Here at Untapped Cities, we celebrate the hidden gems of our city — whether that’s a newly opened speakeasy or a remnant of the past that has been sitting beneath our feet unnoticed. Alongside New York City’s most touristic hotspots and world famous landmarks, these treasures are what make our bustling metropolis the thriving cultural hub it is today. In celebration of the very best of New York, Time Out’s annual Love New York Awards shine a light on amazing local venues, independent shops and small businesses like local cafés, bars and restaurants. And now, you can make sure your favorite businesses receive the recognition they deserve by voting online through April 10.

The Time Out Love New York Awards honor unique local spots that have become staples for residents. Voting will take place across 12 categories (listed below), and winners will be announced on May 2.

  • Local restaurant
  • Local brunch spot
  • Local coffee place
  • Local place to drink in the sun
  • Local music venue
  • Local movie theater
  • Local park
  • Local club/party
  • Local LGBTQ hangout
  • Local culture spot
  • Local landmark
  • Local shop

Local businesses are the beating heart of a city’s neighborhoods and these Awards are a fantastic way to show your love for all those hidden gems,” says Caroline McGinn, the Global Editor in Chief at TimeOut. “We want to champion these independents and their entrepreneurial spirit and give them the spotlight they deserve.” To show some love to your beloved hang out spots, head to to cast your vote through April 10.

Next, check out our guides to Crown Heights and Astoria, full of quirky neighborhood spots.