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The staff, which includes a certified laser specialist, at Gentle Light Laser Center’s three clinics harness beams to address clients’ needs, inside and out. They specialize in aesthetic services, from resurfacing laser and photo facials to spider-vein- and hair-removal treatments. Teeth are also spotlighted during whitening services, which use LEDs to eliminate deep-set stains or graffiti from vengeful tooth fairies. The Center’s scope goes beyond cosmetic services as well, offering laser acupuncture and cold-laser therapy to relieve pain and assist healing.

906 Oak Tree Road
South Plainfield,
NJ
US

People planning weddings often have to choose between elaborately staged poses and the dynamic, candid shots that provide a realistic account of the happy day. The founders of Abacus Wedding Studios ignore that dichotomy, believing there to be a place for both photography styles at important events. Mixing traditional and photojournalistic styles, their photo snappers work with brides, grooms, and their families to make sure everyone gets the shots they dream of. Together, they create a custom wedding-day preparation worksheet that lays out shooting plans with plenty of time for large-scale portraits, intimate snaps, and sequential shots of the first cake slice being smashed in the father of the bride's face.

4475 S Clinton Avenue, Suite 210
South Plainfield,
NJ
US

Hand-woven Persian carpets drape from the ceilings at Khyber Grill above guests enjoying meals set to a soundtrack of Indian instruments. Hand-hammered utensils and custom-cut plates cover the rustic tables to recreate the atmosphere of a traditional Indian outpost. Like the decor, the menu, created by Akshy Jhanjee and Dipam Patel, takes special care to recreate the feel and traditions of India, earning the restaurant the Critics' Pick for Indian cuisine in New Jersey Monthly's Jersey Choice Awards. Regional dishes from the North and West range from wok-sautéed shrimp to Punjabi-style mustard greens to lamb rogen josh cooked with onion, tomatoes, yogurt, and a special blend of spices. The master chefs prepare their spices from scratch each morning to make sure the dishes are as fresh as possible and that the spices don't turn sour.

648 Oak Tree Dr
South Plainfield,
New Jersey
US

There were seven wonders of the ancient world, but there are eight Nanking Restaurant locations in the New York City area. The restaurants are named for a Chinese historical era defined by its fusion of different culinary traditions. Chefs here prepare each dish with an effort to maintain its historical flavor, creating a mix of Asian cuisine in each plate of sweet-and-sour chicken, Thai-style curry lamb, chili paneer, and sichuan shrimp. As diners savor those dishes, they can admire the restaurant's picturesque interior, which includes red-and-gold-checkered walls, crimson accents, and gold statues of lotus flowers grown from carefully planted jewels.

4941 Stelton Rd
South Plainfield,
NJ
US

When Baja Fresh opened its doors in 1990, freshness wasn’t on the menu at many fast-food restaurants. Disappointed with soggy burgers and floppy fries, the founders built a casual Mexican eatery around fresh, colorful produce and a commitment to healthy living. Cooks prepare meals by hand, using ingredients that hail from real-world farms rather than freeze-dried packages. Tacos and burritos brim with a choice of meats, including pork carnitas and charbroiled steak. Filled with shrimp tacos, tortilla soups, and grilled-chicken salads, a Healthy Choices menu guides diners toward meals that are low in fat, calories, carbs, and smog.

6400 Hadley Rd
South Plainfield,
NJ
US

Although they prefer to prevent infestations, the technicians at On The Spot Pest Control are trained to rout embedded insects and mammals while minimizing environmental impact. They follow the principles of Integrated Pest Management, a system that relies on catch-and-release animal-control practices when possible and promotes the reduced use of pesticides. Not content to glaze lawns with chemicals and call it a day, the team also creates barriers that change every season. In summer, it targets flying insects and spiders, and come fall it shores up defenses against rodents and back-to-school shoppers.

122 S Madison Dr
South Plainfield,
NJ
US

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