10 Best Pet-Friendly Restaurants and Bars
Dog-owning New Yorkers (as well as dog-loving folks that don’t have pets of their own) know just how tricky it can be to find bars that allow canines. Restaurants that will host canines are often even harder to track down, but, yes, they do exist. For the most part, pet-friendly dining and drinking joints only allow dogs outdoors, be it at sidewalk tables or on backyard patios. Some on this list, however, let them inside, too, while others have special menus just for dogs.
Note: Be sure to call ahead and confirm that dogs are welcome before heading over to any of these places, as some dog-friendly spots sometimes won’t let pups in because of a scheduled health department visit.
Here are 10 enjoyable places around NYC that welcome dogs, whether for brunch or a casual round of drinks.
Veselka is one of those restaurants that we can rely on for just about any situation. Impromptu Sunday brunch with friends? Check. Pierogis and potato latkes at 3 a.m.? Check. Solo dinner with your dog? Yep—there’s wraparound sidewalk seating for when you want your dog to join in on the fun. This spot turns tables fairly quickly, so you usually won’t have to wait longer than about 20 minutes to snag one of those coveted outdoor seats. P.S.: Make sure to inquire about the homemade dog bones at the pick-up counter.
Address:144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Spend the afternoon playing in the park with your pup, then stop by the Shake Shack for a quick bite and, of course, a milkshake. Wait in line with the pooch for great burgers, hot dogs, and fries. For dessert, enjoy a thick shake or cup or cone of frozen custard. Relax at twilight with your furry best friend enjoying a cold beer or a nice glass of wine here.
Address: Madison Avenue and 23rd Street
New York, NY, US 10010
3.The Barking Dog at 94th St.
With a sit, stay slogan, this restaurant’s dog-friendly atmosphere just had to be. Bring your pup to the outdoor dining area where he’ll enjoy a doggy bar to share with his furry friends. This is fun family restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily as well as weekend brunch. Enjoy a huge menu of salads and sandwiches, and comfort food favorites, plus a kids’ menu. Take advantage of super-reasonable prices while your dog lounges about with his best friend.
Address:1678 3rd Ave.New York, NY 10128
4.Growler Bites & Brews
At this canine-themed tavern, the word growler refers to both jugs of beers and bellowing pups. Dog-lovers can bring their pets to the oak-paneled spot—which features antique prints of dogs and an outdoor patio—and choose from 20 American craft suds (Sixpoint, Allagash). To eat, find hot dogs from Mile End and sausages from Salumeria Biellese in pretzel brioche buns, plus fried pickles and sandwiches.
Address:55 Stone St, New York10004
This is not the best barbecue in Brooklyn, and if you arrive expecting to find it, you will no doubt leave disappointed. Pig Beach is more like a great backyard cookout where everyone is invited: A massive outdoor yard is filled with rows of picnic tables. Huge TVs hang inside the equally massive indoor space, tuned to whatever sporting events are on at the time. Two full bars — one outside and one inside — supply a steady flow of good beer, decent wine, and quickly made cocktails served in plastic cups. Strollers, parents, and toddlers are everywhere. The food is a pan-regional mix of smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and the like; burgers; hot dogs; and standard-issue sides like coleslaw or mac ‘n’ cheese. Grab some friends, get some drinks, order as much food as you think you can handle, and enjoy.
Address: 480 Union St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231
6.Ollie’s Ice Cream
If you’re a human, then Ollie’s should be your go-to ice cream spot in Bushwick. If you’re a dog, then Ollie’s will be the second most amazing thing in your life (presumably after your newest squeaky toy). And if you’re a human with a pet dog, then your enthusiasm should lie somewhere in between. Assuming your dog likes dog things, he’ll be a fan of the “pup cup” ice cream with peanut butter and crushed dog treats. And assuming you like human things, you’ll probably enjoy the kettle corn ice cream with salty caramel, or the rich and chunky red velvet. Whatever you order, eat it on a bench in Maria Hernandez Park two blocks away.
Address:158, Irving Ave Bushwick, NY
7.Sunday in Brooklyn
This splendid restaurant features a marketplace, bar room, an upstairs dining room, and a garden and it serves delicious platters along with drinks. Located near Domino Park, this place offers breakfast, brunch, and dinner seven days a week. Bask in the sidewalk cafe along with your dogs, and enjoy various delicacies like the sandwich, negroni, fried chicken, natural wine, or just a cup of coffee. Head here with your family, friends, or loved ones on a Sunday to enjoy some quiet time.
Address:348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
8.The Soho Grand Bar & Lounge
Grand Bar & Lounge is the swankiest dog-friendly spot on this list. The lounge is known for fancy and pricey cocktails and fare including the $28 “Grand Burger”. Although dogs aren’t permitted at dining tables, they are welcome to hang out at all other seating areas in the lounge (sofas and the like) where the full cocktail and food menu is available. Definitely, a cool spot to check out if you’re looking for something posh and more flexible on budget. Located in Manhattan 310 West Broadway (near Canal).
Address:310 W Broadway, New York City, NY 10013-2225
9.The Grey Dog
The Gray Dog is one of those NYC spots with an unspoken ‘dog-friendly’ rule. Although dogs are technically not permitted inside any NYC food establishment, The Gray Dog plays by its own rules. As long as your pup is well-behaved and discreet, the baristas and waiters will look the other way. The Gray Dog’s rustic theme is dedicated to the founders’ dogs, Moose and Goose. In addition to a full coffee menu, The Gray Dog has a great breakfast and lunch offering stocked with sandwiches, salads and burgers. The four located are spread throughout downtown Manhattan in Chelsea, Nolita, Union Square, and the West Village.
Black Door is a great little place in Chelsea with good music and a chill crowd. The interior is a bit dark and sultry and locals from Chelsea and Flatiron usually fill up the place during after-work hours. Dogs are welcome and often spotted at the bar inside. Located at 127 W 26th St (between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Avenue).
Address:127 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001