Dine With Your Dog at These Pet-Friendly Restaurants
Fido will love the animal-friendly eateries in the region.
Pizza Shop / Photo by Daryl Estrine, Content Machine
With some of the best pizza around, a river view, and a four-legged friend to keep you company, dinner at the Pizza Shop means no one has to get left at home. Go big with the Notorious P.I.G. (house-made pulled pork, citrus chipotle, scallions, sweet peppers, and mozzarella-cheddar blend), or keep it simple with the balanced Pizza Rustica (basil, oregano, pecorino). Our favorite is La Blanca, a satisfying white pie with spinach, tomato, and bacon. Tons of Italian staples also available here.
Newburgh — 27 South Water St, 845.565.7467
A past Best of Hudson Valley pick for “Best Place to Eat With a Pet,” Armadillo has been a Kingston fixture for 30 years. Owner Merle Borenstein is also an animal activist who served as a vice president of the local SPCA and founded the Have a Heart Animal Welfare Fund. Her restaurant’s southwest menu is full of popular dishes like chiles rellenos and steak fajitas, but the real deal might be brunch, which comes with choice of a frozen marg, Bloody Mary, sangria, juice, or soda, plus coffee and house-made chips and salsa all for $14.95.
Kingston — 97 Abeel St, 845.339.1550
Poughkeepsie Ice House / Photo by Jennifer May
A pet-friendly patio on the Poughkeepsie waterfront? You can’t beat that. This gorgeous spot is a perfect way to spend a summer evening. Lots of variety on the menu, with everything from a sweet ginger pulled-pork rice bowl to seafood mac ’n’ cheese with cavatappi, scallops, shrimp, and lobster. On Sundays, stop at the Ice House for brunch — more specifically, for the Maryland crab cake Benedict — before letting your companion stretch its legs on the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Poughkeepsie — 1 Main St, 845.232.5783
A Rhinebeck mainstay since 1998, Terrapin repeatedly wins Best of Hudson Valley in numerous categories. Located in a bewitching 200-year-old church in the center of town, Chef Josh Kroner turns out global dishes like grilled skirt steak with Thai basil chimichurri, Toussaint cheese-crusted chicken breasts with a whole-grain mustard sauce, and seafood risotto. There are also substitutions for those with dietary restrictions, as well as dining options depending on your budget and mood: white linen cloths in the dining room; casual, light fare at Red Bistro; or the pet-friendly patio to people-watch.
Rhinebeck — 6426 Montgomery St, 845.876.3330
Terrapin / Photo by Jennifer May
Probably the first place that comes to mind, Fetch is so dog-friendly that the entire restaurant is designed after man’s best friend: Painted portraits of pooches adorn the walls, as do photos of diners’ pets. Fundraisers for animal welfare organizations are a regular occurrence. Stop in during “Yappy Hour” for discounted beer, wine, and well drinks. At dinner, get your pick of the litter with mouthwatering entrées like cracked black pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna and a BBQ pulled-pork quesadilla.
Goshen — 2 Railroad Ave, 845.615.9533
Beloved for its swath of gluten-free baked goods and lazy Sunday atmosphere, Ella’s Bellas is a haven unto itself. Sure, coffee shops are a dime a dozen nowadays — but tons of pastries, cakes, and pies baked in-house ensure this isn’t your average caffeine cove. In case you can’t bring yourself to leave before lunch, order one of their rotating selections of soups, salads, bread puddings (sweet and savory), and quiches — like mushroom cheddar or arugula feta. And if Fido tags along, head out back to the patio, which is dotted with fragrant potted herbs.
Beacon — 418 Main St, 845.765.8502
Ella's Bellas / Photo by Diana Vidal