The best flower shops in NYC

Whatever your budget, we've got the best blooms for you with our guide to NYC's finest flower shops

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 bunchfor Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, skip the raggedy bodega flowers and hit up NYC's best flower shops 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.

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

Rose Red & Lavender

Married couple Kimberly and Enrique Sevilla have been helping urbanites spruce up their living spaces since 2008, offering indoor-friendly air plants ($2–$10) that flourish without soil and hanging ferns encased in globes of moss ($30) from their bright blue shop. The focus here is on greenery, and plants such as temperate bonsai trees ($35–$50) abound in the store’s neighboring outdoor space, where the Sevillas churn out floral arrangements ($50–$300) daily. There’s also a smattering of small gifts, including sterling-silver lockets ($150) containing petite ecosystems and glass teapot vases ($18) that can also be used for serving Tea Beyond floral-infused tea ($12). Weekly classes, including one on how to make ice cream using lavender and roses ($35), will change the way you think about working with flowers.

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Williamsburg

Starbright Floral Design

In the heart of Flower District, this store offers a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern. The florists specialize in classy bouquets ($55–$75) like a fuchsia-hued arrangement of pink spray roses, Peruvian and Asiatic lilies, and mini carnations displayed in a crystal vase. Best part? This shop features same-day to all five boroughs (delivery prices may vary).

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Chelsea

Stem

You’ll find rustic arrangements, potted plants and antique housewares at this husband-and-wife's quaint shop. Rado Bomba and Delgis Canahuate create gorgeous bouquets ($25–$150) wrapped with ribbon, featuring garden roses, peonies, stars-of-Bethlehem and freshly cut orchids. The shop usually ships citywide, but Bomba recommends calling a couple of days in advance for all holiday-related arrangements and deliveries.

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Fort Greene

Sunny’s Florist

Owner Sunny Hwang fashions custom arrangements and bouquets of seasonal flowers ($10 and up) in this narrow East Village storefront. Offering gorgeous peonies, lilacs, and other traditional blooms, her usual prices (nosegay $10, small bouquet $20, large bouquet $50) are generally budget-friendly. It’s no wonder there’s always a line on holidays. Unfortunately, this shop doesn’t deliver, so you’ll have to call a week before to schedule a pickup.

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East Village

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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Lenox Hill

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 drawing inspiration from an overseas businessman, who sent staggering bouquets of 101 roses to his girlfriend each morning during her weeklong Manhattan visit. Big spenders can pre-order the shop's latest special, Le Bouquet Ultime, featuring high-breed roses ($1,000) or opt for a “petite” bundle utilizing a beautiful blend of vibrant blush pink, hot pink and red buds (starting at $250).

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Nolita

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

Sprout Home

Founder Tara Heibel tapped employee Tassy de Give to open this New York branch of her Chicago store in 2007. Weiss ceramic planters ($10–$100) hang from the ceiling of the sprawling, well-lit shop, where locals convene for free classes on creating floral arrangements (materials $50–$300). Even if you’re not DIY savvy, you can still leave with something equally charming, such as Tesoros stainless-steel cups hand-painted with floral accents ($36), Seletti porcelain milk-carton vases ($17) and hanging glass globe terrariums ($14–$19). To bring a piece of nature indoors, head to Sprout’s neighboring floral shop, where arrangements start at $50 and can incorporate anything from French tulips to seasonal branches.

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Williamsburg

Spruce

West Village floral emporium Spruce planted a tiny new sampling in Chelsea with a petite shop that showcases sleek minimalist decor. It all reflects the tastes of owner and designer Gaige Clark, who opts for simplicity when it comes to flora. Clark crafts arrangements with flowers imported directly from Holland and Ecuador; and though she specializes in custom orders, premade bouquets include a Rose Cub with nine roses tightly arranged in a square ($75) and the Manhattan Window Box ($150-$250), a stainless steel rectangle filled with fresh blooms.

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Chelsea

Posy Floral Design

The husband-and-wife team behind this Upper East Side flower shop specialize in tastefully simple custom designs, unqiely crafted for each client. From precious petit arrangements to luscious compositions, the owners believe that flowers with deep jewel tones are a must on Valentine's Day. Bouquets start at $150; centerpieces from $100.

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Lenox Hill

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

Saipua

Fun fact: This floral outpost began as a soap shop, but since then, the Red Hook boutique has expanded. Offering custom floral arrangements ($150–$300), which the florists grow themselves, their seasonal designs lend a natural, organic beauty. This shop is a favorite among brides-to-be.

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Red Hook

Stems Flower Shop

If browsing bouquets while throwing back a few brews appeals to you, try this unique flower shop-cum-bar in Ditmas Park. The space has a lush ivy-surrounded garden in the back that's open year-round. And if you want to learn how to create a floral design of your very own, they offer classes paired with booze, of course.

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Brooklyn

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

Comments

6 comments
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.