Three of us are going out to a restaurant this weekend. My colleague has a puppy and cannot leave her at home. He requested that we eat outside so he can bring the pup. My question: is it legal or realistic to bring a dog in a backyard seating area or front patio to any respectable restaurant in NYC? I love dogs and I personally do not mind but think it's pretty illegal due to health code. We are looking for a respectable restaurant in lower manhattan that would allow this. We love places like Hearth, or Pure Food & Wine. Any thoughts / suggestions?