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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!

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.


Crepe Cafe, East Harlem, Manhattan

Unfortunately Crepe Cafe is now closed. Crepe Cafe was a real favorite restaurant! Unfortunately it is now closed! Whenever I have a street photography workshop in East Harlem (also called El Barrio) I always eat there first. My favorite is the Sidewalk Crepe. It is so so good. Okay, that's not exactly health food! They have sweet and savor crepes, waffles and soup, salads and sandwiches as well. You can see right into the kitchen. The staff is very friendly and they have free wifi. How did we ever live without wifi??? And there is a restroom there even though you might not even notice it.  Do try them out if you happen to be in the neighborhood!

Crepe Cafe, 1642 Lexington Avenue near 103rd Street and the 6 Train.

Crepe Cafe