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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.


Ocean View Cafe, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Brighton Beach is a very cool Russian and Ukrainian neighborhood in Brooklyn. I've eaten here a few times and the borscht (beet soup) and varenikis (dumplings) are fabulous. It's a little independent restaurant and the clientele is for the most part locals. There are many photos on the walls of Nicholas Cage that were taken when he was making a film in the neighborhood. I will try to try out other things on the menu when I return. But I don't often eat very much in a sitting and their portions are rather large. Other items on the menu include Beef Stroganoff, stuffed cabbage, and a number of meat and fish dishes.

Ocean View Cafe, 290 Brighton Beach Avenue close to the Q train stop for Brighton Beach

Ocen View Cafe