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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!


Ridgeway Diner, Chelsea, Manhattan

Ridgeway Diner is a fabulous and small diner. It's one of my favorite. Every time I eat here I wonder how much longer they'll be there. Everywhere you go in this city there are big chain businesses and fancy expensive restaurants. Most of the time when the little restaurants close it's because their rent tripled and they can no longer afford to do business. The food at Ridgeway Diner is great and not overpriced. Do eat here if you can and at minimum I say go to the local businesses where you and your money will be appreciated.

Ridgeway Diner, 664 6th Avenue near 21st Street. 

Ridgeway Diner