new mexican restaurant opens in dumbo

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.

wafels & dinges makes and appearance in dumbo

yum yum yum i just finished my first wafels & dinges experience.  this was the 2nd time i’d seen the food truck in dumbo, and i couldn’t resist trying one.  they have both savory and sweet waffles, with a variety of toppings.  these waffles are the real deal –  direct from belgium and the perfect balance of chewy sweet goodness.  super friendly service and a definite must try if you’re lucky enough to see them in your neighborhood.

corner of front and adams

liege waffle (richer and chewier than the brussels waffle) with bananas, nutella, and powdered sugar

manhattan has disappeared!

foggy dumbo

non-foggy dumbo (taken 1 week ago)

its foggy tonight!  since moving into this apartment 9 months ago, i’ve consistently relied (and relished in) seeing the brooklyn bridge and lower manhattan outside my living room window, and poof! tonight they disappeared.

fyi: tomorrow’s forecast – high of 75 – spring is here!

st. patrick’s day in dumbo

current drink of choice: woodchuck hard cider; current background sound: game change (definitely too political for me).

happy saint patrick’s day!  perhaps i’m uncool for not drinking myself silly like an irishman today, but now that i’m 30, i guess i’m too old for those shenangans.  plans for the weekend? probably have a nice dinner tonight and hit up the new cookie place in the neighborhood, one girl cookies.  should be some low-key holiday fun.