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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!


Mile End Deli, Noho, Manhattan

This location no longer exists. Mile End Deli is a real Montréal style Jewish deli! It is named after a hip area of Montréal named Mile End which I actually lived in for a number of years. They serve smoked meat which is pastrami Montréal style. Also Montréal bagels which are very different than New York Style bagels. Oh, but the poutine is fabulous! There is a real difference between a NYC style and Montréal style deli and they're both really good. Highly recommended.  They also have a location in Brooklyn.

Mile End Deli, 53 Bond Street

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