May is Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, where we celebrate, honor, and learn more about the contributions of the AAPI community to our culture. The month of May was deliberately chosen because it was during the month of May that both the first Japanese immigrants came to the US in 1843, and in May 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was completed in the US and was built with an incredible contribution from Chinese workers. The date of May 10 is known as Golden Spike Day to mark the railroad’s completion.
Asian-owned businesses make up a portion of our local melting pot and contribute greatly to Hoboken’s culture. They lead with the example of what it takes to innovate and grow during a time that offers so many challenges of its own. Asian-owned businesses refer to businesses whose owners are of Asian descent — from Indian to Pakistani, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Pacific Islander, Chinese, and more. Here is a list of Asian-owned businesses to support in Hoboken — today and every day.
Please also read our statement and ways to help local Asian communities here.
We know this is a growing list – any omissions were not intentional. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an addition.
Allys Bridal | 636 Washington Street
Brides all know there’s one place to go in Hoboken when it comes to alterations — and it’s Allys Bridal. This shop can work magic on the most intricate of dresses. Its owner and designer, Joon Choi, is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Pattern Making and has worked for several big-name designers including J. Mendel, Vera Wang, and Reem Acra. She specialized in customizing bridal gowns and trained in hand draping, hand embroidery, hand pleating, appliques, and other precision techniques.
Baking Mama | 88 Hudson Street
Tina Rivera opened Baking Mama in the spring of 2016, not far from the PATH. She offers ready-made desserts, coffee, and custom-baked goods. She started her baking in 1994 — a few months prior to the birth of her son — who became a student at Stevens Tech. “I was working in a bank, and the pregnancy downtime provided me with the opportunity to learn something new. In this case, baking. I was hooked.” The rest is history.
Bangkok City Thai | 335 Washington Street
Bangkok City Thai offers some of the most authentic Thai food in the area and the decor will make you feel as if you transported to Thailand. Pro tip: Order a Thai tea.
Be Happy Dog | 235 Hudson Street
Be Happy Dog is a pet grooming business that offers pet bathing, facials, blowouts, hair cuts, nail trimming, teeth cleaning, and more.
Black Rail Coffee | 800 Jackson Street
There’s nothing better than a good cup of coffee, and Black Rail Coffee, located off the beaten path in Hoboken right by the 9th Street light rail, will definitely prove this to be true. Specialty coffee is served here as well as delicious food like sandwiches made in-house with gluten-free options, vegan treats, and salads. The best part is the assortment of milk — which is a great complement to freshly brewed coffee + some of the teas + other hot drinks offered. Pro Tip: Try the healthier sandwich or veggie sandwich on a croissant — you won’t regret it! Black Rail also serves Baking Mama cookies.
Chicken Factory | 529 Washington Street
The Chicken Factory is a Korean barbecue spot that specializes in chicken and bibimbop.
Courtyard Cleaners | 800 Jefferson Street
Courtyard Cleaners is a dry cleaning company located in mid-town that offers all of the services one would need from cleaning, ironing, and more.
It’s about time we add some fun to our workouts to get the summer body we have dreamed of! Dana Chau is the woman for that. She specializes in helping women obtain their fitness goals without feeling bored — it’ll feel more like you are at a party. Dana is an expert in fitness, being a personal trainer for 18 years. Some of the many services she offers are barre, dance studio, indoor cycling, and more. She has classes available on her website, all 55 minutes in length.
Dao-Sheng Acupuncture | 109 Grand Street
Dr. Shi-Hong Loh, founder of Dao-Sheng, is a medical acupuncturist located in Hoboken + Hackensack. He is a former oncologist who combines both Western + traditional Eastern Medicines, including acupuncture.
Dreamz Salon | 900 Jefferson Street
Owned by Bhumi — the eyebrow and beauty queen herself — Dreamz has become a go-to among locals when it comes to eyebrow threading and waxing. The salon also offers blowouts, cut + color, massage, facials, and more.
Cheese + Wine | 720 Monroe Street
Cheese + Wine’s mission is to offer the world’s finest selection of artisan and farmhouse cheeses, hand-selected wines, charcuterie, imported foods, gourmet sandwiches, and craft beers available.
Erica Li Grooming | 155 4th Street
If your pup is looking like 2022 has gotten to them too, Erica Li is the woman to call for expert dog grooming. She has specialized in dog grooming for 10 years and has mastered the “salon” feel of dog grooming. Erica Li is a full-service groomer, offering baths, nail and paw pad trimming, ear cleaning, and much more. She is appointment-only, so be sure to call or email ahead of time.
Green Garden | 1202 Washington Street
Every neighborhood needs a go-to Chinese restaurant designated for delivery. Green Garden is just the place for that. With its fast customer service and delicious menu items, it is definitely an all-around great Chinese restaurant. Pro Tip: Order the dinner combos, you get more add-ons to choose from like soup and an egg roll, and it is cheaper.
Gogi Grill | 79 Hudson Street
With great service, generous portion sizes, and fresh food, Gogi Grill is a Hoboken favorite, serving traditional Korean food. The best part of the menu is that Gogi serves Korean tacos and burritos, chicken tenders with a soy-garlic-infused sauce, dumplings, teas, and much more.
Hidden Grounds | 700 Garden Street
Founded by Spoorthu Kumar, Hidden Grounds is a one-of-a-kind coffee shop, dedicated to selling top-of-the-line coffee sourced from India. The story is pretty cool, as Hidden Grounds started as an idea between two friends, and has quickly expanded to multiple locations. Everything in the store is hand-selected, and patrons have the option to order chai, matcha, and a large assortment of teas, as well as handmade food items like sandwiches.
Hoboken Dream Nails | 601 Observer Highway
Established in 2016, this nail salon offers a variety of services including gel manicures, relaxing spa pedicures, and waxing. The nail techs specialize in unique/advanced nail designs.
Hoboken Smile Specialists | 33-41 Newark Street #2a
Dr. Radhika Kapoor is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, and she works with experts in the field to provide the best service at Hoboken Smile Specialists, a multispecialty practice. There are a variety of services offered here, like Invisalign, Pediatric dentistry, adult dentistry, and all special healthcare needs.
Hudson Flowers | 92 Hudson Street
Hudson Flowers specializes in custom bouquets for events, offering a wide range of flowers and assortments for any occasion. Pick-up and delivery are available for all flower and plant needs.
JP’s Bagel Express | 52 Newark Street
A go-to for all-things breakfast, JP’s cafe serves up breakfast and lunch fare including deli classics, juices, smoothies, coffee, and of course, bagels. The downtown spot also has gluten-free bagels.
Karma Kafe | 505 Washington Street
Known for its restaurant decor and a large menu, Karma Kafe is located in the heart of downtown Hoboken, home to exquisite Indian food since 1999. It offers catering, dine-in, delivery, and pick-up options. With over 1,000 Google reviews, it is no surprise that this unique restaurant has made an impact in Hoboken. Patrons can try vegetarian options or classic Indian staples, like naan or lamb curry.
Keming | 1006 Washington Street
Located in the heart of Washington Street, Keming is a Sichuan restaurant listed under “fine Chinese cuisine” and it stays true to its name. Patrons can pick-up or have food delivered, as well as in-house dining (BYOB). Keming offers lunch specials and an authentic Chinese menu with all types of dishes, from soup to chicken and duck, as well as vegetarian options. Follow the Instagram account to see dishes and updates.
Kung Fu Tea | 536 Washington Street
Kung Fu Tea makes made-to-order classic teas, milk teas, fruit teas, slushies, and more. Each drink is customized by you including picking your toppings, sugar levels, and ice levels. The toppings range from bubbles and milk caps to different types of beans and jellies. There are also seasonal flavors and toppings.
Links By PIA | Online
Patricia Alon recently founded Links By PIA after quitting her job working in the advertising/media industry. She created and sells face mask chains that can be purchased via her Etsy shop. Follow her on Instagram for pictures of her chains.
Lo Fatt Chow | 720 Monroe Street C-103
Located on the ground level of the Monroe Center, Lo Fatt Chow has been serving health-focused Chinese food to locals for the last few years. The menu comes free of MSG, and all options are able to be made steamed or fried. Pro-Tip: Order the steamed or fried veggie dumplings.
Modern Nails | 728 Washington Street
Modern Nails is a popular nail salon for many residents because of the amazing services that include complimentary shoulder massages as your nails dry, hot stone pedis, and a great environment. Might me add that the spot has won Hoboken Girl‘s ‘Best of’ Awards annually for several years, as well.
Moonlight Spa | 722 Washington Street
Moonlight Spa is a great spot for unwinding and relaxing on a budget. The spa is hygienic with great prices, and after one visit, you will leave relaxed. Call ahead for an appointment and you will be able to get body massages that focus on reflexology, and much more.
Mystique Beauty 2 | 377 Washington Street
Owned and operated by Rita Suthar with the help of her daughter-in-law Bija, threading is Mystique’s most popular service, but the beauty spot also caters to several other beauty needs such as full body waxing, brow and lash tinting, lash extensions, facials, hair cuts, blowouts, hair color, and more for both men and women.
Natural + Plus | 97 Washington Street
Natural + Plus is a local grocery store located across the street from City Hall that carries everything from fresh produce to beautiful flowers.
Nurturing Life Acupuncture + Wellness | 450 7th St. Suite LL3A
Nurturing Life is an acupuncture practice in Hoboken that not only serves clients and provides expert acupuncture treatment for back pain, neck pain, fertility, and stress, but also sells teas + other medicinal products in-house. It’s worth a visit.
Organic Basic Food | 204 Washington Street
This grocery store offers organic, raw, and gluten-free foods — plus a broad selection of dietary supplements. If you’ve ever been, you know that it’s a small but mighty grocery store with someone always on-hand in the supplement section to help you find the perfect vitamin for whatever is going on.
“We buy in bulk, and we try to pass the discounts we get from vendors to customers,” Eric, Organic Basic Food’s current owner, told Hoboken Girl. He is actually the second-generation owner of the store, having taken over the business from his father, an immigrant from Asia, who opened the store in Hoboken more than 20 years ago.
Precious Cuisine | 128 Washington Street
Precious Cuisine is a Hoboken favorite, serving Japanese and Chinese staples. With an extensive menu, Precious definitely will satisfy any craving, from sushi and sashimi to sesame chicken and tons of vegetarian options.
Prime Gourmet | 720 Monroe Street + Other Hoboken Locations
Prime Gourmet is a Hoboken staple that has been in business since 2006, starting with PrimeTime Convenience, Inc. It has now blossomed to become a neighborhood favorite, selling an assortment of snacks, ice cream, drinks, and much more — a one-stop food shop.
Project Sculpt | 319 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Project Sculpt is focused on ensuring its customers are achieving their fitness goals and to stay consistent with them. With expert trainers available, clients can expect 50 minutes of carefully programmed classes that will definitely leave you wanting more.
Purely Juiced | 262 1st Street A
Purely Juiced is 100% vegan and serves cold-pressed juices daily using a unique science that brings health to Hoboken. Patrons can also buy smoothies, specialty drinks, and cold-brew coffee. There’s also a variety of juices that help with cleansing, and with the team’s extensive knowledge, they’ll will help decide what works best for you.
Robongi | 520 Washington Street
A go-to for sushi in the Mile Square, this Japanese spot serves creative sushi that’s also popular for takeout.
Satay | 99 Washington Street
Satay offers Malaysian Cuisine. The extensive menu has plenty of options to choose from, from spicy to mild, all-encompassing the unique flavors of Malaysian fare. There are also classic Chinese items on the menu. Pro tip: order directly from the website for 10% off, or dine in and enjoy the decor.
Shokudo | 61 14th Street
Shokudo quickly became a Hoboken favorite. This is the place to be for ramen lovers and for anyone who can appreciate a new wave of modern Japanese cuisine. Shokudo is located on 14th street in the heart of Uptown Hoboken, so patrons can dine in, or takeout. There is a variety of ramen on the menu, so patrons can keep it simple or spice it up with the spicy ramen.
Soho Flowers | 264 1st Street
Soho Flowers specializes in incorporating nature into what can otherwise be boring flower arrangements. The shop provides flowers and plants to purchase, styled for each customer’s preference, as well as plants and potting soil. Soho Flowers also specializes in events, from centerpieces to boutonnières for one’s special day.
Soho Nails | 1216 Washington Street
Soho Nails provides great customer service with friendly staff and expert manicures and pedicures. The shop offers all types of salon services, such as spa pedicures as well as regular manicures, gel, and powder manicures, plus waxing. Kim and her family are sure to make clients feel at home and welcomed as soon as they walk in the door.
Sports Acupuncture + Family Wellness | 42 Newark Street #203
Before Dr. Brian Chang pursued medicine, he embarked on a much more ‘traditional’ career path, as he calls it. After graduating from Columbia University in New York City with a B.S. in Engineering and Management Systems, he worked for Wall Street firms as a strategy consultant and pharmaceutical compliance analyst. Then one day, he was involved in a horrific car accident that left him in a coma. He was left completely immobile for three months and incurred severe injuries, including 70% hearing loss, loss of smell, severe migraines, and vertigo. Undeterred by US doctors saying they’d exhausted their options of medical procedures + treatments, he flew to Asia where he was treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine for several months. The results were nothing short of miraculous: his 70% hearing loss improved to a 15-20% loss, his migraines and vertigo were completely eliminated, and he was even able to jog again. After returning to the states, he decided to take a leap of faith and pursued a career in acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Sri Thai | 234 Bloomfield Street
This Thai restaurant serves up delicious food in a cool dining environment. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
Sweet Hoboken | 343 Garden Street
This bakeshop, owned by Angela Park, opened in 2008. Angela often jokes that she was “thrown into” the business, and luckily for the Hoboken community, she clearly found her niche. Her cupcakes have made national headlines, and are — of course — delicious and beautiful to boot.
The Nail Story | 101 Clinton Street
The Nail Story is a popular nail salon in town that offers regular mani/pedis, gel, powder tips, and more.
Tutti Nails | 1119 Hudson Street
This nail salon offers a range of services in its spacious salon including gel and high-quality mani/pedi services.
Yeung II | 1120 Washington Street
Yeung II is a Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi rolls and also serving Chinese items on the menu, like sesame chicken and lo mein. It’s BYOB which is always a plus and has great indoor-outdoor seating options available — plus delivery. Pro tip: Try the sweetheart dumplings if you like peanut sauce or the famous ramen.
Ubu | 205 Hudson Street
Ubu is a hidden gem on Hudson that serves Japanese and Korean cuisine, with speedy service, great prices, and some character. Its ambiance is no-frills and BYOB. There are numerous sushi rolls on the menu as well as ramen, soup, and different types of bowls that range from vegetarian to fish and meat. The lunch menu has a lot to offer, with low prices and lots to choose from.