The Salty Paw

The Salty Paw


Neighborhood: Seaport District
Type of Place: Pets


The Seaport has gone to the dogs – literally. Nestled cozily on Pier 17, you’ll find a peculiar shop with all of the petcentricities your dog- and cat-loving heart could desire. Looking for a “barkery”, not a bakery? How about a groomer that will punk up your poodle with a purple Mohawk? A pet store that provides biscuits for your critter and his owner? Then walk yourself – and your dog – into the Salty Paw.

Small and teeming with lounging pups from corner to corner, the Paw is your one-stop shop for everything from pet supplies and grooming services to a puppy play pen and doggy daycare – right in the heart of the financial district. While the Seaport may not be a simple hop or skip from most regions of the city, it is certainly worth it if you want Rover treated like royalty. The shop is clean, doesn’t smell funky like a lot of other pet-friendly establishments, and the staff is super dedicated and extremely gentle with even the most bad-tempered of bulldogs. 

While I don’t have a dog, my aunt does: a Shih Tzu named Lola who eats – and dresses – better than my uncle. When Lola recently got sick, I decided to treat my canine cousin to a day at the spa and both my aunt and I were pleasantly surprised with the results. For just $84 Lola was scrubbed from ears to tail, received a pooch-worthy pedicure and haircut to match; and best of all, the sometimes-stinky Shih Tzu came out smelling better than some of my most expensive shampoos. I even got to choose from a book of doggy hairdos for Lola’s new look, and settled on a simple Pebbles-eque ponytail. 

While waiting for Her Highness, I browsed the shop and was quite impressed with prices. The Paw carries a hefty line of Kong products which are popular with many NYC pet owners for their safety and durability. Stuffed and rubber toys ran the gambit from $3 to about $30, there was a nifty treat-dispensing dog toy that was $15, and collars ran anywhere from $20 to $200. Doggy day care prices vary depending on a number of factors, so it’s best to give The Paw a bell for these rates.

Voted Best Groom Spa and Indie NYC Shop by Time Out NY, AM NY, and AOL, The Salty Paw even hosts fun events for NYC’s precious domestics including a “Howl-o-Ween” party, doggy fashion shows, puppy proms and more. Acclaimed NYC pet photographer, Marshal S. Boprey has even been known to schedule a few sessions of pets and their families at the shop – so be on the lookout for the pawparazzi!

  - Janice Bevilacqua

The Salty Paw
38 Peck Slip
New York, NY 10038
(212) 732-2275