Pets are a large part of the family; they should get to be a part of the day’s action no matter the location. New York City provides plenty of dog parks, but if you really want to make it a dog day, take that furry fella out with you to grab a bite and soak up the sun. The area’s most pet-friendly restaurants offer delicious food, pet-friendly service and ambiance galore.
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The Barking Dog at 94th St.
1678 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10128
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.
1649 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10128
Fetch is begging you to bring the whole furry family member with you to enjoy a meal. If you are looking to add another ball of fluff to your family, enjoy the meal while browsing an adoption wall filled with dogs from Animal Haven and ASPCA waiting to be rescued. The other walls are adorned with photos of happy doggy customers. Dogs are welcome to sit at the outside tables. Fetch is open for lunch, dinner, late night meals and brunch. Scarf wraps, burgers, and salads at prices anyone can appreciate. Enjoy an evening of libations served with its light twilight menu as well.
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118 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
After a pleasant afternoon of playing in the park, stop by The Park for fine dining in The Garden, a 4,000-square-foot area surrounded by Japanese maple trees and wisteria vines. The Garden is covered and heated for winter dining as well, making this the perfect year-round doggie dining option. Imbibe in cocktails and the restaurant’s wine list late into the night, or dine on Mediterranean and American cuisine options sure to please any crowd.
Boat Basin Cafe
West 79th Street at Riverside Drive
New York, NY, 10025
After visiting a nearby doggy park, sit back and relax with some food and drink, sharing the water-front views of the marina and Hudson River with the pooch in the open-air restaurant at Riverside Park. Enjoy burgers, soups and sandwiches as well as a limited menu of entrees for dinner, including salmon, chicken kebabs and black Angus steak. Don’t miss brunch with the café’s weekend specials for a great Saturday or Sunday in the sun with your fuzzy best friend.
Madison Avenue and 23rd Street
New York, NY, US 10010
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. This is a self-serve establishment. Wait in line with the pooch for great burgers, hot dogs, and fries. It even offers special menu items just for the dogs: the pooch-ini is a treat of ShackBurger dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard, and the bag o’ bones is a doggie bag filled with ShackBurger dog biscuits. 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.
Carol Ruth Weber began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. As an interior designer she has twenty-eight years of experience in all phases of the business. You can read more of her work on Examiner.com and she can also be contacted at WeberLifeDesign.