About Us

Our Story

Founded in 1868, La Nacional – Spanish Benevolent Society is the oldest Spanish cultural institution in the United States. The Society has helped tens of thousands of Spanish immigrants find a home away from home. To this day, it remains committed to its mission, “to promote, encourage and spread the spirit of fraternity and solidarity among Spanish and Hispanic-American residents of this country”. Together with the society, La Nacional Restaurant, officially the cantina of the Spanish Benevolent Society, was created to be inclusive and to appeal to the wide array of people who call La Nacional their second home. This classic haunt has been feeding Spaniards and Latin Americans in New York since the 19th century from a historical brownstone in the heart of what was Little Spain.

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, La Nacional for the first time in decades, is taking back control of the space, to create a community restaurant and gathering place open to everyone. Our non-profit has teamed up with some of the top culinary institutes in Spain – sponsoring the visas of the country’s best chefs to manage and create in our kitchen. In their dishes, they draw inspiration from La Nacional’s past and combine it with their own contemporary style and techniques, making La Nacional Restaurant a culinary epicentre for Spanish food. Officially the cantina of the Spanish Benevolent Society, our restaurant will offer diners quality food, reasonable prices and neighbourhood atmosphere for all to enjoy. It will be the catalyst for significant cultural and community immersion that reflects the Society’s mission in the contemporary era.

Our Chefs

Spain's best

Jordi Morera

Valencia, Spain

He has graduated from several culinary schools and learned from world renowned chefs, such as Ferrán Adriá and Michel Bras. He has worked as head chef of some Michelin Star restaurants, and had many of his own, some of which have received recognition of excellence from Lonely Planet and The New York Times, among others.

Salvador Boix & Gracia Sales

Valencia, Spain

They are owners of Salvador grandfather’s restaurant, the Cames. With Salvador’s cooking expertise and Gracia’s being graduated in both Food Sciences, and Food and Agricultural Engineering, they become perfect partners to run this restaurant. Incorporating classic Spanish flavors with a modern, metropolitan palate, this unique establishment constantly receives great reviews from some of the most important figures in the country.

Francisco Javier Parreño

Valencia, Spain

Having graduated as Hospitality and Tourism technician, Paco has worked in France, Germany and all over Spain in the country’s most prestigious restaurants. He has worked in some of the best 5 star hotel restaurants in Spain and has collaborated with Michelin Star restaurants. Currently he is running his own.

Reservations

Book a Table

La Nacional Restaurant takes reservations for parties up to eight people in our dining room.

Happy hour is walk-in only from 5PM to 7PM from Wednesday to Friday. Lunch is not served during summer.

Reservations are now available on OpenTable or call us at 917 388 2888.

We look forward to seeing you soon!