People: RB, CK and myself
Feelings: The Colonie team's second venture is Gran Electrica in Dumbo, serving simple and modern street Mexican fare in a beautiful brick walled space with additional backyard garden seating. Similar to Colonie, hip and attentive waitstaff make you feel at ease during the course of your dining experience. Considering the neighborhood and the amount of tourists they may get from the pier, the place is appropriately kids prepared. High chair? Check. Crayons? Check. Beautiful and intelligent waitstaff playing with my son? Checked.
Also just like Colonie, Gran Electrica helps diversify the neighborhood's culinary scene. Finally there is a decent, whimsical Mexican spot in this area that would attract younger clientele and foodies. The restaurant like this one is widely available in Manhattan and Williamsburg, but it is a rarety for this quiet area of Brooklyn.
The food itself is quite simple with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There is nothing new or overly creative. With the menu full of lighter, more modern approach to Mexican street food, but there is absolutely no gimmicks here. Guacamole with chips ($8 for small, $13 for large) was adequately spicy and fresh. The three antojitos we shared--pescado estilo ensenada ($11, fish, cabbage, crema, avocado salsa), papas ($6, crispy taco, potato, crema, shredded lettuce), and rajas con acelgas ($7, poblano chile, chard, crema) were well executed and all perfect for sharing. I especially enjoyed the crispiness of the fish taco, but nothing was overly flavorful. If you enjoy the simple, understated flavors of modern Mexican cuisine in a great atmosphere with pleasant staff, Gran Electrica is a perfect spot.
I can't wait to try their third venture, Governor, located also in Dumbo. It looks like Colonie will continue to dominate its reign in Brooklyn.