What’s dinner without your best friend? New Yorkers have the official blessing of the state to bring their pooches onto the patios of cafes and restaurants (at the establishment’s discretion), so on Aug. 26, National Dog Day, take your furry +1 to these spots offering a warm welcome to all.
The Roxy Tribeca
The Roxy Tribeca’s patio on the Avenue of the Americas side of the building is a shady spot for both you and your pooch to relax. But if you want an even better seat, you can sit together inside the Roxy’s soaring air-conditioned atrium lobby lounge, where swinging jazz performances are staged over dinner and drinks nightly. Oh, and grab some dog treats from the front desk. 2 Avenue of the Americas
The Upper West Side’s AG Kitchen has a Latin American-influenced menu for you, and a special one for your four-legged friend that includes burgers, chicken and rice, and even ice cream. Humans can cool down with a sparkling mojito; don’t miss the grilled jumbo shrimp glazed using chef Alex Garcia’s own Copacabana 1940 anejo rum. 269 Columbus Ave.
Long Island City’s L.I.C. Bar welcomes dogs on its spacious (and shaded) courtyard, where you can knock back a refreshing pint while watching live music and other acts. The interior is a marvel of bygone Victorian bar life, complete with original tin ceiling, but summer takes the action outside. The bar is stocked with craft brews, wines and single malt scotches, and though there’s no food menu, you can call up any of the surrounding restaurants and get grub delivered right on the patio. 45-58 Vernon Blvd.
The name says it all at the Barking Dog — just no unruly pets, please. Even the most demanding pup should feel welcome at this homey Upper East Side restaurant, where dog motifs decorate the bar and windows and dog-themed photos and art hang on the walls. The waitstaff will keep bowls topped off with iced water while you cool down with a root beer float or classic New York egg cream. Brunch is popular, from buttermilk pancakes to turkey burgers depending on your carb quota. 1453 York Ave.
Andaz Wall Street
Through the end of September, the Andaz Wall Street hotel downtown has a Bull & Beer Garden in its outdoor plaza open Tuesday through Friday. Humans have a variety of beers on tap to choose from, like Montauk Session IPA and Erdinger Hefeweizen, as well as Sigmund’s pretzels and Copenhagen-style pølse (just don’t call it a hot dog) from Revolving Dansk. Or, order from the menu of Dina Rata restaurant next door. On Wednesdays, swing by for Bark Hour (5-8 p.m.) when beers are $5 and pretzels are $4, and treats for your pet are free. 75 Wall St.