- Orchard Express
136 Orchard St., nr. Rivington St.; 347-893-8102
The place is kitschy-looking and sports-themed, but the seamsters are dead-serious and poised for action while you wait: Basic jobs like replacing buttons and hemming trousers and skirts take place within ten minutes, and more elaborate work (like a jacket alteration) takes no more than one hour.
270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 1303; 212-625-1818; yourgreenroom.com
You’re selling your apartment and need to stage it for tomorrow’s open house? Or you need a guest-room bed before said guest arrives? This high-end agency is always on call, with an online showroom, 24-hour delivery, and no minimum order. A pizza may take longer to arrive.
- Ode à la Rose
120 W. 28 St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 2N; 646-660-5281; odealarose.com
A godsend to absentminded spouses: This start-up sends out well-chosen roses presented in a chic, beribboned carry box, delivering within three hours, six days a week. After you place an order, the staff also e-mail you a photo of the actual bouquet that was sent, so that you—despite your questionable planning skills—know exactly what arrived.
- Village Tailor & Cleaners
125 Sullivan St., at Prince St. 212-925-9667; villagetailor.com
Among the same-day-delivery dry cleaners in town, three things stand out here: It’s open early (7 a.m. on weekdays), turnaround is fast (in by 10, out by 4), and you can schedule pickup and delivery and track your order with the shop’s dedicated iPhone app, iDryClean.
Right This Minute
Eleventh-hour places to get things done.
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).