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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My friend and I woke up late one day, and were craving some not-so-typical brunch. I searched for the most affordable but unique place, and came across Feast! They sell a (quite genius) Prix-Fixe brunch option. For only $26, you can choose from a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, nibble on the "shares", and finally choose one brunch plate from the menu. 

When our server told us about the "shares" of that day, I was expecting some little croissants and maybe a danish or two. However, I was extremely happy to be wrong! The back-waiter brought us a plate of: 2 fresh mini croissants (both chocolate and regular), corn muffins, strawberry - pomegranate yogurt parfaits, shots of the juice of the day - cucumber apple, and finally the star of the show, a mushroom, feta cheese and chive quiche. I savored each one as slowly as I could and didn't ever want it to end... I love the way Chef Christopher Meenan gives you a little taste of everything, but still leaves just enough room to keep you hungry for your plate that's on its way. I was also pleased to find that these shares are always changing...so you'll never be bored!

I decided on the lemon soufflé pancake with mascarpone, apple butter, and poached pear, while my friend chose the "wild mushrooms" egg and puff pastry dish. When you bite into the pancake, you can feel the fluffy soufflé style egg on your tongue, with some sweetness from the apple butter and mascarpone quickly catching up. The poached pear had a unique flavor: sweet, yet complex - one that flawlessly complemented the delicious twang of lemon zest you would get every few bites. The scrambled eggs on the "wild mushrooms" made our mouths water as soon as they came out to our table. They literally glistened in the light and made chives look better than I've ever seen them. I also enjoyed the little kick of red bell pepper on top to cut through that earthy mushroom taste. 

I'm telling you, try Feast. I'll most likely be returning often - they can't keep me away! :)

Server Suggestion: Bellini

Location: 102 Third Ave. New York, NY

Type of Food: New American

Ambience: Rustic Chic, Welcoming, Homey, Vintage, Artsy, Unique

 

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I have been dying to try the highly talked about gem in my neighborhood, Brooklyn Roasting Company, for awhile now. So, after running an errand this last weekend, I decided to finally try it out for myself. 

The first thing I noticed as soon as I walked in was the inviting and artsy atmosphere around me. Scattered with heavy wood, vintage decor, and reclaimed materials, it's the neighborhood coffee shop that everyone wants. There are all kinds of people around. From poetry fanatics chatting on the comfy couches, to young sketching artists, to moms with strollers and dads with docs, you'll find all types of Brooklyn locals here. 

Be sure to stop by to get some work done, have a chat with friends, and sip on deliciously fresh roasted coffee.

 

Server Suggestion: Hot Chocolate

Location: 25 Jay St. Brooklyn, NY

Ambience: Artsy, Vintage, Eclectic, Warm and Inviting

Type of Food: Classic Coffee and Pastry

 

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