Socarrat Paella Bar - Nolita
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.
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 :)
Service was mediocre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We went for restaurant week and it was definitely worth it!
The food is tasty, but the portions are a little on the small side.
Perfect spot for an intimate dinner
Huge portions make for great value, but for a date the noise level is excessive.
The food was nothing to brag about. Average paella at best
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.
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.
Flamenco night was terrific. Everyone was very friendly and it was a great evening
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
Great tapas place, with Flamenco on Tuesdays
tapas were great- good portions for sharing. staff were very friendly. drinks were very good!
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.
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.
We really enjoyed the food. Our server recommended all of our plates and they were all delicious.
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.
I love going to “Socarrat”
Food is great
You are so comfortable that you don’t want to leave
Great service also !!!
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!
Gorgeous cosy place, lovely food, wine and ambiance. Perfect for a date or catchup with close friends.
Great veggie paella
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.
Always a delicious meal, good service, good pace. We didn't get paella, so went full throttle on tapas- gambas, pulpo, tuna, beef cheeks, coca dia w/ chorizo. Yeah a chorizo mini pizza might have put us overboard, considering we were also soaking up all those good oils and sauces with bread. Very good meal. As for the Vibes...its a cozy spot, and its Friday night so it was vibrant and buzzing with people. Decent noise level, but you can talk at your normal decibel level. Good date with my man vibes. ;-)
I wa there with my boyfriend and we order the lobster paella for 2
The service was excellent
We definitely will be back soon!
There were so many birthdays there that night! The space is warm, inviting, and perfect for a birthday. The carne paella was amazing, as always, and the almond cake dessert was tastefully sweet and very well balanced.
My husband and I have been searching for a good paella restaurant for a while. Soccarat disappointed on several counts: we were obliged to order 2 servings of the same paella which at $38 for the lobster version was pretty steep; the food took an hour to arrive; and finally the seafood and rice were overcooked. The servers were polite and pleasant and the chorizo appetizer was very good, but this did not make up for the overall disappointment.
I love this place so much. The atmosphere is cozy and lively and the service i always warm and welcoming.
Paella was tasty but the chicken was DRY. Also, they removed the pinchos from the menu, terrible. As always this place gets a bit cramped but I love it nonetheless!
Excellent food but consistently slow service for the prices you pay.
The food was horrible. The paella had no flavor. Our paella was wet rice with bland seafood bits on top. After sending the food back two times, we were informed the paella might not taste the same as the other restaurants because they do not have gas meaning the food is cooked on a an electric hot plate. No wonder it was terrible. Nice atmosphere and nice staff but atrocious food.
I love Flamenco Singing and Dancing.feeling like being in Spain. I will definitely bring other friends back.
Tasty tapas, have some vegan options, wish they had a couple more. The restrooms are usually dirty though, which makes me wonder if the kitchen is as dirty too...
Food was ok, but not exceptional. Most of the dishes needed additional seasoning. We had four different tapas plus the meat paella. The wait staff and bartender were very efficient and friendly.
Can't say it is worth returning.
The Paella was not crusty on the bottom at all. Would not recommend.
Food was awesome as always! The street fair was going on and was the perfect spot for people watching and catching up with friends over awesome food!!!
Passable, nuevo-Spanish dining experience ... except that no self-respecting Spaniard would be seen eating paella, Socarrat's specialty, after lunch time. Nor would s/he pay $25-35/pers for some rice, $45-50 for a sm pitcher of sangria or leave an 18% tip ... not even in a tonier, foreign tourist-oriented arrocería in a big city or resort. This is Spanish dining designed for folks primarily interested in taking selfies scraping a paellera and in front of Ivanka and Jared's NYC apt on the corner.