Dine Out : Gran Electrica

Gran Electrica Review

I may live in Manhattan but I'm certainly willing to leave it especially when good food is involved. Gran Electrica is located on Front Street by the Dumbo waterfront and we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get there. This popular Mexican restaurant features a rustic and homey feeling space with a beautiful backyard garden. What caught my attention most about the decor is the black and white wallpaper that covers the back dining room. It presents in the style of a Day of the Dead themed toile depicting skeletons in scenes that reflect the local neighborhood life including hipsters walking about, riding bikes and talking on their phones. It's quite humorous and cool at the same time. Onto the food. The guacamole and chips were just okay. Nothing really to get excited about and could have done with more flavor. Their horchata (a Mexican drink made with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon) was refreshingly delicious and well balanced. A lot of places tend to make it super sweet and they got it just right. While the guacamole was a little disappointing, the tacos were excellent. We got three kinds and they were all tasty in their own right. The Ensenada Fish with crispy fish, cabbage, cream, avocado salsa and the Language with beef tongue, onion, cilantro, lime, green salsa were our favorites. The Carnitas were good too and the hand pressed tortillas held up to the fillings well. Our service was friendly but a little slow. I would probably skip the guacamole next time and maybe give the esquites a try but the tacos are definitely worth a return visit. 

Are you a fan of Mexican food? What's your favorite Mexican dish?

Gran Electrica
5 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY
18.852.2700
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Gran Electrica Review
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40 comments

Coco said...

Amazing experience darling, cute place!!
Baci,
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Anonymous said...

What an eclectic-looking place, very cool :-)

Ivana Split said...

I never tried that Mexican drink, it sounds interesting and how cool they got it all right. The interior does look interesting! It seems you have discovered another fabulous place to dine at...thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your recommedations.

jeanine said...

Mexican food is always a good idea, but it's sad that the guacamole wasn't good {especially because, at least in Boston, it costs as much as an entree}.

That wallpaper looks like it's from Flavor Paper.

Kizzy Von Doll said...

This place looks amazing, I could go for some of this food just now!! Wonderful :)) xx

elizabeth said...

Hi Rowena! Beautiful blog and post - I would love to try the Mexican drink because I adore anything with cinnamon in it! xD Beautiful photos and I love the shrine table and decor :D following you on GFC! x

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Lilli said...

Mmmm, Im so watering Rowena! Love Mexican food and miss to eat it a lot since here in my city there isnt any good place where to go. The tacos looks so yummy indeed! xo

Jackie Harrison said...

The decor a little out of this world by the food looks amazing.

Emmylou MW said...

I am so enamoured by the ambience of this place! So cool. Haven't had Mexican food in awhile,but I do like it:)

Elle Sees said...

omg i love decor of this restaurant. what a cool ambiance!

Jane said...

Yangkyu would love it here. He loves Mexican food. And can you believe I have never had horchata my entire life?!

Diana Mieczan said...

What a great place and I LOVE Mexican food:) Kisses, darling.

Liz Lizo said...

This looks like a really cool restaurant. One of these days I'll have to trek over to Brooklyn and try it out!

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Lenya said...

Looks like a cool place, Rowena. Bummer that the guacamole wasn't good. I am not too keen on Mexican food, I mean, I like it, but I like Italian better.
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Shireen L. Platt said...

As you know I've only tried Mexican food few months back and loved it! I haven't had the opportunity to try another ever since but I love what we ate. I've not tried guacamole but I see it everywhere here so that would be my next thing to try and hopefully I'll like it.

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Style For Mankind said...

Love the vibe of this place and the food! They look so tasty. Have a great day. :)

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Jennifer Jayne said...

This post made me so hungry! Sounds like a great joint.

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Milu Sosa said...

The restaurant looks great and the food looks delicious! I will stop by next time I'm in Manhattan!
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Paola Lauretano said...

Cool place, I love Mexican food!!!!
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FASHION TALES said...

Oh what a fun place. It looks great inside. I love Mexican food, but mostly the fresh guacamole and salsa chips, otherwise fish tacos are my favourite. :)/Madison
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Kelsey & Kenecha said...

Wow what a cute place! Looks like great food too x

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Anonymous said...

I love Mexican food! It looks so delicious and the setting is very cosy and inviting.

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Nicky mywishstyle said...

The place is really interesting , amazing

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Anonymous said...

This looks tremendous! I am moving to NYC soon and will definitely be checking out this place. I hear DUMBO is totally up and coming, what do you think?

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Maggie Dallospedale said...

Yummy Yummy Rowena,
Amazing place
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Alicia Mackin said...

Too bad about the guac, were there peas in it? Haha. But always look for someplace new in DUMBO and the interior design is cool so that is an extra star.

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Their wallpaper is fantastic, and the food looks really good!

Valerie Price said...

Wow, looks like a great place...the food looks amazing!

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Beauty said...

Lovely pics and review. I saw the sneak-peek on Instagram and stopped by to read the post.
I do love mexican food too.

mandy said...

Looks like such a cute restaurant :P

Raden Ayu/MI said...

the place loos so cozy and the food looks so yummy :)


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JOURNAL OF STYLE said...

Love Mexican food, especially tacos and echiladas! Can't get enough of them... LOL Glad you wanna visit it again, Rowena, though the service was a bit slow. Yummy photos! Ira

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Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

I just really-really love the building itself. And would certainly be tempted to try a few dishes. :)

Mini xxx said...

I get to see a little bit of New York from Ireland! I love how honest your review is about the guac being a bit disappointing. Great pics X

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little luxury list said...

Mexican food is always a good idea! I miss good Mexican food and definitely will put this on my list! A good taco is definitely worth a trip!

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Kim Alston said...

Their decor is really cool Rowena! I like the dead theme. I'm glad everything was good! So baffling to hear that the guacamole wasn't! That's like the quintessential item that SHOULD BE excellent, coming from a Mexican eatery. HaHaHa Oh well! Everything else (including the atmosphere) looked yummy delicious.
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Saloca said...

I only tried Mexican food for the first time last year and wow have I been missing out! There's something great about tacos, especially when you're in a big group of people! The decor of this place looks fantastic too!

Sarah :)
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JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

oooohhh I do love mexican food, if done great. This place looks quite cozy, like your friendly neighborhood kind of dining place. Actually how far is the walk? Like how long?

Oohhh, heatwave in NYC now? Gosh, sounds like a really sweaty affair, that will definitely not sit well with my hubby as he sweats easily. Guess you need to slap on those sunscreens more then *_^

Yeah, I am like you too, way too hot can be a headache, but too cold of a winter, I may just pass out! That's why perhaps if I ever stay overseas, I will consider places like Vancouver, Canada. Visited the place briefly many years back during winter, though it was about 10 degrees, it was considered "pretty" cold to me already (but just nice for my hubby, apparently *_^).

I heard their four seasons are milder there... but the chances are, if it ever happens, it may be LA, California as hubby graduated from a Film school there, and he still have some friends back there, and most likely will be in the film industry, that would seem the ideal choice.

Oh well, these are just ideas swirling in the head. Till then, I think I am pretty contented with Malaysian weather, come to think of it.

Have a fabulously weekend, Rowena!

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Kelsey Bang said...

what a fun place to eat! those tacos all look so delicious and good!
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