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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. Unfortunately, I am unable to keep up with the closing of so many small businesses. So please check in advance that they are still open. It's 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.


Cafe Grumpy, Midtown, Manhattan

Cafe Grumpy stands out as one of my favorite cafes in New York City. The cafe latte is fabulous and the team are always friendly. They are located in Grand Central Terminal on the east side with an entrance on Lexington as well as in Grand Central. They have a few other locations in the city which I haven’t tried yet. Being a regular at a particular cafe is great as they get to know you and they know in advance what I’ll order!

Cafe Grumpy 89 East 42nd Street