In these chilly days of winter, nothing beats keeping warm at indoor city venues that offer up a sampling of our great cultural diversity. A trip to the Jewish Museum on Fifth Ave. is always a favorite, a former family mansion. A matinee of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Delicate Balance, starring the indefatigable Glenn Close, is next on the agenda; and ending the day at the restaurant Robert, overlooking Central Park—well, that is edible culture at its finest in my book.
I learned a lot after seeing Helena Rubenstein: Beauty Is Power at the Jewish Museum. The cosmetics entrepreneur was an authentic trailblazer when it came to the very definition of Western beauty, urging women to develop their own personal style, trends be damned.
What happens when you take a great American drama about the complicated relationships between friends and family, and cast it with such luminaries as John Lithgow, Glenn Close and Lindsay Duncan? You get one splendid play at the John Golden Theatre.
How can you not love a restaurant that not only sits atop the Museum of Arts and Design overlooking Columbus Circle and the great expanse of Central Park, but also offers a “sunset menu” that includes scallops with chiffonade orchids as well as burrata with fresh figs?