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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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 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 6, 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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H
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 18, 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
78 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 16, 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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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 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 11, 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
2 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 9, 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great veggie paella

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OT
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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KW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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. ;-)

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EJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I wa there with my boyfriend and we order the lobster paella for 2
The service was excellent
We definitely will be back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place so much. The atmosphere is cozy and lively and the service i always warm and welcoming.

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CN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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YE
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food but consistently slow service for the prices you pay.

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AV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Flamenco Singing and Dancing.feeling like being in Spain. I will definitely bring other friends back.

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LH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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...

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The Paella was not crusty on the bottom at all. Would not recommend.

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!!

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X
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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n
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i had an amazing time! the staff are so friendly and extraordinarily accommodating! best paella, hands down!

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PP
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The seafood paella was tasteless. We were disappointed. The restaurant has a 2 serving minimum for each paella. We had a lot of leftovers.

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve been to Socarrat to catch up with a friend and also for dinner with a large bachelorette party. The food is good and you leave full. Highly recommend ordering a paella. The classic or carne are delicious. The noise-level is a little high and in the summer, they keep the windows and door open to the street, so it’s not always easy to hear your dining companions.

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We made a reservation on Saturday 9/1/18 after the theater for tapas and wine. We frequently dine at the Socarrat in Chelsea and this was our first time at the Nonita location. They were very accommodating with a reservation for 11:00 pm for wines and tapas when they were closing at 11:20 which we appreciated. My only concern is that at the moment of paying our bill, we left a 15% tip and the hostess came and pointed out their “suggested” tip of 18% and was very firm on to say we should have left the 18%. Because we had a family member visiting from Spain and we didn’t want to make a scene or question her about why we should leave the eighteenth , we ended up leaving the 18% tip.
No LAW IN NYC INDICATES THET 18% tip is mandatory at restaurants. I think 15% was more than enough and she was quite pushy. I am a regular at the Socarrat in Chelsea on 19 street and will continue going there. I hope this doesn’t happens again. I have recommended Socarrat to many friends who visit NYC from Spain, Greece, Mexico and other parts of Europe, but if it happens again, sadly I will stop going there. It has never happened to me before in any restaurant in NYC, hope it doesn’t happens again. The food quality and service as always is excellent as well as their happy hour at their Chelsea
Location Thank you.
Dr. Maria de las Mercedes Irizarry Arroyo

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NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I had heard about Socorrat for years, and finally decided to go for my husbands 40th birthday and my nieces 12th birthday. I was disappointed in the pallela as the rice was not crispy on the bottom like it should be. Also, they charge $5 per person if you bring in your own dessert. And in our case, we brought a cookie cake and didn't offer to take it back and cut it - just gave us a knife to do ourselves. While the dancing / music is great - the food and service won't necessarily bring me back there...

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Z
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Paella was overcooked. Why not just label the paella on the menu as serving for 2. I thought we could get a serving each person. Good service, mediocre food.

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e
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my third visit to Socarrat. Previously the best part of the meal was the restaurant’s namesake - the crispy browned rice at the bottom of the pan that, once you’re done with the top layer, the waiter comes over and scrapes off for further enjoyment. This time that part of the meal was totally missing and we were sorely disappointed. Two plates-full of paella and only some small crispy bits around the sides. Hopefully it was just an off night as my previous visits were delicious.

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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. The location was nice with open doors to Mulberry Street, which is relatively quiet. Prices are not cheap, but average for New York City.

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. The paella is a perfect size for two people and you even have leftover to take home.

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LF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is beyond outstanding! The staff is so friendly and inviting. Wonderful experience! The food is Fabulous!

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FS
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Flamenco night - I had booked a table one week in advance, asking to be in front of the flamenco show, as this was the surprise I was making for my in-laws. We were NOT installed in front, but at a high table with people in front of us and therefore we could barely watch the show. I was very disappointed by that. The songs were commercial Spanish songs (no original repertoire) but singers and dancers were very good.

NOT kids friendly - No accommodation for our 4 YO kid, only choice was the high table, no food or drinks really for kids (it's ok it's a bar - but good to know before), loud volume.

Music is loud and we like it but most of all people very loud and we could not even speak together and decided no desserts there so we could go somewhere finish our family and friends' evening and speak a bit.

Food not so extra - The food was ok but not extra, paellas tasted sweet and we took 2 different ones: meat and seafood. It seems they marinated it in sth sweet, which could make some people like it but also make paellas less close to the standard recipe and was disappointing to us. gambas al ajillo were good but nothing special. Tabla was small and expensive for the size, and came just with 4 small slices of jamon, chorizo and manchego.

My expectations were probably too high for that night so I was disappointed, but globally if you go with friends without kids for tapas and music with no big conversation to have and no big focus on a flamenco show, you would probably rate everything good.

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