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Jan 26, 2007 04:06 PM

Outdoor Dining With Dogs

Ok, ok... I know it's cold out there but thinkin' towards Spring, I'd like to hear about all those restaurants, cafes, etc. that allow dogs in their outdoor seating area. I know most places allow dogs to be tied to the outside of the partitions, but I'm looking for places that are comfortable with allowing dogs to sit near their owners inside the enclosed area as long as they are well-behaved. I am particularly interested in Midtown West, UWS and UES but I'd love to hear about additional nabes as well. THANKS!!

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    1. re: steve h.

      thanks, steve h. i've never tried shake shack but have been waiting for it to re-open after reading many grea reviews. anyone else have a place to add?

      1. re: nativeNYer

        In addition to being dog friendly, they actually have something for dogs on their menu: the Pooch-ini. It's a small serving of frozen custard with peanut butter and dog biscuits. My friend's ordinarily stoic pug shakes all over when he sees it.

        1. re: ballulah

          very, very cute! thanks so much. i'll let you know if my shih tzu jumps with glee.

    2. Some places where I've seen dogs outside w/o enclosure:

      Cornelia Street Cafe (the Village)
      Pescalou, Island, Vico (all Madison between 92nd and 93rd)
      La Goulue (Madison & 65th?)
      Bottega del Vino (Madison and 59th)

      None of these places have enclosures and I believe that if a restaurant has an enclosure, they are not permitted to allow dogs w/in the enclosure.

      1. Many thanks, MMRuth . I didn't know that any of these places, w/o an enclosure, allowed dogs to hang.

        1. Two places in the E. 90s on the UES are Barking Dog and Fetch. Both provide drinking bowls for dogs and good to average american lunch/dinner fare.

          1. Can anyone cite the health code that prohibits dogs from sitting in an outdoor "enclosure"? I have tried to find it on Westlaw but I come up with nothing. Does it exist?

            Dogs are permitted outside at French Roast on 6th Ave and 12th, The Coffee Shop in Union Square, and the boat basin on the UWS. There is also a fantastic little diner-place in alphabet city, but I can't remember the name. I'll let you know if my friend knows.

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            1. re: Nikki NYC

              good question, nikki NYC . the City Statute is Section 8125, Article 81 of the Health Code. according to the statute, restaurants can use their discretion as to whether or not they allow people to sit outside with their dogs. i think many restaurants are concerned they will lose business from their non-dog-living patrons. although i am a dog lover, i respect the fact that not everyone wants dogs hanging around when they eat. thanks for your suggestions.

              1. re: nativeNYer

                When I tried to have brunch w/ my dog at French Roast at that location that summer, they wouldn't let my dog sit w/n the enclosure.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Sometimes, at all of these restaurants, I think it depends on which manager is on. Just as people have the right to now want a dog near there table, people have the right to want to dine outside with their dogs a few months out of the year. I respect the non-dog peoples' right to eat indoors if it's that big a deal to them.

                  1. re: Nikki NYC

                    Technically, I don't think that dog owners have a "right" to eat outside with their dogs - much as I wish we did! Certainly makes sense that it would depend on the manager.

              2. re: Nikki NYC

                It's called 7A (better late than never, right?).