50 Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Manhattan

by

Jillian Blume

August 17th, 2016


You’re strolling around with your pooch on a weekend afternoon when you realize you’re starving. If you’re close to home, you probably already know which restaurants allow dogs in their outdoor seating areas, but what do you do if you’re exploring a part of the city you’re not that familiar with?

The good news is that with the recent passing of the “Dining with Dogs” bill, more restaurants and bars will be welcoming man’s best friends to their outdoor gardens and patios than ever before. But be aware: restaurants still have the option to ban our four-legged friends. So how do you find the perfect place for a relaxing meal?

If you have a dog, you already know what to look for in outdoor seating: enough room for your dog to sit and lie down comfortably, enough room between tables (so you dog doesn’t drool on your neighbor’s shoes), and dog-loving waiters and waitresses. A cool bowl of water and a treat for Scout is also on the wish list.

Here, by neighborhood, are some of the best restaurants with outdoor seating where dogs are allowed.



Battery Park City




225 Liberty St, New York, NY 10080

Uppercrust newbie to the neighborhood, this river view brasserie boasts a large outdoor space with a full bar and comfy section with couches. Dogs can sit with their humans at the table (or under it). They will bring water for dogs if you ask for it. Watch the yachts come and go while you try some of the small plate hors d’oeuvres. Reviews are mixed, but it still too new to judge.

21 South End Ave, New York, NY 10280

Waterside outdoor dining overlooking South Cove with a very dog-friendly, neighborhood vibe. You’ll rub elbows with people around the world during the tourist season. Water for dogs is supplied in plastic containers. Dogs can sit on the floor (or on laps) with their humans.

21 South End Ave, New York, NY 10280

You’ll find a comfortable outdoor dining area overlooking the river where dogs are welcome. Have some Dim Sum or choose a house specialty like Tea Smoking Duck. The menu covers a little bit of everything, or just choose a few appetizers like Steamed Little Juicy Bun or Szechuan Dumplings. This is a great place to enjoy a spectacular sunset.

250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

Large outdoor space overlooking North Cove Marina. They are serious dog lovers, and you can sit with your dog at the table. You’ll find lots of tourists, people that work in the Financial District, and locals. Water is offered for your dog, and they will bring you a doggy side of grilled chicken if you ask. Good beer and cocktail selection, plus burgers, a raw bar, good salad options, and meat-heavy entrées.

Chelsea


156 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Known for sustainable ingredients, farm-to-table, and humanely raised meats, the Cookshop is known for its brunch, friendly service, and stellar Bloody Marys. The outdoor patio is a generous size by Manhattan standards with two rows of tables and sun umbrellas. Well-behaved dogs may earn a special treat from the waitperson.

112 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

A small, outdoor space with six tables, but dogs are welcome. Great for people watching. The atmosphere is chic lounge with specialty cocktails like a Dark ‘n’ Stormy and Lycheetini. Food runs the gamut from Pistachio Dusted Goat Cheese Salad to Mini Veggie Burgers.

505 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

A bar/restaurant below the High Line, it was founded by two journalists and a filmmaker. You’ll find literary readings, photography exhibits, and a friendly, hipster vibe. Food runs to classic pub fare like Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, and burgers that include salmon and buffalo. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio, which is roomy enough with two rows of tables and sun umbrellas.

118 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

This place is seriously large with multiple dining rooms and a 4,000 sq. ft, garden patio. An oasis in the city with Japanese maple trees, wisteria vines, and hanging birdfeeders, dogs are welcome year round as the space is covered and heated in cold weather. Open late into the wee hours.

East Village


40 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

This urban bucolic retreat has a very large, leafy outdoor patio with pretty hanging lights and canvas canopies where dogs are welcome. There’s a good small plate menu with dishes like beer steamed mussels and tuna tartar. Drinks are strong, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it a good place to chill—as long as you don’t come during peak hours when it gets crowded.

106 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

A local scene with a sports bar flavor, the Brazen Fox can be noisy inside, but lucky humans accompanied by man’s best friend can enjoy the relative calm of the sidewalk patio. There’s a decent menu of eclectic beers along with their ABV (Bear Republic Racer IPA, 7.5, for example), and upscale bar food (try the Bone Marrow Burger).

41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

This is a popular local brunch spot with a sidewalk patio where you can sit with your dog. Their food gets consistently positive reviews with good vegetarian options and a delicious apple cider Bellini. The outdoor space is a little tight, so Great Danes may feel somewhat cramped, but they will happily supply cold water for dogs.

335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

A little bit trendy, a little bit rustic trattoria, Gemma offers a large menu of traditional Italian food along with crowd-pleasers like wood-fired oven pizza. For dog-accompanied humans, there’s a spacious sidewalk patio wrapping around the building with distressed wood farm tables and chairs. They’ll bring you a water bowl for your furbaby. It can get crowded in the evenings, and there’s a no-reservations policy.

Flatiron


Madison Ave & E.23rd St, New York, NY 10010

This has grown into a local chain restaurant, but Madison Square Park is their “mothership.” Indulge in a ShakeBurger (or a ‘Shroom Burger for veggie lovers) while enjoying the peaceful beauty of the park surrounded by iconic skyscrapers. This is an outside restaurant with plenty of room, so it’s perfect for dog lovers.

20 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003

The landmarked open-air site with its neo-Classical arches, walnut bar, brass doors, and chandeliers is one of the more unique spaces in the city for a meal with Scout. Only open from April 15 to October 15, this very large space offers lots of seating and greenery. The menu is fresh and clean with market vegetable dishes like Zucchini Noodles and Roasted Rainbow Carrots, entrées such as Artichoke and Spinach Ravioli, a raw bar, and a great selection of starters that includes Truffled Deviled Eggs. The downside: known to be very noisy, and the service is spotty.

676 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10010

Located on 21st Street, this is a classic Belgian brasserie with traditional Belgian food centered on seafood and a good collection of strong Belgium beers (you will need your designated dog). On the sidewalk patio, tables wrap single file around the building, so there’s plenty of paw room. Try one of their signature Mussel Pots.

Financial District


55 Stone St, New York, NY 10004

One of New York’s oldest streets, the cobblestoned Stone Street is filled with chair, benches, and tables serving the row of restaurants that line both sides—all of which welcome four-legged family members. What sets Growler Bits & Brews apart is their obsession with dogs. Dog portraits, dog-themed menu, and dog treats. Where else can you enjoy a Growler Burger and a Salty Dog cocktail while surrounded by 1800 Dutch Revival buildings?

83 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004

Have a cerveza and freshly made tortilla chips at this Stone Street restaurant. Dogs are always welcome at the umbrella-shaded outdoor tables. Margaritas are strong and tasty, and guacamole is made to order at your table. They have an impressive list of tequilas, but you don’t have to choose. Just order one of the Tequila Flight Sets. People rave about the Blood Orange margarita.

53 Stone St, New York, NY 10004

The light, delicious menu is focused on local, natural ingredients. If you’re a seafood lover, check out the 72-Hour Aquavit Cured Gravlaks or the Herring Quartet. For heavier fare, there’s Swedish Meatballs & Lingonberries. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area where long benches and picnic tables are a great place to relax on a weekend afternoon.

Hell's Kitchen


622 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

An unusually serene and comfy space close to Times Square, there’s a roomy sidewalk patio sheltered under a striped awning and framed by potted hedges. The food is complex and satisfying with creative dishes such as the Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Porcini Mushroom Bisque, Olive Oil Poached Maine Lobster, Truffle Oil Essence as a starter (that’s a single dish). They will bring your dog water and a treat.

414 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

This colorful and bright French café and piano bar welcomes dogs on their sidewalk patio where well-spaced, small café tables give everyone enough breathing room. Dishes are complex with options like the Elvira’s Down-Home Fried Chicken, Sweet-Potato Fries, and Blueberry Corn Bread. Conceived as a tribute to Josephine Baker, the Moulin Rouge vibe of the music and décor make this a good date spot for dog lover

596 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

A relaxing, neighborhood hangout, the outdoor space wraps around the building and offers humans and dogs plenty of space. Very good bar food includes hearty staples like all kinds of burgers (including a veggie option), grilled quesadillas, and fried calamari. Excellent service, solid drinks, and for those dreamers out there, pop inside and belt out a tune on Karaoke night.

Lower East Side


145 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Amazing service, great food, and a generous (and colorful) sidewalk patio where dogs are welcomed: a great place to park you tired dogs on a weekend afternoon or evening while you indulge in some ceviche, Moqueca (a Brazilian stew of coconut milk, ginger & cashews, with snapper or shrimp), and a jug of sangria. Waiters are exceedingly friendly and small dogs can sit in your lap. Just beware: the water bottle on the table isn’t free!

65 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Great for carnivores, this burger and bar joint has a small, outdoor sidewalk patio where dogs are welcome. Staff and owner are friendly and accommodating, burgers are large and juicy, and there’s a good wine and cocktail list with cute names like Thai Me Up (Shishito infused gin, basil, agave, fresh squeezed lime juice, Thai chili bitters, chili-sugar rim). People have raved about the N&F Burger.

1 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

There’s an impressive menu of Moon Shoal to Wellfleet oysters, Little Neck clams, and mixed plates that include lobster and caviar, that will satisfy all fresh-from-the-sea food lovers. Named after Rrose Sélavey, the female alter ego of Marcel Duchamp, the Parisian vibe melds seamless with a vintage Lower East Side style to create a weathered yet elegant place to hang out. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor sidewalk patio where tables have plenty of elbow and paw room.

94 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

This popular neighborhood hangout offers good food, good prices, and live music. Have Spot join you for a meal on the roomy, plant-lined sidewalk patio. Staff will bring cold water for your dog, and you can order a side of grilled chicken for a special treat. Try the three different kinds of hummus or the hearty Chicken Shwarma. Great place for people watching, especially during Wigstock, the annual drag festival.

Midtown East


350 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Bring your dog to the sidewalk patio of this classy neighborhood Irish Pub. Indulge in upscale comfort food Like Truffle Mac And Cheese, Fish & Chips, and Shepherd’s Pie, and large portions will satisfy both you and your pooch. Proximity to the U.N. makes for interesting people watching.

201 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

You’ll find a little oasis in the roomy sidewalk patio hidden away on a leafy side street. The menu is interesting and diverse, with a good selection of tapas, paella, and flatbreads with your choice of toppings. Because of its location, this is a peaceful place to escape the hustle of Midtown.

Midtown West


1350 Ave of the Americas, West 55th Street between 6th and 5th Ave, NY 10019

With a dog-friendly, expansive outdoor space tucked behind leafy barriers, this Northern Italian, family owned restaurant is a little bit of peace in midtown. Low-key yet elegant, there’s a good cocktail and wine list and a separate dessert menu. The food is authentic, and there are a lot of options like Tagliolini al Nero di Seppia (Black ink tagliolini in a roasted tomato sauce with clams, calamari, shrimp, scallops and mussels).

47 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

Classy yet casual, you’ll enjoy a gourmet meal while hanging with your pup on the sidewalk patio. People rave about their signature candied Clothesline Bacon, but you have a lot of options; choose from small, medium, or large plates featuring vegetable, meat, and fish based dishes. Service is good and the outdoor area, tucked on a side street, is fairly quiet for midtown Manhattan.

1414 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

The chef, Jonathan Waxman, focuses on locally sourced, organic ingredients. The sidewalk patio is small, but there’s a planted barrier in front of each table, so you have plenty of room for your dog and privacy to enjoy the food and people watch. Good service, gourmet food, and chilin’ with Scout—just add a starter of Gulf Shrimp & English Pea Fritters, some Grilled Mahi Mahi, and a slice of Apricot & Pistachio Layer Cake.

Seaport


18 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

A large cobblestone outdoor space with sturdy picnic tables and benches makes this is a great spot to explore the selection of seasonal and locally sourced beer—and indulge in everything lobster. If you don’t know the difference between a Maine Lobster Roll and a Connecticut Lobster Roll, go here to find out.

36 Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038

The casual, lighthearted vibe here makes this neighborhood hangout hard to resist. Dogs are allowed on the sidewalk patio, which is small but comfortable. The New Zealand Green Lips mussels are amazing, and the Grilled Chicken Skewers are great treats when shared with your best (furry) friend.

119 South St, New York, NY 10038

This longtime neighborhood hangout allows dogs on their charming sidewalk patio. Outfitted with colorful café tables and chairs, you’ll find plenty of room to stretch out your legs, though the tables are small. A good place for brunch, every menu choice comes with a cocktail. Have something light, like the Paris Seafood Chowder, or go for fish and chips or a burger.

Soho


180 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

This Parisian café in the heart of Soho has a classy yet casual neighborhood vibe. Dogs are welcome on the sidewalk patio where you can sit comfortably with plenty of elbow room on single file, tablecloth-covered café tables. The classic French food gets consistently good reviews.

310 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

At one side of the Soho Grand, you’ll find a leafy garden space with beach décor where dogs are welcome. There are plenty of places to sit comfortably and enjoy the sunshine from Memorial Day Weekend through late September. Food is largely locally sourced from seafood to stone oven pizza. Drinks are somewhat pricey, but worth it; try a Blood Orange Mimosa with brunch, or a little touch of island life with a Dark & Stormy.

310 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

This is one of those rare places where you can share a meal with your dog inside. Though you can’t take Scout inside the restaurant proper, up an elegant wrought-iron staircase, there’s a comfy lounge where they allow dogs. You’ll find classy French-inspired décor with overstuffed couches and chairs and unusual objects like a large, vine-wrapped birdcage. The menu is seasonally based.

Tribeca


305 Church St, New York, NY 10013

There’s a small but comfy outdoor space where dogs are welcome. With a cool, kinda funky vibe, this place has a bit of a (divey) edge. It gets very busy around lunchtime during the work week, so go on off-hours. Try the homemade pasta or the Smoked Pork Belly BLT. They have a separate late night menu with snacks like Cheesy Disco Fries and Tempura Fried Pickles.

179 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

This is an upscale yet casual downtown classic bistro with a fantastic wine list and excellent food. The outdoor space is small but comfortable, and dogs are welcome. You’ll find classic dishes like Crispy Sweetbreads, Croque Monsieur, Goat Cheese Profiteroles, and mussels with your choice of sauce.

145 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

A former hot spot in the ’80s, this iconic Tribeca institution is still popular and can get busy at peak hours. There’s a French bistro vibe on the cozy sidewalk patio, which is shaded by awnings and great for people watching. The service is generally good, and there’s a broad menu that includes a decadent variety of comfort food. Try the French Toast, Macaroni & Cheese, and Warm Doughnuts.

Upper East Side


1678 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

This is the apex of doggy dining. Besides the general dog theme of the restaurant, you’ll find doggy wading pools on the comfy (and colorful) wood patio where Scout can cool off. You could say this place is one of New York’s doggy “it” spots. The menu is loaded with comfort food like Crispy Buttermilk Battered Chicken and “Mom’s Loving” Meatloaf. It’s a good thing your four-legged friend will be happy to take you on a walk afterwards.

22 E 66th St, New York, NY 10065

You’ll find a peaceful townhouse setting with a charming but small outdoor area where dogs are welcomed with a little love and a bowl of water. People rave about the waiters. The menu is gourmet with a list of to-die-for dishes that include Chocolate Soufflé, Truffle French Fries, and Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, and decadent veggie dishes like the Sweet Curry Lobster Salad.

1431 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Hang out with your dog on the sidewalk patio where the round tiled tables give you plenty of room for Scout to lounge comfortably. Besides a sublime meze platter, melt-in-your-mouth Sigara Borek (Filo dough stuffed with feta cheese), and Ahtapot Salatasi (char-grilled octopus marinated in olive oil, lemon, and vinegar), there’s also a daily seafood special. Or you could just indulge in their sublime Turkish bread and a selection of dips.

Upper West Side


West 79th st, New York, NY 10024

Sit down for a meal with your dog at your feet on the large patio overlooking the boat basin and the Hudson River. You’ll find a variety of yummy dishes to satisfy everybody from the vegetarian garden burger to chili. Even when it’s crowded, there’s still a mellow vibe with plenty of room to relax, drink a few beers, and catch the sunset.

476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

“Fred’s” is named after a black Labrador Retriever (who flunked out of guide dog training school), so you know you can trust them to make your dog feel welcome. The inside is plastered with pictures of dogs, while your pooch will have company on the outside seating area. A good place for brunch, you’ll find staples that satisfy like Fred’s French Toast and Traditional Eggs Benedict.

500 W 70th Street, New York, NY 10023

Perfect for dog lovers, this is a large, outdoor restaurant overlooking the Hudson River in Riverside Park South. The garden tables are umbrella-shaded and spaced well so you’ll have room to relax and enjoy the breeze and the sunset over the water. The menu is casual but fresh, and favorites include Old Bay French Fries, Sweet Corn with Paprika Parsley Butter, Roasted Polenta Square with Bacon and Apricot Mostarda, and Skewered Shrimp with Miso Butter and Cold Noodles

West Village


29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

This is a longtime Village jazz café on a quiet street with live music and a small but comfortable outdoor patio where dogs are allowed. They’re known for their prix fixe brunch menu with a choice of dishes like Farmer’s Breakfast and Home Baked Chocolate Croissants. Lunch options include an Alligator’wich with alligator sausage, and for dinner, try the Thai Bouillabaisse or Black Sesame Crusted Salmon. Service is friendly but can be slow, so plan to spend some time relaxing.

519 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Experience a little bit of country western in the Big Apple. A sidewalk patio welcomes dogs at checkerboard tablecloth-covered tables. This place has survived since 1989, so they must be doing something right! You’ll find Southern staples like Cheese Grits and Catfish Po’ Boys. Margaritas are strong and the décor is quirky. A good brunch choice.

522 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

The comfortable outdoor seating shaded by an awning where dogs are welcome on a quiet Village block makes The Quarter a great place to rest your “dogs” and have a “bubbly cocktail.” The menu is small but comprehensive with brunch options that include melt-in-your mouth biscuits, Shrimp and Grits, and Crispy Bacon Eggs Benedict. There’s a lunch and dinner menu with something for everyone including the veggie crowd — Soy-Ginger Poached Kabocha Squash anyone?

211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

From star restaurateur Keith McNally, this trendy see-and-be-seen spot can be pricey, congested, and buzzing with energy, but the ample outdoor space is peaceful and quieter— and dogs are welcome. Service is notably excellent; the food, while inconsistent, is generally four stars.