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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!


Piccolo Cafe, Gramercy Park, Manhattan

Unfortunately, this location is no longer open. However, they do have other locations in NYC. I am often on the search for coffee. Particularly a cafe latte. I've been to a few Piccolo Cafes in the city and I've always had a good one. They also have some Italian food which is quite good. Their locations that I'm familiar with are very cute and quite small. On their website they say they've been in business since 1938. I'm not certain where their original location is. They have 4 locations in the city and they are based here in the city. They also have an app now as well which I haven't tried.

Piccolo Cafe, 157 Third Avenue between 15th & 16th Streets

Piccolo Cafe Gramercy Park