Bruce Bierman’s Winter Plans

Going South: My partner, art dealer William Secord, and I plan to spend Christmas and the New Year in Palm Beach where we have a wonderful apartment, so we’ll be “home for the holidays.” We will be catching up with good friends, shopping for Christmas gifts on Worth Avenue, dining at old favorites like Chez Jean PierreBice, The Palm Beach Grill, and Pistache, as well as getting lots of exercise at the gym, on our bikes, and with yoga.

Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, in the 1940s

Bruce Bierman will do his Christmas shopping on Palm Beach’s fabled Worth Avenue, shown here in the 1940s.

The Palm Beach Grill

The Palm Beach Grill on Royal Poinciana Way, a Bruce Bierman favorite. 

In Town: For quite a while we’ve liked the rustic Mediterranean restaurant Palma on Cornelia Street–especially sitting in its pretty, romantic garden.  But we recently discovered the Carriage House, Palma’s adjoining private dining room, when we attended a birthday celebration there. We ate in the ground floor kitchen, and it was a delight. Of course, the holiday season brings us lots of out-of-town guests, so we often end up at old favorites like The Four Seasons, Nobu, and Serendipity 3, with its sublime frrrozen hot chocolate.

The Pool Room at The Four Seasons Restaurant, New York

With its quartet of seasonally changing trees, The Pool Room at The Four Seasons is as peerlessly glamorous today as it was when it opened in 1959.

Frrrozen hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 in New York

The sinfully good frrrozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3.

Shelf Life: Winter reading will include revisiting old Dick Francis thrillers, Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love, and Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in preparation for the David Fincher movie adaptation.

Dead Cert by Dick Francis

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

On Screen: A lot of potentially good movies are being released during the next few weeks. Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady should be fun. Talking of iron ladies, like everyone else I’m hooked on the TV series Downton Abbey, which returns to PBS in January.

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, due December 30.

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in the PBS series Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery as the icy Lady Mary in the PBS series Downton Abbey.

Gallery Going: Winter is a great time to visit museums and galleries. The great Willem de Kooning retrospective at MoMA, which closes January 9, is a must, but I never tire of the jewel box Neue Galerie with its amazing collection of German and Austrian expressionist art. Through April 2, there’s a special exhibition in honor of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the museum: The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France.

The First Animals, 1913, Franz Marc

The First Animals, 1913, by Franz Marc is one of the works in an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of Ronald Lauder’s Neue Galerie.