Saturday, August 31, 2013

Update: Nai Sets the Bar Even Higher

TL;DR:

Went back to Nai Tapas Bar and was even more wowed than last time! If you're ordering food, you NEED to get the coconut crepes stuffed with scallops, shrimp and crabmeat (doesn't that description alone already get your mouth watering?).

Blueberry pomegranate sangria
1st Ave. & 11th St.

Click here for my first post on Nai Tapas Bar.


My friend and I went for happy hour tonight (5 to 7 every day) with the intention of just getting sangria ($20 pitchers!), which I raved about in my last post, but once we got there, we were hungry, so we ordered some food.

And I am SO glad we did. Along with our blueberry pomegranate sangria (awesome as expected), we got potatoes with spicy tomato sauce (patatas bravas), slices of chorizo on top of baguette slices topped with fried quail eggs and manchego cheese and coconut crepes with a scallop, shrimp and crabmeat filling. ... apparently, we were hungrier than we thought.

I couldn't find the names for the last two dishes as they're newer additions to the menu, and Nai doesn't have an official website. An older version (but still pretty accurate minus the few new updates) of the menu can be found on menupages.com.

Chorizo on baguette topped with fried quail egg and manchego cheese


Here's a brief rundown.

  • Patatas bravas: Good but was a little disappointed that they weren't very crispy. The sauce drizzled on top was also delish but surprisingly spicy!
  • Chorizo with quail egg: Yum! Well-seasoned and cooked chorizo, perfect sunny side-up quail egg on top of a slice of just-soft-enough baguette. 
  • Coconut crepes with seafood filling: THESE ARE THE REASON FOR THIS BLOG POST RIGHT NOW. I could write an entire essay about these little pockets of heaven alone. These were so good that after ordering the tapas portion (small), we ordered these again in the raciĆ³n size (big). The crepes were so delectably soft, with a hint of sweetness from the coconut, and the filling was indescribably delicious and perfectly seasoned. Underneath everything was a red pepper sauce, which was beautiful as well — also slightly sweet but not overwhelming; overall, a great touch to the entire dish. We even witnessed a middle-aged couple next to us mouth-gasm at their first bite of these.
Star of the show coconut crepes and patatas bravas

I'm seriously considering going back again tomorrow just for the coconut crepes. I could eat an entire bucket full of them. No joke.

3 comments:

  1. This place sounds so good! I love tapas and sangria.

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    1. It's awesome! You have to check it out especially if you love sangria ;)

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  2. oh god those crepes though!!!!!!!

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