Woof! Woof! It’s that time of the week again. That’s right, it’s your friendly neighborhood retriever and dog correspondent Rufus Woofman. Today, I am going to talk about a topic that is very personal to me. Being a dog in New York City can be a real challenge sometimes. There are over 600,000 dogs in New York City, and tens of thousands of restaurants. Yet very few restaurants serve food or water for dogs, and many do not even let us canines into their “prestigious” establishments. While it may be a challenge for us, there are several doggie hotspots and dog-friendly restaurants in the city I would highly recommend. To my human readers, pay close attention:
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014
The Cornelia Street Cafe is a dog friendly establishment located in the East Village, within walking distance of a lot of landmarks, shops, and bars. It has a varied menu ranging from salmon and mussels to burgers and ceasar salads. The prices are not too expensive for a nice place, and most importantly, they not only allow dogs to dine with their owners, but they spoil us with complimentary water bowls and doggie treats. Mmm. Mmm. Tasty.
Barking Dog Luncheonette
1678 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128
Barking Dog Luncheonette is another of my favorite dog friendly establishments. Many of the restaurants that have seating for dogs are located downtown in the village, but Barking Dog Luncheonette is located between the Upper East Side and Spanish Harlem, a convenient walk away from Central Park. The menu includes a variety of traditional American foods and southern style po’ boys and cajun chicken. Brunch is their specialty, and weekend afternoons can get very crowded, giving us dogs lots of opportunities to socialize. Water bowls and doggie treats are provided. Mmm. I’m getting hungry again.
54 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Looking for some tasty coffee to start your day? Looking to take your dog for a morning walk? Well, with the Bean, you can kill two birds with one stone. (I prefer using wood as a means of hunting birds, but you get the point.) The Bean has a variety of espresso drinks, from macchiatos and hot espressos to refreshing iced coffees. It also provides dog-friendly outdoor seating and can provide us with water bowls. And don’t worry, there is WiFi, not that there is any need for it with dogs like me around.
1350 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Looking for some fancy Italian food? Look no further than Bistro Milano, which combines the best aspects of an outdoor cafe, and a traditional family owned Italian restaurant. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating, and are often welcomed a bowl of water to quench our thirst, which especially comes in handy when Aunt Lydia is dogsitting and forgets to give me something to drink. For the humans, they have authentic pasta, pizza, cocktails, and an array of specials to keep you especially interested. The restaurant is right in between Midtown and Central Park, so if you are looking to take your dog to see a Broadway musical, this could be the place for you.
757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
If you’re looking for some authentic Mexican or Cuban cuisine, Habana Outpost is one of the big doggie hotspots of Brooklyn, New York. It offers a large selection of corn, tacos, plantains, and other delicious meals. The restaurant offers a fun atmosphere with lively music, where both humans and dogs can relax and unwind after a stressful day of working and chasing cats and rodents around town. Dogs are typically offered complimentary water bowls if suggested, and are allowed to hang out outside with you.
Some other doggie hotspots are the West 79th Street Boat Basin, Tatiana’s, in Brooklyn, Heidelberg, on the Upper East Side, and the D.B.A, in the East Village. Mmm. Maybe I should stop writing and go get some dinner. And if you human readers have any other suggestions, please help a buddy out.
Editor’s Note- Rufus Woofman is our canine columnist here at UDog LLC. Rufus has previously written for the Chicago Dog Tribune and St. Louis Retriever. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and he attained a graduate journalism degree at Northwestern. His favorite meal is his mom’s homemade squirrel, with a side of honey nut cheerios.