Like most big cities, New York has the obvious dog-friendly locations. There are plenty of dog parks, pet shops and vet offices in every neighborhood. But there are also a few places where your dog is welcome that might surprise you. Check out this list of six surprising dog-friendly places you’ll find around the city.
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Many churches around the city open their doors to animals in October when they celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. But what about during the rest of the year?
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church welcomes dogs all year round. Located on the Upper East Side, the church opened in 1888 and is named for a a Bohemian priest. Aside from being a place of worship, they also run large community outreach missions, promoting music, theater and culture. They also have a homeless outreach program.
Worship in a gay-friendly, straight-friendly, trans-friendly, family-friendly, children-friendly, and pet-friendly environment.
Dog-friendly Church Location: 1745 First Avenue in Manhattan.
Sit back and open wide! Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience, but some now provide canine companionship for emotional support, or even let you bring your own dog.
The Battery Park Dental Group in Manhattan allows patients to come in with their pups – just give them a heads up!
Fifty-Seven 57 Dental has a Schnauzer spokespuppy named Molly, and Soul Dental has a French Bulldog mascot named Lola.
Dog-friendly Dentist Locations
The Battery Park Dental Group: 375 South End Avenue in Battery Park City, Manhattan.
Fifty-Seven 57 Dental: 57 West 57 Street, Suite 511-512 in Midtown, Manhattan.
Soul Dental: 200 West 15th St. Unit 1A (Chelsea) and 853 11th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.
Most museums don’t allow dogs, but you can still enjoy a day of art with your dog while in New York City.
Many art galleries around the city welcome well-behaved dogs.
One of the most welcoming art galleries is The Hole, a contemporary art gallery in the East Village. The 3,800 sq. ft. space offers monthly solo and group exhibitions, often with two exhibitions that run simultaneously.
If you’re lucky, resident bobo and Instagram star Bertie the Pomeranian will be on hand to receive pets and sing you the song of his people (LO! LO! LO!).
Dog-friendly Art Gallery Location: 312 Bowery between Houston and Bleecker streets in Manhattan.
To a Meeting
Have a meeting or need to get some work done? There’s no need to leave your dog at home.
Community workspaces like WeWork and The Wing are dog-friendly!
WeWork, the popular co-working company, offers flexible workspaces for people and businesses. There are a whopping 67 WeWork locations in the city with perks like free coffee, a calendar of events and spacious common areas. Check out the #dogsofwework hashtag on Instagram in case you want a sneak peek at potential co-woofers – I mean co-workers.
The Wing is a network of work and community spaces designed for women to gather, work and connect. They have five spaces in New York City that offer perks and amenities like showers, bookable conference rooms and free coffee. They have plenty of space for working in a super chic and cozy environment, perfect for being productive while petting your pup.
Ice Cream Parlor
There are many ice cream parlors around the city that are dog-friendly, but none go so far as Ollie’s Ice Cream. They’re so dog obsessed, in fact, that they offer dog ice cream, so you and Fido can enjoy a cone together.
Choose from flavors like bread and roses or midnight mint for you, and sweet potato or banana peanut butter for your dog.
Bonus: there are lots of gluten and dairy free options for those with dietary restrictions.
Dog-friendly Ice Cream Shop Location: 158 Irving Ave in Brooklyn.
Move over Cat Cafes! There’s a new type of cafe in town.
Dog Cafes bring the same amount of cute and fluff as popular cat cafes, but with barks instead of meows. These cafes welcome dogs too! You can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat while your dog hangs out off-leash.
They’re a great place to sit with a laptop and work, have a chat with a friend over coffee or go on a date.
New York City is home to not one, but three different dog cafes.
Dog Cafe Locations
Boris & Horton: 195 Avenue A in the East Village, Manhattan.
Chateau Le Woof: 31-01 Vernon Blvd in Astoria, Queens.
Cafe Bark: 833 W 181st St. in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
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