2 New Dog-Friendly Cafes Slid Into NYC This Year
Fort Greene beer garden DSK opened a spot, as did Cafe Bark in Washington Heights
Two more dog-friendly cafes have opened around NYC this year — places where dog owners can bring their pets and order food and drink.
Earlier this year, popular Fort Greene beer garden DSK Brooklyn opened a separate, minimalist one-room space as DKS Haus on Hanson, also known as Barkeasy. And in the fall, Washington Heights landed a cafe, bar, and pet retail store called Cafe Bark, where people can have coffee and pastries with their pets.
The two spots follow the first so-called “dog cafe” Boris and Horton, which opened in the East Village this year as well. Though initially pumped as the dog alternative to cat cafes, these new dog cafes are a little bit different. At cat cafes like Meow Parlour, cats are on-site and available for adoption, while the dog cafes are just dog-friendly places to eat food.
It’s a tricky proposition since city health codes ban animals from being inside businesses that sell food and drink.
The Barkeasy used to be a a storage space for DSK, according to owner Randi Lockemann, and to accommodate the health code, it’s not technically connected to the bar even though it’s in the same property. Instead, the exposed brick room filled with communal tables has a separate entrance at 99 Hanson St., between South Portland Avenue and South Oxford Street.
People can order coffee from the DSK Kaffee to-go window and bring it into Barkeasy. Then on weekends, the entire DSK bar menu, which features German beers and bites, is available from noon to 6 p.m. DSK servers will come over from the bar to take people’s orders, but in compliance with the health code, no food or drink is prepared on the Barkeasy premises. It’s also available as an event space and has already hosted dog-friendly comedy night the Good Dog Show.
DSK Barkeasy Kate Mooney/Eater
Inside the Barkeasy Kate Mooney/Eater
Uptown in Washington Heights, Cafe Bark likewise only allows humans into the area where Joe coffee, sandwiches, Brazilian treats, and Asian-inspired cakes can be ordered. But dogs can be left in the dog-friendly lounge area, and food and drink can be consumed there as well.
The cafe, located at 833 West 181st St. near Cabrini Boulevard, doubles as a pet boutique and services retail shop, selling items like fancy dog treats and jewelry sets where one part goes to a human and the other part goes to a dog.
Even though they’re both more for dog owners than people who just love dogs, they seem to be picking up speed with the target audience: locals with pets.
On a recent Saturday, Fort Greene resident Ashley Smith went to Barkeasy with her spaniel Dexter, drinking a beer and reading a book inside versus trying to find a bench or outdoor sidewalk table. “It’s great that we can come here and have a beer together,” Smith says.
Dogs and their “hoomans” are welcome at the new Café Bark in Washington Height