Sometimes the conversation with your dinner partner can seem a bit one-sided. And sometimes you probably feel like she's paying attention to everybody else in the room but you. And then there's that whole drooling thing.
While we can't help make your dog a better companion, we can tell you where you won't get looked at funny for choosing to break bread with your pooch. Here are the top five places to dine with your dog.
5. Three Dog Bakery (612 W. 48th St.). Your dogs can come in and mingle with the other dogs that most assuredly will be inside. The treats are human-grade, meaning you could share, but your palate likely isn't the same as your pooches', even if you look alike.
4. Le Fou Frog (400 E. 5th St.). At some restaurants dogs are tolerated. On the patio of Le Fou Frog, they're welcome guests. One of the few places that will actually make a dish for a dog, this one's straight out of Lady and the Tramp.
3. Foo's. While your pooch can't accompany you inside of Foo's, all will be forgiven once you sit down beside him or her on a bench. The doggie sundae -- vanilla custard with a dog treat inside -- will have both of you entertained for about 10 minutes.
2. Californos (4124 Pennsylvania). There's bring your dog to dinner Thursdays, but most nights you can find a few pups on the patio in Westport. The restaurant makes its own dog biscuits and always has water bowls out.
1. Aixois (251 E. 55th St.). On a weekend, there can be as many dogs as people. If there's a power brunch spot for pooches, Aixois is the place. With a dog-friendly staff and ample water bowls, this is an easy spot for both of you to relax in the sun or shade.
Where else do you like to take your pup?