Address: 239 West 14th Street (Bet 7th & 8th Ave), New York
Ever since we rewatched Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation on Spain, we have been actively looking for good tapas bars in the city. There seems to be a few new tapas places opening in the city lately (Txikito by Alex Raij is one of them), but our friend recommended La Nacional, which is owned by Lolo (Jesus) Manso, who is also the owner of Socarrat Paella Bar that Gan and I really like.
La Nacional is located at the Spanish Society on West 14th Street, and it used to be that only members are allowed to dine there. The membership fee is not expensive, I heard it was just $1. When we went there last week, there was no longer such requirement, but I don't mind becoming a Spanish Society member just to eat there. For the 5 of us, we ordered Esparragos with 2 Salsas, Boquenores en vinagre, Croquetas, Gambas al Ajillo, Batatas Bravas, Campero and Paella de la casa. I couldn't helped but compare the tapas and paella at La Nacional to the ones I ate at Socarrat. Those dishes I ate at Socarrat were definitely more refined, while La Nacional's were more simple and home-cooked style, but still delicious.