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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.


Wo Hop, Chinatown, Manhattan

Wo Hop is a fabulous no frills Cantonese cuisine restaurant that has been in business since 1938! It feels like you're entering a secret place as it is downstairs. Wo Hop is the favorite go-to restaurant in Chinatown for many New Yorkers including the NYPD. The walls are filled with hundreds of $1 bills that are signed from people around the world and patches from police and fireman uniforms. They are open from 10am-7am. So it is the place to go after a night on the town. Be forewarned that they are cash only and the dishes are large. Definitely worth it the experience and the food is really good..

Wo Hop 17 Mott Street near Mosco Street

Wo Hop