July 2019: Top Dentists

Having healthy teeth and gums is something we can all smile about. New Jersey Monthly’s annual list of Top Dentists can assist you in finding the right practitioners for your family—or give you extra confidence in the dentists you’ve already chosen. This year, our list includes 624 top oral-health practitioners.

Also in this issue: We take a deep dive into the burgeoning world of vegan dining. Check out our list of 25 Great Places to Eat Vegan. Ever wonder what goes on at the Port of Newark and Elizabeth? We did—so we dispatched two reporters and a photographer to go inside and document life on the 21st century waterfront.

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Eating Vegan

The Best Vegan Restaurants in New Jersey

Whether you follow a plant-based diet or are simply looking to lessen your carbon footprint, these vegan restaurants are sure to satisfy.

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Why More People are Going Vegan

About 19 million Americans have embraced the no animal-products diet. Advocates say it’s good for you, for animals and for the environment.

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The Problem With the New Generation of Plant-Based Burgers

The hottest innovations in plant-based eating are the Impossible and Beyond burgers. But a look at their ingredients, some made in a lab, raises concerns.

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Garden Variety

What We’re Reading This Summer

Whether you’re at the pool or down the Shore, these books with New Jersey ties will make the perfect companion.

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In New Book, Marcy Dermansky Finds the Fun in Serious Matters

The Montclair author’s latest novel, Very Nice, is the perfect summer read. It’s also deeply, darkly humorous.

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A Conversation With YouTuber Grace Helbig

The host of the YouTube show “Consistently Inconsistent,” discusses her “awkward older sister” persona, how growing up in South Jersey gave her a backbone and pole vaulting in high school.

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Deciding the Fate of the Glimmer Glass Bridge

In the past five years, Manasquan’s bridge, built in 1883, endured two repairs. Some residents hope to save the structure. Monmouth County weighs the options.

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Marathoner Larry Grogin Goes the Distance for Unity

Seeing a nation divided, Larry Grogin is running across the country to learn about what Americans have in common.

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In Ocean City, an Uncommon Pastime Lives On

Almost 80 years old, the Ocean City Shuffleboard Club still hosts a series of summer tournaments.

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Chelsea Handler Has a New Outlook on Life

Anger at the current political landscape inspires the actress/comedian’s latest episode as author and activist.

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Meet the Congressman from the Jersey Shore

Wielding new power as a committee chairman, Frank Pallone pursues his pragmatic agenda.

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How Port Newark Moves the World

Megaships and mammoth machines keep Jersey’s Port of Newark and Elizabeth at the center of the regional economy.

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This Unique Agency Has Served Seafarers Since 1834

Currently based in Port Newark, the Seamen’s Church Institute of the Episcopal Church advocates for the spiritual—and earthly—needs of mariners.

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Airbnb Superhosts Share Their Jersey Homes and Stories

Meet the savvy owners of an Ocean Grove cottage, a pet-friendly farmhouse, and an always-in-demand Hudson County home.

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4 Great Shore Adventures You Shouldn’t Miss

There’s lots more to do at Jersey’s beaches than bake in the sun.

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Home & Garden

Tour a Local Landscape Designer’s Suburban Masterpiece

After years of patient study, Yuliya Bellinger created a blooming paradise in her Glen Ridge backyard for all to enjoy.

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Eat & Drink

At Lola’s European Cafe: Paninis, Drinks & Gelato

Lola’s European Cafe in Asbury Park is a rustic gelateria and cafe serving paninis, salad boards, drinks and 24 flavors of creamy, house-made gelato.

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Captain of His Own Ship: Felina Reviewed

Anthony Bucco, long one of the state’s leading chefs, adds “co-owner” to his impressive résumé.

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Point Lobster Company: A Small Fish Market with Big Flavor

The Connecticut-style lobster roll is an especially popular draw.

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The Farmacy Reviewed: Good Eats and a Winsome Atmosphere

Spirit is this Palmyra restaurant’s “secret weapon.”

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Brick Farm Tavern Reviewed: A Posh and Pleasant Experience

The revamped Hopewell restaurant remains enjoyable, despite a few missteps and overly precious touches.

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West Orange Eatery Serves Up Italian Comfort Food Aplenty

Head to Nicholas Anthony’s Family Kitchen for fun starters and varied mains.

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Should Adults Bring Young Children to Taprooms?

Some Jersey breweries and brewpubs are limiting the presence of kids.

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Giving Back

The Ammon Foundation Helps People in Recovery Get Back on Track

The Linden-based organization offers scholarships and life-skills training.

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Only in NJ: Steve Adubato

NJ Preps Historic Landmarks for America’s 250th Birthday

The nation’s next big birthday (in 2026) offers an ideal opportunity to showcase NJ’s patriotic past. Local historians and state officials plan to prepare the state’s historic spots for the nation’s Semiquincentennial celebration.

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This Lavallette Shop is Brimming with Laid-Back, Stylish Offerings

Patty Sabey, granddaughter of Lucky Leo’s founder Leo Whalen, has built a beach-area empire all her own.

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Watch Out for This Sneaky Type of Skin Cancer

Some freckles can be early signs of melonoma. Here’s what to look for.

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6 Outdoor Accessories Hotter Than July

Let these fun summer companions bring a smile to your face.

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How to Solve Your Summer Hair Conundrums

Local pros share hot tips for taming manes in high temps.

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Top Dentists

When Dentistry is a Family Affair

Five New Jersey families share their stories of working and living together.

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Exit Ramp

“What Exit?” An Ode to the Jersey Shore

A Montville native waxes poetic about our state’s beloved beaches.

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