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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.


Westway Diner, Midtown, Manhattan

Westway is one of those cool NYC diners that I keep going back to again and again. They've been open since 1988. As with most of the diners in the city it is family owned and operated. They boast about having the best burgers in the city. I wouldn't know because Westway like many restaurants in NYC serve burgers that are too big for me.

I typically have breakfast and I'm always happy with it. Unlike many of the diners in the city, Westway is actually rather spacious. They serve typical American cuisine as well as some Greek and Italian food and when I was there recently I saw a woman eating Matzah ball soup! They are open 6am-1am daily. Almost 24 hours a day.

Westway Diner - 614 9th Avenue near 43rd Street

Westway Diner