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May 15, 2011 10:09 AM

Dog-friendly outdoor restaurants

Lately it seems many of the restaurants that used to allow dogs inside the enclosures in their outdoor areas are now insisting you keep your pup tied outside the barrier. Haven't seen a post on this for a while so does anyone have any suggestions? Nikos on Broadway and 76th which used to be super dog friendly and the fail safe backup closed this year so need some new ideas. Anyone have suggestions?

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  1. Freds is super dog friendly, they bring ice water to your pup (granted my pup is exceptionally cute and a black lab just like the restaurants namesake)

    I had lunch the Irish bar at 82nd and Amsterdam last week, pretty good burgers and very dog friendly.

    but nothing beats the Pier i Cafe at 70th and the river

    476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    Pier I Cafe
    Riverside Blvd and W 70th St, New York, NY 10069

    6 Replies
    1. re: msny98

      Last time we were going to go to Freds on Amsterdam, they told us dogs had to be OUTSIDE the enclosed area : (

      1. re: UWSCarly

        Fred's hasn't allowed dogs inside the enclosure for at least 8 years.

        1. re: michelleats

          A few weeks ago at lunch we we in the enclosure with ours and there were 2 others "inside"

          1. re: msny98

            It'd be great if they've changed their policies. It's far too high traffic an area for dogs to sit outside the enclosure safely. Will you keep up updated if anything in your experience changes?

            1. re: michelleats

              I was there on a quiet day and there were maybe 6 tables outside taken... 3 of which had dogs... and not all were as incredibly beautiful as mine so it wasn't just the super models that got priviledge :-)) I'll see how it goes when I head there on a busier day

              1. re: msny98


                If it were just my dog, I'm sure he'd be seated. I'm the one who's holding him back, most likely. ;)

                I have to admit, all the times we've sat (or thought about sitting) outside were during the mad weekend brunch rush. I can see how they'd be nicer to dogs when it's quiet.

    2. Pier 1 is good, indeed, but I want to put the 79th Boat Basin Restaurant in the comp. Michael O'Neal just loves dogs (and patrons)! You can walk from one to the other and compare/contrast. Please let us fellow dog lovers hear your reaction(s)!.

      Boat Basin Cafe
      W 79th St and Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10024

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      1. re: Upperwestsider

        I came into this thread to suggest 79th St. Boat Basin. Extremely dog-friendly. Food is nothing to write home about, but then again you don't go there for food anyway.

      2. Downtown, I believe that dell'anima, Extra Virgin, Cornelia St Cafe, and Morandi have sidewalk seating without any fence or barrier.

        211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

        Cornelia Street Cafe
        29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

        Extra Virgin
        259 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

        38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: kathryn

          Unfortunately, the sidewalk by Extra Virgin is so narrow that if you sit there with your dog, he/she will be in constant danger of being trampled. (Tartine in the West Village, which I've heard called dog friendly a lot elsewhere, is the same way: no barrier, narrow sidewalk)

          I second Morandi for dog friendliness, though. There's a nice, wide sidewalk, no barrier and many waiters are happy to bring water for the pup if you need it.

          Other places by neighborhood:

          West Village

          I know Waverly Inn is a pain in the ass in some other ways, but they are wonderful about letting dogs in the fenced in, outdoor area out front. It's a small space, so it works best for medium and smaller size dogs. There is also a wonderful waiter there named Chris whom no dog can resist.

          At WIlfie & Nell in warm weather, they open the French doors out front. If you're sitting at one of the tables by the door, your dog can hang just outside the restaurant while you are inside.


          Chelsea Piers restaurants are all or almost all very dog friendly. The Chelsea Brewing Company has seating outside and no barrier. The footpath that runs by isn't too, too crowded. There's a turquoise colored cafe (David's?) further north in CHelsea Piers that also has outdoor picnic tables. You'll be breathing fumes from the adjacent parking lot, though.


          In addition to the Boat Basin, around 110th St or so in Riverside Park, there is a dog run and almost directly across from that an outdoor cafe in the summertime. The food is pretty basic (think generic frozen, preformed burger patties with mushy, greasy fries), but it can be a very nice place to sit and drink a beer with your dog. There is even live music there, sometimes, and sometimes the dogs in the dog run have a sing along.

          Cafe con Leche has allowed dogs in the enclosure in the past, but I'm not sure what their current policy is.

          If you just want to grab a snack, you can order and sit on the benches in front of Hampton Chutney. Some of the wait staff has been nice enough to bring out my order to me, in the past.

          Georgia's Cafe is on a fairly wide stretch of sidewalk and has also been dog friendly in the past.

          In the East Village, there are a few lesser known restaurants on 2nd Ave that allow dogs inside the barrier, too, but I'll have to walk by, again, to refresh my memory as the the names.

          Thanks for starting this thread, UWSCarly!

          211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

          Waverly Inn
          16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

          253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

          Chelsea Brewing Co.
          59 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

          Wilfie & Nell
          228 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

          1. re: michelleats

            One more for the West Village: Panca Peruvian. We were able to eat with our dog inside the area marked off for sidewalk seating (not a fence, but a series of tall planters with gaps in between) and saw another dog in the enclosure, as well, while we were there. Fairly good food to boot (ceviche, beef heart anticuchos and causas).

            And in case you didn't see the NYT segment on dog-friendly restaurants from May 15:

            92 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

        2. I live in Carnegie Hill and there are a number of restaurants with outdoor seating and no enclosures where people often dine with their dogs -- all within a block of 92nd and Madison:

          Paola's - my favorite, Italian, the most tables
          Le Paris - one table
          Pescalou - maybe two
          Island - two

          1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

          1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

          1305 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

          Le Paris
          1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

          1. Hard to reckon that many NY restaurants are making dogs sit OUTSIDE the railings! Why do they care?

            Let's just all go to Paris. Over there, you can even bring your dog INSIDE as well as outside to most restaurants!