and the seafood pasta scampi throws caution to the wind and tosses sea scallops and shrimp over pasta and garlic sauce ($18.95). Chicken parmigiana takes a classically prepared Italian dish and places it atop the pasta du jour ($16.95). Transform any meal into a surf-and-turf dinner with seafood add-ons including market-price lobster tail or parmesan, scampi, Cajun, or fried fresh sea scallops ($8.95).
Snow Ridge Ski Resort offers skiers and snowboarders 130 acres of snowy mountain terrain with 500 feet of vertical drop. Six lifts—including four double chairs, a T-bar, and a bunny tow—usher visitors to the top of 22 different trails. Skiers of all stripes will find terrain suited to their particular skill level, including healthy servings of green, blue, and black-diamond runs. A terrain park features a gauntlet of rails and boxes designed for grinding, jumping, and mid-air wardrobe changes.
The resort is also home to a PSIA-certified ski school, where kids as young as 3 learn the ins and outs of proper downhill technique through instructional games and props. For a snapshot of current conditions at the resort, check out the ski report, which includes information on recent snowfall, the percentage of open terrain, and the number of lifts in operation.
Fuji Japanese Steak House, Hibachi, & Sushi's name encapsulates the chefs' dedication to forging a variety of Japan's most iconic dishes. The sushi chefs assemble 35 rolls, filling the Specialty Maki with lobster, onions, spicy salmon, and a honey-wasabi sauce, plating the roll as artfully as Michelangelo’s sculpture of the David’s favorite pizza. In the kitchen, platefuls of vegetables, chicken, and shrimp sear atop hibachi grills, and servings of beef teriyaki and yaki udon round out the menu's selection.
Mitsuba's culinary crew rolls rice and sizzles hibachi-grilled entrees within a chic, modern atmosphere. The menu fuses authentic hibachi dishes, such as grilled scallops ($20.95), with hand-rolled delicacies that include the sweet-potato roll ($4) and the Green Dragon—a jumble of eel, cucumber, and avocado ($9.50). Entrees such as the New Hartford Meets Japan, an unlikely marriage of broiled gulf shrimp, vegetables, and black rice ($21.95), satisfy appetites while inspiring television producers with new romantic-comedy premises. Noontime noshers can nibble on Mitsuba’s lunch options, including seafood- or meat-packed Bento boxes ($8.50–$9) or the harmonious lunch-roll combo, which features two sushi rolls paired with soup and salad ($8.50).
The Lake House’s chefs create innovative seafood plates and hearty steaks as diners take in lakeside views from the interior of an historic hotel built in 1843. Scan the menu before electing upscale eats such as pumpkin-seed-encrusted trout filets in sherry cream ($16.99) or pan-seared hunter’s ducks dressed in a pear-and-peppercorn au jus ($22.99). Chefs stuff the Lake House bone-in pork chop with an autumnal mélange of apples, onions, blue cheese, and cloud bacon before tossing it on the grill and drenching it in an apple-cider glaze ($17.99). Dinner diners sink meat fangs into a New York strip steak’s side ($19.99), and luncheon guests peruse burgers and sandwiches such as the grilled-chicken cordon bleu, which sports ham, swiss cheese, and a jaunty monocle atop its grilled roll ($8.99). Lounge on the patio facing the lake or illumine meals indoors with the light of Tiffany-style stained-glass table lamps.