Mr. J. Goes Mexican At Gran Electrica

The intrepid Karl and his cam trek southward, both geographically and gustatorially, to try the fare at Gran Electrica, the new Mexican restaurant at Five Front Street, just below Old Fulton, recently opened by the owners of Colonie. His verdict on the spareribs? Delicioso. The climb back up Squibb Hill may have helped to burn off some of the calories. Video after the jump.

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  • Matthew Parker

    I wish them luck, look forward to trying it soon, and hope they can break the “kiss of death” curse that has plagued the previous few restaurant ventures in that location. We need good Mexican in the hood.

  • AEB

    Thanks, Karl. Me and skeletons are like THIS!

  • AnnOfOrange

    Great news! Been hoping for a Mexican restaurant closer than Alma, which I love, but their steep stairs are too much for some folks!

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    I second that! I love Alma but it would be so nice to have a really great Mexican restaurant close by.

  • fultonferryres

    Of course, even if they think they are in Dumbo, we know they are in the Fulton Ferry Historic District.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Who cares where they are as long as the food is good!

  • Luke C

    This solves half of my what-would-I-do-with-$10M-lottery-win answer: getting a Mexican Restuarant in walking distance. Now, I just need to win the money.

    Actually tried to go last night but it was happily crowded, and since there was no line at Grimaldi’s, decided to check out the new space. Pretty mediocre renovation, not at all in sync with the style of the building but when you’ve got a mouthful of amazing pizza, who cares?

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Luke C,
    No line at Grimaldi’s? Yeah.
    With three pizza places in close proximity maybe now I won’t have to go into the city to get my “pizza fix”.
    Fascati’s pizza has gotten so bad that we no longer order from them.

  • bklyn girl


    Have you tried Lucali’s down Henry St. in Carrols Gardens? It’s fantastic!

  • hicks st guy

    why in the world would anyone go to Fascati’s, ever?

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    hicks st guy,
    Fascati was fairly decent when I moved here seven years ago.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    bklyn girl,
    It just seems easier to walk over the bridge to Adrienne’s or take the subway to John’s on Bleeker St.
    But I will check out the distance to Lucali’s and maybe we will give it a try.

  • Lou

    I’ll be trying this place out tonight. Thanks for the report.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Tried Gran Electrica on Saturday night. Honestly cannot say enough great things about it. Food was absolutely amazing (best fish tacos I’ve ever had), reasonably priced, and our waitress was very friendly and really helpful with the menu. Would never have guessed that they’d been open for less than a week.

    Only complain: the bartender with the red hair and beard. I waited about twenty minutes for a drink as he kept telling me, “You’re next, bro.” “Be right with you, dude,” and seemed to just joke around behind the bar and occasionally make a drink for the waitstaff. When he finally took my order, which was for two drinks, he made one right away, then left me waiting about 10 minutes before getting around to the other one. Then when he didn’t attempt to have me pay, I mentioned to the other bar tender (when we ordered a second round) that I needed to settle up for my first round. 2nd bartender (who was great) asked the bearded one what I had, and the bearded one looked at me and said, “Oh yeah, he didn’t pay me.” Not cool. The food was well worth the 45 minute wait, but the bar staff (more specifically, that one bartender) needs to get up to speed.

    Definitely recommend it, and we will definitely be back.