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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!


Scotty's Diner, Midtown, Manhattan

Scotty's Diner is a classic diner. A counter in the front when you enter and tables in the back. They are open almost 24 hours a day everyday. Breakfast, lunch, dinner they've got all the typical American food and Greek specialties. And in typical diner style, they don't have a website. They are connected to many of the delivery services and you can order online. I had a basic cheeseburger deluxe and other than the fact that it's too much food for me, it was as expected. They are located near Grand Central Terminal. A neighborhood with mostly high-end restaurants or chain restaurants. If you're in the neighborhood and hungry this is the place to go. 

Scotty's Diner, 336 Lexington Avenue near 39th Street

Scotty's Diner