It’s evident that New Yorkers have a special love for their canine companions. Whether spotted in strollers, backpacks, or adorned in raincoats and winter boots that could rival mine in cuteness, four-legged friends are a common sight.
Unsurprisingly, the city offers a diverse range of dog-friendly restaurants. If the thought of leaving your furry friend at home gives you separation anxiety, fear not! In this post, I’ll guide you through the best dog-friendly restaurants in NYC, ensuring that you and your pet can enjoy a delightful outing together.
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Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in NYC
Table of Contents: NYC Restaurants for Dogs
Table of contents: NYC Restaurants Where Dogs are Welcome
- Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in NYC
- Dog-Friendly Restaurants in New York City (Post Summary)
- Dog-Friendly Spots in NYC (Helpful Map)
Open: May to mid-October in Riverside Park South.
Situated along the Hudson River in Riverside Park, Pier-i Cafe is a laid-back spot with bright neon green tables and chairs outdoors. The menu offers casual eats like salads, sandwiches, snacks, and drinks.
Known for its chill vibe, the cafe is dog-friendly, allowing you to enjoy a leisurely meal with your furry friend. Order at the counter and grab a table, or use the QR code for online ordering. And for those of age, cocktails are on the menu, making it one of the best dog-friendly spots in NYC!
Château le Woof
Discovering the charm of Astoria wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Château le Woof, a delightful dog bistro. This canine haven offers a generous 3,000 square foot play area and a store filled with treats and stylish outfits for your furry friend.
But us two-legged folk aren’t left unattended. Whether you’re craving coffee during the day or a refreshing brew in the afternoon, you can relax and enjoy while your pup socializes and makes new friends. It’s a haven for both pets and their human companions!
Banc Cafe is a lively and inviting spot that effortlessly combines the charm of a neighborhood pub with the sophistication of a stylish lounge. Located in Kips Bay, Banc Cafe is known for its warm ambiance, diverse menu, and extensive drink selection.
Whether you’re craving hearty comfort food, tasty cocktails, or a relaxed brunch with friends, Banc Cafe has you covered. Expect to find typical American fare at this dog-friendly restaurant, with burgers and salads dominating the menu.
Tacos and tequila? Let me grab my shoes.
Located in the bustling neighborhood of Tribeca, Añejo is one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in NYC. The patio is completely pup-safe and the staff fully adore the furry distractions. Serving delicious Mexican food with a modern twist in a casual eatery, finding a reason to swing by for tacos and margaritas won’t be too difficult. Just make sure to ask for a spot outside otherwise your pup can’t join you.
Bistro Les Amis
For those who love French dining, Bistro Les Amis is among the greatest dog-friendly eateries in New York City. The only caveat is you have to snag a table outside if you bring your pooch.
As far as the food goes, Bistro Les Amis claims to have the best french onion soup in the city, and I won’t argue with them. While there aren’t any plates specifically available for your canine, if you really want to… just sneak them a bite of your steak-frites. 😉
Pete’s Tavern opened in 1864, making it one of the oldest bars in New York City. In fact they stayed opened through prohibition by posing as a flower shop (nothing to see here, officer). If you don’t want to visit for the history though, you’ll want to visit because this is one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in New York City.
You’ll have to grab a seat outside which won’t be a problem since there is plenty of seating. Pete’s Tavern is very accommodating and can even offer your pup a bowl of water.
d.b.a. is an unpretentious, fun and welcoming dog-friendly bar located in the East Village. There’s a selection of draft beers poured by friendly barkeeps who make for pleasant small talk in-between rounds. The bar also hosts trivia on Sundays at 8PM, so if you or your pup are well versed in random facts you’re sure to do well. Prefer games on a screen? d.b.a. has TV’s and video games so geeks (like me) can enjoy a brew and a game.
Something to know: In case you were curious, d.b.a. stands for Double Barrel Ale.
Barking Dog welcomes both you and your furry friend to indulge in a delicious dining experience. The menu caters to both two and four-legged guests, ensuring a delightful treat for everyone. While indoor seating for dogs is not permitted, ample outdoor seating is available, including a heated outdoor greenhouse during winter for added coziness.
Setting itself apart from other dog-friendly restaurants in NYC, Barking Dog goes the extra mile by offering water bowls and tasty treats for your canine companion, ensuring their tail wags happily throughout your visit.
The Grey Dog
As long as you’re able to snag a table outside, The Grey Dog is one of the most accommodating dog-friendly restaurants in New York City. Serving brunch all day, you can enjoy the laid-back environment without having to set an alarm clock. Expect to find all the basics that are simple, quick and always satisfying at this popular brunch place.
Since The Grey Dog is technically for humans and not pups, pack some treats for your pal and a collapsible water bowl. This way there’s no rush for you to finish your meal and your dog is well taken care of.
Dog and Bone
Dog and Bone stands out as a premier dog-friendly spot in NYC, and I can vouch for it personally as I know the owner, Winston. Winston, a robust English Bulldog, warmly invites you to this charming tavern for a relaxing afternoon. Modeled after traditional UK pubs, Dog and Bone offers a diverse selection of British comfort food and brews. Feel free to bring your furry friend along, as long as you opt for outdoor seating.
While Dog and Bone doubles as a popular sports bar, perfect for football or soccer enthusiasts, please note that your pup will have to cheer on the game from the comfort of home since indoor seating is not pet-friendly.
Shake Shack (Madison Square Park)
Shake Shack needs no introduction, but for the sake of this guide being about dog-friendly restaurants in NYC, the location in Madison Square Park specifically is a can’t-miss. First off, the burger joint is a window walk-up — meaning your pooch can stay attached to your hip the entire time without being shooed away. Secondly, you’re in a park! Grabbing a burger and shake might be a treat for you, but the freedom to roam and play at the neighboring park is a treat your pup will surely appreciate.
Fun Fact: Not only is the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in New York City, it’s the original location of the famous chain burger shop.
Black Lab Cafe
Black Lab Cafe stands as a testament to the saying, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The founders, Nikolas and Kristoffer Powers, dedicated to never leaving the house without their black labs, discovered the scarcity of dog-friendly restaurants in New York City.
In response, they took matters into their own hands and established a safe and inviting pet-friendly cafe where people can drop by with their pooches. Here, both humans and canines can relish in the joy of coffee and treats in a welcoming environment crafted with love and passion.
Locals Tip: If you’re looking to celebrate your pup, consider ordering the full-sized Doggy Birthday Cake from this dog-friendly cafe in NYC.
Gilligan’s is open from May to late September.
Nestled within the SoHo Grand Hotel, Gilligans is a delightful outdoor bar that also earns its stripes as one of NYC’s top dog-friendly restaurants. With a menu boasting fan-favorite pizzas, seafood delights, and shareable appetizers, it caters to various tastes.
Embracing a tropical oasis ambiance, Gilligans is adorned with lush greenery and picnic tables, creating a relaxing atmosphere. To ensure a pain-free visit, simply keep an eye on your furry friend and don’t let them mistake the plants for a bathroom. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy good food and company amidst a vibrant outdoor setting.
Borris and Horton
Borris and Horton is the ideal spot for those who work remotely but have a pup full of energy. Everyone who swings by this unique coffee shop either has a dog of their own or is obsessed enough to understand that puppies need to play so you don’t need to worry about your pup bothering folks here. As you can imagine, the staff is constantly happy and friendly since they’re getting paid to watch puppies play all day!
Borris & Horton is one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in NYC for pet owners because of the various meet ups and events like dog-friendly pilates they host. But the icing on the cake? The cafe has a photo booth (with costumes) set up in the corner of the cafe to snap the sweetest pic of your iconic pup-fluencer. 😉
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When it comes to celebrating your furry friend, the Wilson takes the cake as the ultimate dog-friendly spot in NYC. With an ambiance resembling a high-end restaurant perfect for a date night, it boasts a spacious greenhouse where you and your pup can relish your meal.
Catering to both human and canine tastes, there’s a dedicated dog menu featuring house-made biscuits and pupscicles. The offerings even include a $24 grilled steak for your four-legged companion – a splurge that might raise eyebrows, but if your love for your dog knows no bounds, we salute you!
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in New York City (Post Summary)
- The Wilson
- Borris and Horton
- Black Lab Cafe
- Shake Shack (Madison Square Park)
- Dog and Bone
- The Grey Dog
- Barking Dog
- Pete’s Tavern
- Bistro Les Amis
- Banc Cafe
- Chateau le Woof
- Pier I Cafe
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Dog-Friendly Spots in NYC (Helpful Map)
And there you have it my furry friends, our quick roundup of the best dog-friendly restaurants in NYC. I hope you found the article helpful, until next time.