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 ambiance 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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
bacon, baked eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato sofrito
crispy and creamy croquettes of the day
Great tapas selection. Fantastic service! Our server — Amaya — was awesome: friendly, present but not overbearing, and very familiar and helpful with all the menus options. She is also an opera singer and so shocked us with her beautiful bellowing of Happy Birthday at the table next to us. As for the food??? Every one of our dozen small plates delighted, especially the short ribs, pulpit/octopus, and everything paella. We will be back!
I've brought many people here over the years. They all walk away impressed. Never fails to satisfy.
We had a blast at dinner! Service was impeccable, our waitress was on point! (Forgot her name, Latina with black hair) We brought some friends that we haven’t seen in a while to catch up. They were also amazed by the food and service. Will be back soon.
Great food! They were super busy but the service was still great too.
This place is amazing! The staff was so awesome, and the food was seriously SO. GOOD!! Everything we ordered was delicious, we couldn’t believe it. The scallops and the carne paella were the best, and they have this dessert cake thing that is to die for! Seriously, go here! You won’t regret it.
This is one of the best Spanish restaurants in NYC. It has a full list of excellent tapas. It now offers about 6 excellent paella running from vegetarian to multiple types of sea food. It gas excellent desserts. It has a lovely inside restaurant and a comfortable outside area. And on the weekend it has an excellent brunch. If you don't know Spanish food its worth a try. If you love Spanish food you will enjoy this restaurant.
Food was awesome. Paella in the tristate area. Service as incredible friendly and extremely attentive. We were not rushed for our table and had an amazing time.
The owners there are the sweetest and absolutely amazing. The food itself was mouth watering but the whole experience was absolutely wonderful. Highly recommend!
Socarrat was great! We had so much fun trying all the different dishes that the staff recommended. The cocktails and wine were excellent also. And of course the paella was outstanding -- but we already knew that! Very pleasant outdoor seating makes for a great experience on a warm evening. We will be back for sure!
Fresh food but not very well seasoned and rather bland. Great service though.
My wife and I went there before an early movie. We ordered off the Tapas menu. Everything we tried was delicious. We are making plans to return soon for the paella. Wait staff was great. Took the time to tell us about each dish.
Great tapas, very tasty. Need to improve the outdoor experience. Very friendly people
The staff was very accommodating. The atmosphere was very nice for conversation. The food delicious.
This is the second time we came back. If you just look at the menu, you may think it to be pricey, but when you add the quality of the food and service it becomes moderate, in my eyes. It is a must try.
Everything here is delicious! Service was terrible - they seemed understaffed so that maybe have been the issue, but we had a ton of questions and no one to answer them :/ Good place to go if you’ve been before and know what you like, but don’t expect help from anyone.
My server was excellent and the food was very good - those are the only reasons I didn’t walk out.
I came to Socarrat after seeing their poster for Flamenco on Tuesdays. I confirmed with the manager what seating would be appropriate for being able to see the performance (indoor only), and made a reservation. We were seated in a corner where only one of us barely had a sight line. When my date confirmed with the hostess that we’d be able to see the performance, she flippantly responded “you can see some of it”. Rather than move us to an empty table with a sight line, she sat us in the corner.
I inquired with my server if we could be moved to the empty table- he checked with the hostess who responded “no we cannot”. Overhearing, I asked why- she responded that it was reserved for another party who had priority because they came to see flamenco. I shared that we were also here for the flamenco and that we should have priority for already being there where as the other reservation had yet to show - That was at 7:15…
I had the same conversation with the manager and they attempted to seat us in the middle of a large communal table rather than give us the empty one. After declining that offer for the proximity to other diners, I remained where we were seated with the promise that if the reservation didn’t show up within 10 mins of their 7:30 reservation, it would be given to me. I inquired again at 7:50 and the manager asked that we give them until 8pm. The diners eventually showed up at 8pm for their 7:30 reservation and did not once turn to watch the show.
I will never come back. The lack of grace demonstrated by the manager and hostess ruined what should have been a special night. Flamenco started at 7:15 and a diner who made a reservation was told he could not have an empty table for another reservation because they specifically requested any seat to see the show- yet they missed half the show!
The manager could have comped us drinks or a desert - no hospitality
Awesome evening with amazing food! Thank you so much!!
Good food, good service. Flamenco dancing and music was an extra added bonus.
Food was excellent. Service was great. Definitely will return.
Great atmosphere, food, and Flamenco dancing performance. Mercedes and Capri were great at getting us a space inside even though reservation was made for outside.. On a crowded night. Highly recommend this venue.
We couldn’t hear the waiter. Their “socarrat” was really just burnt rice that was hard to chew and hurt our teeth. The chocolate churros were TINY (only 2 small 1/3” wide by 4” long pieces). It was a wasted of money and really just not good.
Great food and excellent service.
We went during the restaurant week, and we loved it!
food was really sumptuou, delicious, op quality and tasty-loved it
Paella was disappointing. Seafood was overcooked.
Perfect place to enjoy a nice evening and see flamenco dancer
paella was flavorless and greasy. rice was undercooked. appetizers were delicious however.
My friends and I came here for restaurant week. Soccarat was very accommodating and patient. Our waiter took the time to fully explain how restaurant week menu worked for all of us. He even explained to us the best type to get.
The location was super close to major train stations. I'd absolutely go back!
Great food no complaints. The trash smell from streets wasn’t good. We were sitting outside
Perfect experience for spending a couple hours luxuriating in someone’s company with satisfying food and a bottle of wine. Very cute vibe with string lights outdoors and plenty of space. Service was friendly and helpful without being overbearing. Food was great
It is a cute restaurant and considering we sat outside tge noise inside did not bother us.
The food was good not great. I had the Paella.
We love Socarrat, because it reminds us of our vacations in Spain. The tapas are tasty, and the paella is full of seafood.
The best paella I have ever had in my life I’m obsessed with this place really good tapas and got to meet the owner and he was super nice and friendly
Very great service! Bottomless brunch approved! Always a great time at any Socarrat
My second time at the Nolita location; have been to Chelsea as well.
Our party of 5 shared a variety of tapas and 2 paellas (a vegetable and a seafood), as well as a bottle of red and a bottle of white, both suggested by our waitperson, Amalia. She was excellent, as was the meal. Not a false note to be found. Perhaps a bit more than I expected, but worth it.
We sat outside on a nice evening and being a quiet street, it was delightful. My previous visit there a few years ago was indoors and not so quiet but I don't remember the noise level being a problem.
Always a wonderful dining experience at Socarrat. The food is amazing and the waitstaff are always attentive, fun, and friendly. Very consistent. I've been to this restaurant a few times now and have always had a good time. Many thanks to them all and especially to the Manager, Andres for going out of his way to make us feel at home. Socarrat is truly one of my favorites!
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and the staff was amazing.
What a wonderful restaurant! Had a great time celebrating my sister in law’s birthday. The food is delicious & the service was impeccable. Go there. You will not be disappointed.
We took our father here to commemorate him being a lung doctor and seeing over 1800 patients during the covid pandemic in 2020, we made a reservation and from the moment we got to the restaurant the hostess treated us ver rudely and gave us a very disrespectfull attitude, she sat us in the community table and after I gently requested if we could change seats she reacted annoyed, then after our food came she started coming to our table and rushing us in a way I’ve never felt before in any other restaurant, she took the paella boul without us even finished it and starting rearranging our glasses of wine and touching everything on the table, it was very uncomfortable, the waitress on the other hand was very kind. I just feel that if it wasn’t for the hostess we would have had a better experience overall. I’m not coming back to this place.
Socarrat Paella Bar - Nolita offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 219-0101.
Socarrat Paella Bar - Nolita is rated 4.6 stars by 925 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.