It can be hard to find nature in this concrete jungle, which is why visiting a flower shop is a surefire way to brighten up any New Yorker’s mood. And while we can’t go outside and pick a bouquet of our own, there are plenty of the shops all over the city that create incredible arrangements to give to someone special if you’re looking for first-date ideas or to just keep for yourself. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any day, here are some of the best flower shops in NYC.
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Best flower shops in NYC
Banchet Flowers is known for orchids, both cuttings and plants—especially the rare and unusual kinds. All its 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 Asia, Europe, and South America ($175–$1,925). Along with the blossoms themselves, you can take home imported vases, candles and other home decor goods, all chosen with an eye to unique or modern design.
This midtown studio is known for breathtaking custom wedding arrangements to go along with your bridal shop buys, 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 that is perfect for you.
A pocket full of posies won’t cost you an arm and a leg at this quaint Upper West Side shop. Signature floral bunches are displayed on a bouquet wall in organized rows. If you really want to woo someone, plan in advance to take one of the after-hours classes by appointment and surprise your bae with a handmade arrangement.
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. A bevy of in-house items, including handmade shea butter soaps ($12), terrariums (from $175), handmade denim aprons ($65) and canvas tote bags ($18), are artfully arranged on worn wood tables and shelves.
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 ($75) and more, there’s something for everyone. Also, it offers same-day delivery in Manhattan, so it’s perfect for procrastinators.
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 wife, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo). Arrangements can range from $185 to over $400. The colors are vibrant and will certainly light up any room.
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 floral. Her clients range from Lincoln Center to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to the Whitney Museum. She also has an attracted list of celebrities, politicians and royalty from around the globe.
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 or just put together the freshest flowers in its pick-of-the-day bouquet. 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.
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. You have to call the studio with any orders. Pricing begins at $125 for a standard arrangement, and they are able to tailor each bouquet to whatever preferences you want.