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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
(212) 831-1800

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.

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The Park
118 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 352-3313

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.

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Boat Basin Cafe
West 79th Street at Riverside Drive
New York, NY, 10025
(212) 496-5542

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. Don’t miss brunch with the café’s weekend specials for a great Saturday or Sunday in the sun with your fuzzy best friend.

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Shake Shack 
Madison Avenue and 23rd Street
New York, NY, US 10010
(212) 889-6600

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.

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.