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  • Best of Hoboken {2015} Guide

    Another wonderful year in our mile-square town has {already} come & gone–can you believe it?! It seems like just yesterday we were writing our Best Of 2014 Guide and now here we are…on the brink of saying hello to 2016! Sheeeeesh! In light of the approaching new year, we’re showcasing our #HobokenGirlFaves of 2015 & can’t wait to hear your personal favorites in the comments below! {Please note: our decisions were not easy so if your business isn’t on our list, know that we still love you dearly!}

     

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    Without further ado, here’s the Best of 2015 list:

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    .:: BEST BLOW OUT ::.

    Salon Gatto {they do early AM blowouts and serve locally made cappuccinos and coffee!}


    .:: BEST MASSAGE ::.

    Surrinder at Massage Envy


    BEST MASSAGE ON A BUDGET

    Cortiva Institute {$30 for an hour for Hoboken residents}


    .:: BEST MAKE-UP APPLICATION ::.

    Artist Makeup Academy


    .:: BEST MANI/PEDI::.

    Modern Nails


    .:: BEST EYEBROW THREADING ::.

    Dreamz Salon


    :: BEST WAX ::.

    European Wax Center 


    .:: BEST HAIR {cut & color!} ::.

    Rebellations {we recommend Ashley!}


    .:: BEST FACIAL ::.

    EC Beauty Studio {we recommend the oxygen facial – 3rd year in a row as winners, they are amazing!!}


    :.: BEST ORGANIC AIRBRUSH TAN ::.

    Splash of Sun


    .::BEST AIRBRUSH TAN with a side of Skinny Wraps!::.

    Dina’s Kiss and Makeup  {seriously, it was a tie between these two, so we couldn’t decide!}


    .:: BEST {ANY-OCCASION} GIFT STORE ::.

    Washington General Store


    .:: BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE ::.

    Mint Market {2nd year in a row as winner!}


    .:: BEST ACCESSORIES BOUTIQUE ::.

    Aaraa


    .:: BEST LUXURY ACCESSORIES ::.

    The Golden Carrot


    .:: BEST PET STORE ::.

    Cornerstone Pets


    .:: BEST CYCLING STUDIO ::.

    Prime Cycle


    .:: BEST YOGA STUDIO ::.

    Real Hot Yoga


    .:: BEST {QUICK} WORKOUT STUDIO ::.

    35 Minute Bootcamps


    .:: BEST TOTAL BODY WORKOUT ::.

    Iron Plate Studios HIIT Classes


     .:: BEST DINER {with parking!} ::.

    Malibu Diner


    .:: BEST BREAKFAST {and lunch, and …you get the picture}::.

    The Little Grocery


    .:: BEST BRUNCH ::.

    Anthony David’s


    .:: BEST DINNER for a Night With Friends ::.

    The Cuban


    .:: BEST NEW DINNER SPOT {with a view} ::.

    Del Frisco’s


    .:: BEST PLACE FOR A CUP O’ JOE ::.

    Green Pear Cafe {such a cute little spot downtown with authentic Italian espresso!}


    .:: BEST PLACE FOR FRESHLY BAKED GOODS ::.

    Choc-o-Pain


    .:: BEST JUICE BAR ::.

    Simply Juiced {delicious juices and raw food meals!}


     .:: BEST SPOT FOR A LATE NIGHT SNACK ::.

    Tony Boloney’s


    .:: BEST SPOT FOR A LATE NIGHT SNACK ::.

    Mamoun’s {they’re quick and so so yummy}


    .:: BEST SUSHI SPOT ::.

    Illuzion


    .:: BEST SUSHI For DELIVERY::.

    Robongi


    .:: BEST {OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH RESAURANT} ::.

    Cucharamama {their quinoa chicken fingers are deeelish}


    .:: Best {Vegan/Gluten-Free} Baked Goods ::.

    Om Sweet Home


    .:: BEST BAR WITH LIVE MUSIC ::.

    Willie McBrides


    .:: BEST MIXED DRINKS ::.

    Turtle Club {you have to have your first Moscow Mule here}


    .:: BEST SPOT FOR A GLASS OF RED {or white!} ::.

    The Brass Rail {they even have wine kegs, and their food is awesome}


    .:: BEST SPOT FOR WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY::.

    Onieals {Wine down Wednesday is no joke}


    .:: BEST DELI ::.

    Vitos {their mutz is no joke!}


    .:: BEST BYOB ::.

    Charritos {the BYOB-OG: they make margs and sangria for you if you BYO-tequila and/or wine!}


    .:: BEST GLUTEN-SENSITIVE MENU ::.

    Schnackenberg’s Luncheonette


    .:: BEST PIZZA ::.

    Blue Eyes Cafe {if you haven’t been, stop everything and go}


    .:: BEST BAGELS ::.

    Hoboken Hot Bagels {close second is JP’s, but HHB snuck by this year} 


    .:: BEST HEALTH FOOD {on the go} SPOT ::.

    Honeygrow


    .:: BEST FIRST DATE SPOT ::.

    The Hudson Table 


    .:: BEST WIFI SPOT ::.

    Ganache {they have a huge space uptown and you never have to fight for a seat!}


    .:: BEST PARK WITH A VIEW ::.

    Pier C {you get gorgeous views of east & west, so beautiful}


    .:: BEST {JERSEY CITY} SPOT YOU MUST TRY ::.

    The Hamilton Inn


    .:: BREAKOUT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR ::.

    Little City Books {such a wonderful addition to the neighborhood!}


    If your business was a winner or you love any of these businesses, make sure to share this post! 

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    See you in the new year!


    Written by:

    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site 5 years ago to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local Hoboken + Jersey City boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


    8 comments

    • Let me start out by saying I use to be a big fan of Hoboken Girl blog. I thought it was a great way to find new places in our lovely town. However, this blog has now become an excuse for the editor to get free goods and services for her and to promote her friends businesses (quite shamelessly). This list is my final tipping point. I was a close follower of this blog and it appears the majority of vendors on this list provided the editor with FREE services for her wedding in exchange for a positive write up. Honestly, these are not valid recommendations – rather, they are an excuse for the editor to collect as many free services for her and friends as possible and trick all of us into paying for it as patrons.
      – Rebellations – contently featured on the blog – gives free blow outs to the staff and one of the stylists is best friends with the editor.
      – EC Beauty Studio – Didn’t the editor get all her pre-wedding facials here? I’m sure at NO cost to her…
      – AMA makeup academy – Also mentioned in all her wedding posts…
      – Aarraa – The editors good friend seems to be the stores in house stylist – Coincidence?
      – Turtle Club – Didn’t she hold her bridal shower here?
      This girl is nothing but a cheapskate and is not interested in bettering Hoboken or our local business, like she would love all of us to believe. I suggest you stop reading this blog, like a plan to starting today.

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      • Hi “Gigi”,

        I wanted to first start off by saying “Thank You” for being such a loyal reader. Normally I don’t respond to people who don’t have all of the facts, but since you’re slandering my name and reputation and are being very, very offensive, I figure I’ll respond and set the record very, very straight.

        First off, just as an FYI, when a post is sponsored (aka a business has paid for us to write or given services for free, it is mentioned in the post at the bottom as SPONSORED). That’s a pretty normal tactic in the editing and writing world and if we didn’t, it’d be a big problem.

        None of the above vendors gave me anything for free to be promoted in any of my write-ups about my wedding or the best of guide. In fact, I’ll publicly state right here for all of the world [and the businesses to see!] how much they cost me.

        EC Beauty Studio: Erica’s facials usually run me from $80 (when there’s a special or she tries to offer me a discount since I’ve referred so many people to her since starting my visits with her – her peels and oxygen facials are amazing!) to $150, $200-$250 on a day when she or Dilcia (one of the other facial estheticians) encourages me to buy products. One of my friends even bought me a $200 gift certificate for EC Beauty for my bridal shower, so that was great to use when I was getting monthly (read: expensive) facials before my wedding! But, as I have stated in my posts – this is worth it to me and THAT is why I share it.

        Rebellations: The stylist you’re mentioning is a great friend of mine (who I met by chance while she was doing my hair 4-5 years ago – a friend recommended the salon she was working at at the time!), and since then I’ve referred a zillion clients to her, but only because she is THE BEST. Literally. I have girls who have never dyed their hair before going to her and emailing me that she’s changed their “hair” lives. She has not paid me anything to write about her or given me free services in exchange for a write-up; while as my friend who sometimes does my hair at my house, she does try to not charge me sometimes, but I always end up paying in some form – I usually tip her $100-200 per session regardless of the session price. Feel free to ask her next time you roll through the salon (since you seem to know so much about her!). Also, she did my hair and all of my bridesmaids hair for my wedding (which I paid for – for all of the girls as part of their gift) and was written a nice big check (by me) for her services. Because even friends won’t constantly work for free. Would you?

        AMA Makeup Academy: Guess how much money I spent on my wedding makeup? $400 for me ($300 for the bride and $100 for the makeup team’s transport). $100/bridesmaid, $100 for my mom. Yes, I paid for my mom and my MOH additionally, AND I paid for the trial makeup which was $100 to just do a test run of my wedding day makeup. To me, it’s totally worth the money. Jules and her team are honestly the best makeup artists around, and I’m so glad I found them this year via an Instagram search. Stunning work.

        Aaraa: I have been shopping at Aaraa for years, before I even met the in-house stylist (who started there last year). The fact that Aaraa is the best accessories boutique around is a total coincidence — really, can you tell me a better accessories boutique in town with affordable prices? Didn’t think so.

        Turtle Club: I absolutely held my bridal shower here. And here’s where it gets sticky – you’re now offending my mother. BIG no no. She paid thousands of dollars to have my bridal shower at the Turtle Club, and I enjoyed it so much that I wrote a blog post about it. That is what my blog/Hoboken Girl is about – it started as a documentation of my chronicles in Hoboken, and, because of readers like you, turned into something more with active and amazing contributors and followers. I have nothing to hide, and while there are perks from time to time being a blogger (really, ask any blogger or magazine writer you follow or subscribe to), the truth of the matter is that I do not often get many things for free. Again, when I do, it is titled sponsored.

        I want to thank you for taking the time to really scrutinize what you think is going on here – and for getting me fired up enough to write this all up and set the record straight! Have a lovely day 🙂

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    • Thanks! Couldn’t wait to see this list! Wondering who you’d recommend at Massage Envy? Have a gift certificate and want make sure it’s booked with someone really great! Same with Salon Gatto for blowouts and Modern Nails? Thank YOU! x

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