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NYC Dog Friendly Guide

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Fira and I take the city!

For a city so big, packed and chaotic, you would think many people wouldn’t make the decision to have a dog but nope, you can even find furry huskies squeezed into tote bags with the rest of the New Yorkers on the subway (NY has a rule that dogs must be in a carrier to get on the subway — but they never specified what size).

I love this city and we keep coming back — in a couple months we’ll be here for 4 weeks, to be exact. So, I’m finally getting to know the neighborhoods and discovering my favorite spots!


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Washington Square Park and Madison Square Park both have separate small dog and large dog areas with water fountains and bowls. Don’t forget to grab a Shake Shack burger and fries at Madison Square Park and sit outside with the pup. Dogs can be off-leash at Central Park before 9AM and after 9PM. Over the weekends, the mornings are packed with dogs! Thanks for the tip, Margaret (by the way, she’s the photographer of these photos!).

Having a stroll down Fifth Avenue is always beautiful and full of design and inspiration. Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s,  Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys are all in the same area and allow dogs inside.

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girl with frenchie

frenchie and shoes


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How cool is it that you can just walk the bridge over the water and get to Brooklyn? The bridge is a gorgeous 30-45 minute walk (1.1 miles) and when you get on the other side, make sure to stop at the Pier 6 Dog Run!


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Overthinking everything and wondering where I’m going to eat next (while I’m already eating)–what I grapple with on the daily. Well, if you’re looking for gorgeous NYC restaurants with outdoor seating, here’s my list of over 15 favorites in the city.

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Hotel on Rivington, located in LES, is super modern, sleek and walking distance to numerous restaurants and nightlife. I love NoMad Hotel‘s dark, mysterious design and its uber chic vibes. Soho Grand Hotel charges no pet fees and has its very own private dog park. Click the photos below for my detailed reviews and photos!

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Bus and Subway Rules


  • MTA: Small dogs in bags or carriers are allowed on the Long Island Railroad, Long Island Bus and New York City Transit buses and subways. Small dogs in bags or carriers or on a secure leash are allowed on the Metro-North Railroad.
  • PATH: Small dogs in secure carrying cases are allowed on the trains.
  • Seastreak Ferry:  All dogs regardless of your size can go on the ferry. However you need to be on a short leash, and regardless of the whether you have to stay outside. Only exception is if you’re a tiny dog and have a carrier, then you will be able to go inside.
  • Fire Island Ferry: All dogs shapes and sizes are welcome. You must buy a ticket, but you can sit anywhere you like.
  • Staten Island Ferry: You have to be either caged and or muzzled.



Hotel on Rivington NYC

One of our favorite hotels in LES (Lower East Side) is Hotel on Rivington. The minimalist rooms in this sleek, glass hotel are actually spacious and have amazing views of the city with its floor-to-ceiling windows.

Random observation: the furniture is actually lower to the ground than most so it makes the rooms feel really large and zen-like. Ohmmm… 

The bathrooms feature deep tubs, glass showers (with a view!) and Davine products. The best part of this hotel, I think, is its location. One block from the subway and walking distance to so many restaurants and bars.

If you don’t want to leave the hotel, the restaurant downstairs Cafe Medi serves fresh mediterranean fare (delicious) and has a dog-friendly covered patio.

We will be back here soon!

Rooms start at $176. $65 pet fee per stay. 107 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002.


Soho Grand NYC

Soho Grand is located on Broadway in NYC and is probably one of the most dog-friendly hotels we’ve ever been to! This boutique hotel charges ZERO for pets and even offers its own dog park next door for guests. It’s an adorable gated doggie park with benches, a dog bar and is cleaned everyday.

The lobby, restaurant and bar are gorgeous but the rooms are very New York aka small. But it was super cozy and the bed was comfy. It’s in a great location — walking distance to a lot of places and you can even rent a bike for free. Only a 14 minute walk to Washington Square Park. Rooms start at $240.

Where To Eat in NYC With Your Dog

Okay guys, if there’s one thing I love as much as frenchies and travel, it’s FOOD. Live. For. Food (hand claps between each word). I just came back from a week in NYC and I don’t remember what I did besides eating (and petting frenchies).

This city has an endless number of restaurants and cafes, so sometimes just strolling around a hip neighborhood and spotting a place with outdoor seating does the trick. And sometimes you just want to skip the “is it good tho/quickly check yelp/reviews are never accurate/hangry” and know exactly where the good ones are.

Every one on my list has outdoor seating! Here’s my little, curated food diary of dog-friendly spots and my faves:

Rosie’s. Mexican cuisine with a large outdoor patio in the East Village. It was crowded and festive when we went (and it was just a Tuesday!). Do get the watermelon margaritas. 29 E 2nd St.

Bar Pitti. Authentic italian spot with homemade pastas and the most delicious eggplant parmigiana. One of those “see-and-be-seen” spots and a celeb-favorite. 268 6th Ave.

Jack’s Wife Freda. So, I read that this was a favorite brunch spot of @weworewhat (she has a frenchie too named Bleeker!) so I wanted to check it out. To be honest, it’s not the most dog-friendly because they only had 3 little tables outside.. and the food was just OK. But the menu has the cutest art and is totally instagram-worthy. 224 Lafayette St.

The Butcher’s Daughter. Adorable vegetarian restaurant with delicious juices and great brunch (they do eggs!). We were a little hungover from the night before so this totally hit the spot while feeling healthy AF. 19 Kenmare St.

Cookshop. American restaurant in Chelsea is decent, farm-to-table-ish and has an outdoor covered patio. 156 10th Ave.

Ilili. Lebanese/mediterranean cuisine. I reallyyy liked this one. Btw, my fave mediterranean spot is Mezetto in LES (but no outdoor seating). They had a really good brunch prix fixe menu: a choice of juice, mimosa, an entree and a side for only $28. Those cubed potatoes were perfectly cooked and they even serve falafel cubes — what?! 236 5th Ave.

Pavilion. (Open seasonally; Apr 15-Oct 15) OK, this is the perfect spot for a beautiful outdoor patio and sightseeing afterwards. But, food just eh. I ordered avocado toast and it was just… awkward. Runny guacamole (avo toast should NEVER be guacamole! #firstworldproblems) on top of a slice of bread with a sliced hardboiled egg on top (the egg isn’t even mentioned on the menu, btw). I’m spoiled by amazing avo toasts in LA but this was just bad. The other dishes we ordered were barely passable. My advice: just order a drink and enjoy the view. 20 Union Square W.

Luckydog. Yesss, this is totally a bar for dog lovers. You find yourself in a hole-in-the-wall bar in Brooklyn but then the backyard opens up to this adorable outdoor area with dogs jumping around happily and humans drinking beer. 303 Bedford Ave.

Seamore’s. We actually didn’t get a chance to eat here but it’s on my list for next time! A fashionable seafood shack with local, sustainable seafood and a rum bar. YUM. 390 Broome St.

Cafe Medi. Fresh mediterranean cuisine located in an airy, skylit space in the Hotel on Rivington (which is also dog-friendly). Loved this spot and the food was so fresh! 107 Rivington St.

Gilligan’s. Located at the Soho Grand Hotel, I wasn’t able to get the best photo but this place is gorgeous. Walk into this green oasis filled with palms and beachy plants and soak in the nautical vibes. 310 W Broadway.

More spots:

Tacombi on Bleeker is a cute Baja Mexican taco spot. Il Buco, a charming italian small-plate restaurant (formerly an antique store). Dos Caminos on Broadway, another Mexican restaurant (I adore tacos), but what I loved most was the atmosphere. If you’re in a party mood, they had a DJ and the place was overflowing. Music, guac and dogs — perfect.

If you’re in the mood for a burger, JG Melon. Gigi Hadid said it’s the best burger in NY but I disagree. It’s pretty good but B&B has the best (sadly, no outdoor seating at B&B)!

And lastly, Bar Primi for the frozen rosés (their food was delicious too).

The Nomad Hotel NYC

The NoMad Hotel has quickly become one of my favorite hotels in NYC. Most hotels in NYC have that modern, slick vibe but when you walk into this dark, moody lobby it feels like you’ve walked into an antique, Parisian mansion. Very Nouveau.

The room was so cozy and reminded me of New Orleans.. the dark leather, cherry wood, rich luscious colors and the eclectic art — love! We were welcomed with a cute little dog bed and two bowls.

Did I mention there is no charge for pets (up to 60 lbs)? Rooms start at $300.

Make sure to check out their restaurant, the library, rooftop and their Magic Show (during the summer). We tried to get tickets but found out about it so late, they were already sold out for weeks!

The location is great too — down the street from two subways and tons of restaurants and shops walking distance.

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nomad hotel dog nyc

nomad hotel dog nyc

nomad hotel nyc

nomad hotel dog nyc


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