With New York City looming just under 40 miles to the west, and The Hamptons 60 miles to the east, there is a massive amount of New York culture happening in and around Farmingdale, New York. The Farmingdale village is a segment of the Town of Oyster Bay within Nassau County. Long Island has two priorities: pizza and puppies! Lovers of both will find a welcoming community in the village of Farmingdale. With a history dating back to the 1600s, Farmingdale was purchased from three Native American tribes. The names of these tribes are honored in the names of the villages bordering Farmingdale and nature preserves in the area.
There are six veterinarians within the village, almost as many pet shops as delis (that's a lot for a place like Long Island!), and a bunch of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bite with your pupperoni. You can take your dog for an off-leash romp in the Stuyvesant Dog Park in the North Amityville neighborhood, or grab a drink at the Main event in East Farmingdale. There's always a hike waiting for you at the Massapequa Park, and the city is just a train ride away on the Long Island Railroad. Living in Farmingdale, you get a "Tail of Two Cities." You can live the rustic suburban lifestyle of Nassau county and see the skyscrapers of New York City!
Does your dog like spicy meatballs? In the Fulton neighborhood, you can get them by the crock at The Dark Horse Tavern. This local pub and restaurant is open for both two-legged and four-legged residents and serves up amazing eats. With over 20 flavors of chicken wings and a build-your-own mule, the Dark Horse Tavern is a great hangout for you and Fido! Also in Fulton lies the 1,477-acre Bethpage State Park. Bethpage is fitted with golf courses, picnic areas, and hiking trails! There are also playing fields that are perfect for fetch. Bring your doggo and check it out!
Does your dog want to go to a dog park, but doesn't want to sit on the train to get there? No worries! In North Amityville, there's a dog park called the Stuyvesant Dog Park Run which is the pawfect place for some off-leash playtime. Also home to North Amityville is Deli Zone. Despite the name, these delis are amazing and dog-friendly. Long Island culture takes their bagels seriously, so bacon, egg, and cheese on a bagel will be a spiritual experience at Deli Zone. Well, at the very least, your dog will wag his tail!
Does your dog laugh at silly concepts like Chicago style deep-dish, knowing that New York pizza is the only way to go? If so, you need to check out the slices at Mario's Pizzeria in North Massapequa. At Mario's, you have all the classics from margherita to signature "Grandma slices." The special slice is a blend of sausage, pepperoni, meatball, peppers, mushrooms, and onions — all topped with fresh mozzarella. Your doggo is welcome to pull up a tail on the outside seating area. The pizza is delicious, and tails are wagging!
Does your dog love camping underneath those Long Island stars? Then he'll love living in the Massapequa Park neighborhood. Massapequa sits right on top of the 432-acre park Massapequa Preserve. There are hiking trails that follow streams surrounded by beautiful foliage. Stay for a day or camp out for the weekend! After exploring the nature preserve, you and Fido can visit Ciao Baby, an authentic Italian restaurant with a wood-fired brick oven. Caio Baby has handcrafted cocktails, pasta by the bowl-full, and burgers that are 'mind-beagle-ingly' good!
Does your dog like sports bars? If your dog loves sitting next to you while you relax and watch the game, then he'll love East Farmingdale. The neighborhood dog-friendly hangout is a restaurant called The Main Event. The Main Event's menu has dozens of savory bites from bar food to lobster. For those who can't make up their mind, the Main Event has a "split decisions" menu where you can get surf-and-turf style combinations. No need to call a pet-sitter — just bring Fido with you for the next Yankees game! He can hang out with you in the outside dining deck. The hardest part will be figuring out what team to root for — the Jets of the Giants?