Socarrat Paella Bar - Nolita

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Socarrat, the quintessence of the perfect paella and for which the restaurant is named, is the delectable, sensuous crust that forms on the bottom of the paella pan when the liquid is rendered and the rice reaches its peak of succulence. The menu, an authentic array of delicious dishes from the regions of Spain specializing in traditional tapas with an accent on paella and fideua (which substitutes fried noodles for rice) that can be characterized as a true exploration for the palette.

Socarrat Nolita's ambience denotes feelings of warmth, comfort and hospitality. Building on its sister restaurant's identity as a small, intimate space comprised primarily of one large communal table, the restaurant also offers banquet, bar and table seating.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, the paella for 2 was enough. We also got a bottle and the staff was really great

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vipRayE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The paella could have used a bit more salt to let the flavors out

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HeatherD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socarrat Paella Bar is a charming, delicious spot in Nolita. We booked it for a large business dinner only having read about it on the Eater NYC blog and it lived up to the buzz.

The restaurant is decorated with rustic flair and has a cozy, vibrant feel. The servers were knowledgeable and very attentive, able to suggest dishes and quantities for our party. Smaller tapas plates were well prepared and full of flavor. Spinach croquettes and a grilled vegetable Napoleon were faves.

For mains, we ordered three different paellas to satisfy everyone's meat or veg preference. They were much fun to share family style. A good selection of wines and cocktails is offered, but we opted for the refreshing white sangria, which had a tropical kick, and a pitcher of classic red sangria. Luscious homemade desserts topped off the meal -- the churros and flan were favorites of our group.

All in all, it was a lovely dinner served by people who clearly care about the quality of their food and the comfort of their guests. It will be hard to top for our next dinner with this client. I can't wait to go back on my own for dinner next time I'm in the city.

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KristenG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tapas and delicious paella! A little pricey but worth it!

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Bambi
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - had an amazing date night

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Best paella in the city hands down.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Got seated over half an hour after an already late reservation. Slow service and were eating very late as restaurant was closing as a result.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went for valentine's day fixed menu, they ended up placing us on a sharable table. Understandable, but it was unnecessary to pack the table filled with couples trying to share paella, give us a little space so we can hear each other.

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vipShani
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day dinner. I thought about deducting a star because the service was incredibly slow, but it was really crowded and the staff was very accommodating. They even comped me a glass of wine for the extra long wait. I’d definitely return, but on a less crowded night.

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Leila
New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious paella and tapas, plus live Flamenco guitar, singing, and dancing. The Napoleon verduras and fried artichoke hearts were delicious vegetarian options, and the octopus was great for the meat-eaters. The paella is oilier than I've had before, but the rice gets crispy and caramelized because of it (the restaurant's namesake).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food (tapas only) was prepared with fresh ingredients and served one after another in proper time and order. Good wine list but a bit pricey.

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WillF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere! Paella was good, but surprisingly small portion for the price. Awesome, authentic live Flamenco music on Tuesday night, which was a real treat. Would come back, for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very pricey for this style of food. I paid $200 for dinner of 2. We had the seafood patella, well I'm comparing this one to the paellas I had in Spain and it doesn't match up to the one in spain of course. But it's not even close. Their tappas are delicious, especially the octopus but again The tappas are ~$20 for little food. The venue looks great. The noise level is crazy loud, not the music but everyone was shouting. Over all I give good rating because of the tappas and the way the venue looks like.

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RDC123
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Good attentive service. Disappointing food. Under-seasoned over cooked paella.

The tapas appetizers were very good.

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vipRobertW
New England
59 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food poorly seasoned. Service inattentive at best rude at worst.

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vipPhilipA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. The food & sangria were fantastic. Very warm & inviting space. I will be back for sure.

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LoisL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant experience.

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JosephY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Paella rice was exceptional. The meat was on the dry side. Appetizers (grilled squid and tortilla) were very good. People were super nice!

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foodlover
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I came here for our annual Christmas dinner. We had a few orders of tapas. Potatoes, chorizo and octopus were delicious! We ordered 3 paellas. Carne with mushrooms, carne and seafood. They were all delicious and we would highly recommend and go back!

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vipRsm2988
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food but a little pricey.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had flamingo dancing

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Daniel
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb lobster paella. Excellent service. Very good wine and cava. Fantastic musicians

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Jacky
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great vibe for friends gathering. Server is nice. Paella took a bit long but we expected. Good tip is to order it first while ordering drinks. Good experience overall. Not the first time but haven't been back for awhile. There is reason they are still around :D

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vipBJ14
Adelaide / SA
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Spanish food, great location

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LuYang
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time to try Spanish food. It’s delicious and over-expected. I will come back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! One of the most fabulous hidden gems in NYC!

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luxuryhound
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was welcoming, friendly, and the food excellent. We will definitely be back. Note: they have music on Tuesdays which, while very good, precludes conversation.

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viparseattle
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, thanks to other reviewers who recommended this particular location, and low tables . . . it was perfect.

This is a lovely restaurant and it wasn't too crowded the night we were there so it wasn't particularly noisy. The Sangria was excellent -- the red is delicious, the white sparkling -- and the appetizers were amazing. (The special appetizer that night was fried calamari over fresh guacamole which worked perfectly and a great sauce around the whole thing.)

We opted for the 2-person seafood paella and knew, instantly, why they named the place Socarrat. The crispy rice was absolutely perfect and all the seafood was prepared well. If I have any complaint it's that the paella could use a tiny bit more flavor . . . not sure what was missing or different, perhaps I'm used to a touch more of the saffron flavoring? It was still tasty and seasoned well, just a little lacking in flavor. (Don't get me wrong, we'd go back in a second.) The flan and home-made churro desserts were both excellent and they threw in a couple of dessert wines afterwards . . . tasty!

It's a lovely place for dining; small and intimate but warm and inviting . . . nice place for couples, especially if they like sangria and paella. The service was impeccable and, all in all, we wholeheartedly recommend dining there.

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NY2BOSTON2SD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I love Socarrat Paella Bar and think it's the best Paella we have ever had. This is the second time we ate at one, the first at this Nolita location. Everything was wonderful, especially the black ink paella. Totally recommend going, it's unlike any other restaurant because of the uniqueness of the Paella! Enjoy...

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vipEstherD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was okay, but not great. The Paella in particular lacked flavor.

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PaulaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best paella in town by far! Service is top notch and fast.

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Bryan
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good foods and good music. Go there! Tuesday with Flamenco music and dance.

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vipMargauxLisa24
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a sensational meal at Socarrat on Saturday night to celebrate an anniversary. The tapas were delicious and the paella was perfect. Our waitress (Amalia?) was attentive and warm and we felt like we were being treated to a meal in her home. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Compared to other Tapas restaurants in Manhattan I’d say this is one of the best ones.

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vipFrankG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always have a great time when we go to Socarrat. The food, service, and Sangria are amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the best place in NY to experience “real” Spanish food and wines. I recommend to try the wine Teofilo Reyes, one of the few places where you can find it

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MattH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a party of 8 for a friend’s birthday dinner here on a Saturday night. The staff was nice, helpful, outgoing, knowledgeable and well timed. Food was amazing and the recommended wines paired perfectly! They refrigerated and served a specialty cake for us on top of it all. Will both recommend and return here! Amazing experience.

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vito
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal, Mercedes was wonderful host & was great company. Amazing white sangria & great service.

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BetC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The level of service at this restaurant is marvelous. Such a tightly run operation. Staff are welcoming, professional, courteous and highly competent. The delivery of our food was prompt and all so well-coordinated.

Quality of the food is stellar. We ordered the cheese plate, four tapas and two servings of paella and that was plenty for the four in our party, leaving room for dessert.

We did go on a Tuesday night, so there was their weekly scheduled flamenco guitarists and dancer - so fun. Nothing beats live music and dancing.

I enthusiastically recommend this restaurant.

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vipSummerJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend Socarrat to any of my friends. The ambient is great and food is awesome. good for gathering and anniversary

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