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Live It Up—With Your Dog!—In the East Village

Sit. Stay. Drink. Shop. Now you and your pup can follow the same commands!

Photo courtesy of Boris & Horton

The East Village isn’t just for cute boutiques and delish bistros anymore. Welcome to the most dog-friendly neighborhood in the city!

EAT: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at Boris & Horton

One of the only dog-friendly cafés in the country. You can order your coffee, pastries, and toast in one area, then bring them to a separate space to eat—and work (many people spend hours here on their computers with their pooches at their feet)—with your furry BFF. 195 Avenue A (at East 12th Street)

DO: Let Your Pup Loose at the School Yard

Your dog can get plenty of exercise even it’s raining at New York City’s only private supervised dog run, the School Yard located inside School for the Dogs. Its indoor-outdoor space is open to no more than six dogs—who must be accompanied by their people at all times. Advance reservations are required, and there is always a trainer present. 92 East 7th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A)

SHOP: For Canine Couture and Toys at Love Thy Beast

Treat your pup to a nylon rain jacket, a new canvas dog tote, and knit stuffed toys with New York themes: a black and white cookie, a “We are happy to serve you”–style coffee cup, and a bagel with cream cheese and lox. 300 East 5th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

DRINK: Pints (and Water Bowls) at d.b.a.

The city has been known to dole out hefty fines to places that are found mingling dogs with food and drink, but the powers that be at this long-standing watering hole—with more than 60 beer varieties—don’t seem to care. The bartenders often have treats behind the bar, and there are frequently dog birthday parties in full swing in its outdoor space, which has a roof, making it usable even in poor weather. 41 First Avenue (between East 2nd and 3rd Streets)

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