VENTURA, CA, March 13, 2013 — When I think of Manhattan it conjures up images of skyscrapers, taxicabs, Central Park, electrifying nightlife, crowded restaurants, irresistible shopping and….dogs. Believe it or not, Manhattan is one of the most dog friendly places in the United States. Simply stated, New Yorkers love their dogs.
I learned this fact first hand many years ago when I traveled to New York City with my dog Baldwin and my colleagues, owners of Napa Valley’s La Residence Inn. I paid a friend of mine to travel with us and look after my Puli while I went to desk-side chat meetings with editors of major travel publications. Baldwin got to tour the city in style while I worked.
One afternoon when I came back to the hotel to spend some time with my boy, I noticed he had a new toy. My friend told me that someone he met near the United Nations Building bought Baldwin a racecar-shaped squeaky stuffed toy. Baldwin grabbed the toy as I took him outside for a quick walk. He liked to carry that thing everywhere we went. As I stepped onto the sidewalk, a woman ran over to us and put her arms around my dog passionately saying his name. Clearly, he already had a fan club.
We were staying at the dog-friendly Four Seasons Hotel at 57 E 57th Street. This luxury New York high-rise sits just two-blocks from Central Park between Park and Madison Avenues right in the heart of the city’s premier shopping and business districts. When selecting a hotel in the city, it’s important to stay near one of the many beautiful dog friendly parks. The sidewalks are not particularly dog-friendly corridors or easy places for a dog to do his business.
All Four Season’s properties have a dog-friendly reputation, inviting guests to bring their canines as long as they weigh less than 20 pounds. Baldwin weighed twice that amount but he was still welcomed. Pets must be well trained, kept on a leash when in the hotel and must not be left unattended in the room. A pet fee of $10 is required and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog and taking care of any property damages and/or personal injuries resulting from the stay.
Other hotels that are dog friendly include:
Hotel Sofitel New York
45 W 44th St, New York, NY
Eventi Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel
851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
Dining with your Dog in New York City
Dogs are welcome to join their guardians on the patio of some 278 restaurants in New York. The Barking Dog Luncheonette located at 1453 York Avenue at 77th St, serves up traditional American fare. Regulars rave about the comfort food including such favorites as turkey burgers on ciabatta bread, turkey dinners dripping in gravy, and the best onion rings the city has to offer. In Chinatown, Les Enfants Terribles at 37 Canal Street, features slow-braised lamb shank and sauteed tiger shrimp served outside on the sidewalk patio. The editors of Daily Candy warn there won’t be any leftovers for a doggie bag. Both cats and dogs are welcomed in style to The Park, 118 Tenth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets. The converted taxi garage features a shady sidewalk patio and is conveniently located across from a dog-friendly park.
Tom & Jerry in downtown Manhattan at 40 Elizabeth St. is a dog friendly bar. There is food available at the establishment through delivery. In the East Village, Von at 3 Bleecker Street, between Bowery and Elizabeth, has cushioned pews in the windows for dogs to take an afternoon nap while their guardians enjoy the ice-cold European beers. Mission Dolores at 249 Fourth Street between President and Carroll streets is the site of a renovated auto shop. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city by enjoying one of the $6 micro brews while playing a board game on the expansive concrete patio.
Just a romp outside the city in Brooklyn, you can head to Prospect Park Dog Beach — New York’s only dog friendly beach. Located at Prospect Park, beloved canines take over the park from 5 to 9 am and again from 9 pm to 1 am. If you see the Bocce’s Bakery Biscuit Bike, be sure to pick up a gourmet dog treat.
Dogs also are invited to help their guardians sniff out the bargains at New York’s famous outdoor flea markets. A couple of my favorites are the Brooklyn Flea and the Hester Street Fair. Some of the vendors are so dog-centric that they serve dog biscuits too.
There’s so much more to see and do with your dog in New York City. Here is a complete dog-focused guide to the Big Apple.
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