3. Pizza, much hotter than you think
How about a road trip for pizza and more compelling people watching? Kevin Spacey prefers Joe's, while Daniel Boulud says Di Fara rules. Owner Dom DeMarco, says Boulud "makes each pie one by one. People line up out the door to get in. It’s the old-fashioned Brooklyn pizza—thick, bready dough, good tomato sauce … He adds more cheese after it's cooked and lets it melt over the hot pizza, rather than cook the cheese too much."
4. Never underestimate the zoo, sing-alongs and gardens
For interesting people (and animal) watching, head over to Alex Rodriguez’s go-to spot, the Central Park Zoo. Then, mosey on over to Meredith Vieira's beloved Strawberry Fields and sing along with the musicians crooning Beatles tunes. Combine that with a trip to the Conservatory Gardens, Bette Midler's favorite locale. The six-acre tucked away refuge is filled with bronze sculptures and fountains.
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5. Drink in that view
Thirsty? Follow Gayle King's lead and have a drink at the 35th floor Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Nothing enhances date buzz like a killer view with the twinkling lights of Manhattan as your backdrop.
So go ahead, step out of the same old heart-shaped box this Valentine’s Day. You may just discover some seriously cool shared treasures.
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Jeryl Brunner is the author of My City, My New York: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places, www.mycitymynewyork.com. She has also contributed to O, the Oprah magazine, Parade, National Geographic Traveler, Delta Sky, Travel + Leisure, Huffington Post and many other publications. Jeryl lives in New York City, adores walking through Central Park and has downloaded an embarrassing number of show tunes on her iPod.