Socarrat Paella Bar - Nolita

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708 reviews
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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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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Spanish Food and this was the best-! Thank you for beautiful wine, food and hospitality

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience! Great tapas and paella! Came with a large group and it was great!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good service and delicious foods!
All staffs are kind and smile.
If you looking for tapas, my answer is always here!

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff, service, ambiance. A bit too loud for a romantic dinner or normal conversation. Great wines but a bit too pricey with most bottles over $55

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was very small and cramped

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

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C
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Paellas are okay but not really good. Sangria is bad

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JC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was perfect - the seafood in our dish was way over cooked and tasted like we spent $28 (each) on frozen and reheated scallops and shrimp. Rice was great though! If you go, maybe stick to other things besides the seafood.

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my birthday dinner on a Monday. So was not too busy. The service was great and the waitress had a beautiful voice when she sang to me.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were so disappointed with our experience at Socarrat. The evening got off to a good start with two delicious small plates of soup and fried artichokes. The waiter said the paella took a long time to make and that was fine. But 40 minutes passed and we were still waiting. The server provided several updates, saying it was coming “soon” and then should be “5 more minutes”. The 5 minutes came and went and still no food. We are paitent, so waiting wasn’t so terrible, but the paella that finally came out was totally over cooked and the seafood mix of shrimp, scallops, and lobster was all very tough and chewy. This restaurant definitely did not live up to the hype.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I used to love this place; but the food is not what it was. The shrimps were over cooked. The paella undercooked. Even the olives were not great. It seems like there is less care, in general, and yet dinner for two totaled over $200.

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LF
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful warm and inviting atmosphere! Food is fantastic! Service outstanding!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so good!!!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Miserable experience. The food had no taste. Just a lot of fried/creamy foods with no taste. This was my first time back in almost three years. Seriously decline over that time. We knew the paella took 45 min, ordered tapas with no taste that came out 3 minutes after ordering than had a very long wait for the paella. My lobster paella was over cooked and under seasoned. Had no taste, all the fish and rice was dried out. It was also cold enough that I had a feeling it sat under heat lamps for a while. My service was so bad that I didn’t even have a chance to say something to the waitress because she ignored my table for an hour. We couldn’t even get the bill until we waived over the hostess after multiple attempts to get our waitresses attention as she attended all the tables around us but wouldn’t look our way. I spent $76 dollars on a dish that in my opinion was barely edible and half the lobster went uneaten due to being so dry it was more effort to chew. Then had to get a second dinner afterwards because this meal was so poor.

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YN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hola!
It was our first time at Soccarat in Nolita, and we loved it. My best friend is from Madrid, and we came for the weekly Flamenco show at Soccarat, which was as if we were spending an evening in Spain. The music was great, the service amazing and super friendly. We are definitely coming back to Soccarat for the food and the live flamenco. Loved it.
Highly recommended :)

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was mediocre.

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1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff are exceptional - the front of house staff as well as the attentive wait staff. And the food was exquisite - we left not a morsel, a drop of sauce, a crumb of bread.

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JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I got the Restaurant Week menu her for a date night, and I SO BADLY want to give this place five stars, because our servers were lovely, the ambiance was great, and our appetizers and desserts were killer. However, I have to give it three stars because it is a PAELLA restaurant, and to be honest our Socarrat Paella was pretty lame. It took over an hour to get to us after our appetizer (which was fine, we had a bottle of wine to get through), but the rice wasn't crispy at all except for a tiny bit around the edges, and overall the entire dish was pretty dry, including all of the seafood. Maybe they forgot to bring it out and it got cold so they reheated it? Overall, I'd say this place is really nice for a date night, since it's a little pricey but not wildly so – hopefully we just got unlucky with our paella.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We went on a night where there was a live flamenco show, so it was pretty loud but very entertaining. The paella was tasty and more than food for 2 people. We enjoyed our date but if there is a live performance having a conversation with your dinner date isn't easy.

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FP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good but the Paella was bland and overpriced. The tapas were decent but the dessert fell short - skinny, chewy churros? Not great at all.

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GN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and it was definitely worth it!

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is tasty, but the portions are a little on the small side.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for an intimate dinner

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JM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Huge portions make for great value, but for a date the noise level is excessive.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was nothing to brag about. Average paella at best

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Service was very friendly and the ambiance was nice—dark and classic American pop songs (though I would’ve expected something in Spanish given the theme...). The food wasn’t great though. We ordered croquettas, which are usually made of ham or chicken. The menu didn’t specify so I assumed it was ham, but nope! To our surprise they tasted like mushroom and mayo. Not great. For the main, we ordered a classic seafood paella and it was probably one of the saddest/worst paella’s I’ve ever had. The rice was a bit watery, it lacked the saffron flavor that’s typical of the dish, the seafood in it should’ve been cooked into it more so that it could get more of the flavor. Overall, just sad. It felt as if they prepared the dishes and then just added whatever sauce and meat combo people ordered afterwards. Really not a good value for what we paid.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a reservation on saturday night and had to change it day of (1 person couldnt make it). Changed with no issue or hassle. Arrived and table was ready for us. Service was impeccable! I dont like being hounded by waiters all the time but they also didnt disappear when we did need them. It was a little loud but expected so that didn't bother me. Food was amazing! Would come here again.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flamenco night was terrific. Everyone was very friendly and it was a great evening

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated our 45th anniversary with a lobster paella, as we’ve doing it every year since we met at a paella restaurant in Buenos Aires. The service was very courteous, although a bit slow. We’re treat to glasses of an excellent champagne

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D
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas place, with Flamenco on Tuesdays

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

tapas were great- good portions for sharing. staff were very friendly. drinks were very good!

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AK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to relax and take your time. The paella takes 45 minutes at the most so don't be in a rush. Enjoy the great wines and the attentive wait staff while waiting for your main dish. Everything on the menu is delicious.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I guess people reviewing this place positively have never had a good (or decent) paella. Avoid at all cost. Had the squid ink paella and it had no flavor. Seafood was added last min and overcooked.

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Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the food. Our server recommended all of our plates and they were all delicious.

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IT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic Spanish Paella. Cooked and served in pan to be openly shared. The black rice is equisite and the socarrat is the best part. The tapas are delicously reminiscent of what you can order in Spain and they have churros con chocolate. Cozily understated.

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to “Socarrat”
Food is great
Very cozy
You are so comfortable that you don’t want to leave
Great service also !!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, however the restaurant is not very quiet so it’s a perfect place for friends to get together instead of having a private date. My friends and I enjoy the food!

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous cosy place, lovely food, wine and ambiance. Perfect for a date or catchup with close friends.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great veggie paella

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1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Server was very nice but I think she was the only server. Food was good but paella did not have as crispy a crust as in the past.

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