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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.


Trapizzino, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Street food has become a big trend in the food world lately. Trapizzino calls their food Roman street food. Whatever you want to call it it’s just plain yummy.

Chef Stefano Callegari created Trapizzino in 2008 and describes it as a marriage of traditional Italian flavors and recipes in an updated format. A very special and secretly held recipe for pizza dough combined with fresh and amazing ingredients make up the little sandwiches that they call Trapizzino.

I’ve tried a number of different Trapizznos with a side salad that is also amazing. I get hungry just writing about it. I will be going back there and trying out the Suppli which are deep-fried risotto balls. You can’t go wrong at this restaurant and the prices are very reasonable as well.

They have one location in New York City and 7 locations in Rome and 2 in Florence,

Trapizzino - 144 Orchard Street at Rivington