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Discover NYC – Your Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover the local, independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC in Shoot New York City’s guide to the best of indie New York!

Discover the real NYC in Shoot New York City’s Discover Guide

I love the independent businesses in New York, they are the heart and soul of the city! In this section you will find bookstores, cafés, restaurants, arts & crafts markets and more. This is an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Experience the hidden gems and places that New Yorkers frequent. For more information on many of NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods, have a read of my Neighborhood Guides. I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!

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A'Dar Lounge, East Harlem, Manhattan

A'Dar Lounge is a very cool café, restaurant and lounge and it's family owned and operated. I often stop by here during a photo tour or street photography workshop in El Barrio. I typically stop by for coffee and a pastry. But they also have a full menu and a bar as well as a hookah lounge. The owners are very friendly as well. Do stop by and see them if you're in the neighborhood.

A'Dar Lounge, 1637 Park Avenue at 116th Street.

A'Dar Café and Lounge