A New York neighborhood is only as strong as its best bodega, and lucky for New Yorkers, the boroughs are full of excellent, oft-open corner stores. These quintessential shops are rife with specialty deli items, fridges stocked with cold Pepsi when you crave it most and pretty much anything else a city-dweller could need (single roll of toilet paper, check! Extra-large bag of Doritos at 2am, check! Vegan butternut squash soup for your surprise meat-free guests, check!). Bodegas are just one of the many small businesses that make New York an incomparable place to live. These cart-free, cat-positive convenience stores come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have a place in the great bodega canon.
Ranking all of New York’s bodegas would be an impossible feat, but this holiday season, Time Out and Pepsi are teaming up to highlight some of the best. After all, it’s the least we can do to show our appreciation for the mom-and-pops that keep the city running. Shoutout to the bodega cats, for keeping it real, too.
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