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239 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
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La Nacional Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout
Enjoy a Spanish Paella Party, catered for 10-500!!
Full bar and affordable pricing for those on a budget.
Call 347 4791021
Between 7th and 8th Avenues
Union Square, the L and A,C,E.
Free after 7 on 14th street, between 7th and 8th avenues.
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Opened in 1868, La Nacional is a beloved Spanish Restaurant located in the Spanish Benevolent Society.
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Service was lax on a moderately
busy Friday evening. Ordered two appetizer/tapas and one entree for two. Server forgot one of the tapas and it was difficult to flag down a server in between courses. As for food, amazing gazpacho, otherwise food was just average."
Dined on 2/21/2014
Loved this little restaurant. It's
a bit rough around the edges but part of what makes it special. The food was quite good. Rustic. Never been to Spain but it felt authentic. Had amazing roasted peppers, potatoes bravas, grilled squid, paella, and the dessert was really yummy. Will definitely be back but this time with friends."
Dined on 2/15/2014
We went on a busy Friday night and
the restaurant was full and lively. The food is great but sadly the service was quite lousy . Pity, because this can be a great place for a great evening."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Great food, great service, you
will love this spot for its traditional decor, leaving all the snootiness at the door."
Dined on 2/6/2014
I expected a little more from this
place. Our waiter only checked on us when we gave our order and then he vanished. We had to ask another waiter for our food, which we waited for for 30 minutes. Being a vegetarian, they didn't really have too many large plate options to chose from. Overall, I would not return."
Dined on 1/24/2014
Pleasant experience.. Nice
authentic vibe and tasty basics."
Dined on 12/5/2013
The food was delicious. Almost all
of our small plates came out at once, which I don't prefer, but we didn't ask for them to be staggered either. There's an open kitchen in the middle, so you know its clean, but it gets a bit warm in the restaurant. The place had a very authentic feel. I'd definitely recommend it."
Dined on 11/16/2013
The paella was ok, the octopus
really was not. It just was not that nice...."
Dined on 11/5/2013
Great selection of food. Dined for
an anniversary and the atmosphere was great. Waiter was on top of his game and was very well spoken and professional. La Nacional will be a place my family attend a few times a year."
Dined on 10/28/2013
I had higher hopes because I like
their restaurant, Soccarrat, a lot. The paella we ordered was not nearly as good as what I've had Soccarrat and the tapas were only fine. Service was not very good- the waiter could not figure out how to divide the bill evenly between 4 credit cards and over charged us."
Dined on 10/26/2013
We had just come back from
vacation in Spain and wanted to go for authentic tapas. This was the place. Very hard to find good octopus done as in Galicia, with steamed potato and paprika. It was so tender. All the other tapas were just as good. Sangria very very nice. Try it, you'll be back. Also went to their sister restaurants, all very nice, all with authentic paellas as well!!!"
Dined on 10/13/2013
Went to La Nacional for my
birthday dinner with four other friends. I'm a big fan of paella, and I specifically chose this restaurant because I heard the paella was tasty. Unfortunately, the seafood was overcooked, giving the dish a somewhat mushy texture. My friends said their food was bland to begin with. The best thing was definitely the coco vegetariana. We were in charge of filling our own water glasses and sangria glasses but still paid the 20 percent gratuity that was added to our bill. Overall, it was a fine place. I probably wouldn't go back, but it wasn't terrible."
Dined on 9/1/2013
We almost all ordered the paella,
mine was vegetable and was ok although $18 was a bit much for rice and veggies My friend ordered the black rice seafood paella which tasted fishy to me. Another friend ordered the garlic chicken which was delicious. The waitress was very polite even though we booked reservations for 9pm on a Sunday night which was an hour before closing and we were the only customers."
Dined on 8/26/2013
Paella was a rip off. They ask how
many people want paella and don't mention that it is $22 each yet each portion can feed 2 people."
Dined on 8/16/2013
The things we ordered were good
...except the calamari which was rubbery as most places do. A good lesser expensive place but has sort of a non intimate basement feel."
Dined on 8/3/2013
Definitely a place that stands out
by the food and not the decor. They were out of the Cava we wanted, and the one recommended was good. All of the tapas were great especially Gambas al ajillo, Croquetas and Chorizo, serrano & manchego platter. Our only complain would be the noise. We were sat in a front room that has low ceilings and it was hard to have a conversation because it was extremely loud. Other than that, it was great!"
Dined on 8/4/2013
There are many better Spanish
restaurants in the area. This one can be skipped."
Dined on 5/17/2013
It was a decent experience. Cute
place that's not too crowded. The food is good but wasn't spectacular. I think they must be understaffed for a Monday since service was a bit spotty. They forgot our croquettes and was "surprised" when we told them that it didn't come yet. Like as if we had eaten and forgot. Patatas bravas was okay, paella was good."
Dined on 5/6/2013
Paella valenciana and arroz nigro
for 4 people, a selection of tapas, and desserts.... Excellent on all accounts. I'd recommend this place especially for the food. Service was attentive and the ambiance is good, the music was just at the right volume to enjoy while still being able to have a conversation . This was my second time here and certainly will come in the future."
Dined on 5/4/2013
This restaurant was the perfect
place to celebrate our family birthday celebration. Our group of 12 was easily and comfortably accommodated. The delicious tapas and paella were perfect for sharing. Service and staff were friendly and helpful. Food tasted fresh and not overly salty (like so many other restaurants). The staff surprised us with a birthday candle in one of the yummy desserts."
Dined on 5/4/2013
Celebrated my birthday with 9
friends and had an absolutely wonderful time. The food and sangria was delicious! All my friends raved about the tapas and their entrees and agreed this place is a keeper. The only issue we had was the spotty service. Our waiter was a very nice young man, but in his zeal to place the paella orders becauase of the amount of time it takes to prepare them, he didn't take the entree orders for the other half of our table, so our entrees were staggered and he skipped over one friend entirely. Her food arrived when the rest of the table was ready for dessert and coffee. But again, despite this hiccup, we will all come back again. Thank you."
Dined on 5/1/2013
We went there as a group from our
Spanish class, for lunch. This is a very nice place for an informal lunch or dinner with a group of friends. Because the place is loud at night anyway and you don't have to be careful that the other tables would be disturbed. Two of us made a reservation for the Wednesday flaminco show. That was something we would not do again. It was really awful :("
Dined on 4/21/2013
Its a shame the service was
mediocre, since the food (when it finally arrived) was delicious. The room we were in (about eight 4-tops and two 2-tops) had only 1 server. Also, we had to walk and get cash since their credit-card machine broke. Will be hesitant to go again..."
Dined on 4/2/2013
Love tapas and Paella. Friends had
recommended it. Good but not great. Like the funky, "real-deal" vibe."
Dined on 3/21/2013
An institution, a place where you
can taste and enjoy real food. No gimmick of using high sounding food description."
Dined on 1/1/0001
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