Food & Drink

Gran Electrica Cantina Opens

South of the border, east of the river

gran electrica!

Most people leave Mexico with a sunburn and a hangover.

Chefs Sam Richman (Jean Georges, The Fat Duck) and Brad McDonald (Noma, Per Se) departed with culinary ammunition for Gran Electrica, opening today in downtown Brooklyn.

The result of the duo’s recent monthlong eating odyssey: an unadulterated fiesta of Mexican dishes spanning the country’s history, regions, and levels of sophistication. Start with a garlicky Caesar salad (turns out the dish was invented in TJ) and Oaxacan garnachas (humble masa cakes topped with shredded chicken, pasillas, and refried beans).

Chili-blackened pork spare ribs come with tortillas, though we were happy to gnaw tender strips directly from the bone. Seasonal margaritas made with small-batch mezcal accompany the feast — and make the hipster Día de los Muertos wallpaper progressively more humorous.

Come late spring, an airy back patio will open for soaking up sun and micheladas.

Bringing us full circle to that sunburn and hangover.

Gran Electrica, 5 Front Street, between Old Fulton and Dock Streets (718-852-2789 or granelectrica.com).

Photo: Jordan Blumberg / DailyCandy

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5 Front St
bt Old Fulton & Dock Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11201