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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. Unfortunately, I am unable to keep up with the closing of so many small businesses. So please check in advance that they are still open. It's 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.


Tom's Restaurant, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Tom's Restaurant is a very cool old Brooklyn diner/deli. They've been in business since 1936! You will definitely get the feel of an old style diner there. The food was fabulous. I had breakfast with grits. It was very busy at midday. I do recommend Tom's if you're in the neighborhood. It is very close to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park. They also have a location on the boardwalk at Coney Island which I've been to a few times and I'll write about it in the future.

Tom's Restaurant - 782 Washington Avenue

Tom's Restaurant