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La Nacional

La Nacional

Tapas Restaurant, Nightclub, and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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    AJ G.
    "Try the Pulpos (Octopus), Steak, and Paella Verduras"(9 Tips)
    Citybeams.com
    "Spaniards in NY"(2 Tips)
    Eater
    "cheap cold beer and sangria."(5 Tips)
    Vivi N.
    "Calimocho, mahou from the tap and tinto de verano."(2 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Atmospheric little basement restaurant with excellent tapas, paellas, and seafood dishes, served alongside cheap cold beer and sangria. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantJanuary 25, 2016
    Tapas restaurant downstairs is supposedly v popular but we had an event upstairs in the private club space. Very casual and comfy. If it were given a bit of an update would be great!!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CabralAugust 10, 2014
    Visiting La Nacional is like paying respect to Spanish food from the era before pulpo and sangria became cliché. Nacional isn't nearly the best these days, but it is still the heart of Spain in NYC.
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    jon ferrerAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I've drank many an Estrella here while watching La Liga / Spanish national team matches and all the Spaniards say this is the most authentic Spanish food in the city. The paella is a must!
  • AJ G.
    AJ GetterJune 19
    Nacional is a favorite Spanish tapas spot. All dishes are great and inexpensive. Try the Pulpos (Octopus), Steak, and Paella Verduras
  • Kara L.heart icon on user image
    Kara LeahAugust 31, 2013
    The tapas and Sangria are delicious and the atmosphere is very nice as well. A yummy restaurant that is very well hidden.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RDecember 17, 2011
    Not sure what I ordered but it was awesome. The sauce was fantastic, Try dipping any sauce with the bread. Great food, great location, great wine list.
  • Citybeams.com
    Citybeams.comJuly 13, 2012
    Old school and traditional is La Nacional. Food is immense best tapas in new york and all the Spaniards in NY go there, which says it all
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 1, 2011
    Underneath the Spanish Benevolent society find the paella served at Socorrat but in a less hip space. Even better: The black rice. Read more
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.heart icon on user image
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrFebruary 26, 2014
    Best paella en Nueva York. Wonderful sangria. Try the mushroom in wine tapas. Homey romantic vibe. Done.
  • Vivi N.heart icon on user image
    Vivi NguyenMay 18, 2013
    Best arroz negro in town and súper authentic. Calimocho, mahou from the tap and tinto de verano.
  • TAMMY G.heart icon on user image
    TAMMY GIAJanuary 2, 2015
    Great tapas and delicious gazpacho!
  • Pablo D.
    Pablo DouzoglouFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Paella seems like the obvious choice on a first visit, but make sure you come back for the fish stew.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 5, 2019
    Order the sardinas, pulpo, gambas & meaty paella.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WFebruary 14, 2010
    Patatas bravas are killer here. My Spanish friends say it is some of the best they've had. Always a good spot for a big Spanish soccer match.
  • Davi B.
    Davi BarbosaJune 27, 2015
    Gambas al Ajillo are very good!
  • Giulio d.
    Giulio del BufaloMay 26, 2014
    Honest, good tasting Tapas. Nothing too fancy but always good.
  • Claire M.
    Claire MaugerJune 21, 2011
    The best place to go on a Thursday night if you want to try/dance Tango.
  • nicole f.
    nicole freireJuly 13, 2014
    Best tapas in the city! Hands. Down.
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CohenFebruary 20, 2014
    Good tapas. Don't get the steak!
  • Lisa
    LisaDecember 13, 2011
    You might walk right past this place. But don't. And order the pulpo.
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.August 14, 2010
    The boquerones are so sweet. Also get the creamy and crispy-fried croquetas. Read more
  • Kunal B.
    Kunal BhallaFebruary 15, 2013
    Octopus and Bread pudding not so good....flan was good. Other stuff was decent
  • Jenna O.heart icon on user image
    Jenna Odett LaskinMarch 8, 2015
    Very mediocre tapas, skip it. I'd 100% avoid the cod and octopus.
  • Julie T.
    Julie TangSeptember 25, 2009
    located within spanish benevolent society headquarters, totally authentic - have tapas and paella!
  • Albert C.heart icon on user image
    Albert ChenOctober 20, 2018
    Great paella
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    $8-10 tapas
  • Ana L.heart icon on user image
    Ana LedfordFebruary 16, 2020
    Food was exceptional, but the service wasn’t up to par , very slow
  • lynda b.
    lynda bauerOctober 7, 2012
    Curro Cuetro singing tonite
  • Brian B.
    Brian BallanAugust 5, 2011
    Most people don't get the anchovies. Most people have no taste
  • Katie M.
    Katie MorseJanuary 11, 2011
    Try the calimocho!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CooleyJanuary 17, 2010
    Try the Sangria!
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.heart icon on user image
    Goooooooooooal
  • Rafael C.
    Rafael CoresSeptember 21, 2010
    Todo rico, aunque las raciones podian ser un poco mas grandes para el precio.
  • Manuel G.
    Manuel Garrido PeñaJanuary 7, 2012
    Lo mas parecido a comida española qe se puede encontrar en nyc.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy ClevelandOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Arroz Negro y calamari!
  • tharso v.
    tharso vieiraJanuary 14, 2012
    Comi o arroz negro. Tava bonzaço.
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