Black Lab Cafe is New York’s premier dog cafe serving humans and dogs

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This town’s cafe scene has shifted to dogs.

Black Lab Coffee just opened on the Upper West Side, with treat menus for humans and their four-legged friends. It claims to be the first java seal of the canine kind.

“We just thought, ‘If no one else is doing it, we might as well open one ourselves,’ and Black Lab Cafe was born,” said Kris Powers, 27, who opened the cafe with his brother Nik , 30 years. and his mother Lise Evans, 54. The family’s black labs – 5.5-year-old Daisy and 1.5-year-old Lola – serve as mascots for the company.

Owners and dogs enter through a vestibule with two sets of doors – a safety measure in case any puppies run away. There is then a lounge area for creatures of all kinds. It connects to a second section, via another glass vestibule, where humans can order food and coffee to bring back to the table to enjoy with their patiently waiting pup. According to health department rules, dogs are not allowed in the food ordering area, but owners can see their pets through a glass partition while they wait for food and drink.

The family business is run by Kris Powers, his mother Lise Evans and his brother Nik Powers.
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Black Lab Daisy lounges on the couch at Black Lab Cafe at UWS
The cafe is named after their black lab Daisy who inspired them to start researching healthy dog ​​food options.
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Dogs can enjoy gourmet food from the Powers Company, Clean Bowl Club NYC, while humans get coffee and espresso drinks from Stone Street. The menu will soon be expanded to include sandwiches, smoothies, chia puddings and alcoholic beverages for happy hour.

A set of posted rules advise customers to “play nice”, avoid bumping into bumps, clean up any accidents and call the “dog bouncer” – one of the owners – if help is needed.

The Powers family first got involved in the dog business when they started the Clean Bowl Club NYC in November 2020. While taking Daisy to the vet, they learned that the dry kibble they all gave her the days were highly processed and saturated with vitamins and mineral powders. natural or fresh ingredients.

Yorkshire twins Lilo and Stitch 6 at the Black Lab Cafe
Yorkie twins Lilo and Stitch enjoy the relaxed environment that allows them to meet other little puppies.
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A customer plays with a dog at Black Lab Cafe
Dogs are allowed to roam the store off-leash and get comfortable on the furniture with their owner or new friends.
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Rueben the puppy feasts at the Black Lab Cafe
Rueben the Boston Terrier loved making new friends at the new cafe.
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“[It] made us feel more and more guilty about the kibble we gave her when she was a puppy,” Kris said. “We knew we wouldn’t be considering a similar diet for ourselves and decided we had to do better with Daisy.”

With the help of canine nutrition expert James Pendergast, they formulated dog food using fresh vegetables, beef, turkey, and chicken. Ready-to-serve refrigerated meals are prepared daily and range in price from $6 for 8 ounces to $18 for 24 ounces. Customers can buy the food at the store or have frozen batches delivered.

So far pets and locals love the coffee.

Rocky the Morkie loves to trot around Black Lab Café to roam freely with his friends.
Rocky the Morkie loves to trot around Black Lab Café to roam freely with his friends.
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Fridge at Black Lab Cafe
Black Lab Café offers its own Clean Bowl Club NYC brand of fresh, healthy dog ​​food.
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Rules at the Black Lab Cafe
Coffee rules are displayed.
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Black Lab Cafe at 420 Amsterdam in New York
The store is located at 420 Amsterdam Ave. on the Upper West Side and plans to host a slew of dog-friendly events.
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Six-year-old Yorkie twins Lilo and Stitch give the cafe “two legs up,” according to owner Jacqueline City, 25, who praised the quiet surroundings and good coffee.

Kim, who frequents the cafe with her Yorkshire terrier-Maltese mix Rocky, 3 1/2, but declined to give his last name, described him as “a great addition to the Upper West Side for dog owners “.

She added: “It’s so much fun to be able to have a nice cup of coffee and some pastries while Rocky meets other dogs.”

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