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16 Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars to Bring a Pup

These are the NYC dive bars, restaurants, and hip cafes that welcome pups

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Dog-owning New Yorkers (as well as dog-loving folks that don’t have pets of their own) know just how tricky it can be to find bars that allow canines. Restaurants that will host canines are often even harder to track down, but, yes, they do exist. For the most part, pet-friendly dining and drinking joints only allow dogs outdoors, be it at sidewalk tables or on backyard patios. Some on this list, however, let them inside, too, while others have special menus just for dogs.

Note: Be sure to call ahead and confirm that dogs are welcome before heading over to any of these places, as some dog-friendly spots sometimes won’t let pups in because of a scheduled health department visit.

Here are 16 enjoyable places around NYC that welcome dogs, whether for brunch or a casual round of drinks.

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Boat Basin Cafe

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This dependable Upper West Side waterfront spot is built into a fancy-feeling, elevated stone structure with dramatic arches. Drinks and the views are the main draw here, thanks to to the prime location overlooking the Hudson River. Besides being a dog-friendly option right on the waterfront, it’s also a great pick for a casual party. The food menu encompasses standard bar food like fried appetizers and sandwiches, plus a range of salads.

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Barking Dog

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Canines aren’t just allowed at this family-friendly UES restaurant; they’re enthusiastically welcomed. It has a pup-centric name and ample sidewalk seating with bright awnings, complete with doggy water fountains. Brunch is popular, with straightforward, egg-centric dishes, while lunch and dinner include a range of entree salads and comfort foods like mac and cheese, buttermilk fried chicken, and braised short rib.

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LIC Bar

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This unfussy neighborhood bar has been around long before the glossy high rises, stroller set, or hipster-friendly dining options arrived in Long Island City. Opened over a century ago, the tin-ceilinged, brick-walled space welcomes dogs both indoors and on its spacious outdoor patio. There’s frequently live music, plus other events like trivia and readings.

The Wilson NYC

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If one is looking to splurge on their pet, this relatively new Chelsea restaurant is the place. The Wilson recently added a distinct dog menu with fancy options like a 16-ounce grilled ribeye steak for $42, pan-roasted salmon for $28, and grilled chicken breast for $16. It’s available on the restaurant’s side patio and front terrace, where humans can settle in under the sun and order their own steak off the regular menu.

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Cookshop

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Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer’s longtime neighborhood favorite in Chelsea serves consistently excellent New American fare using ultra-fresh ingredients. Dogs can join if dining outdoors, since there’s lovely, expansive sidewalk seating with ample greenery on 10th Avenue, right near the High Line. The breakfast menu is really strong, with options like buttermilk pancakes and huevos rancheros; choose from a handful of awesome Bloody Mary varieties at brunch, too.

Shake Shack

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The O.G. location of the Danny Meyer-helmed, fast-food empire is nestled in Madison Square Park, where pooches are allowed. There are plenty of tables and benches perfect for devouring a Shack Stack and some fries (or just a milkshake) alongside a furry friend, and one of the city’s best dog parks, Jemmy’s Run, is inside Madison Square Park. There are even specially made dog biscuits available.

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This New Orleans-themed bar in the East Village specializes in a large, rotating variety of craft beers, with more than 100 brews available in total, and an array of whiskeys on offer, too. Dogs can tag along to d.b.a. to hang out on the roomy back patio, though they’re often spotted indoors, too.

Five Leaves

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The outdoor seating is pretty coveted at this bustling Greenpoint restaurant that Heath Ledger helped conceive, but it’s even more desirable real estate for dog-owning diners. Bring the pup along while dining on an Australian-inflected menu, which includes brunch dishes like ricotta pancakes and avocado toast — just be prepared to wait. For lunch or dinner, choose from a handful of salads, a solid burger, and a range of sandwiches. But best of all, it’s open all day long.

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Lucky Dog

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As its name entails, this is an exceedingly dog-friendly Williamsburg spot, where multiple pups can usually be found hanging out both inside in the comfortable, well-worn area indoors as well as a spacious patio. Choose from a wide range of beers, beer-and-shot combos, and various cocktails.

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This brick-lined neighborhood spot has been around since 2006, offering up beer-and-shot combos, cocktails, and a variety of craft brews on tap. Look out for happy hour specials, including two-for-one deals on well drinks and some beers. The space was recently remodeled, too. Cash only.

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Do or Dive Bar

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Opened in 2016 in the former Do or Dine space in Bed-Stuy, Do or Dive lives up to the dive bar moniker, in environs decorated to the hilt with tacky decor. It offers up cheap beer and some unusual cocktails, like a boozy, brandy-spiked frozen coffee confection, plus games like shuffleboard and occasional tiki-themed nights. Dogs can often be found moseying around inside, in addition to the back outdoor patio.

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Habana Outpost

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The superb Cubano sandwich is a must-order at this Fort Greene go-to, which features an expansive outdoor area with picnic tables, where dogs and strollers can often be spotted — many of them covered for shade on super sunny days. Habana Outpost also serves up affordable frozen margaritas, a nice touch in the summertime. Cash only.

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Pig Beach

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Head to this massive outdoor bar and barbecue joint along with the pup — and kids, too. Perched right on the Gowanus, Pig Beach serves up frozen drinks like frosé , beer, and a selection of cocktails from a big, often boisterous bar. Chef and partner Matt Abdoo was previously chef de cuisine at Del Posto, and his barbecue has won several victories and high-place finishes at the prestigious Memphis in May competition.

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Mission Dolores

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This Park Slope beer bar, on oasis from busy Fourth Avenue, has an outdoor area where people frequently bring their dogs on nice days. The list of beers on tap is ambitious and long, and the bartenders are generous about offering tastes before making a decision. No food here, but Mission Dolores lets patrons bring food in or order delivery. Happy hour goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes $1 off beer, wine, and cocktails, plus $4 well drinks.

Buttermilk Channel

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Head to this Carroll Gardens restaurant for more than just its well-loved fried chicken: Dogs can come along when dining alfresco. It’s also a solid option for vegetarians, too, despite all the attention that aforementioned poultry dish gets. Sit outdoors at a handful of sidewalk tables, but know that waits can be long for weekend brunching.

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Five Boroughs Brewing Co.

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This Sunset Park brewery and bar has an industrial vibe, a variety of board and card games, and allows dogs, a rare option for bringing a pet somewhere indoors on a rainy day. There’s no outdoor space, but there are plenty of tables and seating. Expect over a dozen beers on tap, available in half-pour and flight format, too, and wine and cider for the beer-averse. Five Borough doesn’t have food, but takeout can be brought in from elsewhere.

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Boat Basin Cafe

Boat Basin Cafe Boat Basin Cafe [Official Photo]

This dependable Upper West Side waterfront spot is built into a fancy-feeling, elevated stone structure with dramatic arches. Drinks and the views are the main draw here, thanks to to the prime location overlooking the Hudson River. Besides being a dog-friendly option right on the waterfront, it’s also a great pick for a casual party. The food menu encompasses standard bar food like fried appetizers and sandwiches, plus a range of salads.

Boat Basin Cafe Boat Basin Cafe [Official Photo]

Barking Dog

Barking Dog Barking Dog [Official Photo]

Canines aren’t just allowed at this family-friendly UES restaurant; they’re enthusiastically welcomed. It has a pup-centric name and ample sidewalk seating with bright awnings, complete with doggy water fountains. Brunch is popular, with straightforward, egg-centric dishes, while lunch and dinner include a range of entree salads and comfort foods like mac and cheese, buttermilk fried chicken, and braised short rib.

Barking Dog Barking Dog [Official Photo]

LIC Bar

This unfussy neighborhood bar has been around long before the glossy high rises, stroller set, or hipster-friendly dining options arrived in Long Island City. Opened over a century ago, the tin-ceilinged, brick-walled space welcomes dogs both indoors and on its spacious outdoor patio. There’s frequently live music, plus other events like trivia and readings.

The Wilson NYC

The Wilson dog menu Jenna Murray/IGC Hospitality [Official Photo]

If one is looking to splurge on their pet, this relatively new Chelsea restaurant is the place. The Wilson recently added a distinct dog menu with fancy options like a 16-ounce grilled ribeye steak for $42, pan-roasted salmon for $28, and grilled chicken breast for $16. It’s available on the restaurant’s side patio and front terrace, where humans can settle in under the sun and order their own steak off the regular menu.

The Wilson dog menu Jenna Murray/IGC Hospitality [Official Photo]

Cookshop

Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer’s longtime neighborhood favorite in Chelsea serves consistently excellent New American fare using ultra-fresh ingredients. Dogs can join if dining outdoors, since there’s lovely, expansive sidewalk seating with ample greenery on 10th Avenue, right near the High Line. The breakfast menu is really strong, with options like buttermilk pancakes and huevos rancheros; choose from a handful of awesome Bloody Mary varieties at brunch, too.

Shake Shack

A Shake Shack burger in paper wrapping rests on top of crinkly fries. Nick Solares/Eater

The O.G. location of the Danny Meyer-helmed, fast-food empire is nestled in Madison Square Park, where pooches are allowed. There are plenty of tables and benches perfect for devouring a Shack Stack and some fries (or just a milkshake) alongside a furry friend, and one of the city’s best dog parks, Jemmy’s Run, is inside Madison Square Park. There are even specially made dog biscuits available.

A Shake Shack burger in paper wrapping rests on top of crinkly fries. Nick Solares/Eater

d.b.a.

This New Orleans-themed bar in the East Village specializes in a large, rotating variety of craft beers, with more than 100 brews available in total, and an array of whiskeys on offer, too. Dogs can tag along to d.b.a. to hang out on the roomy back patio, though they’re often spotted indoors, too.

Five Leaves

Five Leaves Five Leaves [Official Photo]

The outdoor seating is pretty coveted at this bustling Greenpoint restaurant that Heath Ledger helped conceive, but it’s even more desirable real estate for dog-owning diners. Bring the pup along while dining on an Australian-inflected menu, which includes brunch dishes like ricotta pancakes and avocado toast — just be prepared to wait. For lunch or dinner, choose from a handful of salads, a solid burger, and a range of sandwiches. But best of all, it’s open all day long.

Five Leaves Five Leaves [Official Photo]

Lucky Dog

As its name entails, this is an exceedingly dog-friendly Williamsburg spot, where multiple pups can usually be found hanging out both inside in the comfortable, well-worn area indoors as well as a spacious patio. Choose from a wide range of beers, beer-and-shot combos, and various cocktails.

duckduck

duckduck Duckduck [Official Photo]

This brick-lined neighborhood spot has been around since 2006, offering up beer-and-shot combos, cocktails, and a variety of craft brews on tap. Look out for happy hour specials, including two-for-one deals on well drinks and some beers. The space was recently remodeled, too. Cash only.

duckduck Duckduck [Official Photo]

Do or Dive Bar

Opened in 2016 in the former Do or Dine space in Bed-Stuy, Do or Dive lives up to the dive bar moniker, in environs decorated to the hilt with tacky decor. It offers up cheap beer and some unusual cocktails, like a boozy, brandy-spiked frozen coffee confection, plus games like shuffleboard and occasional tiki-themed nights. Dogs can often be found moseying around inside, in addition to the back outdoor patio.

A post shared by Do or Dive (@doordivebedstuy) on

Habana Outpost

The superb Cubano sandwich is a must-order at this Fort Greene go-to, which features an expansive outdoor area with picnic tables, where dogs and strollers can often be spotted — many of them covered for shade on super sunny days. Habana Outpost also serves up affordable frozen margaritas, a nice touch in the summertime. Cash only.

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Pig Beach

Pig Beach Robert Sietsema/Eater

Head to this massive outdoor bar and barbecue joint along with the pup — and kids, too. Perched right on the Gowanus, Pig Beach serves up frozen drinks like frosé , beer, and a selection of cocktails from a big, often boisterous bar. Chef and partner Matt Abdoo was previously chef de cuisine at Del Posto, and his barbecue has won several victories and high-place finishes at the prestigious Memphis in May competition.

Pig Beach Robert Sietsema/Eater

Mission Dolores

This Park Slope beer bar, on oasis from busy Fourth Avenue, has an outdoor area where people frequently bring their dogs on nice days. The list of beers on tap is ambitious and long, and the bartenders are generous about offering tastes before making a decision. No food here, but Mission Dolores lets patrons bring food in or order delivery. Happy hour goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes $1 off beer, wine, and cocktails, plus $4 well drinks.

Buttermilk Channel

Buttermilk Channel Buttermilk Channel [Official Photo]

Head to this Carroll Gardens restaurant for more than just its well-loved fried chicken: Dogs can come along when dining alfresco. It’s also a solid option for vegetarians, too, despite all the attention that aforementioned poultry dish gets. Sit outdoors at a handful of sidewalk tables, but know that waits can be long for weekend brunching.

Buttermilk Channel Buttermilk Channel [Official Photo]

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Five Boroughs Brewing Co.

This Sunset Park brewery and bar has an industrial vibe, a variety of board and card games, and allows dogs, a rare option for bringing a pet somewhere indoors on a rainy day. There’s no outdoor space, but there are plenty of tables and seating. Expect over a dozen beers on tap, available in half-pour and flight format, too, and wine and cider for the beer-averse. Five Borough doesn’t have food, but takeout can be brought in from elsewhere.

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