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The best flower shops in NYC

Whatever your budget, we've got the best blooms for you with our guide to finding a great flower shop

Picking out the perfect bouquet is no bed of roses, especially for city dwellers who can’t tell the difference between a hyacinth and a hydrangea. But if you’re in need of a pretty bunch of flowers to go along with your jewelry store purchase, or you're simply looking to improve on some first-date ideas, skip the raggedy bodega flowers and hit up a fantastic NYC flower shop instead. Save big on charming but cheap flower arrangements or shell out the big bucks for something that will truly wow. Here's our top list of local florists at a variety of price points.

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Banchet Flowers

Banchet Flowers is known for orchids, both cuttings and plants—especially the rare and unusual kinds. They deal in sought-after Black Magic Vandas, and all their bouquets include orchids (unless a client requests otherwise). While simple bunches are available, owner Banchet Jaigla specializes in contemporary arrangements using flowers sourced from as far afield as Holland, Singapore and Thailand ($175–$1,925). Along with the blossoms themselves you can take home imported vases, candles and other homewares, all chosen with an eye to unique or modern design.

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West Village

Barbara's Flowers

As a little girl, Tara Simone would eagerly help her mother—a Crown Heights florist—with her daily planting and pruning. Those gardening lessons came in handy since Simone now has her own bloom emporium, Barbara's Flowers, in Harlem. The brick-walled boutique stocks lush yet simple arrangements of Dutch hydrangeas ($175) and fuchsia Dendrobium orchids ($25),and gifty goods such as silver-beaded candle holders ($35) and K. Hall Designs shea-butter lotions ($23). Come on Thursday through Saturday, when lush prewrapped bouquets mean never having to say you're sorry with wilty bundles from the corner deli.

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Harlem

Designs By Ahn

This Flatiron District studio is known for breathtaking custom wedding arrangements, but it also has plenty of options for couples who haven’t put a ring on it yet. Choose from categories like romance, vibrant, modern, classic, unique and plants. Or just roll the dice with a designer’s choice ($100–$1,000), or chat one-on-one with a florist to find a custom option to spruce up your V-Day. There’s also delivery for $15 in Manhattan and $25 for outer boroughs.

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Chelsea

Élan Flowers

This stunning Tribeca boutique not only offers seasonal floral bouquets and arrangements ($75–$1,000) but also sweet collaborations with nearby Baked, like the flower-topped Blush Berry cake ($100), a white layered cake with strawberry Chantilly cream topped with a strawberry vanilla buttercream, black centered anemones and wisps of jasmine. For ballers, Elan’s signature orchid runs for $475, and it’s interestingly arranged in a pedestal urn. Delivery ranges from $12 to $20 and is free for orders over $200, and if you have a long-distance lover, Élan also delivers to parts of Brooklyn and other cities around the world via partner florists.

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Tribeca

Flower Girl

Owner Denise Porcaro got her start in the floral business by arranging blooms at The Park, the restaurant where she worked while in film school. She went on to amass a client list that includes Levi’s, the Gramercy Park Hotel and Zac Posen, and eventually opened a shop inside the Earnest Sewn store. Now, Porcaro has branched out on her own with this rustic stand-alone retail space, featuring white painted-brick walls that allow seasonal plants, such as scabiosa pods, herbs and fiddlehead ferns ($3 per stem), to shine. A bevy of in-house items, including handmade shea-butter soaps ($12), terrariums ($35–$395), handmade denim aprons ($65) and canvas tote bags ($18), are artfully arranged on worn wood tables and shelves.

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Lower East Side

Gardenia Organic

If you’re willing to hand over the reins completely, “psychic florist” Hannah Ling can tell you what your loved ones really want. This sustainable Chelsea shop can design an arrangement based on a sentiment like joy, love, healing or gratitude ($100–$250) or just put together the freshest flowers in its pick-of-the-day bouquet ($85–$250). Either way, it promises that the therapeutic properties of flowers will change your life—and includes a handwritten card for good measure. Same-day delivery is available in Manhattan and Brooklyn before 1:30pm for online orders.

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Chelsea

Gotham Florist

Ordering from this Hell’s Kitchen design studio takes a little planning—it operates by appointment and doesn't accept walk-ins—but its super-detailed website with vibrant photos makes it a breeze. With whimsical arrangements like the Rainbow Brite ($65) and fun centerpieces like the fruit-and-veggie-themed Kale and Tree ($145), there’s something for everyone. Also, it offers same-day delivery in Manhattan and next-day delivery in Queens and Brooklyn, so it’s perfect for procrastinators.

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Hell's Kitchen

L’Atelier Rouge

This shop is known for creating unique floral art such as made-to-measure arrangements for high-profile events, editorial spreads and quite frankly, hopeless romantics. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the design studio is taking a creative take on the classic Valentine's Day bouquets. This year, there are five stunning arrangements to choose from, but we're particularly impressed by No.3, a romantic but gender-neutral arrangement of Amnesia roses and Lady Slipper orchids ($550) as well as the No.5, a hand-tied arrangement of blush pink garden and standard roses finished with a satin ribbon ($350). 

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Midtown West

MagnaFlora

For monochromatic arrangements that use the highest-quality blooms, including Dutch hydrangeas, Japanese sweet peas, gloriosa lilies and Italian anemones, look no further than this Gowanus outpost. Also notable is the lack of filler flowers: You won’t find baby’s breath, ferns or gladioli here. If you’re in the market for a last-minute bouquet, Brazilian-born owner Mauro Gomes can bundle an arrangement containing lilacs, tulips, calla lilies and other nonrose flowers, as late as Valentine’s Day at noon. Arrangements start at $150, which is also the minimum for deliveries.

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Gowanus

Ovando

Dealing in bold colors and minimalist, architectural designs, Ovando is where celebs go when they need to impress their significant others (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine sent a bouquet from the shop to his boo, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo). Arrangements ($165–$375) for the holidays include a heart-shaped wreath of roses on a bed of brilliant red beads, a duo of pink rosebuds and a floral Rosa Mexicana candle, or a fan of roses (akin to those Levine sent to Prinsloo). Even better, you can put off making a final decision until noon on Valentine’s Day.

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11 comments
Victoria R
Victoria R

I'm going to have to try out Rose Red & Lavender. These days it seems like most floral arrangements all look the same. Hence, I am generally drawn to the moral unconventional bouquets. Now, I just have to think of a clever way of hinting that my beau should try out this florist. http://www.flowersofparadise.com.au/bouquets 

Lauren W
Lauren W

There are so many cool flower shops in NYC. I have a lovely flower shop http://www.orchidandvineflorist.com on the corner of my street, I am always so impressed with what they do, similar to some of the designs of these NYC Florists. My mum always loves the flowers I get her from there, I really should buy her some beautiful flowers just to make her day! 

Jason S
Jason S

I went to a florist the other day to get some flowers for my mom and I was amazed to see what they could do. It takes a lot of skill to perform the art that florists do and to be good at it. I'm grateful that they work so hard to bring happiness, hope, and love into people's lives. 


http://www.bouquetflowershop.com 

G D
G D

Im surprised you missed SPINA on MacDougal St in the west village- the shop is simply dreamy and has all a girl...or guy could ask for.  Check it out! Simply my favorite: www.spinanyc.com

Gary P
Gary P

I didn't realize there are so many flower shops in NYC.  I always see flower shops on the corner of the street in my city and wonder which ones are the best.  My wife has been really stressed lately and I think it would be nice to buy her some flowers to make her day better. http://www.janineflorist.com.au

SuperSuperSzu
SuperSuperSzu

Don't forget Elan Flowers in Tribeca! Simply the best.

Ava L
Ava L BannedSpammer

Wow, there are so many places with beautiful floral designs. I really like that flowers can have numerous types of arrangements. Thanks for showing me all the places that doe this work as well as the cost of them.  

Jordan J
Jordan J Spammer

Looks like you guys really do have a pretty wide range. I'm trying to start getting prepped before valentines day gets too close. Do you guys carry any Bird of Paradise? That is my fiancee's favorite flower.