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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!


Black Seed Bagels, East Village, Manhattan

There are New York City bagels and then there are Montréal bagels! I love them both! Black Seed Bagels are made in New York City in the Montréal style. They are smaller and less dense. Like NYC bagels they are hand rolled and boiled. And they are baked in a wood oven. They remind me of St. Viateur bagels which are probably the best Montréal bagels. If you dare try another kind of bagel! It is worth it!

Black Seed Bagels, 176 First Avenue near 11th Street

Black Seed Bagels