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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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful staff who were attentive and friendly. the food was amazing!!! Best paella in NY!

BS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had mariscos and pescado paella for two. For the steep price there should have been more mariscos. We were expecting to be delighted due to all the reviews but it was nothing to write home about.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing experience. For a place that specializes in one thing, I would expect the paella to be excellent. But it wasn’t. The shrimp was mushy and tasted old and the rice was bland. Expensive too. Wait staff didn’t come back and check on us until we were finished. I told one waiter about the seafood not being great but he didn’t seem to care or relay the message to the kitchen. Jamon iberico and cheese plate were good. However, I would not return or recommend.

TJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Socarrat is a gem! We went on the Saturday before Labor day....when all the swells are out of town being loud and obnoxious at beach towns. We arrived at Socarrat, were greeted professionally and seated. The atmosphere is authentic and reminiscent of spots on the coast of Spain-beautifully understated. The food was the best paella we've had-outside of Spain. The service was superb. It's worth noting that it also didn't feel like we were dining in a meat locker-the temperature was comfortable, and at the time we dined the noise level was perfect. However, as the place became more crowded, the noise level increased. Absolutely understandable because you are made to feel relaxed and are invited to enjoy yourself. Overall, an excellent experience! Thank you Socarrat staff for running a top notch eatery! Well done!

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been here several times. Great paellas. Pity that some customers don’t appreciate the socarrat and confuse it with burnt rice

MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

For being brunch on a Saturday afternoon it was very quiet on that day. My wife and I took my mom out to celebrate her birthday and we had a wonderful time together at this great restaurant! We ordered many tapas, the gambas al ajillo and the croquetas being some of our top choices. We also shared the paella dulce which was the perfect combination of sweet and savory goodness. This is my second time at the restaurant, the first was for dinner and I can say that on both occasions, I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience.

JF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has got to be one of my favorite all time places. Yes, the food is delicious ... the special lamb chops were divine and indeed, I've never had anything less then super tasty here. It's really the ambiance that puts this gem over the top. I'm Spanish, my family hails from the south of Spain, the home of Flamenco. Tuesday Flamenco night takes me back to when I lived in Sevilla and keeps me proudly attached to my roots. Our server, the wonderful, lovely, kind Amaya, couldn't be nicer. I would be here every Tuesday if my schedule allowed. It always does my heart and soul good to experience the joy that is Soccarat!!

KJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday and she absolutely enjoyed herself. Food was fantastic and the atmosphere was nice and peaceful. Service was outstanding. We plan to to go again.

PA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Will be back soon. Best paella in NY.

JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely ambiance and music. Excellent service and food. Would go back!

F
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Yes, but....either it was an off night or the chef just didn't care. we ordered the paella with the lobster and scallops...maybe shrimp, but I don't remember one actually being in the paella. All of the seafood was overcooked...except the scallops, which although about an inch in diameter, they were obviously sliced and only about 1/8" thick at most. I'd expect this place to be experts at paella. I could cook it better blindfolded and I've only tried the recipe once.
I'm not trying to be mean here or e=overly judgmental, but man, get your act together!
Aside from bad paella, the rest of the night was wonderful - great ambiance, yummy appetizers, fantastic sangria - an otherwise great night out with my twin sister. I'd go again, but if left disappointed, never to return.

SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Small, so make a reservation. Live music some nights which is really good and fun. But also loud, be prepared. Just a really fun place with great food!

SM
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best tapas here this lovely place. Loved the ambiance, food, drinks -- everything was perfect. would definitely return

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely meal. Service was good but not pushy

L
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, the service was awesome and friendly. Paella is highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great - got a little noisy as it got more crowded

JG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flamenco, even better food, great restaurant week deal, and fun atmosphere. What more could one want?

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Tapas were just ok at best and the paella was far from great which is what we expected based on all the reviews. ALL of the seafood was over cooked and dry. It was a huge disappointment!

JG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, spectacular flamenco, and a great restaurant week deal!

CN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Tuesday especially to see the Flamenco show . It was my 2-nd time there so I had an idea what to expert. This wasn't a tablao like in Madrid by any stretch of the imagination ; we had a table with a decent view (so we thought), but unfortunately some ladies from a table more in the back came by our table and sat behind me by the wall, to better see the performance (one dancer and 2 guitarists on a very small "stage") . Not only that they blocked our view, but they inconvenienced the foot traffic for the waiters and crowding me while attempting to eat my tapas. Yes , they were THAT close ! I feel like the staff at Socarrat should have told them to go back to their table or something. As I like the Flamenco and the Spanish tapas as well , chances are I will visit this place again , though hopefully I'll have a better table .

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Got the Papas bravas and Paella. They were both very good but I wish you didn't have to order 2 portions for a paella. The 2 portion size is good to feed a party of 4 but was a lot for my friend and I to finish.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overrated!!! Recently had dinner with family and was disappointed. Paella was not very flavorful and small portions. More rice then fish. We ordered three paella"s for 6 people which is what was recommended and 3 tapas . We did not feel we had enough. I will not return!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We got there and our waiter told us the paella would take about 30 mins. We put it in and after awhile we realized that it had been about 50 minutes and we still didn’t get our paella. We asked the waiter and he immediately brought it out. It was very over cooked the chicken and scallops were some of the worst I’ve had. The rice around the side of the pan was completely burnt and stuck to the bottom. We would have asked them to remake it but it takes a long time and we had tickets for a concert after.

f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pros: Tapas were terrific - esp. the bacon wrapped dates, napoleon de verduras, croquettes and meatballs. Would go back to try the paella based on the quality of the other dishes! Location was convenient
Cons: Host was pleasant and accommodating but otherwise service was nothing to write home about. Ambiance was very lively (wouldn't take my older parents here) but, as we weren't seated in the middle of the dining room we could carry a conversation!

OF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ordered two tapas dishes (crispy brussels sprouts, grilled squid), both of which were EXCELLENT! Other tapas dishes at neighboring tables looked and smelled great also. Our paella had delicious flavor and perfect rice, BUT the seafood therein consisted of tiny overdone shrimp, tiny mussels, tiny scallop slices, tasteless white fish, and tiny bits of squid. We needed to ask for bread to be served while awaiting the tapas, and were told it usually comes out with the paella (why???; the paella has rice), but it was reluctantly (and slowly) brought. I ordered (regular) coffee and this arrived only after dessert was halfway consumed. (They were NOT busy; the place was at most 1/4 filled, with the wait-staff hanging around the bar.) Good coffee, but only a very small cupful (again - regular, American coffee). When I requested a refill I was told that this was against their policy: the do NOT refill coffee.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Parlla in NYC. The appetizers are delicious; highly recommend the pulpo abd the patatas bravas. Service is very good and rhe ambiance is nice and quiet (Nolita).

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jon at the bar was super friendly and made us feel so comfortable and cared while we visited the restaurant for dinner. We originally booked a table, bu decide to stay at the bar because Jon was so accommodating.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved it but too noisy

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!! Food great...music amazing....service spectacular! A must in NYC!

MM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I keep going back to Socarrat Nolita Flamenco Tuesdays since they have a great happy hour of tapas and cocktails at the Bar. And the fabulous bartender Luis is great, he is awesome. Andres, the host/manager is ready to serve to all your needs and ALL THE STAFF are the same. Amaya, and Jon they are so attentive and great. Makes you feel like family. And then, is the food, feel free to try everything in the menu. Every single dish are "DELICIOSO"

Z
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambiance (except for truck blocking window and street view), tapas, and drinks. The black rice paella was very skimpy on seafood and lacked zing. Given that this place promotes itself as a paella bar, very disappointing. Would like to return but for only tapas.

MS
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I loved this place. Flamenco was a great addition to intimate yet entertaining atmosphere. Staff was very attentive and friendly. Me and my friend was very pleased with the experience. The food was not so great on the other hand, menus were in Spanish and small print. Drinks were great and on point.

S
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food ans service were great. But toward the end of our dining live music started and we were unable to have a conversation. The music was lovely but we had to leave to continue our conversation.

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The tapas were okay but the paella was outstanding.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Price is to high for such small portions, but food and service were good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live flamenco on Tuesdays. The food was delicious. The place has a very warm ambiance and the staff was friendly and helpful.

CC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Pealla place in NYC! I have been here for several times. I really like the lobster pealla and the signature. For tapas, I love the chicken skewers and the garlic shrimps. Nice environment and nice staff here.

AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is one of our local go to places. They have really good tapas and the seafood paella is great.

MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Socarrat Paella Bar is a nice looking restaurant, with great ambiance. However, when we went for dinner, music was too loud for the amount of tables with people (only 3) and the type of music: disco. A more mellow selection of songs would have fitted better with the ambiance and type of food.
The quality of the good is ok, but not spectacular. Have had lots of tapas and paellas in my life, including in Spain, and this is sub-par. The cost is rather high, especially for the paella, for the quality of the food. One medium size paella, good for 2 people, set us back by $58! And that's not including tapas, and drinks. So rather expensive for the quality of the food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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