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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!


Pizza Beach, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Pizza Beach is just what it sounds like. It's a restaurant with a menu that is mostly pizza. On a recent photo tour we split a standard Margherita pizza between 2 people and it was the right amount and really good as well. They are advertised as individual pizzas. I also had a watermelon non-alcoholic drink that was quite good. It feels like you're eating in a beach restaurant and it's right in the middle of the very cool Lower East Side neighborhood. They're closed Monday-Wednesday for lunch and Monday-Tuesday for dinner. Moderate prices and they have sidewalk seating in the nice weather.

Pizza Beach, 167 Orchard Street 

Pizza Beach