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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 Triskell, Astoria, Queens

I was so happy to discover recently that Cafe Triskell is still in business. You really can’t take for granted that restaurants will be there when you return. Perhaps it is a testament to how wonderful this little restaurant is.

First of all, the chef and owner of Cafe Triskell is Philippe Fallait. He is from Bretagne, France and he opened his restaurant in 2008. The cuisine is what he calls French comfort food. I’ve had the mussels and fries as well as a crepe and other foods which I don’t recall. But I always return.

The atmosphere as well as the personality of Philippe and the very tasty and genuine French cuisine makes this place a no-brainer to return to. Oh, the prices are very good as well.

It’s easy to get there by the N or W subway train that is only about one block away. Open hours are Wednesday through Friday 5pm-10pm and Saturdays and Sundays he’s open for brunch and dinner 11am to 10pm.

Cafe Triskell - 33-04 36th Avenue, Astoria, New York

Cafe Triskell