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Sep 15, 2011 11:12 AM

Dinning with Puppy

Three of us are going out to a restaurant this weekend. My colleague has a puppy and cannot leave her at home. He requested that we eat outside so he can bring the pup. My question: is it legal or realistic to bring a dog in a backyard seating area or front patio to any respectable restaurant in NYC? I love dogs and I personally do not mind but think it's pretty illegal due to health code. We are looking for a respectable restaurant in lower manhattan that would allow this. We love places like Hearth, or Pure Food & Wine. Any thoughts / suggestions?

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  1. It's completely legal and realistic to sit with a dog in a sidewalk enclosure or in unenclosed areas on the sidewalk. Some restaurants make the dog sit outside of a sidewalk enclosure while humans sit inside -- but this won't be an ideal situation for your colleague if he has a young puppy.

    Dog friendly places to eat include, famously, the Boat Basin Cafe on the Upper West Side. The entire restaurant is open air and dogs are allowed anywhere in the dining area. On the down side, the food is not very good.

    In the West Village, Morandi has tables on a very wide area of sidewalk, so you don't have to worry too much about passersby trampling the puppy. There is no enclosure, so the puppy can sit right next to or under the table. The food is about as good as at Hearth.

    Other places in the West Village with unenclosed sidewalk seating that is very narrow (only appropriate for smaller dogs, puppies who aren't restless): Wallse, Extra Virgin, Tartine. I like the food at Wallse and Extra Virgin; I'm not a fan of Tartine for food, but there are many who do like it.

    Google "'Chowhound', 'Manhattan' and 'dog-friendly'" (or try searching this board, all years) for additional restaurant ideas. You'll come up with a few previous threads on the subject.

    344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014

    211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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

    253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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

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    1. re: michelleats

      +1 on Morandi
      Instead of The Boat Basin, Pier i at 70th and the Hudson has better food (still not great but def better) and is super for dogs, my pup LOVES it there

      211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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

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

      1. re: msny98

        Good suggestion! I'd forgotten about Pier i. I don't know about the food, since I have only had iced tea there, but the tables have a generous amount of room between them. The menu also looks a lot more interesting than the usual burgers and fries fare at most cafes along the Hudson.

        Two other places that allow dogs on the waterfront (though I can't speak to the food):

        - The Frying Pan, aka Pier 66 Maritime (it's loud and raucous many nights, so the puppy would need to be ok with this kind of scene)

        - Chelsea Brewing Company (generous amount of room for dogs between tables, not too many people walking by; view is of the yachts docked at Chelsea Piers and the net-enclosed golfing range


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

        The Frying Pan
        12th Ave and W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

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

    2. Fred's on Amst and 83rd, is extremely dog friendly; it is named after a dog and decorated with pictures of dogs. They have outdoor seating and dogs are welcome.

      Not a destination restaurant, but good basic food (mussels, mac and cheese, burgers, salads) at reasonable neighborhood prices and a friendly staff

      476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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        1. Peels - any outdoor table
          Chinatown Brasserie - outside of barrier
          Pulinos - any outdoor table
          Pure Food & Wine - outdoor area
          Five Points - any outdoor table
          The Dutch - you can sit by the window counter and theres an area to tie your dog outside in front of the window.
          Numero 28 - any outdoor table
          Cookshop - outside of the barrier

          156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          Five Points
          31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

          Chinatown Brasserie
          380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          Pure Food and Wine
          54 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          Numero 28
          196 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

          325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

          The Dutch
          131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012