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 their first-ever brunch service starting this month on Saturday and Sunday from Noon till 5pm. 

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 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 and 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  literally 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 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 12pm – 5pm. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or calling 917-388-2888.

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