Mon Mar 21 2011
Date: May 2, 2010 2:50 PM
Subject: One suggestion
I thought your walking tours feature was a really cute and fun idea. It would have been nice, though, if you had included a dog-friendly tour for dog owners.
Start: 476 Amsterdam Ave at 83rd St
End: W 70th St at the Hudson River
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 1.5 miles
1 Grab your four-legged friend and begin your stroll on the Upper West Side. Considering the framed photos of puppies that litter the walls, it should come as no surprise that Fred's (476 Amsterdam Ave at 83rd St; 212-579-3076, fredsnyc.com) encourages patrons to dine with their dogs on the outdoor patio. Even well-behaved pooches will be begging for a bite of your gooey mac and cheese ($13.95), made with Parmesan and Black Diamond aged cheddar.
2 Lassie's probably whining to play about now; give in and engage in a game of fetch at Bull Moose Dog Run (81st St at Columbus Ave, no phone), a spacious sand pit in the shadow of the American Museum of Natural History.
3 The outdoorsy gear at Patagonia (426 Columbus Ave between 80th and 81st Sts; 917-441-0011, patagonia.com) is the sort of clothing you'd want to wear while hiking with Rover (such as the superlightweight men's Nine Trails jacket, $99). The store puts out a fresh bowl of water by the register and hands out treats to four-legged shoppers.
4 Cool off with icy treats from Shake Shack (366 Columbus Ave at 77th St; 646-747-8770, shakeshack.com): for you, a thick black-and-white shake ($5), and a Pooch-Ini (peanut butter--vanilla custard topped with a dog biscuit, $3.75) for your mutt. You'll have to tether your slobber ball outside, but the drinks-only C-line is a short wait.
5 A refreshing bowl of water awaits at the entrance of Jonathan Adler (304 Columbus Ave at 74th St; 212-787-0017, jonathanadler.com), a mod, upscale home-accessories store. If Fido takes a liking to the striped ceramic vessel he's lapping from, you can pick up an exact replica (small $50, large $78) inside, where canines are surprisingly welcome to weave through the land mines of pottery, lighting and other breakable wares (but do tighten up on the leash and keep a close eye on that wagging tail). Scoop up a set of dachshund bookends ($150) for organizing your Cesar Millan tomes.
6 The New York Dog Shop (46 W 73rd St between Central Park West and Columbus Ave; 212-595-0800, thenewyorkdogshop.com) caters to outfit-happy owners with racks of tiny tutus, baseball jerseys, sweaters and raincoats. Even if you don't plan on humiliating your dog by dressing him in monkey-patterned fleece pajamas ($27), you can still treat him to a squeaky toy shaped like the Empire State Building ($8.95).
7 After you rifle through the trendy women's garb at boutique Olive and Bette's (252 Columbus Ave at 72nd St; 212-579-2178, oliveandbettes.com), reward your pooch's patience by giving him a biscuit from a bowl near the entrance. It's not uncommon to spot a fashionista's furry accessory peeking out of her purse here.
8 Head west to the 72nd Street Dog Run (72nd St at Riverside Dr, rspfloral.org) in Riverside Park. The two well-maintained enclosures—one for petite pups less than 25 pounds, the other, more spacious digs for larger canines—are always hopping with energetic furballs itching to sniff one another out.
9 Go south down the promenade to Riverside Park South, where you'll no doubt bump into other mutts lazily napping by their owners' feet at Pier I Caf (W 70th St at the Hudson River; 212-362-4450, piericafe.com; opens May 1). Order a sweet-tart blueberry lemonade ($3) from the concession stand and take it to the end of the snack bar's namesake pier, which juts out 715 feet into the Hudson River. Relax on one of the Jersey-facing metal benches as you survey the Garden State.