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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.


Croissanteria, East Village, Manhattan

It was very sad for me to discover that Croissanteria has closed for good. Yet another favorite indie business is gone. Croissanteria is fabulous! They make a really good cafe latte and there sandwiches and croissants are amazing. They make their baguettes, croissants and pastries on location throughout the day and you can even see the ovens. The Bread Pudding is really good!

They are both a café and a restaurant and they are located in Alphabet City which is really part of the East Village. I definitely recommend Croissanteria and there's much to see and do in the neighborhood. Oh, and yes they have free wifi!

Croissanteria, 68 Avenue A