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Discover NYC – A Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover New York City is a guide to the local independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC. Support indie businesses!

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. It's an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Note - I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.


Gray's Papaya, Upper West Side, Manhattan

Gray's Papaya is a real New York thing to do! A hot dog and a papaya juice are the typical things people order. They also have the standard NYC breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese on a roll. Gray's Papaya was a favorite of the girls on Sex and the City as well. It has been featured in many films and a favorite of many famous and not famous New Yorkers.

There were other locations in the past that have closed due to the cost of rent.  I understand that there's another location on Eighth Avenue as well. They're open 24 hours 7 day per week and the food is very inexpensive. No website. I have a photo somewhere in my archives that they endorsed Obama for president in 2008.

Gray's Papaya - 2090 Broadway at 72nd Street

Gray's Papaya, UWS