01 / NAI

Nai, meaning Mother in Gallego––is an innovative and convivial Spanish tapas restaurant by Chef Ruben Rodriguez. Originating from Galicia, Spain, Rodriguez has honed Nai's boldly-flavored culinary creations from his Mother, Ana Maria Gonzalez Arias.

02 / AMIGO By Nai

Chef Rodriguez's second project––a contemporary Mexican restaurant where the seasonally curated menu is inspired by Nai's signature flavors, while also featuring a taco collaboration with famed El Momo L.A. Guests can also dive into a cocktail program, celebrating the variety of global gastronomy with a nod to Mexican fare. 

03 / EMILIA By Nai

A minimalist farm to table restaurant––where Chef Rodriguez pays homage to his Grandmother Emilia, for her untraditionally kept garden and her love for coffee. 

With a significant collaboration with Coffee Project NY, guests will experience a highly vegetable and coffee driven menu. 


04 / KŌBO By Nai

An untraditional pasta bar, featuring multi cuisine pastas. The menu celebrates Chef Rodriguez's inspirations from his travels to various parts of the world. A nod to a memorable trip to Japan––Kōbo, means yeast in Japanese. 



Nai, meaning mother in Gallego, is the innovative and humbling cuisine by Native Galician Chef, Ruben Rodriguez. 

Chef Rodriguez opened Nai New York City in 2010, with the primary purpose of being an ever-evolving love letter to Rodriguez's mother Ana Maria Gonzalez Arias––who he accredits for his unwavering culinary skill set and the traditional Galician recipes one would find on his menus. Nai has matured into a dynamic platform where its cuisine and culture is the base for its restaurants and products for the world to experience. 

Ruben Rodriguez 

Executive Chef / Owner

Raul Oleaga

Service Director & Sommelier

Sebastian Cambeiro

Chef de Cuisine

Pablo Belinchon

Pastry Chef

Rafael de la Rosa

Executive Chef

Rolando Flores

Chef de Cuisine

Niko Hagerty

Beverage Director


We welcome integrous and motivated hospitality professionals who are looking to further our cuisine and culture to the world.


For an opportunity to join our team please send your resume to: career@nairestaurant.com 

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