Herein: the Ultimate Guy’s Night on the LES
Just tell the lady you’re stopping at the “flower shop”
“I’ll be home in a bit. Just gonna swing by the flower shop …”
… for a drink or two.
The Flower Shop is your new go-to happy hour haunt on the Lower East Side, and it comes courtesy of NYC hospitality aces Ronnie Flynn (Never Never), Dylan Hales (The Randolph Group) and Will Tisch (Major Food Group). Inside: two floors and 3,600 square feet gussied up with a pool table, bar, jukebox and a kitchen helmed by Daniel Boulud alum Michael Hamilton.
Since Hales (far right) calls the LES home, we tapped him for his go-tos in the ‘hood.
Caveat emptor: he doesn’t actually sell flowers. Stop off somewhere else for all that.
For Eats …
“We are good friends with the owners (fellow Australians), so it’s like family over there. The breakfast menu is fantastic. It resembles a Sydney cafe.”
Go for: The brown rice bowl with soft poached egg, kohlrabi, avocado, pumpkin seed and pesto.
“I grew up in Asia, so it’s hard for me to resist a traditional Chinese banquet style restaurant.”
Go for: The Peking duck with pancake, scallion and cucumbers.
For Drinks …
THE TEN BELLS
“If I want to drink organic wine.”
“If I want to drink beer and shots.”
For Fun …
“Catch a show at the best music venue ever. My good friend Garrett Dutton (G. Love and Special Sauce) performs there a few times a year. It’s always fun to get a crew together and support. If I had a fav, I’d say Mumford & Sons in 2010 was a real treat.”
For the Morning After …
“I am really into health and wellness. Kamwo provides advice and sells traditional Chinese herbs and alternative medicines. One of my favorite remedies is milk thistle seed. I boil it into a tea. Good for detox. I am like a big kid in a candy store there! And speaking of candy, Economy Candy is a must visit in the neighborhood. The British chocolate section is the best!”
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