What’s the vibe?

There’s a bit of a Tarantino-esque retro feel to The Flower Shop, a restaurant / cocktail bar on the Lower East Side that opened in March 2017. There’s wooden panelled walls, yellow booths, kitsch wallpaper, and paintings that wouldn’t look out of place in your nan’s house – and we totally love it. While upstairs is more of a dining area, downstairs is a full on basement dive bar (but nicer), with pool table and more vintage schtick on the walls that is pretty much always rammed.

What to order?

Thankfully the retro styling doesn’t extend to the menu. Order a round of mushroom escabeche on toast, exquisite bite sized pieces of vinegary mushrooms with aioli on buttery toast, and then order another one – they’re THAT good. Other must-order highlights include the English pea tostada with whipped ricotta, trout roe and pea shoots, the crispy sprouts with rice wine, maple and Szechuan pepper, and the burger with black garlic mayo and perfectly crisp fries. The most retro thing on the menu is probably the apple crumble for dessert (the chef’s English in case you’re wondering), but here it’s given a nice twist, topped with rolled oats and cider caramel – be warned though its easily big enough for two. A fun spot to hang out with great food, this is one of our favourite spots in NY.

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