Dogs Allowed! Dog-Friendly Restaurants in NYC

When it comes to dog-friendly restaurants in NYC, the Big Apple trails Paris and other major cities, but the number of New York restaurants allowing dogs has increased in recent years. If you’re looking for some cool spots to take Spot, read on.

When it comes to dog-friendly restaurants, Paris takes the bone. Last summer, we loved walking into restaurants and cafes and seeing dogs comfortably resting at their owners’ feet as said owners dined. Upturned canine faces would often be rewarded with a tasty hunk of beef or a broken-off piece of bread. NYC has been a little slow on the doggy-owner dining experience, but pooch pals are becoming more and more welcome at our local eateries. Business establishments are recognizing that for people living in NYC, our feline and canine companions are more than just pets; they’re family. Following is a small sample of some great dog-friendly restaurants in NYC.

The Barking Dog

Barking Dog restaurant menu on table

Image Source: Flickr/Gail Frederick

Many NYC restaurant names are twee and ironic, but there’s nothing tongue-in-cheek about the name of The Barking Dog restaurant. Located on Third Avenue between 94th and 95th, come in for the casual vibe and Southern-infused cuisine and stay for the doggy treats and fresh water bowls handed out to doggy guests. The restaurant’s laid-back charm and quirky canine themed decor says, “Come in! Sit!”

1678 Third Avenue, New York, NY
(212) 831-1800

Bistro Chat Noir


Image Source: Flickr/Sergio Calleja (Life is a trip)

Say you’re going on a fancypants first date with another dog owner, but thanks to some sitcom-worthy level of cosmic tomfoolery, both of you have to bring your dogs because … they were lonely and you couldn’t find dog sitters? Anyway, if this happens, there are few more awesome, date-worthy places than Bistro Chat Noir. This sweet, elegant restaurant is housed in an Upper East Side Louis Candela-designed townhouse and is the perfect place to settle down for a little bit of Ginger Salmon Tartare or an ambrosia-like Cheese Souffle made from goat cheese, black truffle oil, rosemary, and thyme. Elegantly decorated in warm cream and red tones, everyone is made to feel at home here, including people on dates with their dogs.

22 East 66th Street, New York, NY
(212) 794-2428

Cornelia Street Cafe


A tiny, sweet and charming New York institution in the heart of the West Village, the Cornelia Street Cafe is a great place for the two of you to rest all six of your feet after a day of running around. Open since the mid-seventies, this artists’ cafe has topped an endless number of “Best of NY” lists over the years, and while its menu and event schedules are laudable, it’s also one of the best places to bring Fido. From its exquisite and diverse menu filled to overflowing with delectable treats like Challah French Toast, Moroccan Hummus, and Thai Bouillabaisse, this is the perfect place to sip a glass of wine, Fido at your feet, as the city winds down.

29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY
(212) 989-9319

Main Image Source: Flickr/Robert Bieber


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