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Nai Tapas Restaurant, New York, NY

Nai Tapas Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1005 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Nai, meaning Mother in Gallego, offers a unique understanding of Spanish cuisine where guests can dive deep into Chef Ruben Rodriguez' innovative tapas menu.
Originating from Galicia, Spain, Chef Ruben Rodriguez has honed Nai's bold flavors from his Mother, Ana Maria Gonzalez Arias.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 677-1030
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ruben Rodriguez
  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,005 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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1,005 Reviews
  1. MarcelP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Let me start by saying that this place has fantastic food, We had some issue with the reservation but it was alright the manager was extremely kind and generous. The dining itself was great and the food was very good with multiple options to choose from with a plethora of great flavors.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of tapas and the flavors are incredible! Definitely recommend the mushroom carpaccio, sea bass and the fideua! Service was amazing too!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Octopus was too salty to enjoy. Noodle paella is interesting but I miss regular rice paella. Ribeye steak was tender and to temp, but also salty. Overall, I had seasoning issues that prevented me from enjoying my meal, but the servers were great about making my bf feel special for his birthday, as they brought out dessert with a candle, and some bubblies. Servers could be more informative when bringing food to us.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered a variety of dishes. Food was underwhelming. Drinks are watery and not particularly interesting. Octopus and sardine foccacia were better than a lot of the other dishes. The focaccia, however, tasted a bit like Wonder Bread. There is better Spanish food out there. Service and ambience were better than the food.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good drinks but, 2 out of 5 food dishes were good, the other 3 were flavorless

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing unique and delicious ! My favorite dishes Carpaccio Mushrooms Brussels Lubina Fideua Katsu Octopus And the chocolate churros for dessert. Amazing service I really recommend this restaurant.

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  7. wlc22

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fusion but poorly executed. Sauces do not compliment the ingredients. Drinks are weak and sugary.

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  8. Carlos

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I been in a lot Spanish Restaurants and Nai is the best. The dishes are authentic and unique. Excellent service. I highly recommend.

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  9. DianaD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nai is elegant, the food is delicious and the portions are a great size. Drinks were also tasty and the churros are a must.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic tapas. I highly recommend the dish with muscles and clams. 10/10. Quick, friendly service.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! We celebrated our anniversary here after we had our first date at Nai! The food is delicious and it was an awesome experience

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  12. garyr

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing. Unique and delicious and a wide variety of choices. The best service/ hospitality that I’ve experienced in a long time!

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  13. Carlos

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place ! Great service! My favorite tapas place .

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  14. SusanV

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was very attentive and helpful. Ordered 4 tapas for 2 of us. Food was great! I had just been in Spain so felt like the Sangria, croquettes and fish were authentic. Overall a great experience!

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  15. Treefrog

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful eatery. Every single plate was perfect. The service was impeccable. Their creativity was refreshing in a world of same old same old. A true gem.

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  16. KatherineK

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait staff very attentive, food very good and we could talk/conversation with each other!

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  17. PeterG

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The tapas at Nai were very creative and simply delicious. It's a lovely restaurant, and the staff are working hard to be helpful and welcoming. We recommend it highly!

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  18. Yang

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food, great atmosphere. Will come again!

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  19. JimS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most important thing to know about this restaurant is that you get a good amount of food for each dish. I’ve been to many tapas places that you either leave hungry or order more than you wanted to because of portion sizes. So not only is the food delicious, you get a lot of it to try as well. Our favorite dishes were the oxtail and paella. The wait staff was super nice and gave us free dessert for some reason. If you have room, get the goat cheese cake.

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  20. AdrianaS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice place with great service and excellent food. Will be back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks in addition to great service. Very impressed and will definitely dine here again. My friend and I each got a free drink on the house as well!

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  22. RyanD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service…really felt spoiled by the server. And we had several delicious dishes so we can’t wait to go back!

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  23. Brion

    New York City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a fantastic Spanish restaurant in the East Village. We’ve been longtime fans of their croquettes and fideuà. They’ve recently added a delightful glazed ribeye. We also had the opportunity to try some amazing desserts including a basque style cheesecake and an incredible summertime flan with a iced custard.

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  24. AlanB

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and creative food in a spare but nice environment. Unusual dishes and good value. Will definitely go back.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is not your typical Spanish tapas place - the plates are quite unique, and the wine selection phenomenal. Service was also excellent - we were a picky bunch with our wines but Sasha patiently helped us find what we really liked. Will definitely be coming back!

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  26. GMC57

    Stuttgart

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! As with tapas, we had multiple dishes across the vegetarian, meat, seafood and dessert options-all exceptional. The service is first rate to go along with the quality of food. Highly recommend.

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  27. Karen

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service and elegant setting

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  28. erik

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! Would definitely recommend it to everybody who is interested in Tapas! Food came quick and was very delicious.

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  29. ChelseaZ

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    portobello carpaccio was amazing. Ube cocktail was amazing

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  30. EddieJ

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible tapas restaurant. The desserts were awesome, and the service was impeccable!

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  31. DianaM

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole restaurant looks really good, and the service also good, too. But the food didn’t achieve my expectations. I heard this restaurant long time ago, always wanted to try, so kind of disappointed, the food is fine. Worth to try one time.

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  32. krimart

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, warm service, great vibe - I love all of chef Rodriguez’ restaurants, but this is my favorite!

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  33. NYMAMA

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All foods are very high quality! The waiter was very friendly and gave us great service! I will definitely come back again.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance, great food, prompt service highly recommend

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been coming to Nai 2-3 times a year for probably over a decade. Through all of its location changes, it never lost its appeal: the tapas menu was extensive, experimental and delicious, the sangria offerings were varied and could be ordered by the pitcher, and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. But when we visited its latest location last night, even though the staff is still outstanding, we were kind of disappointed,. The overall tapas menu, which used to include delicious, unique items that changed daily, is mostly generic. The chimichurri ribs, the mushroom carpaccio, and the cod are all delicious, but some of the menu options (the salmon, for example) weren’t available and others (the tartare) were just ok. The sangria choices now are only red or white and sold by the glass and even the atmosphere was minimalist and trendy instead of friendly and relaxed. Also, even taking NYC rents and inflation into account, the prices seem high. In the end, everything was fine, but I think we’ll try other options next time we want tapas.

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  36. Andrew

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food except the gazpacho was bit dull. Otherwise the maitake and the ribs were temendous, as were the cod roles.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Brussel sprouts, ribeye tartare, and sea bass were unreal

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  38. LalithaR

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Small tasty plates a little overpriced. Drink was meh

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Food and service perfectly fine but the ambience is god awful. Loud back room with cheap furnishings. Won’t go again.

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  40. EdieB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and very creative dishes. A real treat!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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Nai Tapas Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1005 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Nai Tapas Restaurant

84 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Hours of operation
    Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ruben Rodriguez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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