Since dog is man's best friend, then dog (and possibly cat) deserves man's best grooming, toys, apparel, ink cartridges, 3D glasses, and more. Today's Groupon gets you $75 worth of premier pet-pampering, hairstyling (dye your puppy screaming pink if you like), toys, and pet accessories at The Salty Paw, located in the Financial District. The downtown pet center, featured in Time Out New York and New York magazine, is a luxury oasis for the stress-ridden pet worried about the college application process or an impending marriage.
25 years ago, a personal interest in diet and weight loss led founder Linda Parker to open Transformations, where she and her staff seek synergy between lifestyle change, medication, medical supervision, and proper diet guidelines and education. To this end, trained professionals walk with patients on the sometimes-difficult road toward their personal weight-loss goals. Nutritionally balanced diets and dedicated coaches aim to help patients maintain a targeted healthy weight.
BounceU envelops kids in a colorful indoor playground populated with inflatable slides, tunnels, and jump houses. Kids can bounce and boomerang about the clean and monitored environment, which is also climate controlled to fend off the summer heat and a fleet of winter snowmen. Parents may reserve bounce rooms for private parties of up to 25 people. BounceU also hosts a variety of fun party package add-ons that include food and treats, as well as programs, classes, fundraisers, and team parties.
GNC sells a wide variety of supplements (vitamin and mineral and herbal) and other health products (sports nutrition, diet, energy, body care, and more). You're sure to find something right for you, such as Ginkgo biloba capsules or that box of SuperFoods Supreme you wish for every Groundhog Day.
Dry Clean Super Center accommodates cleaning and laundering needs for a wide raiment range. On-the-go guests can grace clean pants, sweaters, blouses, and most other items with the same tender care they're too busy providing to others to give to themselves. Rely on a dry-cleaned and freshly pressed suit instead of typo-riddled resumés or ill-timed knock-knock jokes to stand out during upcoming job interviews ($10; price may vary by item). Women may get their best Sunday dress clean enough to showcase at dinner parties, theater outings, and the remaining six days of the week (up to $20).
Owned by Don and Leslie Jones, Savory Chef delivers innovative cooking in a warm and casual atmosphere. First opened as a kitchen accessories store and cooking school, Savory Chef's café features an open-style kitchen that showcases head chef Scott VanTuyl and his team of ingredient crafters as they prepare homemade breads, pastas, and desserts. A cheese and sundry fruit plate ($6.99) begins dinners with a choose-your-own-adventure of four cheeses, pairing each with deviously delicious partners in crime: fruit, nuts, and quince. A hearty chunk of toasted foccacia accompanies the grilled spinach salad, which comes drizzled with a truffled red wine vinaigrette ($5.99). The wooden dinner tables ably hold the heft of the grilled center-cut pork chop plate ($14.99) with sweet potato puree, honeycrisp apples, shaved fennel, and creamed swiss chard. Smoked duck breast ($19.99) travels with a carryon bag of blue cheese mashed potatoes, caramelized beets, and an ergonomically conscious pomegranate reduction.
Mamadou’s Restaurant satisfies visitors with a robust menu specializing in steak and seafood and boasting a healthy selection of soups, salads, and burgers. Diners can inaugurate the foodie festivities with an order of six crab-stuffed mushrooms topped with melted provolone cheese ($6.99) or opt for fried pickles or fried green beans ($6.99 each) to combine the nutrition of vegetables with the fashionableness of a breading jacket. Burgers and sandwiches such as the half-pound cheeseburger ($5.99), the catfish fillet ($6.99), and the classic turkey-club sandwich ($6.59) all come with seasoned fries, enabling eaters to pretend as though silverware has yet to be discovered. Satiate a desire for turf with an 8-ounce slow-roasted prime rib ($14.99, served Wednesday to Sunday) or for surf with a blackened spicy Cajun catfish ($10.99), or combine seafood and landfood with the steak and shrimp, an 8-ounce sirloin with five grilled shrimp reclining on a soft bed of rice ($21.99). All dinners come with a caesar salad or all-you-can-eat salad bar, a choice of starch, a dinner roll, and the vegetable of the day.