dumbo is a lot of things – charming belgian block streets, historic architecture, a thriving arts community – but one of the largely-lacking features is food choices. don’t get me wrong, the restaurants here are pretty good, but they’re severely limited; so i was super excited when i heard about a new mexican restaurant opening at 5 front street, gran/electrica.
after a couple weeks of anticipation, i finally had the chance try this place out, and i wasn’t disappointed. the decor is low-key with exposed brick and hardwood floors. there’s a fully-stocked bar with a variety of tequila cocktails and spanish / portuguese wines (i had the rioja and it was quite good). the menu consists of mostly small plates meant for sharing and a few larger options. my favorite dish was the fish tacos, made with lightly fried sea bass and crisp cabbage. i also liked the ceviche. they mention that local/fresh ingredients are used whenever possible, and i could really taste the freshness on this dish. plates range from about $6 to $18, and are traditional mexican (not tex-mex as the waiter assiduously pointed out to us).
overall, the food is nicely-balanced and not too heavy, the ambiance is chill, and the service is friendly. this is the type of place you’ll want to take your manhattan friends when you convince them to visit you in brooklyn. highly recommended.