One of the cruelest conflicts in the daily life of New Yorkers is the conflict between their love of restaurants and their love of dogs. Tying up a dog is unspeakable and leaving him or her alone for long stretches is even worse. Thank God there are some places, few indeed but invaluable, where you can
Bubby's is more or less the perfect neighborhood restaurant, with reasonably priced comfort food, scrupulously sourced, great coffee, and probably the best pie in New York. Being there is like visiting your friend's house and having his or her mom cook for you.
Get there soon: all the landmarks of the old Village are on their way out, and this cozy, idiosyncratic, and notably dog-friendly restaurant can't last long. Which makes me sad.
An otherwise undistinguished Irish bar, Parnell's has the signal distinction of allowing dogs.
The food isn't the draw here, to say the least, but the view, the mood, and the undeniably romantic atmosphere more than make up for it. It's also dog-friendly.
A typically mediocre Upper East Side family feeding hole, Barking Dog has the great merit of catering to dogs, even to the extent of having doggy fountains outside.
One of the better bars in Park Slope, the gate has a literary feel, a smarter crowd, and some real character. The beer selection is big and the place is dog-friendly. A nice place to hang out.
Pastis is Balthazar's Meatpacking cousin, and while it has the same classic brasserie menu as its sister, the vibe and feel is completely different. Where Balthazar is all noise and excitement, Pasis, even when busy (and it gets really busy) is leisurely and low key. A perennial brunch favorite, it's also great for late night dinners.
Fetch is a nice, comfortable, quality joint with two hugely attractive features: a first-rate, completely authentic philly cheesesteak, and an even rarer welcome for dogs.
An import from upstate, this family-friendly barbecue looks like a concept but is really the creation of one man, John Stage, a hardcore barbecuer who started off cooking for his fellow bikers. The cooking here is grounded on hard-earned barbecue knowledge, and the smokiness and consistency of nearly every product really speak to it. And unlike a lot of other barbecue restaurants, the sides are almost as good as the meat. Don't miss the Syracuse-style salt potatoes.
This east side bistro, owned by the former proprietress of La Goulue, serves above average French food and even follows the Gallic custom of being nice to dogs. A real find in a barren neighborhood.