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.
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).