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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.


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