Pet Friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Manhattan
Over the last decade, Manhattan has been catching up to Europe and Asia in terms of allowing dogs to sit at their owner's feet in an outdoor cafe setting or, being able to dine under the same roof at specially designed restaurants.
In these welcoming places, pet parents can dine together from separate menus, well away from the kitchen. Cats have also gotten into the act with a myriad of cat cafes popping up throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Dog and Bone - East Side
Relatively new on the trendy Kips Bay dining scene, Dog and Bone are all about traditional British feel-good comfort food that is served in a friendly, unpretentious environment.
Barely two years old, Dog and Bone were founded by a group of foodies and dog lovers. So, it's no surprise that your furry four-legged friend is more than welcome to sit by your feet as you dine at their sidewalk cafe.
If he or she is thirsty, the management will be happy to provide a bowl of cold, fresh, water. But no imbibing of alcohol is allowed! You've got to be over 21 years of age and human to enjoy the elixirs that the bar turns out.
The inspiration behind the pub is an adorable English bulldog by the name of Winston. He actually exists and, if you're lucky, you might just encounter the cute little bugger on one of his visits to Dog and Bone.
The pub's logo is a caricature of a smiling Winston holding a telephone-shaped bone in his paw.
Dog and Bone's "Sit. Stay and Eat" slogan encourages patrons to stop by and catch up with friends in a leisurely manner, just like we used to do on the phone, back in the day.
And, make no mistake about it; the owners have created a relaxed atmosphere that
makes you want to just sit back, take sips of your Bloody Mary or glass of wine and indulge in a little stress-free me-time. It totally is a "dog's life" at this welcoming pub.
The dog theme continues on the menu, as well, with a fine selection of savory sausage dishes including mac and cheese topped with sausage, sausage rolls, and bangers & mash topped with beyond delicious onion gravy.
In Britain, they do tend to refer to sausages, especially in pubs, like dogs. Please ask your fido not to take offense. After all, Winston, Dog and Bone's mascot doesn't.
Oh yes, let's not forget the Scotch Egg, which consists of a boiled egg that is wrapped inside of well-seasoned pork sausage.
However, for those who may not consider a juicy sausage to be their first choice when dining out, the menu contains many other options such as grilled salmon with seasonal veggies, beer-battered fish and chips with some VERY English mushy peas and an outstanding chicken curry dish.
If you're out with a group of friends, you'll want to order a few of the chef's small plates and get a party going. Try the incredible artichoke fries, spinach and artichoke dip or the Superb English cheese plate.
Not in the mood to cook this coming weekend? Then bring the entire family for Dog and Bone's very special Sunday Roast dinner.
Come really, really hungry and choose between rare roast beef or a roasted chicken.
Both options are served with what else but roasted potatoes, peas and carrots plus a divine Yorkshire pudding.
Location and Hours
162 East 25th Street
New York, N.Y.10010
Monday to Friday 11 AM to 2 AM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 2 AM
Shake Shack - Chelsea
When one thinks of any of the restaurants that are a part of the Danny Meyer brand, particularly Shake Shack, one's thoughts immediately turn to hungry hipsters rapidly devouring All-American comfort food such as juicy, mouth-watering burgers with all the trimmings.
But, as it turns out, millennials, families with kids in tow and ravenous tourists aren't the only customers lining up at Shake Shake. Man's best friend will soon be joining you in line.
Yes, you heard that right. Shake Shack has come up with a mini-menu that has been specifically designed for the canine in your life.
You know what? When you stop and realize that Shake Shack began life as a humble hot dog cart, surrounded by people walking their dogs in Madison Square Park, catering to our fur babies may not be such a stretch, after all!
Many Shake Shack shops have outdoor spaces that lend a sidewalk cafe-like ambiance to the proceedings. Your dogs will totally love it!
But, not more than they'll relish The Pooch-In, a small cup of vanilla custard decorated with two doggie treats.
Another big-time canine fave is the Bag O'Bones, which contains five signature Shake Shack dog biscuits specially made for Danny Meyer Hospitality Group by New York's own Bocce's bakery.
Their flagship location at Madison Square Park is still going strong, despite the fact that you can now get Shake Shack's signature burgers hot dogs, custards and shakes in just about any neighborhood in the city as well as across the nation and all over the globe.
When you enter a Shake Shack the only problem is deciding what to order. Everything on the menu seems to be calling your name and tantalizing your taste buds.
Of course, you simply can't go wrong by chomping into one of Danny Meyer's 100% all-natural Angus beef,freshly-ground hamburgers. With absolutely no hormones or antibiotics, this is a mound of meat that won't make you feel guilty when you dig in.
Go classic with the signature Shack Burger. Depending on how hungry you are, get it with either a single or double patty. Either way, your burger is topped with gooey cheese, lettuce, tomato and that irresistible Shack Sauce.
You can always change things up with the 'Shroom Burger. You won't miss the beef when you bite into a huge,crisp-fried Portobello mushroom that's filled with melted Muenster and Cheddar cheese along with fresh lettuce a slice of tomato and the aforementioned Shack Sauce.
There are also chicken sandwiches, flat-top hot dogs and flavorful fries that you can indulge in.
Make your Shake Shack experience complete and take it to Nirvana by adding a cup of custard or a shake to your order. You won't regret it!
Custard temptations include the Shack Attack, which consists of chocolate custard, heavenly fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough and chocolate chunks plus as if that wasn't enough, chocolate sprinkles.
Thick, old-school shakes range from the Black and White ( perfectly balanced with just the right amount of chocolate and vanilla custard), to caramel, strawberry and coffee. Sounds perfectly delectable. What, may we ask, are you waiting for?
It's time to head on over to the Shack right now! And don't forget to bring home a doggie biscuit or two for your best bud!
Location and Hours
Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue and 23rd Street
New York, N.Y.10010
Monday to Sunday 9 AM to 11 PM
Boris and Horton - Lower East Side
If you are a true-blue dog lover, as well as a fan of great coffee and delicious pastries, then Ben and Horton are as good as it gets.
This cute Alphabet City establishment in New York City's first Department of Health-approved dog-friendly cafe where pet parents are more than welcome to bring their furry friends right inside the place!
Ben and Horton are divided into two spaces. There is a human's only section where the food is prepared to complete with a barista station. On the other side, you'll find the doggie cafe where you can hang out together. There is even a tiny shop on the premises that sells canine-related clothing accessories and treats.
Named after the owner's pets, Ben, a surprisingly cuddly shaggy-haired pit bull terrier and Horton, an adorable mix of chihuahua and who knows what; this unique cafe was years in the making.
Ben and Horton is a labor of love for the father and daughter team of Coppy Holzman and Logan Mikhly.
Prior to opening Ben and Horton, Coppy was the founder and CEO of Charitybuzz, the leading online charity auction site.
Now a proud resident of Williamsburg, Logan lived in New Orleans for many years where she managed operations for Used Dogs, a no-kill dog rescue. During her time there, Logan doubled the yearly adoption rates and assisted with a community intervention program that got homeless dogs off the streets.
Boris and Horton boast as to having some of the best coffee anywhere in town. They source their java from Brooklyn-based roasters City of Saints and, after a couple of sips, you'll agree that this is one extraordinary cup of Joe.
Their specialty drinks are NOT to be missed. The Boris is a blend drip with a double shot of Espresso. Named after Boris' canine partner in crime, The Horton is a refreshing Latte that contains housemade spicy mocha syrup.
Two other drinks that will grab your attention are The Lassie, (a Latte with homemade lavender agave syrup), and the Bark and Stormy, an iced beverage that brings together cold brew, lemonade and ginger syrup.
Other options to quench your thirst include hot and iced teas, mint matcha lemonade and limeade.
In addition to a fantastic selection of pastries from Balthazar (pro tip: try the cornflake blueberry muffin or the chocolate banana bread), Coppy and Logan offer a very intriguing all-vegetarian menu.
Small bites range from a tasty serving of chia pudding, tomato tahini hummus and egg salad with roasted tomato on an onion roll to corn and Cotija cheese salad.
Don't sleep on Ben and Horton's out of bounds grilled cheese sandwiches. Enjoy the Classic; the jalapeno Popper version with both Muenster and cream cheese or the Gruyere and cherry Dijon mustard option.
Keep an eye out during the week for special adoption events that are hosted by organizations like Bideawee.
Get in some quality bonding time with your dog at Ben and Horton. Just get it straight in advance as to who is paying the bill.
Location and Hours
195 Avenue A
New York N.Y. 10009
Monday to Friday 7 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM
Sunday 8 AM to 7 PM
Meow Parlour - Lower East Side
Felines rule at Meow Parlour, a unique space,(to say the least), where you can enjoy a delicious Macaron together with a steaming cup of coffee and get to play with a group of too-cute-for-school cats.
The cafe's founders, pastry chef Christina Ha and her husband Simon are the proud parents of five cats., some of whom they took in from the streets as well as shelters.
Meow Parlour is a cozy cafe, where you can sit and chill over a selection of beverages as well as authentic French pastries.
In a separate area, you will find the "cat house", space where you can interact with adult cats and kittens, all of whom are available for adoption. Christina and Simon are dedicated to finding safe, loving homes for the cats who have found temporary quarters at Meow Parlour.
A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education's pastry and baking program, Christina has combined her passion for baking and love of cats to give you an unforgettable experience.
Christina's first claim to fame was the opening of Macaron Parlour Patisserie, several years ago.
Her not overly sweet but tasty macarons and assorted pastries hit the spot with neighborhood residents of all ages, from toddlers and their moms and dads to grandma and grandpa.
At Meow Parlour you can indulge in macarons that are made the old-fashioned way, but with a touch of contemporary whimsy and personality.
Choose from the always popular buttercream and ganache to a variety of other fillings.
Among chef Christina's most popular offerings are the caramel fleur de sel, (salted caramel buttercream), carrot cake ( a carrot and spiced shell with cream cheese filling), the S'mores, which consists of a brown sugar and honey shell with dark chocolate and marshmallow cream and the raspberry and bittersweet chocolate macaron.
There are over a dozen different macarons available on a daily basis and Christina is always rotating flavors in and out of the line-up.
Meow Parlour also hosts several special cat-related events each month, so be sure to check their website for the real-time schedule.
However, just to whet your appetite, we'll give you a quick sneak peek at what you can expect.
Pies and Cats is a baking workshop with Allison Kave, co-founder of Butter and Scotch and the author of the best-selling cookbook First Prize Pies.
Allison will teach you how to make all-butter pie dough by hand along with rolling, crimping and finishing techniques.
Once the pies are in the oven, class members will get to spend an hour cuddling and playing with the felines on the other side of the Meow Parlour.
Yoga and Kitties will deliver you to your happy place in no time at all!
Specifically designed for those who need a total break from their stress-filled NYC life, this 45-minute yoga class is perfect for both beginners and seasoned yogis.
Complimentary yoga mats are provided and you also get to spend a half-hour with the Meow Parlour's collection of house cats.
If you're not already in a zen frame of mind when you finish doing yoga, you soon will be after spending a little quality time with the felines.
When you visit, please be advised that you are sure to fall in love with one or more of the cats at Meow Parlour. It would be hard not to!
So,if you are interested in beginning the adoption process, simply speak to Christina or a staff member and they will get you rolling!
Location and Hours
46 Hester Street
New York, N.Y.10002
Monday and Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM
Thursday and Friday 12 PM to 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 8 PM
Koneko - Lower East Side
Where can you find mouthwatering Japanese dishes, premium sake, beer and wine together with a cuddly collection of cats that will captivate your heart?
At Koneko, of course, a cat cafe that has few peers anywhere, even in Tokyo where the cat-centric cafe craze first got started.
Koneko means "kitten" in Japanese. In that nation, cats are held in very high regard and some breeds, like the tortoiseshell, are thought to have mystical powers.
The cafe's owners want to build a community of cat-lovers and those who appreciate Japanese culture.
They see Koneko as a place where people from all over NYC can come together and bond while enjoying special events like sake tastings, Japanese cooking classes and bingo nights as well as their delicious kitty brunch!
When your child's special day is coming up, skip the same old birthday bash at the local McDonald's or kid's playhouse and give the little one a party to end them all; where cats take center stage!
Koneko's Kiddy Cat party package includes a birthday cake, choice of juice, an amazing photo collage of the experience and plenty of cat playtime.
Add-on options range from face painting and goodie bags to making your very own kitty ears and paws or a cat t-shirt. There's just no end to the fun!
At Koneko, over 20 kitties roam freely in three wonderful spaces that are, of course, separated from the cafe itself.
There is the sun-splashed upper cattery, the cozy lower cattery section and, when weather permits, the outdoor patio.
The cafe's objective is to find a forever home for each and every one of their cats. Koneko does a lot of good work for our feline friends in partnership with Anjellicle Cats Rescue.
Their mission statement says it all; "We love cats and want to create a safe, fun and unique environment for them to hang out with people. At Koneko, feel free to celebrate your inner cat person."
Cats + food =LOVE !
In addition to enjoying a glass of sake with a cat on your lap, you can also indulge in a delectable menu of Japanese-style small bites or izakaya.
For breakfast, you can't go wrong with either the house-made chocolate croissant or fluffy waffle that is topped with your choice of berries or Nutella. Why not go all-out and do both!
The otherworldly spinach and ricotta turnover goes down well at any time of the day.
For a quick lunch or dinner snack, there is a ton to choose from like the seven-spice edamame plate, and gyoza, which is seasoned pork that's topped with chives and veggies.
Also, let's not forget the home-made udon with made from scratch dashi broth and thick flour noodles. Other ingredients include seared pork, a kamaboko fish cake and scallions.
Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake. You can order this dish two ways; with cabbage, squid and pork belly or topped with a harvest of veggies including some very earthy and savory mushrooms.
Upbeat vibes and feline companionship abound at Koneko.
Location and Hours
26 Clinton Street
New York, N.Y. 10002
Monday to Sunday 9 AM to 9 PM