A taste of Jesus "Lolo" Manso's philosophy: "I am passionate about food; it is one of the most gratifying pleasures in life. To me, eating is like a ritual, an expression of one's soul."
Lolo is a native of Valladolid, located in the heart of Spain. From an early age, Lolo was surrounded by Spanish food and flavors and has always valued bringing people together to share a culinary experience.
Lolo moved to New York City in 1984 and quickly learned that sharing his favorite dishes from Spain with new friends not only made him feel closer to home but also made him proud to share his country with others. As the owner of Socarrat Paella Bar in Chelsea, Nolita and Midtown East, as well as La Churreria and La Nacional at The Spanish Benevolent Society, Lolo feels it is a privilege and an honor to share Spanish cuisine and culture with New York City and those who visit the city.
"Enjoying food with friends and family is a celebration of life, and Socarrat is a place to enjoy that celebration!"