Dog Friendly Cafes & More
by Jennifer Wheeler
Eat, Drink, & Be Merry!
Winter is here, but never fear, NYC has you and Fido covered (literally)! In the summer months there is no shortage of restaurants and bars offering dog-friendly, patio seating, but did you know that there are actually places to imbibe that welcome four-legged friends all the way up to the bar? From breweries and trivia nights to New York’s first truly dog-friendly restaurant, this city’s purveyors of consumables (at least the cool Downtown and Brooklyn folks) don’t disappoint.
On a more serious note, grabbing a pint or a latte with your pup isn’t just about the novelty, it’s about socialization. As the temperature drops, precipitation becomes snow-like, and the sidewalks fill up with brown, slushy, slippery muck, we New Yorkers and city-dwellers across the northern hemisphere tend to hole up. But dogs need socialization all year-round, and while its best to get outside with other dogs in a playful environment, being around different sights, sounds, smells, people, and dogs in a bar or restaurant is also beneficial.
We’ve put together a non-exhaustive list of some of our favorite dog-friendly spots, but we recommend checking out your local bars and speaking to the manager about their pet policy. Most places that serve food do not permit dogs inside, but some bars don’t have kitchens and allow customers to order outside delivery – these places often permit dogs. We love grabbing a drink with our pups at a local bar and having a pizza delivered on a chilly night. Give it a try!
- The Black Door: Chelsea, Manhattan.
- d.b.a.: East Village, Manhattan.
- Lucky Dog: Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- Mission Dolores: Park Slope, Brooklyn.
- Brooklyn Brewery invites patrons to bring pups to their tasting room (but not on tours). Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- The Bean: East Village.
- Intelligencia Coffee: Chelsea.
- McNally Jackson Books: Soho. You can’t take your pup to the café area, but you can grab a coffee then snuggle up with Fido among the stacks of books!
A Restaurant (Yup, just 1 in NYC)!
We don’t know how they did it, but they did. The folks at Boris and Horton got approval from the City of New York to open a venue that serves food and welcomes dogs inside. Not only that, but this place offers a full calendar of dog-oriented social events. We hope that many more restaurants will follow suit. Boris and Horton: 195 Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan.
A Beer Garden
Okay, it’s not inside, and you’ll have to wait until the weather warms up, but when the sun comes out our favorite beer garden of all time is Nowadays on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. It’s a bit of a trek, but well worth it. Your pup and kids can play on grassy knolls while you sit back, relax, listen to some live music, and imbibe your favorite local brew. You might even forget all together that you are in the city!
About the author
Jennifer is a writer and graduate of NYU School of Law. Jennifer researches and writes original, science-based articles for the NYC Doggies blog, and her writing on other topics can be found in the Huffington Post. Jennifer and Ovidiu have co-authored the upcoming book, WHOLE DOG PARENTING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO RAISE AND TRAIN AN URBAN PUP