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
Lobster and Seafood Paella
whole lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, peppers, tomato sofrito
bacon, cheddar cheese, baked eggs, tomato sofrito
short ribs, free-range chicken, chorizo, snow peas, mushroom sofrito
Second time dining here. The food was absolutely amazing. We also had outstanding service from Camilo, he was very attentive. Will be dining there again in the near future.
Andres and his team are the best! Great food, great flamenco, iutstanding service. If you are looking for fun, outstanding service and great food, this is the place.
Thank you Andres, Jorge y Camilo!
Excellent tapas and sangria. One of my fav places in NYC
Food was good. Was great sitting outside, waitstaff was excellent. Paella was good not, great. I understand we are going from socarrat (carmelized rice at the bottom of dish) but these were overcooked to the point of burnt.
Love this place, perfect for dates and any occasion to go out. Paella and sangria are outstanding.
A complete rip off. I have never been more dissatisfied at any restaurant I have ever gone to. The price of the paella, specifically, is overpriced, considering the fact that what your getting and paying for is the burnt rice at the bottom of the pan. Let’s start off with the fact that this thin layer of burnt rice, served at Socarrat is not a paella. We literally could not believe our eyes when they placed the (practically) empty pot of rice in front of us.
My family is from Spain, We have lived there most of our life, so trust me when I say that this so called “paella” served at Socarrat is a disgrace.
The service: Our waiter seemed overwhelmed. Which made me uncomfortable. I was almost afraid to ask him for anything because I was afraid I would throw him off. Besides this, We asked for our tapa de chorizo to be cooked more and without the green sauce they put on top of it. When we asked for this accommodation, the waiter advised us that the pincho would not taste good that way. Which humored us because we always eat our chorizo a la plancha without any sauce. The waiter granted our wishes and when we asked for seconds he told us that he could not place “special orders” at the time. So there we were... left starved due to the Small serving of burnt rice and not being able to order plain chorizo without any sauce.
Our bill came out to $400 dollars we were still hungry and Displeased with the service. after Socarrat my family and I went to a local pizzeria.
Oh! the flamenco performance however was awesome.
Would never ever return and would most definitely not recommend.
I was so disappointed I took the time to write this review...and I have never reviewed anything before. Hoping I can save someone the disappointment.
Delicious food and outstanding service!
Great brunch: food was good, server was attentive, and we didn’t feel rushed as we enjoyed an outdoor brunch!
Great service, cozy atmosphere, amazing food. Definitely will be coming back.
Food, service, everything, as always, was amazing. 1st time to this location (have been to them all in the city) and was wowed by the sincerity and general hospitality of the staff. Thanks!
We had the BEST paella and incredible croquetas. The cava sangria was spectacular. We felt like we were back in Barcelona!
My wife and I always love Socarrat! The food, drinks, and ambience are amazing!
Great authentic food, nice wine, attentive service
The food was all very good, appetizers and paella. The waitstaff were attentive, helpful, and professional but definitely overworked. Everyone at the table felt that the amount of food was not commensurate to the amount charged. This pertains to the fried artichokes and grilled squid as well as the paella. The paella comes in pans that are large but also very shallow and actually there is not much there. Considering that the pans are priced for two people and thus actually cost $58 or more, the portions should be a bit more generous. However, the taste of everything we ordered was excellent. I just don't know if we would go back.
We enjoyed it very much! Thank you for your great service and delicious food!
Good food. Good service. Nice people. Nice ambiance. A bit cold inside. I would go back.
The service was exceptionally friendly and proactive, everything we ordered was delicious, and the outdoor seating was spacious and quiet.
Great seafood paella!! Lovely service and ambiance, loved the music selection they had (Spanish guitar, etc)
Celebrated my birthday here and had an amazing time! The service was top tier!
The service is nice we were seated immediately the drinks were good the shots were better ..the appetizers were amazing calamari wasn’t fried but the taste was on point the shrimp with scallops were soo tasty and the lobster paella was fantastic the rice was very flavorful. The service was perfect friendly and on point.
My only con would be very pricey ..not a casual place to drop by you have to balling lol
Super quiet on a Monday night and the food was fresh and delicious. The fried artichokes are a must if you are hungry (but beware, they're very fillimg)!
Great Paella, Sangria and appetizers, excellent service
Authentic food from every region of Spain, amazing!
Made a reservation to celebrate a friend's birthday. Walked by the restaurant early and it was empty. Went over to REI to find something which is around the corner. Spent about 20 mins there and returned to find the place still empty. Checked in early, 30 mins, and they asked of we had a reservation. I kind of thought ot was funny, but didn't realize that later that night the empty restaurant would be capacity full since there was only 35% due to Covid19. Now it may have seemed robotic at 1st until Amaya, our waitress, took over. Her passion for making customers feel good and part of the experience started as soon as she came by our table. She was bright and cheery and full of suggestions to help enjoy out night. We started out with my favorite, Gambas al ajillo, and we ordered these delicious balls of potatoes filled with meat. Both were really good, and when you use the hard dough bread to dip into the hot garlicky full of flavor olive oil. The oil is so tasty, we asked for more dipping bread! We also decided to order a red wine, and my friend a sangria that tasted like a piña colada. We were not going to overeat like we usually do, so we ordered the Chorizo, Chorizo and the Coles de bruselas ( crispy Brussels sprouts). The Brussels sprouts were really delicious. Since it was my friends birthday, Amaya surprised us by signing Happy Birthday to my friend with 2 flutes of cava. Now here is where my friend was truly impressed. The Tarta de Santiago, the traditional Spanish Almond cake IS TO DIE FOR! What a fantastic cake she served for a birthday cake. My friend said it was the best tasting item they ever had. It was extremely delicious. Socarrat knows how to take care of their customers with extra zest. Amaya truly made our night. She is amazing for Socarrat.
We went at the end of Sunday bottomless brunch, so we missed the deals and were surrounded with very loud parties. However, the food was great and once it cleared out a bit more the service picked up as well.
Socarrat Nolita is my favorite gem in NYC!! The food, the family, the ambiance, all make Socarrat special.
Lovely outdoor eating experience- gracious staff and fantastic food.
Exceptional food, service and warmth even though the weather was cold. We were warm under the heaters, treated kindly by the staff (and with good humour), and delighted in the superior tapas. A very nice wine selection to top off a lovely, safe evening with a dear friend!
Gorgeous ambiance and quiet restaurant right off of Houston. Tables felt far enough spaced from other guests and the heat lamps provided good warmth. The tapas were exquisite specifically the artichoke. Fantastic sangria and good happy hour prices. Would go again and again and again!
I’ve lived in Spain and go often to visit. Eating at Socarrat Paella Bar feels like eating in Spain!
Great service and food! Heated Outdoor dinning available.
Nothing Spaniard about it... Paella was really a calamari paella. No real seafood.
Food and sangria were great! Wish it wasn’t as expensive but it is what it is. Will be going only in special occasions.
Wonderful restaurant!!! So homey!!
Great food, and great value too! We come back every year
I dined here on Thanksgiving with my husband; we sat outdoors. The food was excellent! If their holiday selection is any indication of their usual quality -- highly recommended.
The service was the best.
Great service and experience will definitely be there again!!
We always have a great time at Socarrat, service is always friendly and accommodating! We went for brunch with friends and had a great time, food was delicious as usual and they have a nice set up for social distancing during these crazy COVID times! I left thinking “I need to come back soon, love 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 4.7 stars by 867 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.