It’s shocking to think that anyone wouldn’t want your dog around. She’s perfect, hypo-allergenic, and mostly well-behaved. But the hard truth is that only some restaurants and bars in NYC are dog-friendly. So the next time you want to drink or eat somewhere with your real best friend, use this list. It has 14 bars and restaurants with patios where four legs are just as good as two.
If you want to drink some really good beers while also expanding your dog’s friend circle beyond Seamless delivery guys, go to DBA. Their long draft beer list includes a bunch of unusual options, and the crowded backyard usually has as many dogs as it has people.
As much as you might think you like eating outside at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, the dogs of New York City like it more. Mostly because there are trees, and other dog butts to smell, and something humans eat called cheeseburgers. We’re fairly certain they talk about this place like it’s heaven.
Pig Beach is a huge BBQ spot next to the canal in Gowanus, and the majority of the space here is an outdoor courtyard. Stand by the bar or sit at a picnic table, and see how long you can resist before you start slipping Milo pieces of pulled pork and brisket.
Lavender Lake is about a block away from Pig Beach, and it has a great, dog-friendly backyard full of picnic tables. It also serves better-than-average bar food like burgers, calamari, and fried chicken sandwiches, and there’s always a good crowd here.
Sure, you could bring your dog to Central Park with some paper cups and a chilled bottle of wine. But for a more social (and legal) option uptown, check out the Boat Basin. This seasonal spot on the water in Riverside Park is entirely outdoors, so when the weather’s nice, it’s a good place to have some nachos and frozen margaritas overlooking the Hudson.
Habana Outpost is at its best in the summer, when people come to eat things like Cuban sandwiches under colorful umbrellas. There’s a pretty big outdoor space with picnic tables, and it does get crowded on the weekends - so tell your dog to be cool, or, if that’s not realistic, consider a different place on this list.
Lucky Dog is the premier drinking-with-your-dog destination in Williamsburg. Maybe that’s because of the name, or maybe it’s because this semi-divey bar is on a busy stretch of Bedford Avenue and has a nice backyard. Either way, whether you want to drink a beer with your dog or just pet someone else’s Golden Retriever while they aren’t looking, come here.
You struck up a conversation with some other people in the lobby at doggy daycare, and decided you should all get together. Now you need a place that’s big enough so Koda doesn’t have to sit on your lap while you try to find out if the owner of that dachshund is single. This Greenpoint bar has a huge backyard full of tables, couches, and space to walk around. Also, it’s pretty far north, so it rarely gets too crowded.
You want to have some drinks on the water, but your options are limited - places serving $19 glasses of sparkling rosé to people in white linen pants don’t tend to be dog-friendly. Head to Anable Basin, an outdoor bar in LIC with great views of Manhattan. There are a bunch of picnic tables right on the East River where you can have some drinks and bar food while your canine roommate barks like crazy at the ferry docking nearby.
Typically we’d recommend Brooklyn Cider House for a unique group dinner where you can get an affordable prix fixe meal and “catch cider” from a barrel in your glass. But this Basque cider brewery/restaurant also has an outdoor patio where your dog is welcome. They serve their whole bar menu outside, with food like cheese boards, a banh mi burger, and a steak sandwich.
On weekends, you can stop by this ’80s-themed Williamsburg spot (in the space where Battery Harris used to be) and dance. Or, if you’re with a dog, you can just hang out on the patio. It’s as big as the indoor area, and it’s full of tables that are perfect for when your dog is doing the thing where he likes to hang out under tables and sniff people’s feet. If you get hungry, there’s also some good bar food like a fried chicken sandwich and tacos.
If you’re looking for space, Nowadays has it. This is an indoor/outdoor bar in Ridgewood with an enormous backyard full of trees, picnic tables, and games like ping pong. Your dog technically needs to be on a leash, but will appreciate being outside where it’s at least possible to stare at birds and think about eating them. There’s a bar and a food truck outside, and there’s also a dance party on Sundays called Mister Sunday (dogs are allowed there, too).
The ivy-covered courtyard at LIC Bar is a great place to hang out with your dog. Get a shot and beer special at the bar, and then head out back, where there’s live music every weekend in the summer.
The outside of Forrest Point in Bushwick kind of looks like a park, so don’t be surprised if your dog immediately starts looking for squirrels to chase. On the weekends this is a good place for an affordable brunch, and it becomes more of a party as the day goes on. It also works well for a casual dinner outside during the week.