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La Nacional

Tapas Bar
  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • Spanish, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 239 W 14th St, New York NY10011 40.73949 -74.001142
  • (Btwn 7th & 8th Ave)
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  • (212) 243-9308
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User Ratings (Based on 16 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.3
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 243-9308
(212) 627-4770
Visa, MC, AmEx
Sun-Wed: 12pm-10pm Thu-Sat: 12pm-11pm
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Live Music, Private Parties, Take Out, Trendy

User Reviews

  • La Nacional

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/02/2014

    Not Worthwhile...

    I went with a group of friends for a paella and was extremely disappointed. I needed a magnifying glass to find the sea food in the paella.(small tapa quantity) Honestly it was a big rip off. My other friend ordered a rice dish with octopus ink. Absolutely delicious but again, you cant find the seafood in it. The ambiance is nice but they are cheap on the portions.

  • La Nacional

    Posted by Nicky BC on 09/04/2013

    Favorite Spanish restaurant in city

    Wonderful, authentic and non-pretentious! Reminds me of family-owned restaurants in Madrid. The fried alcachofas, plato campero and paella de carne are my favorites. Very recommended.

  • La Nacional

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/22/2013

    Best Spanish in NY Ever

    Ive been here many times and it is consistently great every time. Amazingly authentic paella. Just like Spain. If you don't like this restaurant, then you just don't like authentic Spanish cuisine.

  • La Nacional

    Posted by Alfavil on 01/24/2012

    Not recommended

    My partner and I just spent $100+$15 tip at lunch for: an appetizer with 6 boquerones (pickled sardines); 4 hard-as-nails lamb chops on a mount of french fries; a plate of seafood in "green sauce" consisting of one clam, one mussel, one shrimp, two pieces of fish and three slices of potato in a gooey white sauce sprinkled with parsley; a bottle of "house wine" which at $28 was the cheapest on the wine list; a decent dessert of pears in wine; and 2 espressos. There were exactly four customers, other than us. I have no idea why people rave about this parody of a real Spanish restaurant (hint: there are no real Spanish restaurants in NYC). Twenty five years ago, it used to be a hangout for poets, with great cheap tapas and cheap wine, where grumpy old Spaniards sat all afternoon playing domino and watching soccer. Unfortunately, the NYT discovered it for its paella, and gentrification set in. I know, for I have lived my whole life around the corner from it!

  • La Nacional

    Posted by Ocean on 11/15/2010

    Paella de la Casa excellent....

    First time at La Nacional for my partner's birthday lunch. The food was great, the paella had enough seafood and the rice delicious flavor.... the croquetas and pulpo tapas and sangria were good. We finish up with bread pudding -crema catalana was not ready, as it was too early in the afternoon, Oh!we'll come back. The service was very good and we got two glasses of 'tempranillo' sweet wine on the house!

  • La Nacional

    Posted by rosanne on 02/03/2010

    Once again a treat

    Once again, a family member had a memorable birthday dinner. The food is perfect and the service couldn't be better. We've been coming here for one occasion or another for many years and they never disappoint. Thanks...

  • La Nacional

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/08/2009

    There are better options

    The short answer is I would not return. The place is very plain, bordering run down. The food was decent, with some dishes being good, and others quite uninspired. The water was absolutely undrinkable, as it reeked of chlorine or a dish rag. The house paella was good and fairly filling. They rice texture was surprisingly pleasant, although the seafood and the chicken were a bit scant. The octopus tapas was very good. The calamari was OK, and the artichokes didn't have much of a taste. Although the place is not expensive, I feel there are better values to be found in the city for the same price.

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