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11 Romantic NYC Date Ideas For You And Your Dog

She's not just your dog. She's your best friend.

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1. Take your dog-lover to Prospect Park for a romantic walk by the lake.

Stroll around the lake, or take your doggy to the dog beach (definitely not for humans). If you're still out after 9 p.m., your dog bestie is allowed off leash. Walk over to the Prospect Park bandshell and listen to live free music. Pets aren't allowed inside the fence, but you can find a spot with a bird's-eye view and camp out until the show starts. Anyway, it's music — you just need to hear it, right?

2. Head out to Mission Dolores.

Walk over to this dog-friendly Brooklyn favorite. They've got a wide selection of beer and pinball. The music outside isn't too loud, so you will still be able to whisper sweet nothings in your dog's inside-out ear. *Fingers crossed* that the New York State Assembly passes a regulation that would allow more bars and restaurants to open their doors to dogs.

3. Take your canine bestie to Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Located at Eighth Avenue and Kingsley Street, this dog beach is one of the few beach destinations you can let your dog off leash. And with all the working out she's been doing, I'm sure she's excited to show off the bod.

Dogs are only allowed from 6 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. From September 15 to May 15, dogs are allowed at all times, but by now you get that around NYC, that's the norm.

There is a potholed free parking lot at the north end of Asbury Park and a nearby shower on the boardwalk, but it is beyond the "no dogs allowed" sign. (h/t Bring Fido)

4. Eat, drink, and be merry at Yappy Hour at Wonder Bar!

Wonder Bar: where drinks and doggies mix. You can order food inside, but you can't eat it *inside* the dog area — you have to sit on the other side of a separate fence, so beware if you're coming solo. Since your dog friend will be able to play off leash, you'll have to keep an eye on her. Not because you're jealous or anything.


5. Take your pup to L.I.C. Bar in Long Island City.

Throw back some drinks in the courtyard area. As one Yelp commenter put it, "Can't have a bad time if there's a dog in the house." At night, candles offer some romantic lighting. It might be the right time to ~pop~ the question? "Do you want a treat?"

7. Take photos at the Gantry Plaza State Park.

Home to the famous Pepsi-Cola sign, this park has unbeatable views of Manhattan. You’ll want to bring a camera and that pet selfie-stick you invented.


8. Go on a doggy group date to Fire Island.

Dogs are technically only allowed (leashed) on the bayside beaches of Watch Hill, Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailors Haven, and Barrett Beach/Talisman. But you can still walk them on the boardwalks and foot trails. If they're the boating types, take them aboard the Fire Island Water Taxi!

9. Go wine tasting at Martha Clara Vineyard in Long Island.

As long as your best four-legged friend is on a leash, she can accompany you on the vineyard grounds and in the tasting room of this North Fork winery. Probably don't give your dog wine. You know how she gets when she drinks.


End your trail at Owl's Head Park.

Pull out a blanket and picnic! Or, if your furry friend still has energy, toss a ball with her at the dog run. By then she should be tired out, and ready to snuggle up with you on the couch ;)

11. Take your barker to the Bronx Brewery and taste beer from the source.

Doggies must stay on leash, but there's plenty to do in the backyard: relax, listen to live music, enjoy an empanada. There's even cornhole and foosball for those looking to time-travel back to their college glory days.