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La Nacional

3.7
60 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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La Nacional is a Spanish style tapas restaurant and bar. The interior of the building is decorated to reflect its casual, yet refined aesthetic. The room is mostly lit with low wattage Edison bulbs giving off a dim glow and an elegant black and white tile floor. There is a large fully stocked bar entrance of the restaurant that houses local and national beer in additional to several varieties of liquor, especially tequila.

The best time to go to La Nacional is during its daily happy hour, when there are specials on both drinks and some select small plates. La Nacional's menu is distinctly inspired by Spanish flavors and ingredients. Some of the most popular items on the menu include fried potatoes in a garlic aioli and guindilla sauce, grilled shishito peppers, crispy and creamy croquettes, stuffed dates wrapped with bacon and a savory grilled squid with parsley and garlic.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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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
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Phone number
(212) 243-9308
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Cross street: Between 7th and 8th Avenues
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What 60 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.7
  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.6
service
3.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Perdidomeanslost (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on January 30, 2016

Meh....paella was decent ....appetizers were fine. Wine was the best deal.....tempranillo. no complaints but not outstanding flavors or preparation. Paellas was a 3.5 star deal. Service staff were prompt and attent but had no personality...barely spoke. Place was near 90 degrees...I sneaked out and propped the entrance door open because staff did nothing. Noise became unbearable in the smaller room which they crammed full before seating people in their other room....then the dude with guitar started playing at the tables...not exactly talented.

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vipTravelingwoman (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on January 15, 2016

Very unique and funky in a good way. Has been here for ages and for good reason.

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FeedMePlease (Minneapolis)
4.0
Dined on January 2, 2016

Delicious food, but the ambiance/decor was lacking. Great spot if you only care about the food. Service was friendly.

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Simpleandgood (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on December 16, 2015

We had a lovely dinner, we hadn't seen each other in a while and the restaurant was perfect for lingering over food and wine. The tapas were nice portions - the standouts were the shrimp, artichoke, and bacon wrapped dates.

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vipJamon (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on November 23, 2015

I used to go with my father to this club 50 years ago. We owned a restaurant a few doors away. I was disappointed in the paella. I will try it again however. Everyone has a bad night. I like what most Gallego's and other Spaniards like a perfectly cooked Paella. That is, the bottom of the pan charred but the rice slightly alienate and with some liquid left. That's hard to do with a single paella pan. We will see next. The waiting team was fine for a neighborhood place. My friends have raved about the place. That's why I will try it again.

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OlderEater (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on September 30, 2015

This place is old fashioned Spanish. At least half of our fellow diners were Spaniards. It's not glamorous or trendy, maybe just the opposite. And delicious.

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Jorgen (New York Area)
1.0
Dined on September 14, 2015

Don't go there, no people, don't speak English j. Not friendly. Food not good. Nothing worth your money

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vipLynagniappe (New Orleans)
2.0
Dined on September 5, 2015

I made the reservation on opentable at 9:30 to arrive at 10:30 (they were closing at 11). We got there (2 of us) earlier before 10:15 and there was only one occupied table (they were finished). We probably should have left when the server (while seating us) asked if we wanted paella before we sat down or even looked at a menu. The few staff were trying to get out and rushed us through the meal. We tried 3 tapas and paella. The grilled sardines were very good. The croquettas and octopus tapas were bland. Descent paella, but with no atmosphere and the rush to get out we were disappointed. If they didn't want to seat late tables they should not have made one available through open table.

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Keleonard2 (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on September 4, 2015

I went here with a group of 7 people on a Friday night and they seated us right away. The service was great and large pitchers of sangria are only $28. We ordered 3 different tapas, 2 paellas, and a meat and cheese platter and it was great for a light meal for 7!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on August 14, 2015

Minimal decor, but the food is good. Mushroom croquettas, bacon wrapped dates and paella were good. On certain nights they have flamenco performances.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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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
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Cross street
Between 7th and 8th Avenues
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(212) 243-9308
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Catering
Enjoy a Spanish Paella Party, catered for 10-500!!
Full bar and affordable pricing for those on a budget.



Call 347 4791021
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Parking details
Free after 7 on 14th street, between 7th and 8th avenues.
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Public transit
Union Square, the L and A,C,E.
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Executive chef
Lolo Manso
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout