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The Best Places In New York City To Bring A Date

Jeryl Brunner

Someone once told me that when it comes to dating, especially early on, it’s important to place you and your date into the epicenter of something fun and amusing. So in case you aren’t clicking or the conversation is generally going south, the environment around you can pick up the slack, offering instant entertainment.

Opt for something a bit more lively that will spark conversation. Honestly, I’ve been told that the circus makes a nice date option, and is good for people watching and observation. (Look at that clown juggle 14 plates! Get a load of that tightrope walker!) But since the circus isn’t in town, I turned to my book for guidance. In "My City, My New York, Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places," celebrities reveal their most romantic spots and things to do.

The majestic view in Central Park

* Central Park

Take your cue from ABC News correspondent, Bill Ritter, who loves nothing more than a ride on the sweet Central Park carousel. “The carousel is just so significant. And it embodies the spirit of New York,” explains Ritter. “This thing almost died several times over the course of its 100 or so years. It was one of the original carousels made in Brooklyn.” Plus there’s popcorn too!

* Never underestimate the zoo, sing-along 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 it 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.

*Pizza, much hotter than you think

Or how about a road trip for pizza and more compelling people watching? Daniel Boulud says Di Fara's pizza 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.”

*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. Because nothing enhances date buzz like a killer view with the twinkling lights of Manhattan as your backdrop. (And the champagne isn’t bad either!)

So go ahead, step out of the same old, same old date night. You just may discover some seriously cool shared treasures.

A view of The Lake in Central Park

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New York based journalist who has written for Forbes, Parade, InStyle, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and The Wall Street Journal. Author of the book "My City, My New York, Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places" and podcaster, ("When Lightning Strikes"). I cover the arts, theater, entertainment, food, travel and people who are motivated by their joy and passion.

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