When you live in the countryside, your dog can go paws-itively anywhere you do. When you live in New York City, that’s far from the case. Dog-owning New Yorkers quickly learn which places are dog-friendly and which aren’t through trial and error but when you’re traveling, you don’t have the luxury of time. And even if you did, you’ve decided to bring your pup along because you want a canine companion for your vacation. So if you’re planning to bring your pooch to the Big Apple, where should you go? Here are suggestions for New York hotels, attractions and restaurants in NYC to check out with your furry friend:
The Best Dog Friendly Hotels
Not all pet-friendly hotels are created equal. Some hotels merely tolerate dogs, while others design spaces to make dogs happy and comfortable. The hotel website Oyster.com, had its staff personally stay in New York hotels to sniff out the top 11. Their votes?
The Muse-Kimpton (Times Square)
The Benjamin (Midtown East)
70 Park Avenue Hotel (Gramercy and Murray Hill)
Dumont NYC-an Affinia hotel (Gramercy and Murray Hill)
Manhattan NYC-an Affinia hotel (Midtown West)
Soho Grand Hotel (Soho)
The Roxy Hotel (Tribeca)
Gardens NYC-an Affinia hotel (Upper East Side)
Shelburne NYC-an Affinia hotel
Loews Regency (Upper East Side)
Algonquin Hotel (Midtown West)
Dog Parks and Beaches (besides Central Park)
Visiting Central Park probably has already crossed your mind, but what about other outdoor sites in the city? Brooklyn’s Prospect Park (which has a dog beach) and Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens are other beautiful, multifaceted green spaces that are dog-friendly. Thinking of hitting up Coney Island Beach or Rockaway Beach? The good news: Those are not the city’s only beaches, plus some beaches have fenced-in areas where dogs can run around and play. The bad news: The city’s beach rules are fairly specific for dogs, especially when it comes to boardwalks and the sand. Depending on the location and the time of year, dogs may be restricted altogether. Read the full rules here.
Dine Alongside your Pooch at these NYC Restaurants
According to the dog travel website Bring Fido, New York has 142 dog-friendly restaurants. Of course, that means dogs are welcome at outdoor tables, not indoors. Some of these places have names that require no guesswork, either. Take Barking Dog. It’s not just dog-friendly, it’s dog-themed, and there are locations scattered throughout Manhattan. Not in the mood for something so on the nose? Try Cornelia Street Café. The Greenwich Village restaurant boasts more than 30 years of cooking up French-American bistro food. A Bring Fido review says the staff brought the customer’s dog a water bowl and a treat (with permission.) Check out more Bring Fido recommendations here.
Canine Spas in the City
Want to make your pup feel extra fancy? Take a trip to the groomer. One example: The Spot Canine Club. With locations in the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Tribeca, and Silver Towers, you’ve got options. Yes, “pawdicures” are on the list. Your dog gets treated and you get a chance to hop over to your can’t-miss New York sites that sadly are no-dog zones. Besides, when it comes time for you to head home, it’s better to bring a clean, calm dog onto the plane than a smelly, stressed one.
Do you have a dog? How do you travel with your furry friend? Share your best pet travel tips in the comments section below!
Meet the Author
Christine Stoddard is a writer for The Pin the Map Project with featured work in Cosmopolitan, The New York Transit Museum, Bustle, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Thought Catalog and more. Check out Christine’s website, WordsmithChristine.com, or get in touch with Christine at: Christine@thepinthemapproject.com.