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Discover NYC – A Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover New York City is a guide to the local independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC. Support indie businesses!

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. It's an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Note - I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.


Vanessa's Dumplings, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Vanessa's has been serving fresh handmade dumplings since 1999 on Eldridge Street. When I first started eating there, 4 dumplings were only $1.00! Now the price for 4 dumplings that are made in front of you while you wait is only $1.50! There is almost always a line to order and to get a table. They have other food as well. I often stop here during a Chinatown photo tour or after a street photography workshop. 

They call the area Chinatown. Technically it's the Lower East Side but Chinatown keeps expanding.

Vanessa's Dumplings, 118A Eldridge Street

Vanessa's Dumplings