Today, find the perfect
Head to Socarrat Paella Bar for a Perfect Taste of SpainSocarrat Paella Bar Offers Authentic Spanish Paella and Tapas in a Romantic, Lively Setting
WHAT: The Perfect Paella
WHERE: Socarrat Paella Bar
PRICES: tapas start at $7, paella starts at $22
Chef Lolo Manso opened Socarrat Paella Bar with a goal to channel Spanish style communal meals, typically served at one long table. After visiting his newest NoLita spot (the first outpost opened in Chelsea back in 2008), we can’t imagine a better place to get a taste of Spain without leaving the city. Everything from the menu, to the traditional communal style dining is reminiscent of a typical Sunday dinner with family and friends in Valencia. In fact, the restaurant is named after the crackled and perfectly crisp bed of rice at the bottom of the paella pan.
When you walk into Socarrat Nolita, you push through two large velvet curtains behind the glass doors, escaping the city noise into a small yet lively space full of families, friends and first dates. The beautiful, dark wooden bar is adorned with various bottles of Spanish red wine, white wine, cava and red and white sangria. The large communal table in the center of the restaurant—outfitted with plush bar stools—is full of paella pans and tapas in a space adorned with exposed brick and white wooden panels. Private tables and booths are available as well, but be sure to make a reservation because this paella palace fills up quickly.
No matter where you sit, the tapas menu is the same and you can choose from 8 different traditional paellas. We love the paella de carne ($24) made with hearty pieces of pork, duck, chicken and chorizo nestled between yellow rice. Not a meat eater? Check out the vegetarian dish, loaded with eggplant, cauliflower, artichoke, tomato, beans and snow peas ($22). But before you delve into the main attraction, try some of the tapas. If you can’t decide, the helpful waiters are happy to assist. Our favs included the scallop carpacio with avocado and olive oil ($12), warm dates stuffed with valdeon cheese, marcona almond and wrapped in bacon ($8) and the mustard marinated hangar steak frites ($12). And, don’t forget to try the chef’s daily selection of croquettes ($8), they never disappoint.—CHASE ROSENSocarrat Paella Bar| 259 West 19th Street| (212) 462-1000 284 Mulberry Street| (212) 219-0101