NYC is the capital of cuisine. You can get food from all over the world here, and often within the span of just a few blocks. No trip to the Big Apple is complete without checking out the grub scene. Luckily, you don’t always have to leave your dog behind. Here are 11 dog-friendly places to eat in NYC.
1. Pier i Cafe
Pier i Cafe is an outdoor cafe located on the Hudson River. Their diverse menu has everything from lobster rolls to fish tacos, and burgers with old bay fries. It’s a laid-back environment with walk-up ordering and plenty of shaded tables. Be sure to try the frosé or sangria. Pro tip: take a walk along the Hudson at sunset after your drinks and food. It’ll make for the perfect New York night.
Location: 500 W 70th St
2. City Vineyard
Located in the heart of NYC, City Vineyard offers wine from vineyards located all across the country. They have a wine garden covered in live grape vines, and a roof deck where you and your pup can order from the raw bar. Stop by on Monday evenings for their Monday Movie Night, screened outdoors.
Location: 233 West St (Pier 26)
Rosie’s, a fun Mexican joint in the Lower East Side. You can sit outdoors and munch on some delicious tacos while you down a watermelon margarita. Keep the party going with pitchers of margaritas, or cold Mexican beer. Try the queso fundido or guacamole with chips. You won’t regret it.
Location: 29 E. 2nd St.
4. Dog & Bone
Founded by a group of food and dog lovers in 2017, Dog & Bone is a restaurant and bar with a British feel to it. Their dog-friendly sidewalk cafe stretches along 25th street, just blocks away from Madison Square Park. Grab a delicious D&B burger, or try their vegan dog. Fun fact: the restaurant was originally inspired by an English Bulldog named Winston!
Location: 338 3rd Ave (b/t 24th St & 25th St )
5. The Boat Basin Cafe
Located right on the Hudson river, the Boat Basin Cafe is a New York City staple. It’s dog-friendly in the covered area (in case it rains), and throughout their outdoor seating. With a great atmosphere and delicious food, it’s a win/win.The restaurant is open as early as late March and extends through the end of October. Pro tip: stay for sunset and enjoy the incredible view! Then take a walk through Riverside Park.
Location: W 79th St
6. Song E Napule
Song E Napule gives you a taste of Naples in NYC, with wood-fired pizza and fresh pasta. Come with a empty belly, and order things like Insalata Caprese and Napoletana Pizza, and wash it down with some Panna Cotta and Sicilian red wed. There is a small outdoor area in front that welcomes dogs.
Location: 146 W Houston St
7. Shake Shack
Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, the O.G. location, is not to be missed. Order yourself a burger and fries, and get your pup a delicious pooch-ini. It’s a popular spot, so avoid a line by checking their Shack Cam to see how long you should expect to wait. After your meal, head to the dog park, just a few feet away.
Location:Madison Ave &, E 23rd St.
8. The Mermaid Inn
If you like seafood and happy hour, the Mermaid Inn is the place for you. They have happy hour every day from 5pm – 7pm, with $1 oysters, delicious fish tacos, and drink specials. Plus, free chocolate mousse and a fortune telling fish come with the bill! Dogs are allowed on the front patio of both locations.
Locations: 92 Second Ave (east village) and 570 Amsterdam Ave (upper west side).
9. Luke’s Lobster
Get a hint of Maine in NYC at Luke’s Lobster. Choose from a lobster, shrimp, or crab roll, or try a sampler with all three. They also sell chowders, Cape Cod chips, and slaw. Be sure to visit a location with outdoor seating, so your pup can come too. Pro tip: don’t forget to ask for your free pickle.
10. The Barking Dog
This family-friendly and reasonably priced spot is a great option if you’re on the Upper East Side. It’s all in the name – The Barking Dog is super dog friendly, with great yappy hour deals. Don’t miss the doggy water fountain, a great place for your pup to get a cold drink.
Location: 1678 Third Ave (at 94th St.)
What’s better than tapas and spicy margaritas? Añejo is a fun Hell’s Kitchen joint with tacos, mezcal, and fresh guacamole. Try the short rib tacos and the flan. If you’re going for brunch, expect to wait for outdoor seating.
Location: 668 10th Ave.
What’s your favorite dog-friendly restaurant in NYC? Let us know in the comments.
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