Iconic ‘Little Spain’ Neighborhood Restaurant La Nacional Launches Brunch Service During the Weekends

Iconic ‘Little Spain’ Neighborhood Restaurant La Nacional Launches Brunch Service During the Weekends

Delicat Alum and Valencian Chef in Residence, Francisco Javier Parreño has Created an Exquisite Menu Featuring Classic Dishes Found in Spanish Households

La Nacional Restaurant (239 West 14th Street), the official cantina located below the long-standing 150+ year-old cultural institution, Spanish Benevolent Society La Nacional has officially launched its first-ever brunch service starting this month on Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm.

Located in the “Little Spain” enclave in the Chelsea neighborhood, the non-profit community restaurant is introducing locals and travelers to a shareable menu filled with big flavors via traditional Spanish dishes.

After helping launch a top restaurant in Formentera, Spain this past summer, La Nacional’s Chef in Residence Francisco Javier Parreño is back in the kitchen to experience his special touch on the most important meal during the weekend in NYC. ‘Paco’ as alum as the staff affectionately refers to him, has been helming La Nacional’s kitchen since the restaurant’s reopening in 2018.

“Brunch in Spain is not common. However, many of Spain’s regional dishes are uniquely suitable to NYC’s brunch palettes, and can even enhance the concept of the ubiquitous in-between meal,” says Robert Sanfiz, Executive Director of the non-profit that owns and runs La Nacional restaurant.

Designed and fitted for sharing just like in Spain, La Nacional’s new brunch menu features dishes commonly found in Spanish homes or restaurants during the day, night, or late night. Paco’s version of Torrija with fresh berries ($12,) a staple enjoyed during Easter and considered one of the oldest recipes in the Iberian Peninsula and perfectly balances out the rest of the menu’s savory dishes. Here, a large slice of sourdough bread is soaked with sweetened cinnamon-spiked milk. please confirm with Paco if this is how he makes it then fried in olive oil and topped with fresh berries and a scoop of homemade ice cream. Eggs are a staple in Spanish cuisine and La Nacional’s brunch indeed has them, one of which is Huevos Rotos ($13) which translates to “broken eggs”. A classic favorite from Madrid, the dish features a savory combo of fried eggs with a runny yolk served over seasoned potatoes. Guests can enhance their dish or any brunch dish for that matter, by ordering a side of jamón serrano, or Spanish chorizo for an extra $6 – a well-worthy add-on. Also on the menu is Canary Island favorite Arroz a la Cubana ($18) which includes a cast-iron skillet of arborio rice topped with sausage, blistered fried tomatoes, and fried eggs. Also on the menu is Macarrones con Sobrasada ($14) which is considered a humble favorite in Spanish kitchens, is a hearty dish that includes macaroni pasta with a flavorful, rich sauce made from sobrasada  – a Mallorcan delicacy made of cured sausage, paprika, and other spices.

Lastly, Spanish food lovers can accompany their dishes with refreshing drinks including Red or White Sangria Agua de Valencia, a Spanish cocktail made with freshly squeezed orange juice, cava (sparkling wine) , vodka, and gin; Tinto de Verano a red wine mixed with lemon soda and a Sparkling Rosalia featuring Rosé & elderflower. All brunch drinks are available for an optional 90-minute-limit Bottomless Drinks for an extra $19.95.

La Nacional’s Restaurant’s brunch is open during the weekends Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm – 5 pm. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 917-388-2888.

La Nacional

About La Nacional Restaurant

Reopened in 2018, La Nacional Restaurant, officially the cantina of the Spanish Benevolent Society La Nacional, 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 their 150th anniversary in 2018, La Nacional for the first time in decades, took control of the space, to create a community restaurant and gathering place open to everyone. The 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 their kitchen. Since 2018, Francisco Javier Parreno Chef in Residence is still creating recognizable cuisine for neighborhood regulars and newcomers, Spanish palates, or those who have been to Spain.  Considering that Spanish cuisine has been modernized over the years, La National’s objective is to portray what is to eat in Spain nowadays, being faithful to Spanish products and flavors; and selecting the best from traditional and modern cooking techniques. In their dishes,  inspiration is drawn from La Nacional’s past and combined with their contemporary style and techniques, making the restaurant a culinary epicenter for Spanish food. The restaurant offers diners quality food, reasonable prices, and a neighborhood atmosphere for all to enjoy.

About La Nacional – Spanish Benevolent Society 

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”.

Arroz a la Cubana

Macarrones con Sobrasada

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