Antoni and Kevin with Neon

Antoni’s Favorite Pet-Friendly Spots in New York

As the food and wine expert on Queer Eye, Yummers cofounder, Antoni Porowski, is an expert on pet-friendly places in New York. Living in NYC for years, Antoni loves to bring his pup, Neon, everywhere he goes. 

We sat down with Antoni to discover his top pet-friendly picks in his favorite city. From famous parks to renowned restaurants, New York has plenty of gems for you and your dog to explore. Let’s dive in!

Washington Square Park

With over 9 acres of park for your pup to roam, Washington Square Park is a must-see. It’s famous for a reason — it’s a gathering spot for artists, a battleground for chess players, and a playground for kids and dogs.

Madison Square Park

If you’re looking for a dog run, look no further than Madison Square Park. Named after Founding Father, James Madison, the park has 2 acres for your dog to run and play. While you’re there, stop by the OG Shake Shack for gourmet takes on fast-food classics like burgers and frozen custard.

Tompkins Square Dog Run

New York City's first and largest dog run, Tomkins Square Dog Run has separate sections for big and small dogs plus a pool in the summer to help your pup cool off on hot days. There’s plenty of seating for pet parents and running water so your dog stays hydrated throughout the day.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Open all day, every day, Brooklyn Bridge Park has 85 acres of land to keep you and your pup busy for hours. Along the coastline are numerous piers, restaurants, walking paths, and activities to explore. Don’t forget to stop by the two dog runs that are open from 6:00am to 11:00pm daily.

The High Line

An elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park, The High Line is worth the visit. It’ll take you about 30 minutes to walk this 1.45-mile stretch, and a little longer if you choose to stop and enjoy the beautiful outdoor artwork and breathtaking views.

Central Park

While you’re in New York, make sure to visit the iconic 843-acre park offering public tours, family activities, and historic landmarks. The fifth-largest park in the city, Central Park allows dogs to be on leash, except in the dog runs and designated off-leash areas. You and your pup can run, play, and meet new friends while enjoying amazing New York scenery.


A giant food market, Smorgasburg is a great place to get your dog out and enjoy delicious food. Called the “Woodstock of Eating,” the festival offers a range of cuisines from local food purveyors. It’s the largest weekly open-air food market in America with over 100 local vendors, plus locations in both Brooklyn and NYC.

Brooklyn Bridge

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with walking across the Brooklyn Bridge! You can enjoy the beautiful skyline with your pup by your side. It will take about 30 minutes, making it the perfect pit stop during your day of adventures. If your dog is easily scared, consider a park instead with fewer commuters and loud noises.

AKC Museum of the Dog

Take a trip to AKC Museum of the Dog for fun events your pup will love. On scheduled days, you can roam the galleries with other pet parents and your pup during their pet-friendly hours. From cartooning with a famous artist to learning about different dog breeds, this museum is the perfect place to spend time with your dog.

Neighborhood Walks

From Soho and West Village to 5th Avenue Shops and Cobble Hill, there are many great neighborhoods you can stroll with your dog. Whether you’re exploring Prospect Heights or the Upper West Side, you’ll enjoy little parks and hidden gems throughout your walk that your pup will be sure to love.

Soho Grand Hotel

For those traveling with a dog, Soho Grand Hotel is the place to be. With included pet-friendly accommodations, your pup will feel right at home. They offer organic treats, bedding, food and water bowls, and doggy bags so your pup always has what they need. Plus, Soho Grand dog park is open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm and features fire hydrant water stations, benches, and a garden design perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a day of fun together. 

Crosby Street Hotel

Another great pet-friendly find is the Crosby Street Hotel. One dog up to 30 lbs is welcome for no extra charge and well-behaved dogs can be left alone in guest rooms when needed. Plus, they have dog-sitting and walking services available through the concierge to help make it the best trip yet.

The Bowery Hotel

Located in the Lower East Side of New York, you’ll be sure to have a memorable stay at The Bowery Hotel. Featuring taverns, dance halls, and oyster bars, this hotel is a well-known attraction for a good reason. Dogs up to 60 lbs are allowed for no extra fee, making it a great place to stay during any time of year.

Outdoor Dining

New York has a wealth of amazing restaurants with outdoor dining. Most places will allow your pup to join them outside, but be sure to call ahead or ask the maitre'd to be sure. For relaxing people-watching, try a restaurant with sidewalk seating, like Veselka or Sant Ambroeus. For dogs that prefer fewer distractions, head to eateries with backyards or private cabins, like Vinegar Hill House and Café Spaghetti.

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