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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. This is 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.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!


Harlem Shake, Harlem, Manhattan

Harlem Shake - If you're looking for a really good burger, look no further. This isn't one of those massive burgers that so many restaurants serve. It also isn't a slide. I really appreciate it when food is made like this at an appropriate size. And they are made from sirloin!

Also notable are the milk shakes, fries and sweet potato fries. There is often a line there but it does tend to move quickly. They have an old school retro atmosphere and funky music. And they have an outdoor terrace as well. They are an independent community-oriented business that promotes the neighborhood and culture. I often eat here when I'm in the area.

Harlem Shake, 100 West 124th Street

Harlem Shake