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This Lower East Side Hot Spot Doesn’t Have A Guest List, But Not Just Anyone Can Get In

Caitlin Horsfield Caitlin Horsfield

This Lower East Side Hot Spot Doesn’t Have A Guest List, But Not Just Anyone Can Get In
The Flower Shop, a bar-and-grill that opened on the Lower East Side in early 2017, is officially one of Manhattan’s hot spots.

Feeling nostalgic? Then step on into this flea-market–sourced, retro inspired bar and restaurant on Eldridge Street. Or, at least step to the front door where you, depending on the day, might have to wait a while.

The Flower Shop has one rule; one in, one out. While the locale is far from a club, you can catch a line comparable to the ones you’d see at the hottest dancing spot any weekend night.

What awaits you is similar to that “what’s old is new again vibe” that has become so popular around New York of late. The ground floor is a restaurant featuring wood-panel walls, camel-hue booths and an eclectic assortment of strange ceramics and glasses. Upstairs, the dining room features wallpaper with illustrations done by a friend of the owners.

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The cocktail list is stream lined and simple featuring an eight-drink list that hones in on the classics. The menu is reasonably priced as well with small and large plates ranging anywhere from $8-$30.

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In a feature in the Times, owner Ronnie Flynn was quoted, “No one is more special than anyone else. We’ll walk out there when there’s a line, and say: ‘Guys, don’t wait in the cold. We’re not a club.’”

But the line still forms. Models, pro skaters, fashion designers and us laypeople still frequent the place with some consistency.

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Looking to try it out?

Address: 107 Eldridge Street (between Broome and Grand Streets)

Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Thursday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: $$

More info: their website.

Tags: bars, LES, nyc