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Woman Takes Cat on 'Romantic Dinner Date' at Upper West Side Restaurant

By Emily Frost | May 6, 2015 3:01pm | Updated on May 8, 2015 5:35pm

Romantic dinner date for two. #catsofnewyork #catsonleashes

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How's the paws-ta?

A woman took a cat to dinner Tuesday evening at a Broadway restaurant, sitting the feline across from her at their outdoor table before leaving without ordering any food, a witness said. 

The pair was at the Upper West branch of RedFarm, according to local resident Jessie Auritt, who snapped a picture of the unusual sight and posted it to her Instagram account.

The cat, bedecked in a red bandana and attached to a leash the woman had loosely looped around her wrist, is shown in the photo sitting up in its chair during the "romantic dinner date for two," she quipped in her post.

Auritt, a documentary filmmaker who was dining at the restaurant Tuesday night, said the duo sat there for about 10 minutes before leaving without getting any food. 

"The woman walked by and plopped her cat down on the chair at the table next to us, as if it was a perfectly reasonable thing to do, and asked to see a menu to order takeout," Aurritt told DNAinfo New York. "The whole thing was very strange."

RedFarm owner Ed Schoenfeld said it wasn't the first time the woman and her cat turned up at his restaurant.

"This woman has tried to eat at our restaurant previously with her cat and we've denied her service in order to be compliant with the law," he explained.

The state health code states that pets, except for service animals or police dogs, are not allowed in restaurants or outdoor dining areas, a Health Department spokesman said. 

Still, many laughed off the odd scene.

"This is SO upper west side," commented Instagram user westofthepark.