Morris & Essex: February/March 2024

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Contents FEB/MAR 2024

28 Departments Morris/Essex Buzz 8


Tropical beaches can wait. This year, why not visit a place where winter is in its glory?

Friends & Neighbors 10

Tastes 28

Not all disabilities can be seen, as disability advocate Arielle Dance makes clear in a recent children’s book, but all voices deserve to be heard.

Nothing beats chicken noodle or classic tomato, but when the craving for something new and hearty hits, these global soups are good food too.

Style Watch 11

Restaurant Review 60

Look and feel great all season long in pieces inspired by Pantone’s color of the year.

Home Front 12 Escape to a space filled with soft colors, cool textures and natural materials.

Features Resolutions, Take 2 14 All is not lost if you abandoned your plan to improve your diet. You can get back on track with a few easy eating adjustments.

Fight To Be Fit 16

ON THE COVER Working out at Yoga Mechanics in Montclair. Photo courtesy of Shaun Kennedy.


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Gatherings 63 Morris and Essex residents always show up to support their neighbors—especially when help is needed most.

A local dancer finds the perfect location for a photo shoot at Cooper Gristmill in Chester.


Virtual reality is revolutionizing the workout game, with lots of options to make staying in shape actually fun.

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Too Many Cooks? 20 In a spaciously redesigned Glen Ridge condo, there’s no such thing.

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Eli’s Eatery, one of the newest restaurants in Morris Plains, combines the best Korean flavors with French cooking techniques.

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Martial arts training can make you feel like an action hero, but it’s also just plain good for your physical and mental health.


Escapes 26

Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in the counties.


Editor’s Note Health News Where to Eat Be There


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It’s an awkward question for February and March, but I’ll pose it anyway: How are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? I ask because this is the “health and wellness” issue, and those topics relate to the lifestyle choices we all make from day to day. Doing better with such choices is often the stuff of people’s start-the-year vows. If some of the self-improvements you planned for 2024 are still waiting on the launching pad, join the club. That’s human nature. (See page 14 for a no-guilt opportunity to revisit your resolutions.) But it’s not like you’re off the hook for the rest of the year. It’s up to you to continually recommit to your own health and wellness. And it’s our job at MORRIS & ESSEX to help you. Being physically active, for example, should be on your agenda, but it needn’t feel like arduous labor. On page 18 you’ll read about “virtual reality” workout games in which you may burn more calories than you realize because these are “games first and workouts second.” Then there’s the exercise value of martial arts: kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, karate and others. Learn on page 16 what these practices can do for you, how to get started and maybe even which one is best for your particular style. Your kids, of course, need to be active too. With spring on the way (we promise!), turn to page 9 for the lowdown on five organizations that can help your young athlete burn off that built-up energy and shape up at the same time. We don’t neglect the health of your family’s four-legged members either—see page 9 for places to get pets vaccinated. And there’s more health news in bite-sized doses on page 13. Not everything in this issue is about health and wellness, of course. Or is it? Yes, the warming, nourishing soups we showcase starting on page 28 are good for you as well as good. The redesigned Glen Ridge condo that now makes room for the whole family to cook together (page 20) sets an example for health and heartiness too, when you think about it. And the close-to-home getaways we describe on page 26? They may not directly improve your cholesterol numbers, but they can send your spirits soaring. In our interview with disability advocate and children’s book author Arielle Dance on page 10, you’ll learn of the serious health difficulties she’s dealt with and how she’s become a voice for people with disabilities that don’t necessarily show. A victim? Not Dance. “I am a true Jersey Girl!” she proudly declares. Protecting and enhancing your health, energy and outlook is the basis for good times. Wellness is ultimately about “living fully,” as the experts say. That—in our spacious, much-blessed area—is what we celebrate in the pages of MORRIS & ESSEX. After all, don’t they say you can start the year over again whenever you wish? Enjoy!

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Dog’s name: Lulu, 3-year-old English bulldog (she’ll be 4 on March 28) Owners: Holland and Patrick Grumieaux of South Orange Four years ago Holland knew her sons, Hudson and Banks, would be off to college soon. At first reluctant to bring a dog into the family, she slowly changed her mind. “I think in the back of Holland’s mind, she was preparing for an empty nest,” Patrick says. So the parents searched far and wide for an English bulldog, a breed Holland “always loved.” Many of their phone calls and outreach went unanswered, until Banks discovered a pup in Amish Country, Pennsylvania. “We went to see her—and brought her home with us!” Patrick recalls. Lulu has since made herself at home, eating just about everything (except lettuce and celery) and playing ball with the family. “Holland keeps a jar of coconut oil next to the bed for Lulu,” Patrick says. “She will jump on the bed and stare at it to let us know she wants her three scoops.” Lulu is also a big fan of car rides and trips to her favorite places. “We will take her to the South Mountain Reservation and walk on the pavement or on paths,” Patrick says. “We will sit outside at restaurants and bring her to Home Depot, where she loves sitting in the cart while we walk the aisles. We live near Floods Hill in South Orange, so we walk around that area with Lulu’s dog friend Mousse and have friends in Newstead, where we have a standing Tuesday walk with another dog friend named Rolo.” Want to see your pet featured in a future issue? Send details and a photo of your dog, cat, bird, rabbit or other animal to

The best part of Valentine’s Day? Chocolate, of course. And while no one will turn down a KitKat or Snickers, why not up your candy game with something locally made? Whether you’re looking for a treat for your sweetheart or an excuse to treat yourself, these local chocolate shops go beyond the ordinary: SMALL-BATCH PERFECTION

Give the gift of sophistication and glamor with Vesta Chocolate’s blend of artisanal quality and small-neighborhood sensibilities. Vesta’s flagship brick-and-mortar shop is easily accessible in Montclair, where the bonbons are designed to look like treasures. But don’t worry: One taste of these creations and you’ll know they’re meant to be eaten. You can also pick up cookies, baked goods or powdered hot cocoa here. • 598 Valley Rd., Suite 2, Montclair, 973.860.7136;


You’ll be dazzled by what you find behind the doors of Emily’s Creations Chocolate Factory in Belleville. Specializing in multi-treat baskets and chocolate-covered fruit, the shop is a great place to grab a gift for someone special. Its themed and decorated chocolate-covered strawberries are as whimsical as they are delicious. • 112 Franklin St., Belleville, 973.751.2694


You can’t miss this storefront while traveling through Denville— Sweet Expressions by Geri is in the old Denville Movie Theater, and the bright pink marquee and repurposed ticket-box display make it unmistakable. Everything about this business is bright and cheerful, and whether you are looking for lollipops, custom cakes or rich truffles, Geri’s has you covered. • 26 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.0025;


As film production crews worked on an unspecified project in Newark through the December holidays, many of us were reminded of the past blockbusters filmed in that city. That—plus the Academy Awards ceremony coming up March 10—is an excuse to look back at films that were shot in Essex County’s county seat as well as in Morris County’s county seat, Morristown, according to IMDb. How many do you remember? NEWARK: • Annie (1982) • The Dark Knight Rises • Exorcist II: The Heretic • Joker • The Many Saints of Newark • Private Parts • Riding in Cars With Boys • Rounders • Scent of a Woman (1992) • Spider-Man: Far From Home • United 93


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• West Side Story (2021) • Wise Guys MORRISTOWN: • Alice, Sweet Alice • American Gangster • Dumb Money • The Emperor’s Club • Far From Heaven • Insidious: The Red Door • One True Thing • The Messenger • Stepmom


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As the weather starts to turn and we look forward to spring, it’s time to make sure your four-legged family members are up-to-date on all their shots, including for rabies. The virus is transferable between all mammals, often through bites, and takes the lives of hundreds of domestic pets each year. It is also a danger to humans, and vaccinating pets against it is part of keeping yourself and those around you safe. Pet owners can find free and low-cost rabies clinics throughout our counties. Here are places to get your pet vaccinated: • Associated Humane Societies, by appointment, 124 Evergreen Ave., Newark, 973.824.7080, ext. 118; • Morris County Free Rabies Clinic, March 2, Bloomingdale Senior Center; 101 Hamburg Tpke., Bloomingdale, 973.838.8959; • Petco Pet Care, by appointment, 1111 Rte. 46, Parsippany– Troy Hills;


Originally from Taiwan, boba (or bubble) tea has been gaining popularity in the U.S. in recent years thanks to its distinctive look, light sweetness and unique combination of milk tea and tapioca pearls. Try it at one of these recently opened shops: TALK OF THE TOWN

Customization is the name of the game at Livingston’s new boba shop What’s the Tea? You control everything that goes into your drink, from the amount of sugar to the amount of ice, and bold folks can even mix flavors. Whether it’s blending jasmine green tea with mint and lemon for the “Mediterranean Paradise” or perfecting a taro milk tea with popping bubbles, this menu is sure to delight. • What’s the Tea?, 16 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, 973.758.1889;


WELCOME, NEW BUSINESSES! Morris and Essex counties have their share of shops, but there’s always room for more. Below are three new businesses we’re excited to visit: FINER THINGS FOR FIDO

Can’t quite control Cooper during bath time? Ruff to Fluff Bar in Montclair offers full grooming services for dogs in a friendly salon. Your pup can experience everything from haircuts and baths to dental cleaning and even hydrating masks. Now that’s a pampered pup! • 127 Valley Rd., Montclair, 888.262.4147;

Though its roots are in Canada, Real Fruit Bubble Tea has been stretching into the States, with a new location at the Rockaway Townsquare. Its large menu offers everything from honey milk tea to lychee ice cream with those iconic tapioca pearls, and Real Fruit is perfect for someone looking to try something new or seeking a new twist on an old favorite. • Real Fruit Bubble Tea, 301 Mt. Hope Ave., Rockaway, 888.896.1829; realfruitbubbletea. com



As you order a hot coffee and a delicious treat at Ethan & the Bean in Morristown, you’re helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the training they need to advance in the world. The new shop specializes in incredible brews, prepared by employees with disabilities—who get the support they need to succeed in the future. • 70 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, 973.988.3054;

If you’re on Market Street in Newark, stop by Möge Tee, which has recently opened a new location there. Möge’s menu is expansive and also offers yogurt-based smoothies and fresh fruit yakult, a probiotic milk drink said to improve digestion. • Möge Tee, 194 Market St., Newark, 201.591.6844;

Readers rejoice! You’ll all find something of interest at Chapter One Bookstore & More. Mendham’s new independent bookstore held its grand opening in January after operating as a pop-up shop. Inside, you’ll discover new releases and classics, gifts and games and a spot to cozy up with your next read. • 86 E. Main St., Mendham, 973.224.7858;



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After a long winter indoors, spring brings the promise of a new season of outdoor youth sports. Whether it’s baseball, softball, lacrosse or something else, give your budding athlete a head start—or a chance to try something new—with these local clinics, lessons and club teams: • In Mountain Lakes, USA Sport Group runs an after-school tennis program from April 15 until June 10. It offers programs for every level, ages 3 to 15. Introduce your child to something new or a chance to hone skills. Info: • The Morristown Lady Colonials hold a weekend lacrosse clinic for pre-K to second grade on Sundays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Simons Field in Morris Plains. The goal is to spark interest and passion for the fastest-growing girls’ sport in the country. Info: • From April 1 to 5 the Florham Park Sports and Event Center is holding a multi-sports camp for all ages, which will include basketball, football and lacrosse. Info: • Over in Montclair, USA Sports Group on Cedar Avenue and High Street is running an after-school basketball clinic open to all levels, from beginners to age 15. This clinic is both a great chance to try something new before committing to a school team and a place to meet new people and stretch one’s comfort zone. Info: • If your child is looking to do something different, Morristown has a branch of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, which is accepting new members. The group’s goal is to help students of all ages learn and compete in mountain biking. Info:


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‘Invisible’ No More In the children’s section of Essex County libraries or bookstores, you’ll find the bright orange cover of Dearest One, the debut book of local author and advocate Arielle Dance, Ph.D. It won the Fall BookFest 2023 award for Diversity & Multicultural Children’s Fiction and placed second for Family Children’s Fiction. Originally from Westfield in Union County, 35-year-old Dance, along with her wife and foster son, now calls West Orange home. Dance had an 11-year career with the American Cancer Society and advocates for those who have “invisible” disabilities such as endometriosis. How did Dearest One come about? It’s dedicated to my grandmother, Marjorie Dance, who died from breast cancer at 34. I never got to meet her. Dearest One is filled with the words of wisdom I would have loved to get from her. Why were you drawn toward children’s literature? I remember writing poetry as a child. One poem started: “I am a child with a lot to think about and a lot to say.” I don’t think that ever changed. I knew I wanted to write, though maybe not as a career, and felt that starting from the beginning, with children, would be the most impactful. I spent years querying publishers and agents, and Lantana Publishing was the only “yes” I heard. They focus on publishing BIPOC [black, indigenous and people of color] authors, utilize sustainable printing and donate books back into the community with each purchase. Outside of children’s literature, I started back in 2011 writing pieces for women’s health blogs about my experience with endometriosis. Eventually this morphed into sharing other disabled people’s experiences, and now I am a freelance writer. Much of your advocacy work has been about endometriosis and “invisible illnesses.” Yes. I was diagnosed with endometriosis as a teenager and have had six surgeries as a result—one this year. In my early 20s I also suffered from a pulmonary

embolism and had multiple blood clots on my lungs. I learned what it meant to live with these invisible illnesses, to look healthy on the outside but be broken on the inside. Was there an event that prompted you to dedicate yourself to this kind of advocacy? When I was younger, I thought I’d be a physician, but I eventually recognized all the ways I could make an impact without going to medical school. I got my master’s in women’s health and my doctorate in mindbody medicine. I learned that research and writing were where I thrived, and I spent years researching endometriosis from public health and sociological perspectives. I presented posters and sat on panels at a dozen conferences. I will gladly spend hours


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talking about endometriosis—delays in diagnosis, the impact on relationships, the experiences of people of color, benefits of complementary and alternative medicine and addressing health equity. For me, this is partially about my lived experience but also the information I wish I had 20 years ago. What has been your most meaningful moment on your publishing journey? The illustrator, Jenny Duke, created the art purely based on my writing. She captured every moment well without every speaking to me. There’s a page with the title “Turn Your Face to the Sun,” and her illustration looks exactly like a photo of me in a sunflower field in Sussex County. Seeing my words come to life was the most meaningful. But soon I found deep meaning in the subsequent moments—people telling me how the book inspired them. The biggest challenge for me is comparing my work to others. I feel awful when my book isn’t doing as well as someone else’s. What is special about your relationship to the community? I am a true Jersey Girl! And I’m grateful for the local supporters of my work. From West Orange Public Library to Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, I have had amazing connections with other book lovers. I truly enjoy all the readings I have done at schools. How do you spend your spare time? In 2022 I returned to taking dance classes, something I hadn’t done formally since I was in college. I am in an adult tap class at Starr Dance Company in Roseland, although it has been challenging to get back in motion. What’s next for you in 2024? On the writing side, I am currently querying and pitching my new adult novel, a fictionalized memoir based on letters between me and my grandmother, and a children’s fiction manuscript, Miss Mimi’s Welcomes All. The children’s book won the Black Voices in Children’s Literature Writing Contest held by Free Spirit Publishing and Strive Publishing. It’s about dancing with disabilities. —Kirsten Meehan

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Not all disabilities can be seen, as author and disability advocate Arielle Dance knows well, but all voices deserve to be heard.


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High-intensity interval training in water, often called aquatic HIIT (AHIIT) improves exercise capacity in adults with chronic conditions, including back pain, arthritis, chronic lung disease (COPD), type 2 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. It offers an alternative exercise option for people unable to perform land-based HIIT and has a similar impact, according to recent research. —BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine


The ketogenic (keto) diet may lower testosterone levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common hormone disorder in women, affecting 7 percent to 10 percent of women of childbearing age. —Journal of the Endocrine Society



Social media use is associated with risky health behavior in young people—ages 10 to 19—including increased alcohol, drug and tobacco use. In addition, it increases risky sexual behaviors and gambling, according to recent research. —The BMJ

A recent study showed the accuracy—91 to 99 percent—of using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict which patients with a high risk of glaucoma would actually develop it. —British Journal of Ophthalmology


The percent of people aged 30 years and older in the U.S. who have some form of periodontal disease. —Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The number of people in the U.S. with chronic rhinosinusitis who have nasal polyps. —National Library of Medicine


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ALL IS NOT LOST IF YOU ABANDONED YOUR PLAN TO IMPROVE YOUR DIET. YOU CAN GET BACK ON TRACK WITH A FEW EASY EATING ADJUSTMENTS. Though you’ve resolved to shed a few pounds this year, resisting the lure of festive food and decadent drinks is more difficult than you thought. There are over-the-top feasts with mounds of meat and comfort classics, get-togethers with buttery cookies and rich desserts, office socials with chocolatey sips and sugary cocktails. This can become one of those saints-orsinners situations in which guilt over a single lapse prompts a “What the heck!” downslide. But the fact is that there’s a sensible middle ground between the purity of self-denial and pure pigging out. (Consider this encouraging report: The New England Journal of Medicine says Americans overestimate the weight they gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. They think they’re putting on 5 new pounds when the weight they truly add averages 0.48 kilograms—just over 1 pound.) If folks can keep the weight off during the holidays, you can do it any time of year. That’s not to deny the danger. And it grows when you combine an overindulgence on processed foods, sugar and carbs with unfavorable lifestyle factors such as a lack of sufficient exercise and sleep. To help you avoid putting on unwanted pounds this year, heed a few of these tips: Plan ahead Consider marking all the get-togethers and parties you’ll be attending on a calendar so you can plan ahead. If you know you’ll be having a big meal, eat lighter on that day to

balance the extra calories you may consume. Fresh fruit, low-calorie yogurt and unsalted nuts are perfect snack options. Don’t skip the event if you can make it, and try not to go hungry because that will help you consume less. Be smart at the office The workplace can be a nutritional nightmare. Besides all the sweets your coworkers may put out on the break-room table, lunches and office parties can make it difficult for even the most health-conscious employee to make smart choices. Try to scope out the selection and choose a couple of your healthier favorites, such as salads with oil-and-vinegar-based dressings as well as fresh foods that have been steamed instead of fried. And don’t forget about portion control, especially at buffets and potlucks. Keep it to one plateful of food. Balance, don’t binge Carbohydrates are comforting, and it may seem there’s always an abundance of breads, cookies and other baked goods. You can enjoy those treats, but just like with day-today nutrition intake, balance is key. Be sure you balance carbs with protein for weight management. Lean protein from meat, poultry, fish and beans can boost metabolism as well as appetite-reducing hormones in the body. Aim to get at least 1 ounce of protein in each meal. Like protein, fiber is another nutrient that helps with weight management


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as it promotes the feeling of fullness, thus reducing the amount of food we eat. Fiberrich foods include veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Serve healthy choices If you’re having people over, try to add balance to what is being served. For instance, put out a vegetable-based appetizer with a yogurt dip and fruit-based dessert. Avoid overloading charcuterie boards with processed meats and cheeses. Instead, top boards with nuts and fruit such as grapes, dates and figs. Bakers and cooks can make healthy modifications to recipes when possible. If you’re cooking dishes that call for heavy cream, for instance, consider using low-fat or skim milk instead—or substitute cream cheese or sour cream with Greek yogurt. Feel the burn Whether you’re counting calories or not, you know that a heaping plate of hors d’oeuvres can add up. And if burning off what you eat is a concern, plan to put in time to exercise. Check nutrition labels and do a little easy math. Can’t get enough of pigs in a blanket, for instance? One serving (approximately five store-bought frozen piggies) is 245 calories— and requires an hour on the treadmill at a moderate pace to burn off. But don’t consider exercise only a chore. Think about catching up with friends at a yoga or Zumba class instead of meeting up for mocha lattes at the coffee shop.


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MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE AN ACTION HERO, BUT IT’S ALSO JUST PLAIN GOOD FOR YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. BY KIRSTEN MEEHAN Admit it: You’ve watched a fight scene in a movie, be it Jedi crossing lightsabers in Star Wars or the impressive hand-to-hand in John Wick, and thought, “It would be awesome to do that.” The characters look not just cool, but also powerful and in control. It’s an appealing combination—and, with the right training, it’s also an attainable one. Workouts and fitness routines that incorporate martial arts and combat sports training are becoming more people’s go-to gym activity: karate, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, even mixed martial arts (MMA). On top of providing a world-class workout that ups your cardio, builds core strength and tones muscles, these disciplines are engaging and fun and can make exercise feel less like a chore. Damian Harley of Universal Martial Arts in Bloomfield has nearly 40 years of martial arts training and has earned black belts in tae kwon do, hapkido and jiu-jitsu. “Everyone wants a body that they saw somewhere else,” Harley says. “Our ideal bodies come from people who develop them because they need them, not because they want them—think of soldiers, or firemen. Martial arts put you in that position. You develop better arms because you need them to throw a better punch, rather than developing them because you want to change the way you look.” And the benefits are not just physical. “Martial arts give you a structured mind—a calmer mind,” says Harley. “You think less about how the world perceives you and more about how you perceive yourself. You’re competing against yourself, so your own growth becomes the reason you do something and the reason you progress.” These workouts can also be confidence boosters. People who train in martial arts or combat sports often walk a little taller, knowing they can protect themselves and their loved ones in difficult situations. Easy as it is to admit that something sounds intriguing, it’s harder to know where to start approaching it. However, the barrier to entry for this kind of training is not as high as it may seem. Here’s some advice to consider if you are thinking about jumping into martial arts or combat sports, for fitness or for fun:

• Start slowly. Nearly all of these workouts are high-im-

pact and can strain someone who is inexperienced, recovering from an orthopedic injury or surgery, or needs to work around any kind of limitation. Often, higher-level training in something like jiu-jitsu involves sparring, which by its nature includes contact with another person. Because of this, jumping directly into a group class may not be ideal for a beginner, unless that class is explicitly for those just starting out. In a class setting, it can be difficult for an instructor to keep an eye on everyone’s form, and an incorrect form is the easiest way to strain or pull something. “At the end of the day, it’s the teacher, rather than the martial art, that is going to help you succeed,” says Harley. A good instructor can modify and tone down training to accommodate any changes a person might need. And that includes working with seniors. “The oldest student I’ve ever had was born in 1945,” says Harley. “She got her black belt and was fighting my 15-year-olds.” • Think carefully about your discipline. Though they often get grouped together, there are vast differences between different martial arts, ranging from the parts of the body they focus on to the kind of training they encourage. Cardio kickboxing emphasizes fast movement and an elevated heart rate, for example, while karate stresses strikes and blocks and jiu-jitsu puts the focus on grapples and ground fighting. Each of these disciplines also has a deep, detailed philosophy behind it that is often embodied in the kinds of physical movements it demands. Do your research before walking into a class, and be aware of what that martial art will demand from you. If you don’t want to be on the ground, jiu-jitsu might not be the best place for you. • Stay consciously focused. These workouts are just as much mental exercises as they are physical. They require that a person stay engaged with his or her body and the movements it’s making, rather than zoning into passive movement as people often do on treadmills or elliptical machines, or even on a run. If such spacing out is your favorite part of exercise, this training may not be for you.


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Martial arts come not only from all corners of the globe, but also from all periods of history. Here’s a rundown on a few of the more popular ones you may encounter in a gym: Brazilian jiu-jitsu: This discipline focuses on grapples and ground fighting. The goal is the get an opponent on the ground and then put that opponent into a submission hold he or she cannot escape from. It’s high-contact and often taught for self-defense. Cardio kickboxing: These classes combine general punch and kick techniques from many other martial arts to create a routine that elevates heart rate and builds strength and stamina. Often, cardio kickboxing focuses more on group classes rather than one-on-one sparring. Karate: Having originated in Okinawa, Japan, karate is an upright martial art that focuses on striking. It aims to use punches, kicks, knees, elbows and open hands to block an opponent’s attacks and then to disable that opponent with a quick strike of one’s own. Mixed martial arts (MMA): The most modern discipline on this list, MMA is a full-contact sport which, as the name suggests, combines many different techniques from many different martial arts. Punches, kicks and grapples are all allowed in an MMA spar. Often those who practice MMA have backgrounds in other combat sports as well. Muay Thai kickboxing: While kickboxing is a general term, Muay Thai is a specific discipline within it. Originally from Thailand, it is sometimes referred to as the “art of eight limbs” for the eight “points of contact”—two hands, two feet, two elbows, two knees—that you strike with. These classes usually involve sparring and contact.


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The last few years have proved that many of us can work from anywhere—why not work out from anywhere too? That’s the idea behind virtual reality (VR) fitness, an exercise trend that uses cutting-edge technology to create a workout that takes you, in effect, anywhere in the world. The concept of VR is relatively straightforward—you strap on a boxy headset that blocks out sounds and sights so that you’re fully immersed in the “metaverse.” But you’re not merely watching a 3-D film on the big screen— you’re interacting via hand-held controllers that you punch, swing, lift or slide. You’re strengthening your muscles, burning calories and getting in your cardio. Except that here you could be doing tabata atop the Great Wall of China or biking through the San Fernando Valley, no passport required. “Exercising is more convenient with virtual reality,” says Newark-based personal trainer Jamal Jean-Jacques. “You no longer have to drive to a gym and wait for equipment or rush to a fitness class. With VR, you can work out from the comfort of your own home and when it fits into your schedule. And you don’t need an elaborate set up—just clear the space of any objects or obstacles to be safe.” VR fitness is also changing the notion that video games are a sedentary hobby that requires nothing beyond cognitive skills and concentration. Many VR video games (such as Beat Saber or Ragnarok) stealthily work in the physical stuff. They’re games first and workouts second. And indeed, VR workouts share the appeal of the video game—you’re so immersed in this technological world that you don’t even realize how hard you’re exerting your body. But the systems are working for you in the background. Most workouts can log your progress and provide instant feedback so users can ensure they’re meeting their daily, monthly and overall goals. Many VR workouts—Quest 2 and Quest 3, for example—can be played via the Oculus platform, a headset from the brand Oculus, a subsidiary of Facebook (now known as Meta). Starting at $299, it includes the headset, two


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touch controllers and a charger, with many add-on accessories. Once you have the platform, the apps themselves are pretty much chump change. A basic “beginner’s app” is FitXR, with which $10 a month gets you ondemand high-intensity interval training (HIIT), dance and boxing classes choreographed by experienced trainers—and submerges you in different environments. You can also work out in real time with up to six friends. Or try Supernatural ($20 a month), which features four types of workouts with trained coaches—Boxing, Flow, Meditate and Stretch—and a personal leaderboard to keep you going. Another option is Holofit, with which you can use your body weight to ski or box, or participate with your at-home bike, rowing machine or elliptical. These interactive workouts take you from San Francisco to Saturn, counting calories burned and letting you save your stats in the app as you try to beat your scores next time. It’ll cost you about $12 a month. There’s also VZfit ($10 per month), similar conceptually to Holofit but with technology that combines with Google Street View to take you on real streets across the globe. All of these apps have free seven-day trials, perfect if you’re unsure but want to try something new. They also come with built-in communities you can choose to take advantage of if your intrinsic motivation is lacking. Prefer to become part of a community in person? VR fitness studios are gradually popping up across the country, one being San Francisco-based Blackbox VR, which combines virtual reality fitness with real-life dynamic resistance training. Here you’ll have access to equipment that helps shape and strengthen your body. There’s also ThriVR24 in Dallas, where participants can fly, box, bike or run thanks to VR tech. So, whether you’re ready for a new workout regimen or are simply an early adopter when it comes to new trends and tech, VR fitness could just be the thing to take your fitness routine to another dimension.


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Like a cherry atop a special treat, there was something inherently sweet built into the recent redesign of a Glen Ridge condo. One of the homeowners, who loves to bake, fuels her passion with a setup that puts all the tools of the trade within easy reach—then hides them away, avoiding clutter. When it’s time to bake holiday cookies, she, her husband and three grown children—including a college student who still lives at home—get into the act with a spacious layout that makes room for all. Although it’s a downsize from their Montclair center-hall colonial, the lady of the house says, “This is a great kitchen for the five of us to cook in together. We always make my mom’s Christmas cookie recipe, and it’s easier with all the popups.” With this intuitive design by Tracey Stephens of the eponymous Montclair design firm, even the mixer is


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tucked out of sight until it’s time for it to pop up—voila!—out of its island abode. Similarly, Stephens gave cutting boards and other essentials a home in deep pull-out drawers beside the KitchenAid induction range with its stainless-steel hood. Even the Kohler Stages 33 sink with a Brizo Odin SmartTouch faucet has a work station that is a cook’s delight, as the owner appreciates. Making style fit life was the chief goal of this redesign, and that didn’t stop with Christmas cookies. “I always start with style before function because the layout and configuration have to be right,” explains Stephens. In this case, an awkwardly placed peninsula landed the kitchen at the top of the couple’s hit list when they moved to this condo in a recycled industrial building in 2020. “They wanted more of a free-flowing space,”

Stephens recalls. To honor the family’s love of socializing, the designer (working with project manager Beth Bernasconi) made sure that the new island didn’t similarly block the flow of guests and family and could serve as a buffet station. Since the completion of the project in May 2022, the kitchen at last connects with the dining and living rooms in an open plan as intended. Modern is the vibe in the new kitchen, from the handblown-glass orb chandelier with geometric branches (Hammerton Studio) to the quartz (with a veined Carrara effect) slabs blanketing all the counters and even the backsplash. Stephens planned a large slab (MSI Calacatta Laza) for the four-seat island, but the elevator was too tight. Rather than compromise, she had a crane carry the quartz up through the balcony, making for a dramatic story as well as a dramatic look.


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When the contemporary-minded homeowners shunned a white palette, Stephens stepped in with Graphite custom cabinets (Showplace Cabinetry) with minimalistic doors. “The prior design style was kind of boring,” she says, recalling brown wood cabinets that had seen better days. Finding opportunity even in smaller details, she infused walnut accents into the polishednickel cabinet handles to harmonize with the rest of the home and add warmth. “It was just kind of a serendipitous bonus,” she says, revealing how the black walnut came to the rescue when an attractive trim was needed. Walnut also stands out at the island in the eye-catching silhouette of the Norman Cherner stools by Modclair, which the homeowner calls “unbelievably comfortable.” In the old design, Stephens says, “There was no thoughtfulness about storage and


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This page, top right: Pull-out drawers make cooking a breeze. This page, bottom right: Christmas cookies are off to a good start with a popup mixer. Opposite page: Designer Tracey Stephens wows with this orb chandelier of handblown glass, while slabs of quartz—so big they had to be delivered by crane— share the style spotlight.


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This page: A shower bench of recycled glass offers a stunning contrast to Moroccan wall tile in white. Opposite page: The homeowners get a hotel luxury vibe from a bathroom reno that fits their lifestyle with a spacious shower and a greige-stained vanity topped with recycled glass.


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organization, another big element we provided.” Rather than a deep pantry with unexplorable recesses, Stephens provided a full-height cabinet with pull-out shelves and spice racks. A breakfast station makes good use of the space under the cabinet microwave. During this project, the homeowners emphasized sustainability, thus the decision to install an induction range and use recycled components when possible. Salvaging the hardwood flooring would have met this goal, but the peninsula demo proved too extensive. On a mission to match the rest of the area flooring, Stephens says, “We worked long and hard to get the stain color right, and it’s pretty close.” Sustainability took a giant step forward in the reno of the bathroom, which Stephens infused with recycled glass on the shower bench and the vanity, where it makes an impression against the greige-stained maple (Showplace Cabinetry).

“I thought that was cool,” says the homeowner of the repurposed glass, while Stephens describes a “stunning countertop” in Palladian Gray from Vetrazzo. More than eye candy, the vanity gets the job done with docking stations for hair tools and room for both husband and wife to get ready at double Nantucket sinks with brushed-nickel faucets. Here again, the original layout clashed with this family’s lifestyle. Says the wife: “It wasn’t well laid out. It had a sort of old tub and a stall shower, and we weren’t really going to use an old, short tub.” Stephens listened and gave the couple a more functional large shower, which she decked with Moroccan tile from Zellige in a modern stacked pattern. “There’s actually three ways to take a shower,” including a rain shower, she explains. A frameless shower door (Elliott Glass) completes the look, and grab bars assure safety. Large-format porcelain (Wayne Tile) offers


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color variations in the look of concrete and stone, while ample lighting comes from Visual Comfort’s Milan rectilinear sconces flanking the mirrored medicine cabinets (Kohler Catalan) and recessed lighting. Other features are a half wall for privacy at the dual-flush (sustainable) toilet, custom cabinetry for pull-out hampers (Rev-A-Shelf) and one of the homeowner’s favorites: radiant heat, so no cold feet. Thanks to the reno, hotel luxury is now waiting for them without their having to pack a suitcase. This Glen Ridge family wanted to downsize, but they didn’t want to compromise. Thanks to this redesign, they don’t have to. “We accomplished the goals of improving the layout functionality and especially storage and significantly upgraded this style,” says Stephens. The result? Mom’s cookie recipe is not in any danger, and there’s ample room for each family member to lick a spoon.


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Tropical beaches can wait. This year, why not visit a place where winter is in its glory? Wintertime “getaways” often invite you to escape the cold and snow for a warmer clime. But there’s another way. It may not be your first thought if you’re tired of scraping your windshield, but have you considered going full-on wintry? The five destinations here, all within easy driving distance of Morris and Essex counties, don’t evade the cold; they celebrate it. Some boast the familiar delights of skiing and snowboarding, but all have further enticements too. Whether you seek athletic adventure, stunning vistas in white or unbelievable steaming gourmet dinners, each of these locales is a geographical love letter to the season. Why not take advantage of February break and take your family someplace where all is calm and bright, and snow days still mean magic?


A four-and-a half-hour straight shot up I-87 will take you to this resort, host of both the 1932 and the 1980 Olympic Games and still a mecca for Northeast winter sports. The Olympic Center here is still open and functional, providing both a chance to walk through sports history and an unforgettable place to ice-skate. Lake Placid boasts some of the best of just about anything you could want to do outside in the cold. In the spirit of its Olympic legacy, it will host the Adirondack Tour de Ski on Feb. 10 and 25. This competitive cross-country ski event spans six venues as well as multiple distances and terrains. It’s open to all, as well as to the public for viewing. On the slopes: The iconic Whiteface Mountain is one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. It has 94 trails, 11 lifts and the greatest vertical drop on an East Coast ski trail. Duck inside and warm up at the mountainside Legacy Lodge, which has a heated patio, food and drink options and spectacular views. The more adventurous may enjoy the 30-foot-high toboggan shoot, which sends riders flying onto the frozen Mirror Lake. Those looking for a something more relaxing can head over to Bear Den Mountain for a mixedterrain snowshoe over breathtaking scenery. Off the slopes: If you can’t get enough of the Lake Placid views, check out The Cottage, a café situated right on the edge of Mirror Lake. Its menu has something for everyone, including pub favorites and extensive vegetarian options. Those looking for a day trip and a chance to stock up on pancake essentials should check out South Meadow Farm Maple Sugarworks, a family-run maple sugaring operation with an operational boiler vat and sugarhouse an easy drive away from downtown. For more information:


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Snow and ice only make this Natural Wonder of the World more breathtaking, and the town around it is ready to delight and awe. About six hours away by car, Niagara County is more than just the famous state park where the falls are located. Visitors can now step into the Cave of the Winds, the closest observation point to the falls themselves, year-round. The area is also a rich historical site and includes Fort Niagara, where professional reenactors bring several eras of history to life. A special Winter Warriors event, exploring the hardships of winter battles during the Revolutionary War, is being held there Feb. 17–18. On the slopes: Wintertime hikers will rejoice at Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, where there is a four-mile trail perfect for snowshoeing. Bond Lake Park is another favorite spot for that activity; it also includes 13 miles of free cross-country ski trials. The local favorite activity, however, is snowmobiling. The miles and miles of wide-open State Park trails make this an ideal snowmobiling destination, and there are many options around the county for rentals and lessons. Off the slopes: The Niagara Region is one of the few places in the country that produce ice wine. It employs a process that includes letting grapes freeze on the vine, creating a unique, sweet flavor. Arrowhead Spring Vineyards offers tours, tastings and a full menu of lunch, dinner and hors d’oeuvre options. For more information:


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If you’re traveling to embrace winter, why not explore the Great White North itself? Five and a half hours and one border crossing away, Montreal is a city that makes an impression in the snow and ice. The cold only makes attractions such as the breathtaking architecture of the NotreDame Basilica seem warmer and more inviting. If you’re looking for a feast for the eyes in this center of culture, “Montréal en Lumière,” or “Montreal in Light,” runs from Feb. 22 until March 10. One of the largest winter festivals in the world, it lights up the Quartier des Spectacles with sculptures, luminous installations, food vendors, games and theater performances. On the slopes: Known to residents simply as The Mountain, Mount Royal Park is the center of outdoor living in Montreal. It’s considered the go-to spot for sledding and tobogganing (which makes this a destination ideal for kids) and maintains several cross-country ski trails. If you’re willing to go on a bit more of a drive, only an hour away is Mont Tremblant, a winter sports resort with 102 trails and four slopes supported by 14 lifts. In the winter, an express shuttle bus runs from there to the city and back. Off the slopes: Montreal’s food culture is second to none and embraces the city’s rich blend of cultures. For a broad sampling of all those varied tastes, check out Le Central. This gourmet food hall showcases nearly 25 restaurant kiosks. First and foremost a gathering place of local talent, Le Central brings a community sensibility that will impress foodies of all ages. For more information:

No census of American winter destinations would be complete without Stowe, a town celebrated for ski slopes and picturesque mountain peaks and only about five and a half hours away from Morris and Essex counties. The town lives and breathes winter sports, offering everything from challenging slopes for the experienced skier and snowboarder to introductory lessons for the beginner. Want to try dogsledding? Join Umiak Outdoor Outfitters in February for their Mad River Sled Dog Adventures. Each session gives you the chance to ride with the pros on a dogsled team. On the slopes: Sharing the town’s name is Stowe Mountain Resort, which comprises both Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, for a combined 485 skiable acres. With 116 trails and 12 lifts, the resort offers lessons for all ages in both group and private settings. Reached by sky gondola ride, the resort’s Spruce Peak Village includes lodgings, a spa, shopping, dining and a climbing wall. You can also lace up your skates at Spruce Peak Village’s outdoor ice-skating rink. Off the slopes: Unfreeze your fingers with a hot cup of coffee from the cozy Black Cap Coffee & Bakery, which also sells pastries and desserts made from locally sourced ingredients. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, head over to Idletyme Brewing Company, where the local brewing culture combines with family dining for an unforgettable experience. For more information:


If you want to get away from the bustle as well as enjoy the snow, then the two-and-a-half-hour drive to the Berkshires may be the trip for you. Idyllic and forested, this region offers unbeatable views, rich historical heritage destinations and farm-totable cuisine. Nothing embodies this better than Pittsfield’s Indoor Farmers Market, a weekly event that’s lighted through the stained-glass windows of a church. There, you can browse local goods and produce. Or you could stop by the Berkshire Botanical Garden, which is open year-round and covers nearly 24 acres. On the slopes: If you’re new to skiing and snowboarding adventures, or have kids who are, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the perfect destination. It has a broad range of lessons for adults of all levels and abilities as well as a nationally ranked children’s lesson program. Out of its 45 trails, 17 are considered easy and beginner friendly, which makes this an ideal place to learn something new as a family. This sensibility carries through all aspects of the resort—the Cub’s Den Playroom is an onsite childcare option for children 2 years and older. Jiminy Peak offers onsite lodging options that feature both indoor and outdoor heated whirlpools. Off the slopes: Keep cozy flavors at the forefront and stop by the local favorite Shire Donuts, where each pastry is made to order. Dinnertime options include Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano, a traditional Italian/American restaurant with extensive familystyle options and an impressive wine list. It also has a full menu of vegan-friendly food. These eateries have a community atmosphere, and they invite you to step in and share it with them. For more information: —Kirsten Meehan


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Nothing beats chicken noodle or classic tomato, but when the craving for something new and hearty hits, these global favorites are good food too.

TRADITIONAL KHARCHO SOUP Yields 8 servings INGREDIENTS n 1 lb. pork shoulder n 1 yellow onion n 1 tomato n 7 oz. long grain rice n 5 cloves garlic n 2 oz. tomato paste n 1 tsp. hops (suneli) n salt to taste n ground black pepper, to taste n hot red pepper, to taste n ½ tsp. ground coriander n 2 bay leaves n greens, to taste n 8 cups water

DIRECTIONS Cut the onion into small cubes. Using a pressure cooker, turn on the “Frying” mode for 15 minutes and fry the onion until soft for 3 minutes. Cut the meat into small pieces and fry with the onion for 7-8 minutes. Make a cross-shaped incision on the tomato, pour boiling water over it. Drain the water, carefully remove the skin and cut into cubes. Add to meat and onions, fry until the end of the program. Add rice, tomato paste, salt, spices and water. Start the pressure cooker’s “Soup/Stew” program for 60 minutes. Five minutes before cooking, add fresh herbs. At the end of cooking, leave in the keep warm mode for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

“I’d swap in a short-grain rice such as arborio or paella rice, as these grains will hold their shape better and add a burst of texture and flavor. Another swap idea is to use grass-fed sirloin beef tips or lamb instead of pork shoulder, for those seeking leaner cuts of protein.” —Lori R. Lee, registered dietitian nutritionist, The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Succasunna


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TRADITIONAL ZUREK SOUP Yields 4 servings INGREDIENTS For the fermented rye flour starter n 5 Tbs. of rye flour n 2 cups of purified water For the soup n 35 oz. of smoked pork bones n 10 oz of bacon n 3 qts. of water n 5 allspice berries n 3 bay leaves n 4 white sausages n 1 onion n 3 garlic cloves n 1 Tbs. of dried marjoram n 2 Tbs. of salt n 1 Tbs. of oil Add-ons to choose n 2 boiled potatoes n 2 boiled eggs

DIRECTIONS Making the fermented rye starter (zakwas) In a clean glass jar, mix rye flour with warm, purified water. Cover the jar with a linen cloth or gauze. Place it in a cold (68°F), dark place. Stir zakwas twice a day. After 5-7 days it is ready to use. Cooking the soup Pour water into a big pot. Add allspice berries and bay leaves and bring to boil. Reduce the heat. Add smoked pork bones, bacon and white sausage. Cook for about 30 minutes, but don’t bring it to a boil! In the meantime, peel and dice an onion, then fry it in oil. Take off the meat. Dice the bacon and cut the white sausage into slices or bigger chunks. You may also remove meat from the bones and dice it. Stir zakwas for about 1 minute, making sure there are no lumps. Bring the soup to boil, reduce the heat, then slowly start pouring zakwas into it, stirring all the time. Cook for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add onion, meat, crushed garlic cloves, marjoram and salt.

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Winter Warmth Keep cozy all season long with a boozy twist to your traditional hot cocoa.

CROCK-POT RED WINE HOT COCOA Yields: 10 servings

INGREDIENTS n 21/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips n 1/4 cup cocoa powder n 1/2 cup granulated sugar n pinch kosher salt n 6 cups whole milk n 1 (750 ml.) bottle red wine n toasted marshmallows, for serving n chocolate shavings, for serving DIRECTIONS Combine chocolate chips, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, milk and wine in slow cooker. Cook on high for one hour, whisking every 20 minutes. Ladle cocoa into mugs and top with toasted marshmallows and chocolate shavings. Recipe courtesy of




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2024 TO HELP YOU FIND GREAT DENTAL CARE, Morris & Essex magazine commissioned Professional Research Services (PRS) of Troy, Michigan to conduct a peer-review survey of hundreds of practicing and active dentists across Morris County. Dentists were asked to choose which of their peers they consider the very best, across seven different practice areas— endodontics, general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. All the final honorees were fact-checked with the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs License Verification System. The highest vote getters within each specialty who are in good standing with the state are included here in the 2024 “Morris County’s Top Dentists” list. There are many other good dentists practicing in Morris County who may not be included on this list; we recommend that you consider “Morris County’s Top Dentists” and other resources before scheduling your next dental procedure.

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ENDODONTICS KEITH APPELBAUM Appelbaum Endodontics, LLC 10 W. Hanover Ave., Suite 105 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-598-3450 AARON D. AUE Morris County Endodontics 141 Route 46 Rockaway, NJ 07866 973-625-3384 HAROUT BARSEMIAN Apex Endodontics, LLC 123 Washington St., Suite 205 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-538-5660 CRAIG BERRY Marc P. Gimbel, DMD, LLC 150 River Rd., Suite K-3 Montville, NJ 07045 973-335-8046 MITCHELL H. DAVICH Davich Endodontics 95 Madison Ave., Suite A02 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-898-0100 MARC P. GIMBEL Marc P. Gimbel, DMD, LLC 150 River Rd., Suite K-3 Montville, NJ 07045 973-335-8046 VIVIAN GRAHAM Modern Micro Endodontics Florham Park 256 Columbia Tpke. South Tower, Suite 205 Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-765-0011 RENA KREITMAN Marc P. Gimbel, DMD, LLC 150 River Rd., Suite K-3 Montville, NJ 07045 973-335-8046 ROSEMICHELE SORVINO-MACCHIA Chatham Endodontics 291 Main St. Chatham, NJ 07928 973-635-9191 LEO YUDKIN Advanced Endodontics of New Jersey 16 Pocono Rd., Suite 211 Denville, NJ 07834 973-664-0181

GENERAL DENTISTRY NATALIA ARTIMOVA Denville Dental Studio 3125 Route 10 East, Suite 1B Denville, NJ 07834 973-328-7199

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EWA AWAD Dentex Smile Studio 2 Franklin Pl. Morristown, NJ 07960 973-500-2555

DEREK FINE Aesthetic Family Dentistry, PA 35 W. Main St., Suite 208 Denville, NJ 07834 973-627-3617

ROBERT BIZZARRO Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey 310 Madison Ave., Suite 210 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-285-5480

ANTHONY FUSCO Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Randolph 390 Route 10 West Randolph, NJ 07869 973-361-1198

JOSEPH CARAVANO Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Randolph 390 Route 10 West Randolph, NJ 07869 973-361-1198 JOHN A. CAROLLO John A. Carollo, DMD, D-ABDSM 131 Columbia Tpke., Suite 2A Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-377-5117 RICHARD J. CARRARA Morristown Dental Associates 261 James St., Suite 3B Morristown, NJ 07960 973-538-3456 SIDNEY CHONOWSKI Dev Patwa, DDS 26 Madison Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960 973-538-1100 VINCENT J. CORSELLO Morristown Dental Associates 261 James St., Suite 3B Morristown, NJ 07960 973-538-3456

VICTOR GITTLEMAN Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry 31 Dehart St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973-287-3337 ALEXA GRUBER Gruber Dental 362 Parsippany Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973-428-1515 MICHAEL GRUBER Gruber Dental 362 Parsippany Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973-428-1515 REBECCA S. JACKSON Main Street Dental Arts 291 Main St. Chatham, NJ 07928 973-635-9091 ADAM S. KIMOWITZ Denville Dentist 75 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 205 Denville, NJ 07834 973-841-8678

DENNIS COYLE Coyle Dentistry 8 Shunpike Rd. Madison, NJ 07940 973-966-6555

DOUGLAS KITCHIN Kitchin Cosmetic & Family Dentistry 40 Main St. Succasunna, NJ 07876 973-584-2533

MATT CRYSTAL Mainstreet Dental Dr. Matt Crystal 180 Main St., Floor 1 Madison, NJ 07940 973-665-2388

EVAN KRAUSE Krause Comprehensive Dental Care 150 River Rd., Suite J-2 Montville, NJ 07045 973-657-5569

GREGGORY DILAURI Dr. Greggory DiLauri, DDS 66 Sunset Strip, Suite 307 Succasunna, NJ 07876 973-252-0030

STEVEN M. KUITEMS Dental Associates of Basking Ridge 1201 Mount Kemble Ave. Suite 2 Morristown, NJ 07960 908-332-0877

DEBRA ANN DURYEA Aesthetic Image Dentistry 5 Cold Hill Rd. South, Suite 5 Mendham, NJ 07945 973-543-2232 MATTHEW J. FENIMORE Fenimore Dentistry 54 Horsehill Road, Suite 203 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 973-538-2238

JENNI KWIATKOWSKI Aesthetic Family Dentistry 35 W. Main St., Suite 208 Denville, NJ 07834 973-627-3617 CHRISTOPHER LAMORTE Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Randolph 390 Route 10 West Randolph, NJ 07869 973-361-1198

CELINE LEE Adams Dental Integrative Dental Center 1 Kings Rd. Madison, NJ 07940 973-264-4135 KAREY P. MATTHEWS Attentive Dental Care of Morristown, NJ 95 Madison Ave., Suite 401 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-975-4956 JONATHAN P. MUNDTH Chatham Dental Associates 140 Main St. Chatham, NJ 07928 973-635-5522 SIRIN OCHAROEN Sirinity Smiles 256 Columbia Turnpike Suite 213 Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-377-6300 NAREN RAJAN Dentistry of Mendham 5 Cold Hill Rd. South, Suite 7 Mendham, NJ 07945 973-543-5700 SAMIR RANA Comprehensive Dental Implant Center 166 Main St., Floor 2 Lincoln Park, NJ 07035 973-917-8509 RICHARD REINHARD Reinhard Dentistry 130 Whippany Rd. Whippany, NJ 07981 973-887-2436 THOMAS REINHARD Reinhard Dentistry 130 Whippany Rd. Whippany, NJ 07981 973-887-2436 STEVEN H. RICHTER Dental Group of Morristown 89 Washington St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973-993-8303 EDWARD ROCKFORD Gruber Dental 362 Parsippany Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973-428-1515 SAM ROMANO Sam Romano, DMD, MAGD 120 Park Ave. Madison, NJ 07940 973-377-7088 ED ROMANO Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey 310 Madison Ave., Suite 210 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-285-5480

GLENN A. ROTHENBERG The Rothenberg Dental Group 29 Columbia Tpke., Suite 102A Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-301-0011 JAY S. SCHUSTER Metro Dental Associates 29 Elm St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973-538-2563 MICHAEL S. SIEGEL Michael S. Siegel, DDS, PC 160 E. Hanover Ave.,Suite 102 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 973-539-8922 DAVID M. SINGER David M. Singer, DDS 1171 Ridgedale Ave., Suite C Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-377-4688 MATTHEW SPATZNER Montville Dental Associates 170 Changebridge Rd. Suite B3-3 Montville, NJ 07045 973-575-5555 JOHN M. SYLVESTER John M. Sylvester DMD, FAGD 330 Main St. Madison, NJ 07940 973-822-3819 JENNIFER TO-VITARELLI Vitarelli Dental 315 Madison Ave. Madison, NJ 07940 973-377-0913 RAJ UPADYA Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry 49 Ridgedale Ave., Suite 201 East Hanover, NJ 07936 973-287-3153 CHRISTOPHER S. WYCKOFF Christopher S. Wyckoff, DMD 210 Main St., Suite 1 Madison, NJ 07940 973-377-6688

ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY SCOTT A. COHEN Denville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, LLC 35 W. Main St., Suite 101 Denville, NJ 07834 973-627-6006 LAWRENCE MARK GORZELNIK Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, LLC 100 Kings Rd. Madison, NJ 07940 973-966-6699

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BRIAN J. KLEIN Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA 447 Route 10, Suite 5 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-328-1555

ORTHODONTICS SONIA ABRAHAM Fox & Abraham Orthodontics, PC 3155 Route 10, Suite 111 Denville, NJ 07834 973-328-4434 JOSEPH M. ARVAY Flanders Pediatric Dentistry 230 Route 206, Suite 305 Flanders, NJ 07836 973-927-2260

JESSICA S. LEE Northeast Facial and Oral Surgery Specialists, LLC 83 Hanover Rd., Suite 240 Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-360-1100

KENNETH BANASIAK Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates 18 E. Main St. Mendham, NJ 07945 973-543-6644

SHAWN LYNN Riverside Oral Surgery 33 Main St., Suite 201 Chatham, NJ 07928 973-298-1365

HEATHER BAUMWOLL Baumwoll Orthodontics 390 Route 10 West Randolph, NJ 07869 973-989-5100

KURT NOTARNICOLA Morris Sussex Oral Surgery Associates, LLC 22 Howard Blvd., Suite 201 Mount Arlington, NJ 07856 973-601-0606

HOWARD B. BOBROW Howard B. Bobrow, DMD, PA 35 W. Main St., Suite 207 Denville, NJ 07834 973-627-5902

PATRICK J. PIROZZI Montville Oral Surgery Associates 150 River Rd., Suite J-1 Montville, NJ 07045 973-316-5757 TARA C. PLANSKY Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA 447 Route 10, Suite 5 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-328-1555 KENNETH PRESS Madison Avenue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, LLC 95 Madison Ave., Suite 108 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-984-7000 EDWARD A. ROSENBAUM Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA 447 Route 10, Suite 5 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-328-1555 STEVEN SILVERMAN Madison Avenue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, LLC 95 Madison Ave., Suite 108 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-984-7000 MICHAEL D. SINGER Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA 447 Route 10, Suite 5 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-328-1555

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DAVID CAGGIANO Caggiano Orthodontics 272 Parsippany Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973-828-0759 BARBARA FODERO Chatham Orthodontics 33 Main St., Suite 104 Chatham, NJ 07928 973-701-2200 MICHAEL W. FREDA Freda & Suriano Orthodontics 191 Main St. Chester, NJ 07930 973-748-2248 MICHAEL GOLDKIND Goldkind Family Orthodontics 28 DeHart St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973-949-0063 KEVIN LEHNES Lehnes Orthodontics 765 Route 10 East, Suite 106 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-361-4018 ROBERT LORINO Smiles by Lorino Orthodontics 689 Valley Rd., Suite 208 Gillette, NJ 07933 908-542-0042 STELLA P. MELLAS Mellas Orthodontics 59 East Mill Rd., Suite 1-203 Long Valley, NJ 07853 908-350-3416

JOHN “JB” PETERMAN JB Peterman Orthodontics 10 Parrot Mill Rd. Chatham, NJ 07928 973-635-2105 MELISSA ROBERTO Rockaway Orthodontics 141 Route 46 West, Suite 101 Rockaway, NJ 07866 973-298-5900 JASON ROTHENBERG Rothenberg Orthodontics 333 Main St. Madison, NJ 07940 973-822-2308 BLAIR SITTMANN Lehnes Orthodontics 765 Route 10 East, Suite 106 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-361-4018 ANTHONY T. SURIANO Freda & Suriano Orthodontics 191 Main St. Chester, NJ 07930 973-748-2248 NICHOLAS TERRANA Rothenberg Orthodontics 333 Main St. Madison, NJ 07940 973-822-2308

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY CHRISTINA R. CARTER Carter Smile 180 Main St. Madison, NJ 07940 973-540-1666 TALYA GLUCK Montville Pediatric Dentistry 350 Main Rd., Suite 101 Montville, NJ 07045 973-265-1155 HOWARD C. KOTKIN Howard C. Kotkin, DDS 33 Main St., Suite 203 Chatham, NJ 07928 973-635-6444 MICHAEL P. LATEINER Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 218 Ridgedale Ave., Suite 203 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 973-585-6756 AARON MANNELLA Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph 390 Route 10, Floor 2 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-989-7970 MATTHEW MANNELLA Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph 390 Route 10, Floor 2 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-989-7970

PETER PARADISO Kidz World Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 218 Ridgedale Ave., Suite 203 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 973-585-6756

MARIA PARRELLA Madison Periodontics & Implants 8 Shunpike Rd., Suite 5 Madison, NJ 07940 973-822-9323

LISSET PENTON Children’s Dentistry of Morristown 95 Madison Ave., Suite A08 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-821-3719

NEHA SHAH Neha P. Shah, DMD, LLC 272 Route 206 Flanders, NJ 07836 973-668-5020

SUZY H. PRESS Children’s Dentistry of Morristown 95 Madison Ave., Suite A08 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-821-3719 STEPHANIE ROSSY Rossy Pediatric Dentistry 477 Route 10 East Building 1, Unit 2 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-989-9040 EDWARD SONNENBERG Flanders Pediatric Dentistry 230 Route 206, Suite 305 Flanders, NJ 07836 973-927-2260

PERIODONTICS WAYNE F. ARNDT Wayne F. Arndt, DMD 101 Madison Ave., Suite 300 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-455-0150 THOMAS A. BISSELL Bissell Periodontics & Dental Implant Center of New Jersey 385 Route 24, Suite 3J Chester, NJ 07930 908-747-1290 STEVEN A. CAMPOLATTARO Steven A. Campolattaro, DDS 22 Route 10 West, Suite 102 Succasunna, NJ 07876 973-598-1601 ALEJANDRO CASTANO Castano Periodontics & Dental Implants 16 Pocono Rd., Suite 213 Denville, NJ 07834 973-625-0602

VICTOR H. TRAIN Victor H. Train, DDS 390 Route 10 Randolph, NJ 07869 973-361-6180


GREGG A. JACOB Northeast Facial and Oral Surgery Specialists, LLC 83 Hanover Rd., Suite 240 Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-360-1100

PROSTHODONTICS THOMAS J. EMMER, JR. T.J. Emmer Prosthetic Dentistry 310 Madison Ave., Suite 206 Morristown, NJ 07960 973-540-8800 MADALINA E. IORGULESCU Morristown & Summit Prosthodontics 73 Maple Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960 973-326-1955 BARRY A. KAPLAN Morristown Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry 120 Columbia Tpke., Suite 2 Florham Park, NJ 07932 973-540-1311 MAURICIO LAVIE Chatham Prosthodontics 33 Main St., Suite 103 Chatham, NJ 07928 973-635-0698 CARLOS MOGLIANESI Carlos Moglianesi, DMD, FACP 300 Main St. Chatham, NJ 07928 908-665-2300 DANIEL ORELLANA Daniel Orellana, DDS 16 Pocono Rd., Suite 215 Denville, NJ 07834 973-627-793

KENNETH GLUCK Montville Periodontics and Implantology 170 Changebridge Rd. Bldg. C-6 Montville, NJ 07045 973-453-0510 CARYN MILLER Caryn Miller, DMD, LLC 300 Main St. Chatham, NJ 07928 973-635-4960

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Derek Fine, D.M.D. Jenni Kwiatkowski, D.D.S. Aesthetic Family Dentistry

35 West Main St. Suite 208, Denville, NJ 07834 • 973.627.3617 • AESTHETIC FAMILY DENTISTRY OF DENVILLE, FOUNDED OVER 40 YEARS AGO, offers a highly technological, yet gentle and holistic approach to dentistry rarely found in a family practice. Dr. Derek Fine and Dr. Jenni Kwiatkowski are focused on each patient’s overall well-being and how dental health affects the body.

difficulty breastfeeding and allows the baby to transfer milk better, gain weight and have less reflux and colic. The benefit to an adult is that it promotes better nasal breathing, improving breathing issues and/or sleep apnea.

The dentists recognize that first impressions are critical from the initial moments of contact with the kindest and most devoted team to the waiting room’s ambiance, patients get a picture of how they will be treated and if it’s the right practice for their family. The dentists also share cell phone numbers with patients, finding that it offers peace of mind and promotes patient physician trust.

At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, it’s all about the best patient experience possible. For example, patients feel more comfortable having a 3D scanner create their impressions. Aesthetic Family Dentistry is especially proficient when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ, sleep breathing disorders and headaches. Additionally, there’s a wide array of traditional and advanced dental procedures, as well as cosmetic dentistry, Botox and a variety of dermal fillers.

The dentists look for homeopathic options whenever possible to avoid the use of drugs and chemicals. For many procedures, they’ll use an ozone generator which kills bacteria, viruses, and fungus without the use of chemicals or other medications. Their newest addition to technology is called the Light Scalpel, used to treat infants, children and adults lip and tongue ties. This helps new moms with infants having

The dentists are committed to continuing education and have extensive experience far beyond required training hours. Dr. Fine is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry with advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry, cosmetic Reconstruction TMJ and occlusion as well as Botox. Dr. Kwiatkowski has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, TMJ, Laser dentistry, and Implants.

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Evan Krause, D.D.S., F.I.C.O.I. Krause Comprehensive Dental Care 150 River Rd., Suite J-2, Montville, NJ 07045 • 973.334.5556 • AFTER SEEING THE WAY HIS FATHER, DR. ALAN KRAUSE, BUILT RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIS PATIENTS over the years as well as shadowing dental specialists throughout dental school who often saw their patients for only a single visit, Dr. Evan Krause realized the impact that personalized family care has on the health and wellness of patients. Upon completion of dental school at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2013, graduating as one of the top 10 students in his class, Dr. Evan knew that Krause Comprehensive Dental Care would provide the multifaceted experience he sought. The family practice would allow him to apply his knowledge of a wide array of advanced dental and surgical techniques while fostering lasting relationships with his patients. Krause Comprehensive Dental Care is a dedicated and diversified practice where the dentists give their undivided attention to patients of all ages. Offering “Experience with Continuing Excellence,” the doctors use stateof-the-art equipment as their driving force in providing efficiency, comfort

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and the utmost in quality dental care. With each passing year, the doctors search out the newest technologies that check all the boxes to raise the bar in diagnostics, detection and treatment. When speaking about the practice’s staff, Dr. Evan’s highest praise is a reflection of the patients’ glowing reviews. The caring and compassionate team know just how to find the perfect balance between doing the best job possible while making anxious patients at ease. A Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Evan lectures on the various applications of digital dentistry and served as a part-time clinical faculty member at Columbia University, teaching senior dental students CAD/CAM and restorative dentistry. Dr. Evan always takes a comprehensive approach with his patients emphasizing the whole patient rather than just the teeth for optimal well-being.

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Adam S. Kimowitz D.M.D. Denville Dentist

75 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 205, Denville, NJ 07834 • 973.627.3363 • ONE CONVERSATION WITH DENVILLE DENTIST’S DR. ADAM KIMOWITZ is all it takes to see the passion that he has for his work and for his patients. His father started their practice 40 years ago, and although they offer general family dental care such as cleanings, fillings and root canal for patients of all ages, Dr. Kimowitz with the help of his father took their practice several steps further as they continue to focus on complex oral rehabilitation, placing and restoring hundreds of implants yearly. He and his father are driven by a need to help those who have been socially affected by their teeth. “If their teeth are so damaged that they don’t smile, they often have trouble with their personal relationships and are perceived differently than they would like,” he says. Many of the practice’s patients’ teeth have been affected by a variety of diseases, and they are psychologically scarred as a result. “It’s an honor to help such people,” he says. “We look at them as patients, not just mouths. We

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address their fears and concerns and feel successful once we connect with them, so that they trust us to help them.” Dr. Kimowitz and his father create not only new smiles and a second chance for their patients, but relationships with them as well. As the treatment becomes more complex, so does the relationship. “I take the trust and responsibility that my patients place in me very seriously and hold myself accountable for the results,” he says. For those who are trapped in a never-ending cycle of root canals and pain, he takes pride in transforming their lives in such a meaningful way. The office is equipped with the latest technology and equipment so that they can achieve the best results: a patient can be outfitted with an entirely new set of teeth in a mere three weeks. “At the end of the day, we want every patient to achieve the outcome they are looking for and be pain-free.”with their continued growth in the future.

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Akeyla Brown, DDS (Livingston) Margo J. Freedberg, DDS (West Orange) Henry J. Falk, DDS (West Orange) Jonathan Michel (West Orange) Shawn Lynn, DDS (Chatham) Gary J. Vitale, DMD (West Caldwell) Riverside Oral Surgery

Livingston | Chatham | West Orange | West Caldwell WITH A TEAM OF DISTINGUISHED SURGEONS AND AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO INNOVATIVE PRACTICES, Riverside Oral Surgery has become the go-to destination for those seeking progressive oral health solutions in both Morris and Essex counties. Leading this progressive practice are eminent surgeons who not only excel in their craft but also exude passion for delivering personalized and empathetic care to every patient who enters their domain. Dr. Akeyla Brown, Dr. Margo J. Freedberg, Dr. Henry J. Falk, Dr. Jonathan Michel, Dr. Shawn Lynn, Dr. Justin Richer and Dr. Gary J. Vitale collectively form the core of the Riverside Oral Surgery team. Each surgeon is not merely a practitioner but a visionary devoted to revolutionizing the patient experience. Marking a significant milestone in the practice’s evolution, Dr. Akeyla Brown was recently appointed as the Clinical Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, reflecting her commitment to propelling the field forward and fostering an all-encompassing environment. Her role signifies Riverside Oral Surgery’s dedication to embracing diversity and ensuring every patient encounters a practice that values inclusivity.

encompasses a wide spectrum of oral and maxillofacial procedures, ranging from wisdom tooth extraction to corrective jaw surgery. Fueled by a commitment to ongoing enhancement, the surgeons at Riverside Oral Surgery remain updated on the latest developments in the field, ensuring that patients benefit from the most innovative and efficacious treatments available. Beyond clinical excellence, Riverside Oral Surgery places a premium on the overall patient experience. From the moment patients step into their modern and inviting facilities, a sense of assurance permeates the office. The pleasant and knowledgeable team is devoted to creating a comfortable atmosphere, addressing concerns, and providing transparent information at every stage of the process. With an exceptional team of innovative surgeons, a steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a dedication to cutting-edge techniques, this practice not only stands as a beacon in Morris and Essex Counties but also as a promise of progressive oral health and the optimal patient experience.

Riverside Oral Surgery’s comprehensive range of services, tailored to address both routine and intricate cases are noteworthy. The practice


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David Caggiano

Caggiano Orthodontics

272 Parsippany Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054 • 973.887.8780 • DR. DAVID CAGGIANO COMBINES HIS BACKGROUND IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING WITH HIS EXTENSIVE TRAINING IN DENTISTRY to create innovative solutions for the toughest of orthodontic situations. “Engineering each smile is a unique process with many options,” he says. As the Author of A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Orthodontics: How to Confidently Choose the Best Orthodontist for your Family and Perfectly Clear: Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign, Dr. Caggiano understands the importance of feeling confident that you are getting the best treatment possible to help create your perfect smile. Staying at the forefront of orthodontic technology is how Dr. Caggiano keeps his promise to offer his patients the most effective orthodontic solutions. He was one of the first orthodontists in New Jersey to use

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digital impression scanners and 3D printers, allowing for impression free treatment. Dr. Caggiano provides treatment using the latest techniques, including self-ligating braces, Indirect Bonding and accelerated Invisalign, just to name a few. “Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, and patients are always complementing us on how thorough our exam process is,” he says. Nominated for many accolades, Dr. Caggino is one of the area’s leading orthodontists. The practice receives rave reviews for its Caggiano Smile Assessment, which includes a complimentary exam, digital x-rays and consultation for new patients. Dr. Caggiano takes pride in delivering quality orthodontic treatment with great customer service, that’s why he is confident and has trade-marked, “You’ll Love the Way We Make You Smile!”

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Carter Smile

180 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940 • 973.540.1666 • DRIVE, DETERMINATION AND CURIOSITY LED DR. CHRISTINA CARTER TO BECOME TRIPLE TRAINED, a status that is unique in the field of dentistry. Dr Carter specializes in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics and has further distinguished herself by completing a fellowship in cleft, craniofacial and surgical orthodontics. From age one through college, Dr. Carter watches the growth and development of her patients providing “healthy foundations for bright futures.” By following their progress from the start of their dental journey, she is often able to detect and intercept orthodontic issues before surgical intervention becomes necessary.


Christina Carter, DMD

Dr. Carter’s greatest joy is in watching her patients grow and thrive. She’s delighted when an anxious youngster leaves her office feeling proud and has been known to inspire some of her patients to become dentists. Dr. Carter takes special care in treating patients in the neurodivergent population, especially craniofacial disorders and autism. Dr. Carter creates beautiful smiles for adults too. On some days, parents and their children are seated side-by-side for treatment. Whether it’s explaining an intricate dental procedure in language that a child can understand or having her certified therapy dog, Callie, making people happy, she and her incredible team do whatever it takes to create a loving environment and get children smiling.

Dr. Barbara Fodero, D.D.S., MS Chatham Orthodontics

33 Main St., Suite 104, Chatham, NJ 07928 • 973.701.2200 • A DUAL PASSION FOR ARTISTRY AND ANALYSIS LED DR. BARBARA FODERO, to studying orthodontia and has seen her happily engineering beautiful smiles for kids, teens and adults ever since. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Fodero leverages the latest technology, like custom, 3-D printed Lightforce braces, to ensure she can provide the best available treatment for each patient, with the fastest possible treatment time. Chatham Orthodontics—established by Dr. Fodero over a decade ago— is situated in close proximity to Essex, Morris and Union counties. As a mom, Dr. Fodero implicitly understands the importance of a gentle hand and only recommends treatment she would endorse for her own family. She delights in her work with young people and enjoys the strong connections made with her adult patients. Dr. Fodero is highly skilled at working with patients who have oral sensitivities and anxiety issues.

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Edward Rosenbaum, D.M.D., Michael Singer, D.M.D., Tara Plansky, D.M.D., Brian Klein, D.M.D. Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA Randolph • 973.328.1555 • Flanders • Newton • Hackettstown • Brick • Sparta • AS ONE OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY’S MOST REPUTABLE practices, patients and colleagues rely on Randolph Oral Surgery’s professionals to handle their advanced and complex oral and maxillofacial surgical care needs. Dr. Edward Rosenbaum, Dr. Michael Singer, Dr. Tara Plansky, and Dr. Brian Klein are honored to be selected by their peers as Morris/Essex Health & Life Top Dentists. For four decades, the team at Randolph Oral Surgery has been at the cutting edge of advanced treatments and patient safety to create exceptional patient experiences at their convenient six state-of-the-art office locations. The practice takes pride in its commitment to give back to the community as a local sponsor, as a partner for community treatment and health screenings, and providing educational programs for the local dental community. The group provides skilled care for oral and maxillofacial treatments, ranging from wisdom tooth extraction and dental implant placement to complicated cases involving bone grafting, implants, and surgical treatment for facial trauma, always keeping in mind long-term function and aesthetics. The practice has also been recognized as an All-on-4® Center of Excellence. This popular treatment restores a patient’s full smile supported by implants that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With the use of dynamic 3-D navigation during implant surgery, the doctors can achieve precise results. Drs. Jonathan Friedman, Neha K. Grewal, and Michael V. Spatafora are part of this esteemed team providing patients with around-the-clock surgical care. All aesthetic and restorative procedures are performed in Randolph Center’s state-of-the-art, hospital-style operating suites.

John A. Carollo, D.M.D., D-ABDSM

General Dentistry and Dental Sleep Medicine of NJ 131 Columbia Turnpike, 2A; Florham Park, NJ 07932 · • 973.377.5117 • DR. JOHN CAROLLO IS HELPING PATIENTS in both dentistry and how they sleep. For over 35 years, Dr. Carollo has been transforming patients smiles and dental health with comprehensive care. With comprehensive services from crowns, veneers and dental implants; treatment outcomes are of the highest quality. Patient comfort and patient satisfaction is the hallmark of Dr. Carollo and his amazing team of dental professionals. DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE, (DSM); is a specialized area of dentistry and medicine. DSM helps treat patients with Sleep Breathing Disorders, Sleep Apnea and Snoring. Dr. Carollo is a Diplomate in DSM and works with Sleep Physicians in helping patients with the sleep concerns. Treatment is done with a dental oral appliance to manage or elevate these conditions. DR. CAROLLO HAS BEEN A NJ TOP DENTIST SINCE 2000, and is the team dentist for the NY Jets of the NFL. Dr. Carollo and his staff treat you as if you were their own family. The goal is to make each visit as comfortable as possible, and strive to provide the highest level of expertise and service.

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Kitchin Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

40 Main St., Succasunna NJ 07876 • 973.584.2533 • DR. DOUGLAS KITCHIN AND HIS DENTAL TEAM pride themselves on having one of the most comfortable and welcoming dental offices in the area. The state-of-the-art practice offers patients a wide range of solutions under one roof, making the office the complete dental health facility that generations of families near and far rely on for their oral care. Dr. Kitchin utilizes proven technologies, such as digital impressions, dental implants and Invisalign® to achieve high quality results. He also provides comprehensive services, including root canal therapy, extractions and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Kitchin and his team have built a reputation for outstanding communication with patients. “As a result, our patients are well informed and experience better outcomes because they understand what’s happening with their oral health,” he says.


Douglas Kitchin, D.D.S.

He trained in advanced dental procedures at the highly regarded Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Before that, Dr. Kitchin obtained his degree in dental surgery from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. The team invites you to meet Dr. Kitchin to experience firsthand their warm, welcoming environment.

Natalia Artimova, D.M.D. Denville Dental Studio

3125 Rte. 10E, Suite 1B, Denville, NJ 07834 • 973.328.7199 • FROM AN EARLY AGE, DR. NATALIA ARTIMOVA BECAME IMMERSED IN DENTISTRY prompting her important decision to become a dentist. After graduating dental school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and working in a practice for 18 years, Dr. Artimova took the next big step in her career by putting her own distinguishing mark on a practice she took over just six months ago. Her family and cosmetic practice is warm and personable; true to its motto “Smile! You Are In Good Hands,” where she offers comprehensive dental solutions including general, restorative, cosmetic, dental implants, Invisalign and full mouth rehabilitation. Dr. Artimova’s passion for delivering exceptional dental care to patients of all ages and commitment to progress in the field of dentistry is evident in every corner of her practice. Dr. Artimova is dedicated to growing and expanding her new practice so that friends and neighbors in the surrounding communities can also benefit from her gentle demeanor, advanced treatment philosophies and state-of-the-art techniques.

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Celine Lee, D.M.D.

Adams Dental Integrative Dental Center

One Kings Rd., Madison, NJ 07940 • 973.377.6500 DR. CELINE LEE’S VIBRANT VISION combines meticulous clinical skill, a strong education and laser-focus on the patient. Attention, active listening, and respect are hallmarks of her care. A graduate of UMDNJ-NJ Dental School, Dr. Lee has practiced for over a decade at the multidisciplinary practice of Adams Dental. With an eye for beauty and often utilizing the Bioclear method, Dr. Lee excels in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry with minimally invasive techniques that preserve tooth structure as a core belief. Grateful patients appreciate her ability to reduce fear and provide pain free dentistry. A patient review says it all: “She is well versed with the latest dental science and treatment options, she is incredibly thorough, quality and outcome oriented.”

Barry Kaplan, D.M.D.


120 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 2 Florham Park, NJ 07932 • 973.540.1311 • FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, Dr. Barry Kaplan has been recognized and respected for his expertise and compassionate care in the specialty of prosthodontics while providing patients with crowns, bridges, dentures, cosmetic procedures and implant reconstructions. His dual training in prosthodontics and the surgical placement of implants offers patients comprehensive treatment plans in one location. He uses 3D planning software to perform implant surgery and then completes the final implant reconstruction. Treatment plans are custom tailored to each patient’s needs placing emphasis on a stable and healthy bite and esthetically driven restorations. Dr. Kaplan often uses cutting edge grafting procedures to rebuild bone where necessary to enhance the functional and esthetic outcomes.

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Anthony L. Fusco, D.M.D. Joseph R. Caravano, D.M.D. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Randolph

390 State Rt. 10, Randolph, NJ 07869 973.361.1198 •

DRS. ANTHONY FUSCO AND JOSEPH CARAVANO practice a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry. With an on-site dental technician, their office provides quick turn-around time on their patients’ dental needs. These skills and conveniences combined with treating patients like family have made this practice a Top Dentist choice. Drs. Fusco and Caravano, are both graduates of UMDNJ and are members of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and New Jersey Dental Association. They are involved locally with the Tri-County Dental Society. Their office offers family scheduling, and evening and weekend hours for added convenience.

Carlos Moglianesi, D.M.D., F.A.C.P. 300 Main St., Chatham, NJ 07928 • 908.665.2300 DR. CARLOS MOGLIANESI IS A BOARD-CERTIFIED prosthodontist (NJ Specialty #3639) who specializes in renewing smiles with restorations and a cosmetic focus. Through advanced specialty training, Dr. Moglianesi creates optimal oral health both in function and appearance using the latest dental technologies and trusted techniques from effective, innovative diagnosis to computer-aided design and fabrication of dental restorations. Dr. Moglianesi is particularly proud of his devoted staff who create a warm, comfortable environment for their patients. Dr. Moglianesi is an avid teacher and lecturer affiliated with UCLA, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and Loma Linda University teaching implant dentistry and aesthetics to post graduates as well as continuing education coursework to general dentists.

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Main Street Dental Arts

291 Main St., Chatham, NJ 07928 973.635.9091 • FROM UTILIZING STATEOF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY to offering aromatherapy and personalized music selections, Dr. Rebecca Jackson’s dental practice is committed to the full patient experience. Offering comprehensive dental services in her newly renovated Chatham office, Dr. Jackson and her staff are dedicated to providing superior care. From cleanings and preventive visits to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Dr. Jackson uses the latest technology including digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and the iTero® digital scanner that eliminates messy impressions. Her patient-centric approach has earned her testimonials applauding her high level of care and ability to calm even the most anxious patients. After graduating with honors from Lafayette College, Dr. Jackson earned her dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry. She completed a general practice residency prior to starting her career in private practice.

Sam Romano, D.M.D., MAGD 120 Park Ave. Madison, NJ 07940 • 973.377.7088 • DR. SAM ROMANO IS WORKING TO CHANGE the way people think about dentistry. Through clear communication, clinical excellence and a culture of caring, Dr. Romano’s office has been improving the health of his hometown since 1986. They provide exceptional general, restorative, cosmetic, periodontic and implant dentistry all under one roof. By continually updating technology and office systems, Dr. Romano has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to ensuring treatments are more accurate and less invasive and that all patients have a comfortable, low-stress dental experience.

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Caryn Miller, D.M.D.

Caryn Miller, DMD, LLC | Specialty # 3529 300 Main St., Chatham, NJ 07928 973.635.4960 • DR. CARYN MILLER, a Board Certified Periodontist, has been in practice for over 25 years. She works with an exceptional staff to build relationships with both dentists and patients in a caring, relaxed atmosphere. Dr. Miller utilizes the latest technology that allows regrowth of bone and gum tissues. Office procedures include implant surgery, gum grafting, cosmetic procedures, and preventive treatment for gum disease. Dr. Miller is certified in “Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation.” An alumna of Northwestern and Rutgers Dental School, where she taught periodontics for over 20 years. She directs a prestigious Spear Study Club.


Rebecca S. Jackson, D.D.S.

Melissa Roberto, D.M.D. Rockaway Orthodontics

141 US-46 W, Suite #101 Rockaway, NJ 07866 • 973.298.5900 • HIGH-QUALITY ORTHODONTICS WITH A MOM’S TOUCH, is the cornerstone of Rockaway Orthodontics’ patient experience. Dr. Melissa Roberto built her practice around the idea that patients deserve compassionate and transparent care tailored to their needs and the needs of their families. As a single practitioner, Dr. Roberto’s patients know they’ll be getting her expert attention and thoughtful guidance each time they visit the office. She takes personal care in ensuring patient comfort and is proactive in creating a low-stress environment for everyone, especially those with special needs or who require sensory accommodations.

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ENDODONTICS JOSEPH CHIKVASHVILI Advanced Endodontics Joseph Chikvashvili, DDS 349 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 211 Livingston, NJ 07039 973-731-4800





ALAN A. LAYTON Millburn Endodontics, PA 75 Main St., Suite 102 Millburn, NJ 07041 973-376-1944

GENERAL DENTISTRY VANESSA J. BALLENTINE The Miller Center for Dental Excellence 22 Old Short Hills Rd. Suite 206 Livingston, NJ 07039 973-533-0053 PETER J. BENISCH Dental Group of Millburn 187 Millburn Ave., Suite 1 Millburn, NJ 07041 973-709-8195 STEVE COHEN Livingston Smiles 154 S. Livingston Ave. Suite 107 Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-4099

TO HELP YOU FIND GREAT DENTAL CARE, Morris & Essex magazine commissioned Professional Research Services (PRS) of Troy, Michigan to conduct a peer-review survey of hundreds of practicing and active dentists across Essex County. Dentists were asked to choose which of their peers they consider the very best, across seven different practice areas—endodontics, general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics.

JOSEPH M. DALBON New Jersey Center For Laser And Cosmetic Dentistry 1019 Bloomfield Ave. Suite 1A & 1B West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-244-2424

All the final honorees were fact-checked with the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs License Verification System. The highest vote getters within each specialty who are in good standing with the state are included here in the 2024 “Essex County’s Top Dentists” list.

ANTHONY G. DEVINCENTIS Brookdale Dental Group 1218 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-338-3700

There are many other good dentists practicing in Essex County who may not be included on this list; we recommend that you consider “Essex County’s Top Dentists” and other resources before scheduling your next dental procedure.

MED DAWOUD D&G Dental of West Orange 667 Eagle Rock Ave., Suite B West Orange, NJ 07052 973-419-6906

DAVID I. FERGUSON Ferguson Dental Associates 177 Gordonhurst Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043 973-744-3181 PAULA GENCARELLI D&G Dental of West Orange 667 Eagle Rock Ave., Suite B West Orange, NJ 07052 973-419-6906 JOHN HAMBERGER Hamberger Dental Associates 155 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-0075

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JASON HAMBERGER Hamberger Dental Associates 155 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-0075 MARIE JACKSON Stellar Smile Center 39 The Crescent Montclair, NJ 07042 973-744-5806 CHRISTOPHER KARYDES North Mountain Dental 86 Valley Rd., Suite 2 Montclair, NJ 07042 973-746-1616 DAVID A. KOENIG David A. Koenig, DDS, PA 2 W. Northfield Rd., Suite 210B Livingston, NJ 07039 973-535-0800 BRIAN KOO Dental Artistry of Livingston 201 S. Livingston Ave., Suite 1E Livingston, NJ 07039 973-250-6694 JOSEPH A. MAGOTCH Joseph A. Magotch, DDS, PA 114 W. Mount Pleasant Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-617-1214 MARGARET MCINTYRE Smiles on Essex 421 Essex St. Millburn, NJ 07041 973-467-4211 R. CRAIG MILLER The Miller Center for Dental Excellence 22 Old Short Hills Rd. Suite 206 Livingston, NJ 07039 973-533-0053 MICHAEL S. MILLER Dr. Michael S. Miller 315 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 2E Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-0267 KEVIN MUENCH Muench Family Dental 140 Maplewood Ave. Maplewood, NJ 07040 973-763-2221 JONATHAN A. NITCHE Jonathan A. Nitche, DMD 556 Eagle Rock Ave., Suite 103 Roseland, NJ 07068 973-228-5545 KEVIN NOREIKA Kevin Noreika, DMD 131 Watchung Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 973-744-3972

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JONATHAN MICHEL Riverside Oral Surgery 101 Old Short Hills Rd. Penthouse 2 West Orange, NJ 07052 973-319-2844

DAVID SILVERSTROM The Silverstrom Group 580 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-3990

GERARD M. MIRKOV Gerard M. Mirkov, DMD 120 Millburn Ave., Suite 205 Millburn, NJ 07041 973-376-1888

DAVID ST. LEDGER Upper Montclair Dental Associates 223 Lorraine Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043 973-746-6056

WILLIAM G. RANUCCI Oral & Maxillofacial Associates of Montclair 54 Plymouth St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-746-3466


SANDEEP SINGLA Exclusive Oral Surgery 63 Valley St. South Orange, NJ 07079 973-762-5773

AKEYLA BROWN Riverside Oral Surgery 340 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 1C Livingston, NJ 07039 973-306-0537 EMIL J.A. CAPPETTA Oral & Maxillofacial Associates of Montclair 54 Plymouth St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-746-3466 PHILIP M. ECHO The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology 187 Washington Ave., Suite 1-B Nutley, NJ 07110 973-667-5844 HENRY FALK Riverside Oral Surgery 101 Old Short Hills Rd. Penthouse 2 West Orange, NJ 07052 973-319-2844 MARGO J. FREEDBERG Riverside Oral Surgery 101 Old Short Hills Rd. Penthouse 2 West Orange, NJ 07052 973-319-2844 BENJAMIN JACOBS NJ Center for Oral Surgery 16 Smull Ave. Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-226-8444 MICHAEL H. KIRSCH NJ Center for Oral Surgery 16 Smull Ave. Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-226-8444

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GARY VITALE Riverside Oral Surgery 33 Clinton Rd., Suite 101 West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-358-5734 LUKE ZAMBETTI NJ Center for Oral Surgery 16 Smull Ave. Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-226-8444

ORTHODONTICS MARK J. CAPLAN Millburn Orthodontics 187 Millburn Ave., Suite 3 Millburn, NJ 07041 973-376-6611 EDWARD D. GOLD Montclair Orthodontics 218 Lorraine Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 973-744-1912 BERNARD GORKOWITZ Gorkowitz Orthodontics 114 W. Mount Pleasant Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-7377 DOUGLAS HARTE Harte Orthodontics 100 W. Mount Pleasant Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-7558 DENISE R. KITAY Denise R. Kitay, DDS, MMSc 700 Passaic Ave. West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-228-3366 RICHARD NEWMAN Newman Orthodontics 395 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange, NJ 07052 862-205-4099

ARIANNA L. PAPASIKOS Papasikos Orthodontics 55 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-744-2511 GI GI PARALKAR Livingston Family Orthodontics 201 S. Livingston Ave., Suite 2B Livingston, NJ 07039 973-758-8926 MATTHEW PELUSO Peluso Orthodontics 441 Pompton Ave. Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 973-239-6300 HADLEY A. RUBINO Montclair Orthodontics 218 Lorraine Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 973-744-1912 ERIC M. SACKS Sacks Orthodontics 41 N. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-251-2265

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY ALEXANDER H. ANASTASIOU Pediatric Dentistry of Millburn and Bedminster 90 Millburn Ave., Suite 103 Millburn, NJ 07041 973-762-1110 KIMBERLY HOLLYWOOD Nutley Pediatric Dentistry 500 Franklin Ave. Nutley, NJ 07110 973-667-5507 CHRISTOPHER JONES Christopher Jones, DDS 1129 Bloomfield Ave. West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-575-8330 PAMELA LEDIG Itsy Bitsy Dental 299 Glenwood Ave., Floor 2 Bloomfield, NJ 07003 862-333-4910 NATASHA MATHIAS Sparkles Dentistry for Children 76 Bellevue Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043 973-744-3127 SHARI SUMMERS Livingston Pediatric Dental Associates 315 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 2-C Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-5555

PERIODONTICS NICHOLAS R. BARRESE Suburban Periodontics & Implants 75 Main St., Suite 107 Millburn, NJ 07041 973-467-5567 ANNA BRUNETTI Livingston Dental Periodontics and Implant Dentistry 531 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-1200 JENNIFER GEORGIADIS Periodontal & Implant Associates 340 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 2A Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-8600

TERESA YANG Periodontal & Implant Associates 340 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 2A Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-8600

PROSTHODONTICS EFFIE DEEGAN Deegan Dental 23 Old Short Hills Rd. West Orange, NJ 07052 973-736-4432 JAMES F. SKIBA James F. Skiba, DDS 17 Midland Ave. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-746-703


MICHELA RUSSO D’Amore Russo Dental Design Studio 100 Grove St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-233-1161

CHERYL GOREN ROBINS Suburban Periodontics & Implants 75 Main St., Suite 107 Millburn, NJ 07041 973-467-5567 JAY L. GREENFIELD Dr. Jay L. Greenfield, DMD 25 Pompton Ave., Suite 101A Verona, NJ 07044 973-239-2111 ANNE C. HARTNETT Montclair Perio & Implant Specialists 90 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-744-1555 MARK I. KHAIMOV MK Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, PC 184 Centre St. Nutley, NJ 07110 973-798-9153 DAVID MOISA Periodontal & Implant Associates 340 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 2A Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-8600 GEORGE J. PAPASIKOS George J. Papasikos, DMD, PA 55 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973-783-2300 STEVEN R. SCRIVO Dr. Steven Scrivo, DMD 185 Fairfield Ave., Suite 4A West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973-226-0063 ERIC C. WEISS Periodontal & Implant Associates 340 E. Northfield Rd., Suite 2A Livingston, NJ 07039 973-992-8600

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R. Craig Miller, DMD, MAGD, FICOI, DABDSM Vanessa Ballentine, DMD, MS The Miller Center For Dental Excellence

22 Old Short Hills Rd., Suite 206, Livingston, NJ 07039 • 973.533.0053 • SERVING THE METROPOLITAN AREA SINCE 1990 the dentists at The Miller Center For Dental Excellence take the practice’s name to heart. Founder, Dr. R. Craig Miller, a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, is highly trained in implantology, cosmetic dentistry and dental sleep medicine. Early in 2023, Dr. Miller warmly introduced Dr. Vanessa Ballentine, a dentist renowned for her patient-centered approach to family care. Dr. Ballentine tailors treatments to individual needs, ensuring comfort and personalized outcomes. Particularly skilled with young patients, she creates a positive experience, fostering comfort in the dental chair and emphasizing the significance of excellent oral hygiene. Dr. Ballentine is certified through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in Botox for both cosmetic and therapeutic enhancements. At The Miller Center, the dentists strive to be more than just specialists of the teeth and mouth. They look at the entire patient from the musculoskeletal system to the joints with the understanding that good oral health extends beyond the mouth with all systems functioning

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properly in order to achieve optimal health. Part of this process is examining patients for obstructive sleep apnea. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Miller is qualified to ask focused questions and look for signs and clues to address any dental sleep medicine issues. Building time into their busy schedules, the close-knit team comes together for daily morning huddles and debriefing sessions to talk about priorities, plan for the week and get a chance to check-in with each other. Additionally, they meet weekly to discuss and review patient cases. Knowing that a healthy smile can empower every aspect of one’s life, Dr. Miller authored Get Back Your Smile, Take Back Your Life!: How to Artistically Create Remarkable Dental Results for the Remarkable You, to help individuals on a path toward dental wellness and a healthy and happier life. The practice is proud to offer the latest platforms in technology, but it’s the human touch that makes The Miller Center stand apart.

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John Hamberger, D.M.D. Jason Hamberger, D.D.S . Hamberger Dental Associates 155 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039 • 973.992.0075 • HAMBERGER DENTAL ASSOCIATES MAKES THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING a family dentist an easy one. Drs. John and Jason Hamberger agree that excellence in dentistry comes down to listening to the needs and concerns of each individual patient to develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to them. The Father and Son team, along with their exceptional staff, have been providing the Livingston community and surrounding areas with outstanding family dental care for over 35 years. Their caring Family Practice offers comprehensive service for all patients of all ages, ranging from Fillings to Full Mouth Reconstruction. They offer minimally invasive drill-less air abrasion technology to painlessly treat small areas of decay. Both Dentists are highly skilled in Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Laser Surgery, Veneers and Implants including “All on 4”. Their progressive office offers the highest technologies including Digital X-Rays, Intra-Oral Cameras, and a 3D CBCT/CAT Scan.

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The Dentists and their dedicated staff take the time to ensure that patients truly understand all aspects of recommended care. They understand Patient’s busy schedules, offering extended hours including morning, evening and Saturday hours. Dr. John Hamberger graduated from UMDNJ with honors, completed a residency at Overlook Hospital with a residency degree from Columbia University. Dr. John Hamberger was past president of Western Essex Dental Association, a member of the ADA and Essex County Dental Association. Dr. Jason Hamberger graduated from University of Maryland with honors, completed a residency at Morristown Hospital and received his residency degree from Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Jason Hamberger was past president of Western Essex Dental Association, a member of the ADA, and past president of the Essex County Dental Association.

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Effie Zantopoulos Deegan, D.M.D. Deegan Dental

23 Old Short Hills Rd, West Orange, NJ 07052 • 973.736.4432 DR. DEEGAN SEEKS TO DELIVER THE BEST ORAL HEALTH SERVICES TO HER PATIENTS IN A SAFE, CONVENIENT, AND COMPASSIONATE ENVIRONMENT. Dr. Effie Zantopoulos Deegan is a board certified prosthodontist, expert in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry, who can tackle the most complex cases and achieve successful outcomes for her patients. She loves her work and is passionate about learning. She is retired faculty from Rutgers Dental School for 13 years and continues to learn new advancements in dentistry. Dr. Deegan is best appreciated for her attention to detail and customizing cases, whether it be a cosmetic veneer case, a full denture case, or a full implant supported

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reconstruction. She sees patients beyond just their teeth and is very aware of how oral health is integrated into a person’s full systemic health. This extrapolates her practice of prosthetic dentistry into TMJ therapy, Occlusal rehabilitation and Sleep and Airway Dentistry. She works with a network of referring specialists to deliver integrative treatments. Deegan Dental, for a lifetime of healthy smiles. We welcome you to call 973-736-4432 or visit our website.

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Dr. Mark I. Khaimov, D.D.S. 184 Centre St., Nutley, NJ 07110 • 131 Columbia Turnpike, # 2c, Florham Park, NJ 07932 973.798.2639 • DR. MARK KHAIMOV’S MISSION AS A BOARD-CERTIFIED PERIODONTIST is to rejuvenate his patients’ smiles giving them confidence, and returning them to the quality of life they desire. State-of-the-art techniques Dr. Khaimov uses for treating tooth loss and periodontal diseases include dental implants, laser therapy, Teeth-in-a-day (also known as All-on-4), Pinhole Surgical Technique, and Piezosurgery. As a certified LANAP clinician to treat gum disease he also performs laser treatments on failing implants (LAPIP), as well as other types of gum surgery, to address conditions. All procedures are performed in offices designed to provide the most comfortable, compassionate atmosphere possible. MK Periodontics & Implant Dentistry stands out for even more reasons. Dr. Khaimov treats patients of all ages in boutique-like offices where each person is treated with the necessary time and patience to fully explain procedures. He believes in working with patients within their budgets for

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the work that needs to be done. Dr. Khaimov’s multi-lingual staff can also easily communicate with patients in Russian and Spanish. Dr. Khaimov is a member of several organizations including the American Academy of Facial Cosmetics, the Northeastern Society of Periodontists, and the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr.Khaimov received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from New York University in 1988 and he graduated in the top 10% of his New York University College of Dentistry class in 2002. He holds a certificate in Periodontics from UMDNJ (now Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, RSDM) after completing a three-year specialty training in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. He is a former clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics at RSDM. A strong proponent of continuing education, he believes in staying on top of the latest technology to benefit patients and to distinguish oneself professionally.

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Michela Russo, D.D.S.

D’amore Russo Dental Design Studio

100 Grove St., Suite 3, Montclair NJ 07042 • 973.233.1161 • DR. MICHELA RUSSO AND HUSBAND DR. JOSEPH D’AMORE took their years of collaboration to the next level by opening D’Amore Russo Dental Design Studio together. Located in the first “green” commercial building in Montclair, the dental office features state-ofthe-art technology. A belief that strong family ties, overall health and a feeling of wellbeing all contribute to a healthy smile, lies at the core of Drs. Russo and D’Amore’s daily dental practice. D’Amore Russo Dental Design Studio is a family practice, treating patients of all ages just like family. The dentists and the staff are sensitive to the needs of each patient and take the time to properly discover what is most important to each of them. From preventive dentistry focused on proper hygiene to teeth whitening and the placement of implants and crowns, Dr. Russo and Dr. D’Amore are committed to providing healthy and natural smiles to their patients, young and old.

Med Dawoud, D.M.D., FICOI, Paula Gencarelli, D.M.D. D&G Dental of West Orange

667 Eagle Rock Ave., Suite, B, West Orange, NJ 07052 • 973.731.2200 •

EXCEPTIONAL DENTISTRY IN A WARM ENVIRONMENT The team at D&G Dental of West Orange is committed to providing you and your family complete dental care. Drs. Dawoud and Gencarelli and their highly skilled team ensure area families have access to dental care that is modern, advanced, comprehensive and compassionate. Our team of dentists and staff at D&G Dental make sure that you and your family receive quality care from regular dental checkups and cleanings to more complex cosmetic dentistry needs if and when required. Services offered include a variety of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry treatments. At every age and stage of dental development, our team is here to offer you the dental care you need to achieve and maintain the optimal level of oral health. WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY We truly care about our patients and are proud residents of Essex county. We don’t just work here - we live here, and are honored to treat our community, friends and neighbors with their dental needs.

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Livingston Family Orthodontics

201 S. Livingston Ave., Suite 2B, Livingston, NJ 07039 • 973.758.8926 • DR. GI GI PARALKAR BELIEVES THAT CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS deserve a highly personalized, one-on-one approach to beautifully straight smiles. Her practice, Livingston Family Orthodontics, is a boutique specialty practice offering the latest in braces and Invisalign for all ages. Our personalized approach to orthodontics sets us apart. We make every effort to get to know our patients and their concerns to give them the smile they’ve always wanted. Unlike corporate orthodontic practices, Dr. Gi Gi crafts every smile herself through one-on-one care. She prides herself on providing a positive experience on the way to achieving a beautiful smile.


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Dr. Gi Gi graduated from Columbia University at the top of her class, and completed her orthodontic training at Rutgers University as chief resident. She is a member of several esteemed dental associations and has proudly served as past president of the Livingston Rotary Club.

Peter J. Benisch, D.M.D., FAGD Dental Group of Millburn

187 Millburn Ave., Suite 1 , Millburn • 973.709.8195 • EXTREMELY PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT HE DOES, DR. PETER BENISCH aims to exceed patient’s expectations by providing high-quality personalized dentistry in a relaxed and pleasant environment. “I have a genuine respect for my patients and take time to listen to the needs and priorities of each of them,” Dr. Benisch says. “My goal is for everyone to be comfortable and receive an exceptional experience. Founder of Dental Group of Millburn, Dr. Benisch is proud to be working with esteemed colleagues Frieda Max, DMD, Jeffrey Hankinson, DMD, Andrew Gerstenfeld, DMD, and Richard Schonberg, DMD. “We feel very fortunate to be working together to ensure the best possible care for our patients. We offer a convenient location and office hours while providing experienced and compassionate dental care to all our patients.” The office has been recently renovated to create a modern, 21st-century space and to reflect the high quality, innovative care that the team delivers. The dentists utilize cutting-edge techniques and the latest technology including digital x-rays, to offer the highest standard of preventive, cosmetic and restorative care. Whether performing fillings, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign treatment, root canal therapy, implant restorations, oral cancer screening or a host of other procedures, patients of all ages are afforded a stress-free visit. “I have an extremely attentive, knowledgeable staff and we communicate as a team with patients every step of the way,” the UMDNJ alumnus states. “We find that informed patients are more relaxed, allowing for optimum treatment results.”

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Brian S. Koo, D.D.S.

Dental Artistry of Livingston, PA

201 S. Livingston Ave. Suite. 1E, Livingston, NJ 07039 • 973.994.4200 • PATIENTS OF DR. BRIAN KOO RELY ON HIS ABILITY to successfully integrate the highest levels of scientific evidence based dentistry into a warm and welcoming family dental practice. Dental Artistry of Livingston provides full-service family dental care, including pediatric, general, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dental Artistry’s newly renovated offices incorporate state-of-the-art dental technology that makes every aspect of a patient’s experience more comfortable. Dr. Koo excels at the most extraordinary levels of evidence-based restorative dental techniques and treatments, and his patients directly benefit from his expansive knowledge. He’s a graduate of the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, which delivers leading-edge continuing dental education. There, Dr. Koo completed a rigorous program for advanced education in aesthetics and implant restorations. As a result, he’s now a distinguished Mentor who assists current dental professionals attending the center. His quest for dental excellency began with a degree in Cellular Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Koo earned his dental degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He then completed an Advanced Education in General Practice Dentistry at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital. While there, he focused on cosmetic dentistry, and as a Junior Faculty member, he became the youngest doctor invited onto the Board of Admissions for Columbia’s Dental School. Currently, Dr. Koo is a member of the ADA, AGD, AACD, ITI and local study groups.

Joseph M. DalBon, D.M.D.

The New Jersey Center For Laser And Cosmetic Dentistry

1019 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 1A & 1B, West Caldwell, NJ 0700 • 973.244.2424 • AT THE NEW JERSEY CENTER FOR LASER AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY, we understand the dangers of sleep apnea and are committed to providing expert treatment for our patients. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. If left untreated, it can lead to a range of health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It can also cause excessive daytime sleepiness which can be dangerous when driving or operating heavy machinery. Dr. Joseph DalBon has experience in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. We use the latest technology and techniques to provide personalized treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s specific needs. For patients that cannot tolerate a CPAP machine, we offer a range of effective treatment options including the most advanced anti-snore guards on the market today. Our goal is to help our patients get the restful sleep they need to stay healthy and happy. Don’t let sleep apnea put your health at risk. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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Ferguson Dental Associates

177 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043 • 973.744.3181 • FERGUSON DENTAL ASSOCIATES has provided the Montclair community with outstanding family dental treatment for over three generations. With a degree in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and a summa cum laude doctorate degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, the award-winning Dr. Ferguson has led the practice since 1997. In 2019, he proudly welcomed Dr. Rachael Cocchia to his growing team, which also includes three talented hygienists. Together they are able to offer a full range of advanced and pain-free services from implants and cosmetic dentistry to exceptional routine oral hygiene care.


David I. Ferguson, D.D.S.

Dr. Ferguson believes strongly in practicing dentistry in a safe and friendly environment, utilizing the most advanced dental methods, state-of-the-art technology and appropriate anxiety management. Dr. Ferguson has successfully placed thousands of implants offering the full spectrum of implant services including an on-site 3D Cone-beam CT x-ray machine and provides single-visit crowns utilizing in-office computer design and manufacturing. “What is truly unique to our practice is the confidence and trust our patients have in our entire team,” adds Dr. Ferguson.

Matthew Peluso, DMD, MS Peluso Orthodontics

441 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 • 973.239.6300 A BOARD-CERTIFIED ORTHODONTIST, Dr. Matthew Peluso provides advanced and efficient treatment in an atmosphere where patients always come first. An Invisalign® provider, he also offers Invisalign Teen®, as well as metal, clear, lingual and self-ligating braces, digital X-rays and state-of-the-art technology to ensure safety and beautifully aligned teeth. He uses the Itero iOC™ digital impression scanner, coupled with a 3-D printer, eliminating traditional, messy impressions and providing greater accuracy and patient comfort. In addition to children and teens, Dr. Peluso is pleased to treat a growing number of adults, a circumstance he attributes to patient-friendly orthodontic modalities and increased awareness of the relationship between oral health and overall wellness. He and his staff excel at handling complex interdisciplinary cases, working closely with other dental specialists.

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Marie M. Jackson,

D.M.D., F.A.G.D. Stellar Smile Center

39 The Crescent, Montclair, NJ 07042 • 973.744.5806 A PATIENT’S POSITIVE EXPERIENCE is what matters most to Dr. Marie Jackson. Since she was a teen, Dr. Jackson has worked in dentistry, assisting and listening to patients’ concerns and questions. Because of this experience, she devotes her general practice to approaching every patient with empathy and compassion. Dr. Jackson, a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, is also an active member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, where she received extensive training for non-surgical facial injectables. Dr. Jackson is known for improving her patients’ smiles by using injectables to create a natural and enhanced look.

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Cheryl Goren Robins, D.D.S Suburban Periodontics and Implants

75 Main St., Suite 107 Millburn NJ 07041 • 973.467.5567 WITH MORE THAN 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND 15 MAJOR AWARDS, Dr. Robins is known for her treatment planning and surgical skills, as well as her communication with patients and doctors. Her office incorporates leading edge technologies and personalized therapies to maximize results and patient comfort. Services include surgical and nonsurgical periodontal and implant treatment, laser-assisted therapy, gum and bone grafting, and periodontal maintenance for teeth and implants.










Believing that continuing education is paramount for providing quality care, Dr. Robins teaches at NYU in the Periodontal and Implant Department, is involved in multiple national and local dental organizations, and directs the local chapter of the prestigious Seattle Study Club.

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Where To Eat

Getting three squares a day has never been easier—Morris and Essex counties are home to a selection of restaurants diverse enough to satisfy all of your cravings. DOVER The Quiet Man 64 E. McFarlan St. 973.366.6333 EAST HANOVER Don Jose 200 Rte. 10 W. #7 973.781.0155 Mr. Chu 44 Rte. 10 W. 973.887.7555 Penang 200 Rte. 10 W. #8 973.887.6989 FAIRFIELD Jose Tejas 647 Rte. 46 W. 973.808.8201 HANOVER Seasons 52 1402 Rte. 10 862.242.2750 San Giorgio’s Italian Bistro, Kinnelon BELLEVILLE Solar Do Minho 15 Cleveland St. 973.844.0500 solardominho Topaz Thai 137 Washington Ave. 973.759.7425 BLOOMFIELD Bella Napoli 1640 Broad St. 973.338.8500 Binh Duong 61 Belleville Ave. 973.680.8440

Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House 409 Franklin St. 973.680.4500 Stamna 1055 Broad St. 973.338.5151 BOONTON Boonton Sushi House 701 Main St. 973.394.8811 Roma Pizzeria 709 Main St. 973.335.1614

Thai Ping 811 Main Ave. 973.335.9541 CALDWELL Forte 182 Bloomfield Ave. 973.403.9411

Scalini Fedeli 63 Main St. 973.701.9200

Hokkaido Noodle & Roll 405 Bloomfield Ave. 862.702.3817 CEDAR KNOLLS Mintea Sushi 99 Ridgedale Ave. 973.889.1188


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CHATHAM Restaurant Serenade 6 Roosevelt Ave. 973.701.0303


KINNELON Cypress Tavern 174 Kinnelon Rd. 973.492.2700 House of Thai 1483 Rte. 23 # 6 973.750.1600 San Giorgio’s Italian Bistro 86 Boonton Ave. #86 973.492.5305

CHESTER Redwoods Grill & Bar 459 Main St. 908.879.7909

Smoke Rise Village Inn 9 Perimeter Rd. 973.838.7770

DENVILLE The Pasta Shop 13 First Ave. 973.253.4143

LAKE HOPATCONG Stone Water at 3 Peaks Marina 125 Rte. 181 973.810.3858

The Windlass 45 Nolans Pt. Park Rd. 973.663.3190 LEDGEWOOD Ichiban Sushi 1034 Rte. 46 973.252.0900 Loving Hut 538 Rte. 10 973.598.9888 LINCOLN PARK 202 Italian Bistro 177 Main St. 973.709.0093 Anthony Francos 60 Beaverbrook Rd. 973.696.0708 Sunset Pub & Grill 425 Beaverbrook Rd. 973.694.8700 LIVINGSTON Boccone South 471 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave. 973.378.9222 Lithos 405 Eisenhower Pkwy. 973.758.1111 Sweet Basil’s Cafe 498 S. Livingston Ave. 973.994.3600 LONG VALLEY Chesapeake Tavern 1 W. Mill Rd. 908.867.7102 Long Valley Pub & Brewery 1 Fairmount Rd. 908.876.1122 restaurantvillage


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ON THE TOWN MADISON Begum Palace 300 Main St. 973.660.9100

MONTCLAIR Egan & Sons 118 Walnut St. 973.744.1413

Il Mondo Vecchio 72 Main St. 973.301.0024

Gioia Mia 331 Bloomfield Ave. 973.233.0350

MAPLEWOOD Coda Kitchen & Bar 177 Maplewood Ave. 973.327.2247

Faubourg Restaurant and Bar 544 Bloomfield Ave. 973.542.7700

St. James’s Gate Publick House 167 Maplewood Ave. 973.378.2222 stjamesgatepublick

Halcyon 114 Walnut St. 973.744.4450

MENDHAM The Black Horse Tavern 1 W. Main St. 973.543.7300 Dante’s Ristorante 100 E. Main St. 973.543.5401 Piattino 88 E. Main St. 973.543.0025 MILLBURN Basilico 324 Millburn Ave. 973.379.7020 Café Monet 309 Millburn Ave. 973.376.8555 Cara Mia 194 Essex St. 973.379.8989 Moonshine 55 Main St. 973.218.6042 moonshinesupperclub. com MINE HILL Cinders Wood Fire Grill 319 Rte. 46 973.928.7000

Mesob 515 Bloomfield Ave. 973.655.9000 Raymond’s 28 Church St. 973.744.9263 Samba Montclair 7 Park St. 973.744.6764 Toast 700 Bloomfield Ave. 973.509.8099

Tommy’s Tavern & Tap 1900 Rte. 10 973.998.6429 Up Thai 981 Tabor Rd. 973.998.8536

Marjan Fine Persian Grill 84 Speedwell Ave. 973.889.8884 Revolution 9 South St. 973.455.0033

MORRISTOWN End of Elm 140 Morris St. 973.998.4534

Roots Steakhouse 40 W. Park Pl. 973.326.1800

Fig & Lily Garden 2 Cattano Ave. 973.539.3999

1776 By David Burke 67 E. Park Pl. 973.829.1776

Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen 110 South St. 973.644.3180

South+Pine 90 South St. 862.260.9700 NEWARK Adega Grill 130 Ferry St. 973.589.8830

Malay 147 Morris St. 973.538.3322

Casa Vasca 141 Elm St. 973.465.1350 Don Pepe 844 McCarter Hwy. 973.623.4662 Fornos of Spain 47 Ferry St. 973.589.4767 Mompou Tapas Bar & Restaurant 77 Ferry St. 973.578.8114 Seabra’s Marisqueira 87 Madison St. 973.465.1250 Sol-Mar Restaurant 267 Ferry St. 973.344.3041

NUTLEY Meal 433 Kingsland St. 973.542.8522 Queen Margherita 246 Washington Ave. 973.662.0007 ORANGE Bella Italia 535 Central Ave. 973.676.4300 Hat City Kitchen 459 Valley St. 862.704.6248 PARSIPPANY Capital Grille 10 Dryden Way 973.889.8622 Chand Palace 257 Littleton Rd. 973.334.5444 parsippany.chand

Dante’s Ristorante, Mendham

Zeugma Grill 44 S. Park St. 973.744.0074 MONTVILLE Columbia Inn 29 Rte. 202 973.263.1300 Locanda Vecchia 167 Rte. 202 973.541.1234 MORRIS PLAINS Bollywood Grill 1729 Rte. 10 E. 973.998.6303 Tabor Road Tavern 510 Tabor Rd. 973.267.7004

*Editor’s note—Patrons are encouraged to confirm individual restaurant hours as well as policies regarding reservations and curbside service.


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Eccola 1082 Rte. 46 973.334.8211

V&J Pizza 500 Rte. 23 973.839.9757

Gourmet Cafe 136 Baldwin Rd. 973.316.0088

RANDOLPH Black River Barn 1178 Rte. 10 W. 973.598.9988

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 1 Hilton Ct. 973.889.1400 Shan Shan Noodles 333 Rte. 46 973.287.7399 PEQUANNOCK Bardi’s Bar & Grill 149 Newark Pompton Tpke. 973.694.1058 Rivaaz Gastro Bar & Indian Restaurant 23 Rte. 23 973.686.6040 PINE BROOK Bonefish Grill 28 Rte. 46 973.227.2443 China Pavilion 263 Changebridge Rd. 973.227.1006 Don Pepe Steakhouse 58 Rte. 46 W. 973.808.5533 POMPTON PLAINS Stefano’s Restaurant 565 Rte. 23 973.616.6624 Tavern 5 710 Newark Pompton Tpke. 973.835.1426

Kabab Paradise 124 Rte. 10 973.453.0202 La Strada Ristorante 1105 Rte. 10 E. 973.584.4607 Noches de Colombia 140 Rte. 10 973.620.9135 Randolph Diner Bar & Grill 517 Rte. 10 973.328.2400 Rosie’s Trattoria 1181 Sussex Tpke. 973.895.3434 The Corner Bistro 477 Rte. 10 862.251.7274 Verona Restaurant 1171 Sussex Tpke. 973.895.8888 RIVERDALE Coney Island Pizza 40 Hamburg Tpke. 973.476.9223 coneyislandwoodfired

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Thai Nam Phet 296 Rte. 46 973.627.8400

Walia 11 Village Plz. 973.762.2186

The Exchange 160 E. Main St. 973.627.8488

TOWACO 900 Degrees 626 Main Rd. 973.335.2555

SHORT HILLS Benihana 840 Morris Tpke. 973.467.9550 The Dining Room 41 JFK Pkwy. 973.912.4756 Enzzo’s Trattoria 514 Millburn Ave. 973.379.7111

ROCKAWAY Brick 46 68 Rte. 46 973.625.4900

Legal Sea Foods 1200 Morris Tpke. 973.467.0089

Caffè Navona 147 Rte. 46 W. 973.627.1606

SOUTH ORANGE Ariyoshi 56 South Orange Ave. 973.378.8818


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WEST ORANGE Chit Chat Diner 410 Eagle Rock Ave. 973.736.1989 Highlawn Pavilion 1 Crest Dr. 973.731.3463

Rails Steakhouse 10 Whitehall Rd. 973.335.0006

Kim’s Sushi 456 Eagle Rock Ave. 973.669.2800

UPPER MONTCLAIR Daikichi 608 Valley Rd. 973.744.2954

The Manor Restaurant 111 Prospect Ave. 973.731.2360

De Novo European Pub 275 Bellevue Ave. 973.893.5008 denovoeuropean Turtle + The Wolf 622 Valley Rd. 973.783.9800


McLoone’s Boathouse 9 Cherry Ln. 862.252.7108 Nicholas Anthony’s Family Kitchen 450 Main St. 862.520.1252

SuzyQue’s BBQ and Bar 34 S. Valley Rd. 973.736.7888 WHARTON 4 Seasons 322 S. Main St. 862.244.9777 Theodora’s Family Restaurant 336 S. Main St. 973.989.8363 theodorasrestaurantpizza. com WHIPPANY The Auld Shebeen Pub 1401 Rte. 10 E. 973.583.8811 Il Capriccio 633 Rte. 10 E. 973.884.9175 Trattoria Toscana 554 Rte. 10 973.386.0303

Photos courtesy of San Giorgio’s Italian Bistro, Dante’s Ristorante, 4 Seasons

Marakesh Restaurant 321 Rte. 46 973.808.0062


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Seoul On The Seine We’ve all heard of the world’s grand cuisines, but in an era when consumption by camera comes first, neither Italian nor Japanese—nor any other global fare—can match the social-media engagement of Korean food. That means, according to a 2023 study by the English adventure travel firm The Bucket List Company, that people post more photos, answer more forum questions and tweet more thoughts about kimchi than about pizza and pasta, sushi and sandwiches. But that’s not the only reason why I’d been longing to try Eli’s Eatery, a Korean “fusion” restaurant that recently opened in Morris Plains. The owners are the successful team behind Woodam in Morris Plains and Bann in Manhattan, and they use time-honored French culinary techniques (that’s where the “fusion” comes into play) to prepare their new restaurant’s traditional Korean menu. A friend and I visited on a cold and quiet Sunday night. We arrived early and were the only dine-in customers at the time (other parties later arrived), though a steady stream of to-go orders kept the kitchen busy all evening. With the modern dining room to ourselves, we didn’t feel rushed to order and even chatted up our server for a few minutes. I couldn’t contain my excitement when it came time to ask for appetizers, and I suggested three of my favorite dishes: Korean fried chicken, japchae and kimchi kimbap. The first to arrive was japchae, a plate overflowing with piping hot glass noodles and stir-fried beef and veggies. My friend hadn’t tried japchae before, and she claimed it was the best-tasting noodle dish she’s ever had. I had similar enthusiasm as I relished every bite of the tender beef strips and slippery noodles. Our server delivered the next two apps shortly after, and we quickly dove into the kimbap (commonly spelled gimbap). The cool, sushi-like pieces contained rice

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and the house kimchi, a mild fermented cabbage. They’re ideal for vegetarians (other kimbap options include beef, spicy pork, shrimp and sea bass), and they were the perfect complement to the sweet and spicy wings. The bite-sized chicken was double-fried (these were extra crispy and not overly oily!) and were bursting with flavor thanks to the honey chili glaze. The plate came with six wings: At the time, I had wished it had more! After three satisfying appetizers, we thankfully still had room to share two rice-filled entrées. Even before it was set on our table, the sizzling stone pot of dol sot bibimbap quickly drew our oohs and ahhs. Our reactions intensified after we mixed and sampled spoonfuls from the medley of white rice, fried egg, bean sprouts, scallions, corn and other veggies and tofu (our choice of optional protein). The hot pot kept all the ingredients toasty, and the accompanying spicy gochujang sauce lifted the flavor to new levels of yumminess. The second shared dish, kalbijim, was a generous portion of beef short ribs simmered in a sweetened ginger soy garlic sauce. The tender, fall-off-thebone meat was palate-pleasing on its own, but the true treat for the taste buds came when we combined the ribs with the sauce and the side of white rice. It provided the feel of enjoying a favorite comfort food at home. I downed the majority of the bibimbap and kalbijim and rice, a move that threatened to push my stomach beyond its capacity. My friend, who felt full after only a couple of bites of our mains, agreed with me that we should pass on after-dinner sweets—though we vowed to try more menu items on our next visit. I’m excited just thinking about it. —Darius Amos

Photos by Darius Amos

Eli’s, the newest eatery in Morris Plains, combines the best Korean flavors with French cooking techniques.


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Be There

From crafts and concerts to bubbles and ballet, there’s something for everyone this season in our counties. FEB. 19-23 Do you have kids itching to make some music? Chatham’s School of Rock is hosting a CLASSIC ROCK REWIND CAMP. Participants will learn the music of ’60s and ’70s icons such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, along with music games and a chance to put on a full performance. For sign ups and registration fees, visit FEB. 22-23 Soak in the sounds of every season at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, where the NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The Thursday matinee begins at 1:30 p.m., and the Friday show is set for 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets now and find out more details at FEB. 24 Celebrate everyone’s favorite comfort food at MAC AND CHEESE MAYHEM. Held at the Morristown Armory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., this event invites local chefs and restaurants to show off their takes on the classic dish, all of them hoping to go home with the coveted “Mac Daddy” trophy. Come out for a day of games, vendors, lots of food and friendly competition. For ticket prices and more details, visit FEB. 25 Embrace some whimsy and the magic of soap bubbles during THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. With high-impact special effects, laser lighting and audience participation, this all-ages performance is perfect for the whole family. There will be two 75-minute shows (2 and 5 p.m.) that combine science, music and art in real time. For more information and ticket prices, visit

FEB. 29–MARCH 3 The Greatest Show on Earth returns to New Jersey when RINGLING BROS. BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS visits the Prudential Center in Newark for seven performances. Bring the entire family to enjoy laughs and the awe-inspiring tricks and stunts. For showtimes and tickets, visit MARCH 2 Feed your child’s creativity at MAKERSPACE SATURDAY, presented by the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison. Geared toward ages 5-12, this shared space offers the time and materials to build with Legos, make jewelry, paint and more in a collaborative environment. Registration is not required, so drop in at any time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out for more information about the Makerspace. MARCH 8-24 Join a beloved childhood favorite as he takes on his fears and teaches everyone something along the way. ARTHUR & FRIENDS MAKE A MUSICAL! is a family-friendly show about overcoming a fear of public speaking, and it will be presented by The Growing Stage children’s theater in Netcong. There will be a special sensory-friendly performance on March 10. For times, tickets and more details, visit


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MARCH 8 An evening of sidesplitting laughter awaits when funnyman EDDIE GRIFFIN visits the Wellmont Theater in Montclair for an 8 p.m. show. Griffin’s been on the comedy circuit since 1990, has had his own HBO and Showtime specials and appeared in numerous films and TV shows such as Armageddon, Norbit, A Star Is Born, Malcolm and Eddie and many more. Check out wellmonttheater. com for more about the show and tickets. MARCH 9-10 Welcome the new season with a celebration of music and dance. NEW JERSEY BALLET’S LEAP INTO SPRING at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown will include, among other things, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, which is considered his quintessential ballet. This piece uses two lead ballerinas to embody instrumental solos. For showtimes and tickets, head over to MARCH 19 Cheer on the New Jersey Devils as they make their push toward the Stanley Cup playoffs. A pivotal game pitting the DEVILS AGAINST RIVAL PITTSBURGH PENGUINS begins at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. Get your tickets now at nhl. com/devils.

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1. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MORRISTOWN Through the Interfaith Food Pantry Network, members of the Junior League delivered more than 100 boxes of food ingredients to residents in need during the holiday season. Another 60+ cooked meals were also delivered.

2-3. INVEST NEWARK Columbia Bank, which has branches throughout North Jersey, raised more than $100K at its 35th Annual Golf Classic. Funds go directly to Invest Newark, which helps build a strong economy, promote diverse communities and create opportunities for Newarkers.

4. NJ SHARING NETWORK Karl Halpin, liver transplant recipient, volunteers his support for NJ Sharing Network along with (from left) his wife Maggie and daughters Stella and Deborah. The organization helps connect New Jersey residents who are waiting for transplants with potential donors.


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5. COOPERMAN BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER Erik Haula, Colin Miller, Ondřej Palát and Brendan Smith of the New Jersey Devils visited with patients and hospital staff during the holidays. The special visit was part of RWJBarnabas Health’s partnership with the hockey team.


6. MORRIS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Morris Habitat for Humanity received a $75K grant from Bank of America as park of the bank’s annual Global Build initiative. Here, Morris Habitat CEO Liz DeCoursey (center) receives a donation from Bank of America employees.

7. MONTCLAIR FILM Montclair Film hosted a Tribute to Martin Scorsese. The evening was moderated by Stephen Colbert and featured laughter, cheers and a look inside the mind behind some of the most iconic films of all time. This year’s film festival is scheduled for Oct. 18–27.

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“My mom, Sara Power, took this photo of me at Cooper Gristmill in Chester in August. Since then, we have come back to do many more ballet photo shoots at this location because we love how versatile it is. This spot is beautiful and has many great features like the tunnel, river, bridge and the mill itself. They provide opportunities for experimenting with different lighting and poses, and the setting is perfect for anyone to enjoy a quiet day any time of year. “ —Katelyn Power, Randolph

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