Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

There are little enclaves throughout the city that are dog friendly, known only to the natives in the area. The next time you are looking for a destination to hangout with your dog, and want a change of scenery from Central Park, head over to the South Street Seaport area. You can enjoy walking along the water and admire the Peking ship from the pier.

There isn’t really any patch of grass for delicate paws, but the cobbled streets of Fulton and Front are closed to traffic, so honking taxis will not bother your dog. I’m not a big fan of letting dogs go off leash, although I have seen cute labs and romping terriers running after tennis balls along these streets. However, a more sensible alternative is Fish Bridge Park, a sliver of a dog run under the Brooklyn Bridge, on Dover Street at Pearl Street. For a list of all the city’s dog runs, click on

If you run out of dog treats or need a new toy to toss with Fido, then head over to The Salty Paw ( a dog spa and boutique at 38 Peck Slip. Their daycare is right in the store so you can say hello to some of their day campers, as you browse the tiny store.

If you’re looking for a treat yourself, the South Street Seaport has a lot of restaurants with outdoor areas. Technically, you can’t have your dog in the restaurant or in the terrace areas. However, if your table is at the edge of the terrace, you can bend the rules and have your dog can hang out right next to you, while you have your lunch or happy hour drink.

Red ( at 19 Fulton Street is a good destination, and you will find one or two dogs lounging on the cobblestones next to their owners. The food is South-Of-The-Border with a great selection of beverages. When the weather gets warmer, Red opens up an outdoor bar, so while you rub shoulders with some of the After-Work crowd, you might find a warm, wet muzzle from a dog alongside you as well!

A couple of other establishments in the area that have sidewalk tables (and are dog friendly) as well are low-key Meade’s Bar ( at 22 Peck Slip and Nelson Blue ( at 233 Front Street that boasts New Zealand flavors.

So let your dog sniff some new smells and explore a different part of NYC.

Originally published March 2011
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