Now that summer is in full swing, it’s officially patio dining season. For the other foodie dog lovers out there, here’s a round up of my favorite places around Manhattan and Brooklyn that I’ve brought Denver and had a great experience.
Shake Shack, Madison Square Park: The OG location with its huge outdoor seating area and views of the Flatiron building is by far my favorite. The surrounding park including the Madison Square dog run provides the perfect opportunity to exercise your pup before sitting down. Don’t be intimidated by the long lines- they move quickly and there is a separate drink line if you’re just looking to cool off with a beer or a milkshake.
Third Avenue Ale House, Upper East Side: I love the comfort food and the craft beer selection at this Upper East Side pub. They offer dog-friendly sidewalk seating, and were very accommodating of my furry friend. They even brought her a bowl of water and a treat.
Boris and Horton, East Village: New York City’s first DOH approved, dog-friendly coffee shop. Their iced coffee and avo toast are delicious, and dogs are actually welcome inside the cafe. This would be Denver’s choice for her favorite, because they have off-leash hours where she can roam around and visit with other dogs while we dine. In addition to coffee, their menu offers a selection of pastries, toasts, gourmet cheeses, beer and wine. They’re constantly hosting fun events too- head to their website to check out their upcoming calendar. We happen to have an event coming up with them on July 21st!
Atrium, Dumbo: Located near the waterfront in Dumbo, this contemporary French restaraunt has a delicious brunch! I will note that when dining with your pup, you’re limited to the outermost row of sidewalk seating, which could be an issue during peak times. However, we came here for a late brunch on a Saturday and were seated almost immediately.
Luke’s Lobster, Brooklyn Bridge Park: The lobster shack is located right on the waterfront underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Luke’s lobster rolls are always mouth watering, and this location is super convenient to grab a quick bite with your dog. Brooklyn Bridge Park offers lots of benches and grassy lawns for seating with beautiful views overlooking Manhattan.
Olea, Fort Greene: This Mediterranean tavern is another awesome brunch option (they serve dinner as well). With sidewalk seating out front, this gem is hidden in the Fort Greene neighborhood. They don’t take reservations, so the wait can be long, but it’s conveniently located near Fort Greene park for strolling with your pup while you wait. The food is so, so good- it’s worth a wait!
Smorgasburg, Williamsburg and Prospect Park: Located in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays, this open air food market has local vendors with pretty much any cuisine you’re craving. Your taste buds and your dog’s nose will be equally happy, and you’ll have the chance to meet lots of other dog owners while wandering around.
Takeout from Juliana’s Pizza, Dumbo: Ok this one is *not technically dog-friendly*, but do yourself a favor and grab some takeout from this New York-style pizza legend and head up to the Brooklyn Heights promenade with your doggo to dine. This is one of my favorite things to do when I want to be a tourist in my own city. They’ll even provide the paper plates and napkins to-go.
Do you have any dog-friendly favorites that we’re missing? We’re always looking for new spots to try!