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Love bites: Five great Valentine’s Day ideas

Douglas Calhoun wants you to have a great Valentine’s Day.
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Struggling to come up with a plan for a romantic night out this Valentine’s Day? Take a hint from some of these Brooklyn luminaries who know what love is:

David Diamante suggests you eat clams.
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David Diamante, Nets announcer and owner of Diamante’s Brooklyn Cigar Lounge: “For guys: buy a month’s membership to the famed Gleason’s Gym. For gals: Pick up her favorite flowers from your local Brooklyn farmers market. For dinner, visit La Palina — an old-school, red-sauce Italian restaurant in Bensonhurst. Get the baked clams.”

Betsy Devine says bowling is romantic.
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Betsy Devine, owner of Salvatore Ricotta: “Make your way out to Melody Bowling Lanes on 37th Street and Fifth Avenue. While rolling a few games is fun, the real draw is sidling up to the bar. The barkeep Peter is a living legend. Order the jalapeno poppers and a White Russian, though maybe bring your own milk as they don’t always have a gallon on hand.”

Writer Adam Wilson recommends you spend some private time with your lover at Art of Natural Beauty spa in Cobble Hill.
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Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene): “Dinner in Brooklyn Bridge Park under heated tiki lamps with Manhattan as a backdrop. And, then the ring. Or propose at a Nets game.”

Councilwoman Letitia James says you should pop the question at (surprise!) a Nets game.
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Adam Wilson, writer, author of “Flatscreen”:Art of Natural Beauty in Cobble Hill has some excellent V-Day deals. There’s a package where you each get a massage, then they leave you and your date alone together in a room with a jacuzzi, sauna, and shower for a while. Free strawberries too, if I remember correctly.”

Douglas Calhoun, bartender at Red Hook’s Fort Defiance: “A good first date that’s sure to hook a cultural type is a show or movie at Brooklyn Academy of Music followed by a nightcap at No. 7 on Greene Street. They have great cocktails and relaxed but upscale vibe.”

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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