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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!

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.


Zucker's Bagels, Midtown, Manhattan

Zucker's Bagels makes hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels. You can get bagels at any corner deli. But, they won't be fresh and you won't be able to get them hot out of the oven. At Zucker's you can! The owner of Zucker's Bagels left a job on Wall Street and opened his first shop in 1994. Their bagels are seriously good! I wish I had one now! Just a stone's throw from Grand Central Terminal.

Zucker's Bagels, 370 Lexington Avenue near 41st Street

Zucker's Bagels