1. Pet Shop | Coffee Shop: Boris and Horton

Photograph by Milla Chappell. Courtesy of Boris & Horton 

Pet cafes aren’t a new phenomenon, but there has been a lot of anticipation surrounding the opening of Boris & Horton, New York City’s first Department of Health approved dog-friendly café, where both two-and-four-legged patrons can find a cozy place to hang. To clarify, Boris & Horton — named after the owners Coppy Holzman and Logan Mikhly’s own dogs — won’t operate the same way as Japanese cat cafes do. This means there won’t be resident dogs roaming around, waiting to be adopted. Instead, patrons are encouraged to bring their own canine friends, according to Grub Street.
Inside Boris & Horton, there will be two sections: a cafe side that offers coffee, house-made toast, pastries (from Balthazar, Bien Cuit and Husk Bakeshop), and beer & wine (during the evenings), as well as a “dog side,” which is comprised of a seating area, a canine-themed shop and a “puppy Instagram booth.” For those who want to quickly grab a brew or a tasty treat, there will also be an outdoor walk-up window, and the cafe will host adoption events and fundraisers during the weekends.
Boris & Horton’s soft opening takes place in mid-January, so be sure to rally up your friends and their canine companions for the occasion. Address: 195 Avenue A.
Also check out our Top 10 Coffee Shops in Manhattan (For Design Buffs) and our Top 10 Coffee Shops in Brooklyn (For Design Buffs). Get in touch with the author @lauraitzkowitz