The Ritz-Carlton New York
Mark Sickles
On Feb. 10, 3,200 perfect specimens of the canine kind will put forth their best gaits in an attempt to wrestle the title of Best in Show from Banana Joe at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. But the city has more to offer its jet-setting pooches than just the AstroTurf-covered inside of a show ring. While most of the show dogs bunk down at Hotel Pennsylvania, luxury-minded pooches stay at the THE RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, CENTRAL PARK (212-308-9100,, where a first-class pet program provides wet-nosed guests with home-baked dog treats, a plush bone-shaped pillow and, in inclement weather, Burberry raincoats for loan.

Looking to up your dog’s fashion game? Head straight to CANINESTYLES (, the 55-year-old dog emporium that has become a lifestyle brand unto itself, with four sleek boutiques scattered throughout Manhattan (one in the West Village, one on the Upper West Side and two — including the original outpost — on the Upper East Side). The store’s focus on upscale goods means you’ll find everything from Melton wool capes to customizable brass I.D. tags. And their grooming services are some of the city’s highest-rated.
Shake Shack
Evan Sung

When the weather allows for alfresco dining, most restaurants with sidewalk seating will have no problem if your dog decides to join you for a meal. But canines are welcome year-round at ­Danny Meyer’s original SHAKE SHACK (212-889-6600,, in the southeast corner of Madison Square Park. The menu includes a “Woof” section (right below the beer and wine), featuring the Pooch-ini — dog biscuits topped with peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard.

A members-only club that caters to its clientele’s every whim — with such unusual amenities as an infrared sauna, a fully equipped ­fitness center, a state-of-the-art screening room and an after-hours nightclub that ensures any guests leaving after midnight are chauffeured home — wouldn’t seem particularly out of place in the heart of the Financial District. Until you learn that it’s called FETCH CLUB (212-401-8199,, and its “members” are dogs.

Since 1990, WILLIAM SECORD GALLERY ­(212-249-0075, has been the continent’s premier fine-art dealer, specializing in 19th- and early-20th-century dog paintings, bronzes and works on paper. And who better to accompany you on the search for your next great decor purchase than man’s best (well-behaved) friend, who’ll be greeted with fresh cookies, water and some of the finest portraits of his ancestors he’s ever likely to see.