Sanibel Chophouse's owner was inspired by summers spent on Sanibel Island (on Florida's Gulf Coast) to create a restaurant with an elegant, island-resort atmosphere and classically prepared steak and seafood dishes. Navigate Sanibel's surf-and-turf matrix to perform a linear computation of six meats, such as filet mignon and chicken cutlets, and four seafoods, including lobster tail and Maryland crab cake (range $24–$45, mean $32.42, median $32.50, mode $28 and $32). Or go for the easy-to-hold chophouse burger: applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, and special sauce stacked atop a huge, juicy ground-beef circle (served with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and fries, $14). The menu is rife with meaty eats, such as cider-brined pork chops ($21), and dry-aged steaks, including a 20-ounce rib eye ($32).
Although dogs may not like taking a trip to the vet, a stop at Just-Pawfection has been known to bring out the pride and playfulness in even the shabbiest four-legged friends. The shop’s professional groomers can do anything from basic shampooing to full-fur cuts and nail trimmings. Rather than corral the dogs into cages or try to get them to sit around and play a game of poker, Just-Pawfection uses a leash system to tether dogs before and after their groomings.
NY Kennel Club ensures the well-being of canines of all breeds and backgrounds, from visitors stopping by for a bath and a haircut to rescue puppies looking for a new home. Along with grooming services, which range from simple nail trims to complete makeovers, the cage-free kennel houses its guests in spacious pens, giving the dogs plenty of room to romp. Each pup up for adoption has been thoroughly checked by a local veterinarian, and expert trainers can aid new owners in tasks such as housebreaking—the technical term for when a pet gets a little too excited with a sledgehammer.
A practicing veterinarian since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Keith Niesenbaum cares for four-legged friends as the owner and medical director at Crawford Dog & Cat Hospital. Alongside senior associate vet Dr. Brian Spar, Dr. Niesenbaum and his staff treat ailing pets in three facilities that offer inpatient and outpatient care and also make house calls.
The bright-blue awning hanging outside Queens Animal Health & Emergency makes it hard to miss; it's blend of Eastern and Western medical treatments make the clinic hard to forget. Its veterinarians are well versed in general-wellness care for their clients' four-legged friends and use acupuncture to manage a variety of chronic issues, such as arthritis, asthma, and the anxiety that stems from trying to bark in Morse code. With its boarding services, staff members care for pets while their owners are on vacation, and grooming sessions keep animals looking their best.
As the head doctor at Animal Clinic of Canarsie, Dr. Gusmorino works with a trained staff as he treats pets ranging from dogs and cats to reptiles. Dr. Gusmorino learned how to nurture animals back to health at the Universita di Parma in Italy. Now that he lives in the States, he divides his time between his practice and caring for his own beloved animals at home: a cat, a guinea pig, a turtle, and ferrets. The pet doc can perform a variety of services, from medical and surgical treatments to dental services and microchip implantation. Dr. Gusmorino is also the owner of Pete's Pet Supplies, the pet shop next door to his clinic, where animals and their owners can get food, toys, and Canine-English dictionaries.