The Flower Shop feels sort of like a Tao for people who think Tao is lame. It’s a restaurant/bar on the Lower East side, with a dining room upstairs and a lounge down below. The whole place has a 70’s retro theme, and the downstairs looks like your grandparents’ basement. There’s even a nice pool table. The menu is a pretty standard mix of fried chicken/steak tartare/little gem salad, but it all sort of feels beside the point. You can get dinner here, sure, but the bar seems like the main thing. So head downstairs and try to snag the pool table. Or grab a few seats in the corner and pretend you’re at a house party four decades ago.
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