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Ariel Kanter

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The first time I saw scrapple on a menu, I was intrigued. But when I asked for a definition, I was disappointed. “Scrapple is pork mush,” said my dining companion. While I have always been a major fan of pork, mush reminds me of prison food in movies. And no one would voluntarily eat movie prison food, which I imagine is even worse than real life prison food. But as it turns out, this so-called...
Sharon Pachter and Charles Kiely opened The Grocery in 1999, when Smith Street was home to little more than a handful of bodegas. But even as the neighborhood and clientele have significantly changed—welcoming a steady influx of shiny new restaurants and super cool bars—The Grocery has somehow continued to grow and thrive. So what keeps the restaurant going strong after all these years? A strong marriage certainly doesn’t hurt, as well as an overriding passion...

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