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Pizza in Little Italy and other food questions

lynnlato | May 29, 2009 05:47 AM

I'm headed back to nyc, this time with my 10 yr old daughter. My trip two months ago w/ girlfriends was a huge success, thanks to all the fabulous recs made by CH'ers. Sadly, we won't be hitting Blue Ribbon, Landmarc, etc., but I would still like to go on a couple food excursions that she would enjoy.

One day we plan to take the Staten Island Ferry for a cruise around NY Harbor. I've never done this before and am curious as to whether there is anywhere I need to visit in St. George (walking distance)? Since we'll be in lower Manhattan, any good pizza places that I should be on the look out for? Gelato?

Do I need to visit Shake Shack? Seriously, is it a must? I've had the burger at The Spotted Pig and it was mind-blowingly good. Is Shake Shack's much better? Also, my daughter doesn't do burgers, so if we do Shake Shack, are their dogs good?

We will be staying on the UWS (76th & Broadway) and I've learned that their is a Zabar's and a Citerella's w/i walking distance. Are these a foodlover's paradise? Any good breakfast &/or lunch spots in this general area?

I really would like to take her to one of David Chang's spots. I've been to Noodle Bar & Ssam and I think she would appreciate the former over the latter. But what about Milk Bar? I've read mixed reviews. But I wonder if it is a place a 10 yr old would enjoy.

A friend told me about Beard Papa's cream puffs - are they really that good? How about Van Leeuwen artisan ice cream trucks... are these easy to find and is it delicious?

Thanks, in advance, Chowhounds. I'll be sure to report back, just like last time!

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