Roop Ayurvedic Center and Day Spa is in a small space off the main drag in Hoboken. It's really a quiet oasis of tranquility with a focus more on the spa services than on medical or healing treatments (although these are offered as well). I found the staff to be very good at recommending or designing spa services based on my needs and preferences. It's much smaller than other day spas so the service is much more personalized. And the scents of the oils and lotions they use are just fabulous! I would definitely recommend this place to my friends.
The Coach House in North Bergen is an institution among diners! They have something for everyone on their vast menu, and their food is consistently good. Their salad bar is very good and the food is always fresh. The cheese cake is excellent and the slices are huge. Their coffee is good and the refills are free and frequent. I would recommend going here with a group because everyone would be able to find something on the menu that they like, the service is fast and the prices are reasonable.
Columbia Law School has absolutely the best program in international law among all American law schools. If you are considering work in the international law field (either public or private), Columbia is by far the superior choice. The professors at Columbia, even the less senior ones, are world class and the small class size for all but the introductory level classes makes connecting with the professors easier. If you can take a class with Professor Henkin, definitely do so. Professor Berman is also an excellent teacher.
Chappies Flower Shop has been an Union City institution for many years. They have a well-deserved reputation for quality arrangements at competitive prices. Their work is not trendy or cutting edge, but they do nice, classic designs. Their flowers always seem to be very fresh and the staff is friendly, if a little hard to understand sometimes. I would recommend them as a reliable florist, but not as one that does cutting edge work.
I was not very impressed by Special Flowers. Their window displays have not been changed in so long that the items are faded and dusty, and who wants to buy a Valentine bear in August? Their arrangements remind me of the "1980s excess" style and seem to be very dated now. The fresh flowers they use are nice, but definitely not my style.
Ultimate Rejuvenation Spa's focus is more on holistic healing than on general spa services, but their spa treatments are very good as well as their healing therapies. The philosophy behind their treatments applies ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical technique that uses herbal remedies and massage. Their staff are very knowledgeable and pleasant, and the atmosphere is relaxing if a bit clinical.
I have taken my dog to Animal Infirmary of Hoboken twice, both times when his regular vet was unavailable. The staff was friendly but the wait can be a little long, particularly on Saturdays. The vets and technicians seemed very competent and good with nervous animals (like my dog). I found their rates to be a little on the high side but not unusual for Hoboken.
I first went to Park Avenue Dental Associates because it has a very convenient location for me, and because it was very easy to get an appointment with one of the dentists there. The office is in an older building but is very nicely kept up and very clean. The receptionist is friendly and remembers the patients well. I found the dentists to be very competent if a bit hurried. I would go back here again.
I have used Aero Link Car Service for transportation to and from the airport (mostly Newark but a few times JFK) several times. The operators are courteous but some have a strong accent so are a little hard to understand on the phone. The drivers have always arrived on time for the pickup and are very helpful with luggage. I have never had a problem with them and would likely use them again.
Latour offers fantastic food in an intimate setting with very personalized service. The restaurant has a prix fixe menu with a nice variety of seasonal choices, all freshly prepared by Chef Latour himself. The prix fixe menu includes 5 courses -- soup, salad, appetizer, entree and dessert. The portions are reasonable and not grossly large; they are enough to enjoy but not so much that you feel stuffed at the end of the meal. The lamb is an excellent choice, and the bittersweet chocolate cake is perfection.