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La Nacional Restaurant
Ranked #4,888 of 13,838 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: West Village
Cross street: Between 7th and 8th Avenues
Transit: Union Square, the L and A,C,E.
Description: Starting March 1st, La Nacional Restaurant is undergoing a complete renovation. In anticipation of our 150th anniversary, La Nacional - Spanish Benevolent Society will take over the space in an effort to create a community restaurant and gathering place open to everyone. Our non-profit will be teaming up with some of the top culinary institutes in Spain - sponsoring the visas of the country's best young chefs to manage and create in our kitchen. The Society will provide each chef with a free apartment in our historic brownstone to draw inspiration from La Nacional's past and make it a culinary epicenter for Spanish food.
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
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“Worth seeking out”
Reviewed October 26, 2009

Almost hidden on 14th street between 7th and 8th is a wonder of a restaurant. You walk down steps and down a hallway and enter something straight out of Spain, a plain room with a group of men sitting at formica tables, munching, talking and watching futbol. Make a sharp turn to your right and enter a small, rustic, cosy room and enjoy some real Spanish delights.

My wife was a bit shocked when we entered and was sceptical of what the menu would bring, but I ordered an Estrella Damm beer and we selected some boquerones, patatas bravas, alcachofas fritas, sardinas a la plancha, and gambas. Now, I have been to many Tapas Bar before, and usually they have been good and mostly they have been fancy, but this food was magnificent, simple, fresh, perfect. Though we were stuffed we had another order of the gambas.

I had another beer and with tip we paid $78.

The paella and zarsuela and other delights on the full menu will call us back to try.

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