Usually when you eat in a Mexican restaurant outside of the West Coast, you expect large portions of rich refried beans, heaps of rice, and canned mole over soggy enchiladas. At Gran Electrica, you won’t find anything like this (thank god!). With the owners’ emphasis on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, you can taste the unique difference in their food. Served in tastefully smaller portions, one is really able to appreciate the carefully chosen quality ingredients and flavors in the food. Not to mention, GE has a mother-daughter tortilla-making duo who hand presses each tortilla to perfection every day. It may seem like a small detail, but a good quality, fresh tortilla makes worlds of a difference.
When brunching, I choose the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita, Market Fish Tacos, and Huevos Rancheros (a must!). The spice on the rim of the Margarita is well complimented by the crisp fish tacos with crunchy fresh lettuce. When eating dinner, I suggest the Tostada Jaiba, Platanos, and finally: the Churros. (OK, I admit I have come here multiple times just to sit at the bar and eat an order of churros...)
Another quirky part of Gran Electrica that may catch your eye is the wallpaper. Inspired by the famous Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, the interior walls embody the vibrancy of Mexican art by adhering to a Day of the Dead theme. The print depicts skeletons prancing about iconic DUMBO attractions such as Jane’s Carousel and the Manhattan Bridge, providing a lovely fun image of the local neighborhood.
The idea behind Gran Electrica is to source the best and most sustainable ingredients available in order to provide a unique spin on traditional Mexican foods from all over the country; especially beach and street cuisine. The current chef at Gran Electrica, Rolando, is a native Mexican bringing authentic inspiration to the restaurant’s menu.
The chefs at both of Tamer Hamawi, Elise Rosenberg, and Emelie Kihlstrom’s restaurants also have strong relationships with their farmers in order to guarantee a “table to farm” system, rather than “farm to table”. This method insures that they get all the ingredients they need at the highest quality possible, while also being sustainably grown.
Gran Electrica is DUMBO’s mexican jewel and definitely worth checking out. Be sure to take advantage of their beautiful outdoor space, great for events and equipped with a full bar great for a refreshing grapefruit margarita on a hot summer night!
Server Suggestion: Spicy Grapefruit Margarita
Location: 5 Front St. Brooklyn, NY
Type of Food: Mexican
Ambience: Artsy, Chic, Brooklyn-esque, Vibrant, Welcoming, Natural
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