Frick Collection & Le Bernardin

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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I went to see The Frick Collection today.  I first went through the Picasso drawing temporary exhibit, which was quite good.  I then wandered around through the permanent collection.  The museum is in what used to be the home of Henry Clack Frick.  It has been altered and enlarged to turn it into a museum but much of the museum is still set up as though it were a residence.  Many of the works are hanging where they did when Frick was alive.

The collection is heavy on decorative arts and Old Masters.  The quality of the works is high but the collection is relatively small.  When I was done at the museum I headed across Central Park to the John Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields.

I headed south from Strawberry Fields and went to the Museum of Art and Design (MAD).  I've visited this museum when it was called the American Craft Museum and was located near the Museum of Modern Art.  This was the first time I've been to it under the new name and at the new location.

There were two temporary exhibits.  One was Picasso to Koons, The Artist as Jeweler.  The other was Crafting Modernism, Midcentury American Art and Design.  The Modernism exhibit featured a lot of very familiar work since I go to a lot of auctions of 20th Century Modernist work.  I saw pieces loaned or donated by three people I know.  The jewelry exhibit was housed in a room with their permanent jewelry collection.  The permanent collection has many pieces donated by someone I know.  It's a small word.  I enjoyed both of the shows and the permanent collection.

After leaving MAD I headed uptown for a store called Maxilla & Mandible that sold bones and fossils.  Unfortunately, I was too late.  The store, after doing business for 27 years, closed a month or two ago.  I headed back for my hotel.  I stopped to take a look at the Rose Center, a gorgeous building housing a planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.

I went back to my hotel, got changed and headed for dinner at Le Bernardin.  In 2010 Le Bernardin was number 15 on Restaurant Magazine's World's Best Restaurant List.  In 2011 it moved down a little to number 18 but was still fourth in the U.S.  It is one of five Michelin three-star restaurants in New York City and one of 10 in the country.

The restaurant has recently been renovated.  The dining room is dominated by a large painting of the ocean by Ran Ortner called Deep Water No. 1.  I got the Chef's Tasting Menu.  Le Bernardin is a seafood restaurant.  I got a substitution for one course but having a vegetarian meal wasn't really possible.  I had a very good meal but I'm normally vegetarian and I wish I could have gotten more vegetarian courses.
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