We’re living in that weird COVID limbo period where every bar, restaurant and coffee shop is dog-friendly because they’re all outdoors. But, when indoor dining returns (fingers crossed) and we go back to an indoor-outdoor hybrid, these are some of our favorite spots to bring our dogs along. You’ll get a combination of indoor dining, outdoor dining and varying levels of fanciness. From small cafés to swanky hotel bars, New York actually has a variety of dog-friendly spots!
Coffee shops and cafes:
Boris & Horton Café — We know that if you search for dog-friendly coffee shops in New York, you’ve definitely heard of Boris & Horton. Located at the border of the East Village and Alphabet City, it’s the perfect place to bring your laptop and dog and work in the middle of the day, and also a great place to meet a friend for coffee. They have an extensive food and drink menu, which we love. We also love this space because on weekends, they’re known for hosting events — whether adoption events or events for new brands, it’s always a great place to absorb any dog-related content.
Café Bark — Located in Washington Heights, there’s really no place in Manhattan that’s anything like Café Bark. Incredibly chic, airy, open, beautiful — this retail store and cafe hybrid is truly one-of-a-kind. Aesthetically pleasing for you while also being fun and functional for your dog, you could spend an entire afternoon here and not get bored. We promise. Your jaw will drop when you walk in because you’ve never seen a dog café quite this chic.
Café Grumpy — Don’t let the name fool you, this coffee shop has some of the warmest and chillest spaces to hang out in New York City. Their outdoor seating is perfectly curated for bringing your dog along for solo time or for a coffee date. The outdoor seating area is also outfitted with water bowls and sometimes treats.
The Bean — With paid wifi, you can bring your laptop, linger and get some work done without having to leave your dog at home. The Bean has treats for you and treats for your dog with five locations around New York City, you can find The Bean that’s closest to you and build your new coffee shop routine with your dog.
Shake Shack Madison Square Park — The OG Shake Shack, the ultimate in fast-casual NYC dining. While Shake Shack is now all over the country as a wildly popular national brand, the original location is still as dog-friendly as they were the day they opened. It’s a walk-up restaurant with a ton of outdoor seating, perfect for warm months and chill solo hangouts or group get-togethers.
The Soho Grand Bar & Lounge — If you’re looking for a slightly more upscale environment, the Soho Grand is one of our favorites. Located right in Soho, any non-table seating, meaning couches, chairs, lougne areas are open to dogs. Grab a drink, grab some small bites and cozy up in this ultra-chic downtown space.
THEP — Right in the heart of the Upper East Side, THEP is an ultra-chic and modern Thai restaurant with a totally unique and fun menu. While dogs aren’t allowed inside, their outdoor patio is dog-friendly and has been around long before COVID. It’s a patio you can depend on for an inspired dinner out with your pup.
The Wilson — This all day Chelsea restaurant has a special menu just for dogs. Yep, you read that right. The Wilson offers a special menu just for dogs. The menu includes a 16-ounce grilled ribeye steak, pan-roasted salmon or grilled chicken breast all available on the side patio seating. During warm summer months, the front terrace is also open to dogs. There’s a special feeling in knowing a restaurant takes such care in catering to your dog just as much as they cater to you.
Lobby Bar in the Ludlow — Not only is the Ludlow hotel incredibly dog-friendly if you’re visiting New York or have guests from out of town, the Lobby Bar is ideal for grabbing a drink with your pup. You can grab a seat in one of the comfortable lounge couches or a coveted seat on the patio, and as always, your dog’s allowed with you. We love their craft cocktails. They’re a little pricey, but totally worth it.
d.b.a. — This place was a dog friendly bar long before COVID made any bar dog-friendly. Dogs are allowed out on the d.b.a. patio AND are allowed inside, which is the ultimate game-changer. There’s no food available here, but the drinks are amazing and the indoor option with your dog make this place a New York City dog bar staple.
Dog & Bone — You know you’re in good hands when the restaurant is inspired by a dog, specifically an English bulldog named Winston. Dog & Bone is located in Kips Bay and has a massive dog-friendly sidewalk café that extends out onto the pedestrian pavilion on 25th street. You get classic pub foods, Sunday roast, brunch and a cozy spot to spend with your dog any day of the week.