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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!


Panna II, East Village, Manhattan

Oh do we have Indian restaurants in NYC! I've been going to Panna II for a number of years now. The restaurant is very small and there are Christmas style lights everywhere. The food is fabulous and not expensive either. I usually order the Tandoori chicken, a vegetable and Nan and it's enough food for 2 people. If you want to have a good Indian meal and an experience at the same time, this is a place to do it!

Panna II, 93 First Avenue

Panna II