Downward Dining Dogs

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s the height of summer, and the city’s restaurants are thronged with people and increasingly, their dogs. 

New York City Department of Health regulations don’t permit dogs — other than accredited service dogs — inside restaurants, and strictly speaking this includes any food service area. But many restaurants are a little more relaxed about their outdoor spaces, and are allowing diners to bring pets.

Armanda Squadrilli takes her three-legged Australian Cattle Dog rescue, “Friday,” with her everywhere, including her local West Village bistro. 

“I’ll call up and I’ll say I’m coming and I have my reserved table, my dedicated table I should say, and Friday comes along, and he’ll either sit at my feet, or, I bring him in a baby carriage, because then he’s more at sitting level, and it’s easier for him.”

Friday and Armanda  Squadrilli (Photo: Sarah Montague)

Squadrilli notes that dog diners have formed their own community. "The people are regulars, and their dogs are regulars,” she said.  (You can hear more about Armanda and Friday above.)

Joel Grodin manages the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and said that the restaurant’s dog-friendliness is a response to the character of the neighborhood.

“New Yorkers love their dogs, many of our staff has and love dogs, and this evolved into a feeling that the restaurant should look after its canine, as well as human friends.”

A fresh bowl of water is always on hand outside Cowgirl’s street-side perimeter.

Armanda Squadrilli said she wouldn’t dine at a restaurant that didn’t allow her to bring Friday, and she said her dog has good "table manners." 

“Dogs are very much routine animals, they just lie down, they know what to do. They don’t bother other people, they don’t bother other owners, they don’t try to eat from the table, they are just there as part of the family and part of the community,” she said.

Here are some images of dogs dinning in the city.

(Photo: Sarah Montague)
 (Photo: Danielle Mazandi)
 (Photo: Kate Hinds)

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Sarah Montague


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Comments [5]

Cheryl Hellman from New York

Robert, you are missing the absolute joy of sharing a meal with friends of all kinds. Friday, rescued and given pure love and safety has repaid Armanda by being a faithful, loving companion. His pleasure exists in not chomping on your food but remaining close to this beautiful woman who saved his life.

You should reconsider your perceptions or consider medication to treat your dog phobia. You'll be happier for it.

Aug. 10 2014 09:20 PM
Robert from New York

Valium????????????? Lisa, you don't have a clue about the uses of medications. If people want to have their "best friends" outside the barrier on the sidewalk, fine. Many people do that. There is no place for them at my feet, next to my table.

Aug. 10 2014 02:58 PM
Lisa from East Village

Robert, you might want to mainline some Valium and move elsewhere. If the thought of dogs in outdoor spaces grosses you out that much, NY is not the city for you; try someplace like Phoenix, where it's too hot for anyone to eat outside, man or beast.

Aug. 10 2014 02:39 PM
Robert from New York

Well, I won't dine at a restaurant that lets dogs in. Amanda, keep that critter away from my food. A completely UN-APPETIZING experience, the absolute opposite of why I go to a restaurant!!!!!

Aug. 10 2014 10:16 AM
steven sander from montclair, nj

The news will be welcomed.

Aug. 10 2014 09:25 AM

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