Here’s something you should know about me: I love animals. And I don’t just mean I love watching cat videos. I hiked up a mountain to visit a monkey park in Japan. I cried during Babe, Free Willy and Homeward Bound. For me, a trip to the zoo is as therapeutic as a walk in a garden or a stroll along the beach. I love, love, love animals. So when we heard a dog cafe had opened in New York City and that our friend, Lauren, had just adopted an adorable chihuahua, Boris & Horton seemed like the perfect spot for a doggie date.
Boris & Horton separates the dog from the cafe, which is how pups are allowed in the establishment. The coffee shop is separate–but attached to–the retail portion, where the pups are allowed to roam.
The coffee shop isn’t just an afterthought: it offers a variety of specialty coffee and tea options, beer and wine, as well as some light bites. They use locally-sourced ingredients for the entirely vegetarian menu, and they also make vegan and gluten-free options available. You can come sans your fur baby and enjoy the food offerings in their cafe any time, just as you would in any other neighborhood coffee joint.
But you can purchase that food and drink and take it next door to the retail section–also outfitted with dining tables–and consume it in the company of your furry friends. Dogs are required to stay on leash and remain supervised, but staff members are on hand to make sure the canines are content by showering them with affection and offering them treats. They also clean up messes efficiently, keeping the area surprisingly spotless. The cozy space celebrates the joys of dog ownership: there’s a cute photo booth so you can capture the perfect ‘gram, as well as a ton of merch that’s bound to tempt the dogs as well as their owners.
As they wander around the space, the pups can be seen sniffing each other and making new friends. But their humans are often socializing too. Guests trade funny stories about their pets and offer each other helpful advice. We had Charlie the Chihuahua in our company, but even without a pet in tow we weren’t made to feel like we were creeping on anyone. Everyone we came across was extremely friendly, and when I asked if I could take pictures of the cute dogs, in all cases the proud pawrents were more than happy to accommodate. So if you happen to be in the vicinity and would like a shot of canine love with your cup of joe, then consider popping in to Boris & Horton. The first rule and only rule here is a super easy one: must love dogs.
195 Avenue A
Daily 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Brunch at Flinders Lane
Flinders Lane is an Australian cafe, and you’ll definitely find Avocado Toast on the menu. But take another glance, and you’ll discover a host of interesting alternatives. Flinders Lane defines its food as “Modern Australian cuisine”, which simply means it merges the flavor profiles of many cultures. The Fried Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich comes with a sambal mayo, and sambal is a spicy chili paste prevalent in Malaysian and Indonesian cooking. The Coconut Curry Laksa is also heavily influenced by the curry noodle dishes found in South East Asia. If you’re looking for something interesting to indulge in before or after your doggie date, be sure to give this Australian cafe a closer look.
162 Avenue A
Mon – Thurs 5.30 pm – 11.00 pm
Fri 5.30 pm – 12.00 am
Sat 11.00 am – 2.00 am
Sun 11.00 am -10.00 pm
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