November 2021: Top Doctors

The November issue includes our annual Top Doctors list—which is 1,142 physicians strong this year—as well as our 30 Best Restaurants feature. This month also marks the inaugural issue for New Jersey Monthly’s new editor, Julie Gordon.

Julie, who spent the last seven years as deputy editor of, grew up in the Garden State and now lives in Morris County with her family. She can’t wait to interact with you, New Jersey Monthly’s readers, and do her part to publish even more fascinating, fresh stories and photos in the magazine and on our website.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Has a Secret NJ Element

The creative process happens at the Macy’s Parade Studio in Moonachie, located in Bergen County.

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A Flock of Challenges for NJ’s Turkey Farms This Thanksgiving

Ahead of the holiday, local purveyors are facing labor shortages and increased supply prices.

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‘Today’ Co-Host Dylan Dreyer Calls Growing Up in NJ ‘the Reason I am Who I am’

The NBC News meteorologist, Manalapan native and new mom to baby Russell recalls her childhood in the Garden State.

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New Book Enlivens Vintage Photographs of Jersey Shore

Local Color introduces hand-colored versions of originally black-and-white pictures, taken on Long Beach Island from the 1870s through the 1980s.

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Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Says It’s Impossible to ‘Recreate’ New Jersey

Laurie Hernandez, 21, grew up in Old Bridge and says there’s nowhere in the world quite like the Garden State.

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A Heartfelt Salute to a Fallen New Jersey Veteran

Dennis Zilinski II’s family and friends share his story—and honor him with a November 5K run.

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Will the Anchor Rock Club Revive Atlantic City’s Music Scene?

Noted musician and talent buyer Chris Ward is now in charge of steering national bands to the independent venue.

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Montclair Designer Turned to Mural Making Amid Pandemic

When Mido Emad’s advertising business was sidelined, he hit the wall—with massive art installations.

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How a Jersey-Based Handbag Designer Honors Her Artisan Roots

Cara Benevenia’s luxe leather bags are made in Union City “by skilled people, not machines.”

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Nonprofit Sends the Hospital Straight to You

Founded by a former paramedic, MD1 brings emergency care—surgical procedures, blood, platelets, plasma—to patients unable to get to a hospital.

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HealthySteps Provides Holistic Care During Crucial First Three Years of a Child’s Life

The pediatric primary care program works closely with families and focuses on closing health-equity gaps.

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Will the Spotted Lanternfly Ever Stop Bugging New Jersey?

The adults don’t survive winter, but come next summer, areas affected this year could see even higher numbers of the invasive pest.

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New Jersey Has Fascinating Secrets Buried Beneath Its Malls, Highways and Shorelines

Some of our state’s biggest surprises lie hidden underground. When unearthed, they offer extraordinary clues into our past.

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New Jersey at the Forefront of Forecasting the Next Pandemic

Garden State researchers are leading global efforts to prevent and prepare.

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More LGBTQ-Friendly Health Care Facilities Emerge in NJ After Patients’ Cries for Respect

Insensitivity at the doctor’s office takes various forms, ranging from outright bias to lack of interest or knowledge.

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How Physician Assistants ‘Extend the Reach’ of Doctors

Intensely trained for team-based settings, PAs increase access to health care in a wide range of specialties.

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The 30 Best Restaurants in New Jersey of 2021

These establishments exemplify the range and vivacity of dining out in NJ.

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Poll Results Are In: Readers Pick Favorite NJ Restaurants of 2021

The 38th Annual Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll, presented by Buy Rite Wine & Liquor, features 45 dining categories.

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How This Couple Restored an 18th-Century Home in Hunterdon County

Corey and Mike Beneduce have spent a full year working painstakingly on their historic abode—while simultaneously soaking up its adjacent great outdoors.

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The Circle Reviewed: Fredon Restaurant Wows with Craveable Comforts

Two talented young chefs lift local, seasonal American cuisine to new heights.

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A Farewell to Cape May’s Mission Inn

For 27 years, in all four seasons, beloved chef Leslie Hurley kept pace with the changing tastes of her visitors.

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An Innovative Burger Joint in Jersey City

Left Bank Burger Bar boasts monthly specials, a daily happy hour and optimal outdoor people watching.

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Café Luna: Sicilian Cuisine in a Chic Setting

The Old Bridge eatery began as a Brooklyn sandwich stand over 30 years ago.

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In Manahawkin, a Vegan Spot with an Indie-Rock Vibe

Living on the Veg opened its second location, which will operate year-round, this summer.

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Perfect NJ Wine & Beer Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner

The big bird goes well with many beverages, but our Libations columnist suggests serving some local booze this year.

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Rescuing Roots from a Childhood Oak Tree

When a Verona native realized the centuries-old oak tree of her youth had been cut down, she raced to salvage pieces of the trunk before it was too late.

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