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From the High Line, stroll through Chelsea where the Rubin Museum, replete with Himalayan art, now occupies the stunning building that was formerly Barneys, a chic clothing emporium.

Long Island may offer ‘the good life,’ but Manhattan never ceases to beckon. From world-class restaurants to cultural attractions, unparalleled entertainment and limitless shopping, “the city” provides boundless ways to spend an enjoyable day. Here are some suggestions for places to visit on a Manhattan foray. Pick and choose from the following or plan a more ambitious trip to include extra museums and eateries. If you’re truly an early bird and can brave the cold, start your day standing outside during the NBC Today Show taping at the Today Plaza located in Rockefeller Center. Broadcasting starts at 7 a.m., but arrive before 6 a.m. to pass through security on 48th Street and secure a good spot. If you like to walk and relish the idea of

enue between 23rd and 24th streets is a delightful gourmet food marketplace with bustling cafes, a focacceria, a gelateria and sit-down restaurants where Italian fare rules. Regularly scheduled cooking classes highlight different regions of Italy. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Eataly’s high-profile owners include Lidia and Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali. To enjoy a quieter lunch with outstanding views of Central Park and a dollop of culture, visit the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle (madmuseum. org). Stroll through the exhibits of exquisite jewelry, glass and furnishings created by American artists before heading upstairs to their restaurant, Robert (robertnyc.com). Appetizers include a butternut squash and

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seeing the city from above, check out the High Line (thehighline.org). Vistas include the Meatpacking District, Chelsea and the Hudson River. Originally built in the 1930s as an elevated freight railway the 30-foot high structure was once abandoned. In 2009, it was revitalized and turned into a “park in the sky,” stretching from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues. Warm up with a hot cup of java and sweeten the day with a baked goodie at Blue Bottle Coffee on the High Line at West 15th Street. Or stop by Melt Bakery, also on West 15th Street for scrumptious chocolate cookies. From the High Line, stroll through Chelsea where the Rubin Museum, replete with Himalayan art, now occupies the stunning building that was formerly Barneys, a chic clothing emporium. Not far away, Eataly NYC, 200 5th Av-

asparagus salad with Bhutanese red rice or decadent Foie Lollipops. Pastas abound, filled with edamame, ricotta and lemon and thyme beurre blanc or gnocchi with baby kale, goat cheese and pancetta. Main courses range from branzino to the Hudson Valley duck breast. Among the stores atThe Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center are upscale boutiques such as Armani Exchange, Cole Haan, Coach, Stuart Weitzman and Tourneau. Top- tier restaurants Masa and Per Se also call this complex home. In the mood for an afternoon delight? Stop for a sweet encounter at Serendipity3 (serendipity3.com) 225 East 60th Street, where the big draw is the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. On chillier days, opt for the Serendipitous Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream, grated orange, cinnamon

and shaved French chocolate. For a grand finale that holds the Guinness world record for the most expensive ice cream sundae, order the $1,000 Serendipity Golden Opulence Sundae 48 hours in advance. This delectable treat starts with three scoops of rich Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanil-

starts at 5 p.m. and ticket holders need to arrive at 30 Rockefeller Plaza no later than 3:40 p.m. (Free tickets can be reserved at www.showclix.com/event/thetonightshowstarringjimmyfalllon.) Though admission is not guaranteed, standby tickets also are available before 9 a.m. the day of the taping under the NBC Studios marquee on the 49th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. For dinner, head to the Lower East Side. At Dirty French in the Ludlow Hotel (180 Ludlow Street, (212) 254-3000, dirtyfrench. com.) glittering chandeliers and a woodbeamed ceiling form the backdrop for this restaurant created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. The culinary experience features enhanced classic French bistro fare with starters like tuna tartar, crepe Indochine or the Salmon Maison. For the main course, seafood lovers will savor the brook trout with sesame and dried apricots or porgy with green tomato and Cajun spices. Carnivores might share the chicken and crepes; indulge in the Duck

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la beans, covered in 23 karat, edible gold leaf and drizzled with ultra-pricey Amedei Porceleana chocolate, covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate and candied fruits from Fauchon in Paris, gold dragnets and chocolate truffles. Topping it off is a tiny glass bowl of Grande Passion caviar, infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac. The over-the-top sundae is served in a $350 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet, which the customer gets to take home. Entertainment options abound. Although the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., taping

a l’Orange or the lamb saddle. Top off the meal with a lemon tart with almonds and toasted meringue or chocolate ganache cake with pistachio yogurt. Among the must-see shows on Broadway are long-running winners like “The Lion King,” the highest grossing Broadway production. Savor Long Island’s own Idina Menzel in “If/Then,” returning to Broadway after her Tony Award-winning performance in “Wicked,” or Hugh Jackman in “The River.” Or take in a grand performance at the Metropolitan Opera, a concert at Lincoln Center or an off-Broadway play. SE SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 41

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