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Nai Tapas Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East Village
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174 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-4506
+1 212-677-1030
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 17:00 - 23:00
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 02:00
Sat 13:00 - 02:00
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Herndon, Virginia
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nail is a small and intimate bar and restaurant specializing in tapas. Our party of eight sampled a variety of dishes that were enjoyed by all. Blueberry champagne sangria served by the pitcher paired well with tapas. Dancers and musicians were over the top great! Show was marvelous! The physical space is small that there is not a bad seat... More 

Thank Kathleen D
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not only delicious but the owners (I believe a young couple) are incredibly helpful and offer suggestions which turn out to be delightful. Live music nights are loud- but it is to be expected since the space is small and it is "live". Wonderful and cozy restaurant.

Thank Tvassilidze
Level Contributor
25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is too good to share. The food and service is truly the best Spanish I have eaten in NYC. Nice music in the background. We went on a Sunday afternoon for a post lunch early dinner and every dish was great. The person waiting on us turned out to be a part owner and was so warm and... More 

Thank Alan J
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

As visitors to NYC we chose this restaurant based on Trip Advisor reviews and weren't disappointed! After a 7 hour flight we went for an early evening slot so didn't see any flamenco but the food and sangria were delicious! We tried patatas bravas, the sea bass, the oxtail, the skirt steak and zucchini with goats cheese. Definitely some of... More 

1 Thank Claire M
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

This is a small narrow restaurant with high top tables, a few spots at the bar, and regular tables that could accommodate groups. The decor is attractive. We were treated to live flamenco guitar music and dancers. We could not see the dancers, but we enjoyed the music and sound effects accompanying their dancing. The selection of tapas was large,... More 

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I have been coming to this place for over 2 years and it NEVER disappoints! The food is excellent, The Red Sangria pitcher is a must and the service is superb. I may have tried everything in the menu and couldn't be able to tell you about something being bad, because everything is so good!

Thank Jacqueline Q
McLean, Virginia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Had a great time here - the tapas are excellent (the only dish I wasn't in love with was the garlic aoli potatoes) but everything else was superb, the $24 Sangria pitchers on Wednesdays is an added benefit, and really what got this rating from me (in addition to the food) was the impeccable service. This alone would have been... More 

Thank Dev S
New York City, New York
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108 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is my favorite place to go for dinner in the city and I have a great experience every time. The best days to go are Thursday and Saturday nights because they have live flamenco, which is amazing. The atmosphere is so cool and lots of fun, especially with the live music. Tapas are moderately priced, but delicious nonetheless. I... More 

Thank MsCollinka
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The food and service we're really good and we had a nice time at Nai Tapas! When the're is a lot of people (and it was, because tapas and the restau are that popular) it isn't that easy to talk to eachother.

Thank Soetkin L
Houston, Texas
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209 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We wanted to experience a bit of Spain, and thought tapas with Flamenco would be the right mix to do that. And Nai Tapas didn't disappoint us! It was very authentic food, and the dancers and musicians were excellent. We tried several of the Tapas, and also both the red and white mango sangrias (suggest mango sangria for your dessert).... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Spanish, Mediterranean
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 174 1st Ave, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-4506
  • Public Transportation: Take L train to 1st Ave-14th St or 6 train to Astor Place.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-677-1030

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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