Flower Shop

Bar in East Village & Lower East Side

Take the stairs under the humming restaurant of the same name to discover an eclectically furnished basement bar of such meticulously retro sensibility that you'll feel you've stumbled into a mash-up of your dad's pool room and your grandparents' 'best' room. The randomly assembled photos and posters often raise a smile, while flowery banquettes and good cocktails encourage lingering.

Bar food – burgers, chicken and the like – soaks up the booze most pleasurably (mains $17 to $26).