For centuries, dogs have been man’s best friend, loyal companion, and protector. Just look at how many movies have been made about a cute canine! Americans can’t get enough of our four-legged friends and neither can they go anywhere without them.
What better place to bring our furry friends than to a café that’s going to make sure they are welcome - or even one where dogs are the main attraction? New York has some of the best dog-friendly cafes for people who want to take their pooch for a latte, and a few (like the increasingly popular cat-cafes) where anyone can come in for caffeine and cuddles. New York coffee shops strive for doggy satisfaction. Here are 10 of the best dog cafes in NYC!
10 Boris & Horton Café
Having first opened in mid-January of 2018, this pooch café holds the top spot of the best dog café in NYC. Boris & Horton Cafe is co-owned by business partners Copy Holzman and Logan Mikhly who are not only coffee enthusiasts but also have a passion for dogs. The coffee shop was named in honor of their dogs, Boris and Horton. Owner Holzman and his partner Mikhly strived to create a space that “blended well with the city and also established a sense of inclusiveness.” Here, owners can bring their pups in for a cup of Joe, and the cafe also hosts adoption events. Additionally, the café was built to compliment the dogs, given it features a doggy gift shop, an Instagram booth for puppies and hosts several dog adoption events. This place might as well change its name to Doggy Heaven!
9 The Bean
Currently located in the lovely Eastern Village of Manhattan, this dog-friendly shop loves their pooches just as much as Boris & Horton Cafe. Though not as exclusive as the previous coffee shop, The Bean does welcome canines inside, as long as they’re well-trained.
Owners not only enjoy a cup of Joe and a donut or two, but now so can their pets. The Bean’s staff also passes out doggy treats!
8 Sweetleaf Coffee
Another great coffee shop is the Long Island City Sweetleaf Coffee shop. This place has four-stars from reviewers for a reason. For one, Sweetleaf Coffee is not an ordinary café, as it relies heavily on science to brew the perfect blend of coffee. For all the techy-people out there, the shop uses “refractometers to measure the coffee’s Total Dissolved Solids and computer software to compile roast metrics”—which is just a fancy way for saying their coffee is amazing. Not only will techs love the coffee, but their dogs will love their delicious doggy treats! On Sweetleaf’s Instagram page are pictures of dogs striking a pose at the cafe, obviously fans of the coffee shop themselves.
7 The Roasting Plant
Customers will also become fast fans of The Roasting Plant. Located on the lower east side, this café sells just about every coffee bean any customer could hope for. The Roasting Plant is known for its large variety, as they have a coffee master that travels the world in search of the best coffee beans. They sell beans from Indonesia, parts of Africa, and even the Caribbean, having a total of 11 varieties to choose from.
This cafe caters to coffee drinkers who are culturally inclined and enjoy trying new things. Not only is The Roasting Plant an innovative café with a slew of options to choose from, but they also cater to dog owners. Just outside the cafe are benches and hitches for dog leashes, allowing our pets to socialize. Whoever said dogs weren’t people must’ve never heard of this coffee shop!
No other coffee shop loves the company of dogs more than Devocion. Located in the Bronx, the Devocion café sits smack-dab in the hustle and bustle of the city. Since dogs like being outside anyway, leaving them behind on the outdoor seating to watch all the commotion and take in all the smells New York has to offer suits them just fine. Trust and believe, our furry friends will thank us for introducing them to this café. Not only does this shop cater to dogs, but they also pride themselves on customer satisfaction through the use of their hand-picked coffee beans. Their beans come straight from the farms of Colombia and into our cups within a matter of days. In exchange for ultra-fresh coffee, Devocion does charity work in Colombia, helping to rebuild their society. A coffee shop that’s on a mission to save a country and loves dogs is definitely worth visiting.
5 The Barking Dog
The Barking Dog deserves to hold a top spot on every dog owner’s bucket list for sure. This café is a cross between an all-day restaurant and coffee shop, as well as an indoor doggy park, all combined into one. In fact, The Barking Dog’s entire theme and atmosphere revolves around dogs. This place is so canine-oriented that there’s even a doggy water fountain!
The staff also passes out doggy treats. The Barking Dog takes the phrase “dog-friendly” to an entirely new level. Owners who’ve been looking for great coffee and a place for their dogs can call off the search, starting now! The Barking Dog has everything they’ve ever dreamed of for a dog café.
4 Café Grumpy
Café Grumpy certainly agrees with the merge of beverage and dog. Despite its name, this New York café is anything but grumpy. The shop does serve some of the meanest lattes ever, though, according to customer reviews. Perhaps it’s all thanks to the owners of the coffee shop; wife and husband, Caroline Bell and Chris Timbrell, for crafting a coffee shop that’s focused on helping customers choose the perfect coffee brew. This feature alone doesn’t take anything away from the fact that the shop is dog-friendly. They have a small outdoor area for dogs and water bowls lying around in case they want to drink while socializing. The shop also employs canines for part-time modeling jobs. Does Café Grumpy have it all or what?
3 Gasoline Alley Coffee
Another Manhattan cafe, the Gasoline Alley Coffee Shop is one of the best in town. Similar to Boris & Horton Café, it is co-owned by business partners, Nick Carnevale and Neville Ross, who had a passion for coffee and decided to go into business together. Not only do they offer great coffee and “unapologetically great customer service”—as they’re website boasts—but they have an excellent outdoor bench for both humans and dogs.
Despite the neighborhood being nicknamed the Gasoline Alley for a reason, owners feel comfortable enough leaving their dogs outside alone to enjoy the seating while they get a fresh cup of coffee. Just check out the Gasoline Alley’s Instagram page and look for the dog chilling outside with his owner, enjoying the nice New York weather. It can’t get any better than that!
2 Chateau Le Woof
Nothing out beats a café that is dedicated to our pets, especially when it offers everything from doggy treats to private training classes. The Chateau Le Woof, located in Astoria, is the café with all the perks a pet owner could ever hope for. It’s New York’s first ever human and pet market that prides itself on providing the healthiest products on the market for animals. Their menu even includes products such as Natural Balance’s Rabbit and Potato Dry-food formula that Natassa Contini, the owner of the café, says “helps dogs with allergy problems.” The café also has a doggy playpen open from seven to eight every night. Check out Chateau Le Woof’s web page to see why dog owners love this cafe!
1 South 4th Bar & Café
With so many dog-friendly cafes to choose from, it’s no wonder no one can make up their mind about which to choose. The versatile coffee shop, South 4th Bar & Café, also located in the Bronx, has much to offer new and regular customers. They’ve got great customer service, terrific coffee, and host a Kings of Karaoke night that’s a must-see. Not to mention they love dogs and welcome canines inside their establishment. A café, a bar and a new hangout place for our dogs makes for a perfect place for any pet owner. Not only can the owners have fun but so can their pets!