‘I Love New York’, the slogan and ad campaign almost as iconic as the city herself, rings a bell with almost everyone, who hasn’t seen one of those t-shirts, and absolutely rings true for Beau and I. It was my intention to write one piece about New York for this entry, but each area of Manhattan has so many wonderful pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops and activities that I decided to provide you with a series of NY locations over the coming month. All perfect for your next pet-friendly jaunt into MetroPAWlolis.
Finding a pet-friendly restaurant in the winter months can be a bit difficult, so your hotel might be the best place to grab a bite. Once the weather warms up finding a great restaurant is like a day at the beach, or at the boat basin as this case. The Boat Basin Café at West 79th Street on the Hudson River is opened beginning in the spring and stays open through the end of October, weather permitting. Your best bet is to go for dinner and take in the sunset over the Hudson, it is stunning. Your well-behaved, leashed pet is welcome to accompany you while you dine outside. On the menu is a nice selection of grilled specialties and your pup is sure to enjoy a cool bowl of water and lots of attention from the adoring staff and patrons alike.
Time to PLAY!
Before your visit to the Boat Basin Café you may want to stop in to Furry Paws located at 141 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10023 212-724-9321 to pick up a little outfit for your luncheon date. You know that it’s all about the fashion in New York and you wouldn’t want him to look like a tourist.
One Pooped Pup?
There is no lack of fantastic West Side pet-friendly hotels. Two in which we’ve stayed and that we adored are The Westin Times Squareand the Algonquin Hotel. These two are very different from one another, but each is superlative in its own way. However, I couldn’t resist telling you about my two favorite pet-friendly hotels in the city; one in Soho and one in Tribecca, so I’ve made one puppy-paw-print sized exception to my West side focus in this ‘One Pooped Pup’.
Often referred to as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, I’m here to tell you the truth (sometimes it naps a little). If you can bare to rest your eyes while in Manhattan, be content in knowing that whatever you’ve missed while you were asleep, something else just as incredible will present itself when you awake, then we have two equally amazing choices for you!
Owned by the same company, Grand Hotels, the first is in Soho. Step through the doors and up the sensational metal staircase and you discover the Soho Grand located at 310 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013, (212) 965-3000 where you are met with such a combination of interior design eye candy, tasty biscuits, and hip New York vibe that really, just hanging out in the lobby is almost enough, but not quite (you have to check-in). Their pet policy welcomes pet-guests of all stripes and sizes without imposing any additional fee. Upon arrival (or at the time of booking) you can request food and water bowls and a bed for your travelin’ companion (a loaner Kennel is also available if the pup prefers or you’ll need to be leaving that non-barking, good boy alone in the room for a little bit). Toys, treats, and cookies are available for the pup upon request at no additional cost. As if that weren’t enough, when you arrive in your room you will find it’s already occupied; by a goldfish. This is meant to be an amenity for you, the human guest to enjoy looking at but I can tell you, as evidenced by the photo above, the second Beau saw this magnificent creature he was stricken with the most acute case of puppy-love I’d ever seen. His interest wasn’t the least bit hostile in an, “I want to eat you’ kind of way but in a ‘That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and I’m I L-O-V-E’ kind of way.
A Beau Knows Travel Tip: The most important item to pack in the pups travel bag is his shaded doggles because pretty soon your dog will be as much of a rock-star guest at the Soho Grand as the real rock-star guest who’s fallen in love with him in that stunning lobby. I experienced that the blinding glare from the cameras of the PUParazzi and it can be a little overwhelming if you dog’s not used to that kind of thing.
The sister-property to the SoHo Grand, and in no way ‘the little sister’ is the Tribecca Grand.
As the name implies it is located in Tribeca at 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013. The TriBeCa Grand is a classic New York boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown Manhattan. Opened in 2000, the family owned property was the first boutique hotel to open in New York’s affluent TriBeCa district and is every bit as wonderful as the Soho Grand, although with a slightly different personality than her sister. Tribecca Grand offers the same pet-amenity package including your roommate, Mr. Gol D. Fish.
As you plan your trip to New York remember to visit the LuxuryPAW Canine Concierge page. Select New York from the drop down box and you will find all of the pet-friendly things we discovered on our last visit to the city.
Beau and I hope you enjoy your tasty bite of the Big Apple and that you will share your review with us by sending an email and some photos. We’d love to start a collection of your PetSetters inspired travels to share with our readers here at Pet360com.
Janine and Beau from LuxuryPaw