Upper East Side
Certain breeds become part of the identity of neighborhood. The poodle has reigned as the stalwart of the Upper East Side, since the days of Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Hotel. Since before hypoallergenic was a thing. The Upper East Side still has the most poodles, with 369 registrations in 2016.
Why not spoil your pooch in the manner of an uptown dog? Spot Upper East Side is a facility that caters to dogs of all shapes and sizes, sending them off looking and feeling their best. Don’t worry if you both turn up muddied or sandy from a romp in Central Park; this place is anything but uppity. Whether you pup is muddied or simply lightly soiled, they will get SPOT’s ‘buff and puff’ doggy blowout and some delicious treats at their dog bakery, which even includes dog ice cream. Treat yourself to some edible human cakes too so that your dog won’t be the only happy camper. A neighborhood fixture for over 12 years, the location offers dog lovers on the East Side of Manhattan two size specific play fields. 1105 1st Avenue, spotcanineclub.com
With its many parks and large stock of spacious prewar apartments, Uptown Manhattan has endured as a doggy haven for generations. The rise of dog-friendly developments below Central Park, many geared toward luxury buyers and renters, have lure a new generation of pet owners.
Situated at the crossroads of culture and commerce, The Benjamin‘s Midtown East location makes for easy access to New York City’s top attractions–including Fifth Avenue restaurants and shops, Grand Central Terminal, MoMA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Bloomingdale’s.
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Named one of the top three pet-friendly hotels by readers of 10Best.com, The Benjamin offers a superior pet program. goodDOG by The Benjamin was created in partnership with BarkBox, the New York-based monthly subscription pet treat curator. Designed to treat dogs with the same service that their humans receive, the program features an assortment of welcome amenities, an in-room pet mini bar, pet beds, and more. goodDOGS receive a BarkBox specific to the size of the dog, including vet-approved treats, toys and hygiene products. They also get a Mungo & Maud water bowl and bed for use during their stay. 125 East 50th Street, thebenjamin.com
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From 2012 to 2016, poodle registrations nearly doubled in Hell’s Kitchen and nearby Chelsea, from 113 to 208, the biggest surge for the breed in all five boroughs. According to the NYT, these poodles answer to names like Duke and Nacho, not Bentley or Valentino, like some of their uptown kin.
One of Chelsea’s most popular spots for farm-to-table fare, Cookshop features a rotating seasonal menu. The brainchild of Vicki Freeman and her husband, chef Marc Meyer, the restaurant takes the agricultural ethos to heart. Simple and modern interior design, accented with wood and live greenery, makes this dog-friendly dining spot—pups can sit with their owners in the outdoor seating area—a must-visit. 156 Tenth Ave., cookshopny.com
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The Park offers a glassed-in garden boasting romantically lit trees and views of the High Line, endowing this Chelsea hot spot with a certain theatrical ambiance. Sample a wide-ranging menu that includes wood-oven pizzas and octopus stew in the outdoor area, while your dog sniffs and snoozes right alongside you. There is also a cool bar area with craft cocktails and a decent scotch selection. 118 10th Avenue; theparknyc.com