New York City-Brooklyn
May 11, 2018
Sibling to Colonie and Governor (sadly closed by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy), Gran Elecrtica is located close to the Brooklyn Bridge, in a handsome building on Front Street which one of the oldest in this part of town. It serves simple yet superb Mexican food without any gimmicks and drinks of a similar standard, all served by unfailingly cheerful staff. The bar area is decked out with striking black and white wallpaper on which skeletons cavort, along with the ubiquitous exposed brick. There’s also a series of cosy dining rooms, but the place to eat and drink in the summer is the divine garden. Here the patio is decked out with plants and strings of lights, and overhead towers the impressive bulk of the Brooklyn Bridge. Drinks are inventive, flavoured with habanero peppers and house made jalapeno syrup; cocktails with a kick. The beetroot-infused Margarita de Remolacha is typical of their unique approach to Mexican drinks. There’s also an exhaustive mix of tequilas and some reasonably priced wines, mostly of a Spanish persuasion. They’ve also gone the extra mile to source Corona Familiar in fetching squat, brown, 32 ounce bottles. Street food inspired small plates fill the food menu – tacos, quesadillas and so forth as well as more unusual and authentic dishes. And with a range of colours on your plate and in your glass from the bright green aquachile of raw scallop and cucumber to the vibrant red of that beetroot margarita dining here is a kaleidoscopic experience.