Neon signs are all over NYC signaling laundry service, nail salons, and a soft glow of reassurance that yes, your favorite neighborhood bodega is open.
But popping up in coffee shops, bars, and restaurants are versions that are anything but utilitarian, begging to be Instagrammed.
On feeds being taken over by flatlays and fresh-pressed juice held up in front of [fill-in-the-blank interesting background], neon signs are a nice change of pace.
Here's where you can find some of the coolest neon signs in all of NYC and depending on the spot, a drink and some munchies while you're at it.
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1. Baker's Pizza (201 Avenue A)
neonnewyorkcity Baker's has the best #neon #pizza sign. #eastvillage #neonnewyorkcity Thanks @srrrslyemily and @mbrettlong 🍕✨
Grab a slice and while you're at it get a 'gram of this pink pizza slice of your dreams.
2. Angel of Harlem (2272 Frederick Douglass Boulevard - Harlem)
stephieshelow Brunch Vibes...#lovemycity #harlemlife
Go for the 'Gram, stay for the food.
3. Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen (551 Amsterdam Avenue)
kathryngreene The best writing spot on the Upper West Side ❌
Half-café, half restaurant, Kirsh makes it own pastries and bread that'll have you saying exactly that while you're there.
4. The Garret Bar East (206 Avenue A)
thegarretbar True statement about The Garret East Village #softopen #comesayhi
Even if you show up at The Garret fresh from a bad day, you won't leave feeling like you had one.
5. Brother Jimmy's BBQ (116 East 16th Street)
lneslage Enough said.
Honestly, can we all just agree to live by this motto?
6. PH-D Rooftop Lounge (355 West 16th Street)
Just a reminder that we're all in this big city of dreams together trying to make it.
7. Paradise at Bookmarc (400 Bleecker Street)
lznyc #paradise #neon #bleeckerstreet #westvillage #nyc #downtown
The Marc Jacobs-owned Bookmarc is a fashionable book lover's paradise, which was probably the inspiration for this sign that faces the street.
9. Leave Rochelle Out of It (205 Chrystie Street)
patmcgrathreal LOVING this scarlett neon sign at @rochellesnyc serving serious Saturday #inspiration!!! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ #LUST004 is coming to PATMcGRATH.COM on AUGUST 30, 2016 ⚡️⚡️⚡️ #patmcgrathlabs004
Okay, so maybe leave Rochelle out of it, but don't leave without a snap of this sign.
10. The Monster Cycle (182 Lafayette Street)
luxerubbish I can't feel my legs when I'm witchu @themonstercycle
For when you're feeling...you know.
11. Belle Shoals (10 Hope Street - Brooklyn)
belleshoals Saturday vibes 🎶 #belleshoals #townofbs #saturday #brooklyn #ingoodco
The Southern-inspired comfort food spot Belle Shoals has not one but two signs for your Instagramming pleasure.
belleshoals Yeah Sunday, please don't go
[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]