Bruce Bierman’s Summer

Travel:  I’ll be going to Nantucket, Miami, and Palm Beach, all for work. The latter is one of summer’s best kept secrets—it’s cooler than New York, not at all crowded, and there’s no problem getting a table at any restaurant.  Later, we are going to England, principally to tour some of the great country houses and estates. And in September, it’s off to Paris for the 26th Biennale des Antiquares at the Grand Palais. This year designer Karl Lagerfeld has been invited to stage, decorate, and create the visuals for the Biennale. He will design a temporary world within the Grand Palais to serve as a backdrop for the thousands of objets d’art that will be presented at the show.

Pistache, West Palm Beach, Florida
The popular French bistro Pistache in West Palm Beach is a Bruce Bierman favorite where it’s easy to get reservations in summer. 

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire, England

Bruce plans to tour some of the great English country houses later this summer. This is Dyrham Park, a grand late-17th-century Baroque house set in a beautiful Gloucestershire valley and surrounded by 272 acres of garden and rolling parkland with sweeping views of the countryside.

Karl Lagerfeld's poster for the Paris Biennale des Antiquares at the Grand Palais, September 14 to 23, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld’s poster for the 26th Biennale des Antiquares, which runs from September 14 through 23 in Paris.

Le Grand Palais, Paris

The Biennale takes place in the Grand Palais, where Karl Lagerfeld will design a temporary world as a backdrop for the thousands of objets d’art on display. 

Local Pleasures: I’m traveling a lot this summer, so I don’t have that much time in the city, but while in town I’ve enjoyed rediscovering some of the terrific restaurants in my neighborhood, such as the Union Square Cafe and the Waverly Inn, and also trying the occasional new place like The Americano in the Hotel Americano in West Chelsea near the High Line. There are also a couple of Broadway plays I’m determined to see: One Man, Two Guvnors, a comedy of confusion adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century Italian farce Servant of Two Masters, and imported from London’s National Theatre in a limited run that’s due to close on September 2; and End of the Rainbow, a play about Judy Garland starring the British actress Tracie Bennett in an electrifying interpretation of the great American singer.

The bar at the Union Square Cafe, New York

The bar at the Union Square Cafe, one of the terrific long-lived neighborhood restaurants Bruce has enjoyed rediscovering this summer.

The Edward Sorel murals in Waverly Inn restaurant, New York

Bruce has also been revisiting the Waverly Inn, one of whose famed Edward Sorel murals was damaged in a fire on June 26. The mural has already been replaced. “It’s a reproduction of some of the drawings on my wall—the whole thing is digitalized,” Sorel said. “It’s a replica; it’s easily reproduced.”

The restaurant in the Hotel Americano, West Chelsea, New York

The Americano, the sleek French restaurant at the recently opened Hotel Americano deep in Chelsea by the High Line, is a new Bruce Bierman favorite. 

Suzie Toase and James Corden in the British farce “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

Suzie Toase and  the Tony Award winning James Corden in the British farce One Man, Two Guvnors, which closes September 2. Photograph by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow

British actress Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow. Photograph by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times