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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!


Café Maman, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Café Maman is a real find! I've only been to their Greenpoint cafe. I wasn't aware that they also have locations in Manhattan, Paris and Toronto! That said, they only have 7 locations and they are still indie. The Croque Maman is fabulous and the lattes and cookies are as well. The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is very nice as well. I typically stop by here when I'm in Greenpoint and I try to try something else on their menu. A definite must and I'll be checking out their other locations now that I know they exist.

Café Maman, 80 Kent Street near Franklin Street

Café Maman