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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. This is 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.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!


White Horse Tavern, West Village, Manhattan

The White Horse Tavern has been in business since 1880! It's not the oldest surviving bar in NYC. But it is one of the most famous. People who have frequented the White Horse Tavern include Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Norman Mailer, Jane Jacobs, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac and James Baldwin to name a few.

I don't know if you'll meet any famous people there now! They have a sidewalk terrace in the nice weather and the customers are a combination of neighborhood regulars and tourists.

White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street.

White Horse Tavern