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7 Best Dog-Friendly Places in NYC

Dog-friendly Central Park in NYC

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In case you didn't know, NYC is, indeed, a dog town. From dog runs to parks' off-leash hours to canine boutiques and pet-friendly eateries, the city's countless dog-centric spots give four-legged New Yorkers a sweet life. And with the Health Department's recently updated regulations, pooches can now dine with their doggie masters at outdoor tables and dog-friendly restaurants around town. In other barks, it's an excellent time to be a dog in the Big Apple. Whether you're just visiting or preparing to move, let's check out some of the most dog-friendly places in NYC.

The 79th Street Boat Basin

This Upper West Side mainstay welcomes four-legged children with their parents or guardians. Known as one of the most dog-friendly restaurants in NYC, the Basin is usually open from April through October (weather permitting). Since this bar and restaurant is completely open air, you can take your pup anywhere, including the restrooms. Walk Fido in adjoining Riverside Park before or after your outing, and gaze at the sunset with your pal next to you.

Shake Shack

Besides cooking up one of New York City's favorite burgers, this Madison Square Park eatery loves canines so much that the establishment offers a doggie menu, which includes the Pooch-ini (dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce, and vanilla custard), and Bag O'Bones (dog biscuits from Bocce's Bakery). Man's best friend never had it so good! Take your pup to any of the Shake Shack locations around town.

The Park

Let your dog be chic right along with you in one of Manhattan's trendiest neighborhoods. Your pooch can join you at any of the outside tables in the garden when you dine and drink at this dog-friendly restaurant in West Chelsea. Choose from appetizers, wood-oven pizzas, burgers, and main plates like Crispy Chicken Milanese and Steak Frites. The Park offers specialty cocktails, as well as wines by the glass and a draft and bottle selection.

The Muse Hotel

With no weight limit, this Kimpton property attracts dogs and dog lovers alike. A teacup Pomeranian named Ginger acts as the Director of Pet Relations, a relatively hefty title for such a little tyke. Pets get an exclusive welcome package when they check in, and dog walking and pet sitting services are available at an additional charge. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the hotel is less than a five-minute walk from gorgeous Bryant Park, a lovely outdoor oasis ideal for sipping coffee, people watching, or strolling with your furry friend.

The SoHo Grand

The Grand is another luxury dog-friendly hotel in NYC, but this one is downtown and convenient to NoHo, Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, and Lower Manhattan neighborhoods. There's no pet fee when you bring your pooch along, and besides the usual human amenities, rooms come complete with food, treats, bowls, and crates to keep Rover content during his stay in the city that never sleeps.

Canine Styles

Shop and spoil your four-legged companion at the same time when you peruse NYC's oldest dog emporium, which sells leashes, toys, clothing, beds, and more. In business since 1959, Canine Styles has three dog-friendly stores in NYC––the original at 63rd and Lex, and others on the Upper East and Upper West.

Downtown Doghouse

One of the best dog-friendly activities in NYC is a day at the spa! Pamper your pooch at this dog spa and salon that boasts locations in Gramercy and Chelsea. Opt for a blueberry facial, nail trim, or hydro surge massage. And, if your pup's haircut is looking a bit unruly, Downtown Doghouse can transform him into a show dog in no time.

The above list is in no way comprehensive. NYC is a city of dog lovers, and its residents will continue to spoil and treat their pooches like members of the family. Dozens of dog parks throughout the five boroughs attract canines and their owners on a daily basis, and Brooklyn even boasts a dog beach in Prospect Park. Off-leash hours in specified areas of Central Park and Riverside Park give Manhattan dogs an opportunity to run free every morning before 9 a.m. and in the evenings after 9 p.m. To sum it up, it's a dog's world in New York City.


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Tracy Kaler

Tracy Kaler is a ballet dancer turned interior designer turned lifestyle and travel writer who blogs at tracysnewyorklife.com. A former Atlantan, you can now find her byline in The Telegraph, IN New York Magazine, TravelMag, National Geographic, Mabuhay Magazine, am New York and others. When she's not glued to her laptop, you'll find her wandering the streets of New York City or off discovering another part of the planet.

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