Socarrat Midtown East
Socarrat Midtown East

Socarrat Midtown East

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.socarratnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127590101
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Jesus "LOLO" Manso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call us for details, as we can tailor any event to meet your needs. Catering for 6 to 600!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 50th and 51st
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located near the 4/5/6, the E, F, J and N, R, W.
    We are on Second Avenue, between 50th and 51st streets.
  • Parking: No
A word from Socarrat Midtown East
“Socarrat” is that delectable, scrumptious crust that forms at the bottom of the paella pan when the liquid is rendered and the rice has reached its peak of succulence. In other words, “socarrat” is the result of paella cooked to perfection. To us, we have come to think of “Socarrat” as a standard of perfection to aim for in everything we do.



We look forward to sharing the best flavors of Spain with you. SALUD!
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Socarrat Midtown East reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (29)romantic (15)special occasion (13)vibrant bar scene (11)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (9)notable wine list (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Too loud to enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    We were seated in the upstairs back room with a sangria-guzzling party of 15. Needless to say, it got louder as the evening went on.Some of the appetizers were overpriced--eg the very small piece of octopus for $14, and it was hard to tell if it was served cold, or that's just the way it arrived. The menu for entre items is limited to paella, which yields a fairly lopsided and one-dimensional meal. Also, it would be more satisfying if baguettes were served instead of tiny containers of quarter slices of bread. The service was friendly, but this is restaurant seems more like a place to drink with friends, and have a few appetizers (tapas) along the way.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    I dined here on Wednesday with two girlfriends. I arrived a bit early and was seated at the table right away. The hostess was most welcoming. Within minutes, I had water and a marvelous gin and tonic. Service was friendly and professional. And the food -- oh, the food. We ordered four or five of the tapas ,while all were good, the croquettas were really outstanding. We ordered a carne paella for two, and though were were three, were were barely able to finish, though we did. It was that good. Save room for the chocolate beignets. An excellent meal, and a wonderful evening. Do go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I sure wont come back again...
    katherinetheM
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    I sure wont come back again... had way better tapas
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    We loved the tapas and the paella. Wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but confusing pricing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Visited the restaurant per recommendation by a friend, the service was great, good sangrias and tapas. We ordered the Carne Pallella, which was delicious. The only problem, they price the Pallella as $25, then say it's per person with a double order minimum. Why even bother wrongfully pricing it if its just going to upset the costumer who has to pay double from what they initially see? We left happy but kinda felt weird because of the pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Paella in NYC...
    JeffreyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    This place has the best paella in New York City. Good service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    sparkle
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    The mariscados paella is flavorful without being overly garlicky. The crunch of the socarrat is the right amount of texture..One could make a meal of sharing the appetizers, but then you'd have to return for a paella.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Tapas Place in Midtown
    sbpresserVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Everything was excellent, but the big surprise was the almond ice cream. Never had anything like it. Wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Paella
    ekzooksVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    My wife was craving Paella and this place, and its' sister on 19th St kept coming up on internet searches....and for good reason. There were about six different Paellas to choose from & we chose a seafood one(there was more than 1 seafood option)-it was perfect. The skillet had a thin layer of rice at the bottom which was perfectly done, a bit crispy and required some scraping off the skillet-yum! My only complaint: there was a mixed meat and seafood Paella which we wanted but we asked to substitute chorizo for the beef and were told we could remove items but adding any item, even a substitution, was $6 extra person. A bit hefty since the meal was only $24 per person to start. This little quirk kept them from getting excellent in my eyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    The design of the place is current and appealing, music genre is very strange for this type of place... more like hip bar music scene than soothing sunday toons. Don't care to rock out to Fun and MGMT while eating tapas and paella with dad but whatev, we tuned it out. The food was good but nothing special. The shrimp tapas was overcooked by the time it made it to our table bc they broil it and serve it in the same dish so all the residual heat did some serious damage. There's no salads on the menu other than an entree size but they whipped one up for me which was nice. We had the duck/pork/sausage paella which was tasty but they used risotto rice vs. spanish rice. I would prob not go back bc i fear they would overcook the seafood "paella".
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Paella
    FatDad
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Previously, we have eaten at the W 14th St location. I enjoyed the meat paella for one (single portions only available at lunch). It compared well with those I've eaten in Valencia, Spain. Two others in our party ordered the seafood paella and it was excellent. It does taste somewhat different than the traditional seafood paella of Valencia. Mainly, the Spanish broth is difficult to duplicate. I prefer the Socarrat version because the broth is not as "fishy." The appetizers looked and tasted like the real Spanish versions. We will definitely return. The staff did not seem bothered that we brought our sixteen month old daughter along. In fact, you might call this a kid friendly restaurant at lunch. Not sure about dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Went for lunch with a group of friends, one of whom was celebrating her birthday. The food was delicious and the staff made my friend's birthday special by providing a small candle and a glass of champagne for all us. That made the lunch even more special. We will be going back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella for One
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    Though only at lunch, this is one of the few restaurants that serves single servings of paella, cooked to order. It comes to you in a cast iron skillet, the aroma of toasted rice coming from the pan. Another rarity is the caramelized, toasted bottom that is considered a delicacy. This is where our restaurant gets its name. Where many (very good) paellas come to you with a moist firm rice top to bottom, the cast iron skillet does to rice what it does to potatoes, give you a crispy crust of starchy goodness. A skillet is more than enough for lunch, but my friend and I could not resist tapas to start. We recomend the paella de la Huerta with artichoke, cauliflower, eggplant and snow peas and Pescados & Mariscos with fish, shrimp and shellfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing makes up for lousy paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Service and atmosphere were just fine, but we were there for the paella and it was very poor - mushy & fishy smelling shrimp and gritty mussels and clams really marred the dish. So did the complete absence of saffron. The only positive: there was the soccarat, so at least the restaurant lived up to its name. I won't return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and fun
    BarbledooVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    Met up with a friend for a drink and tapas. Three hours later we were still there having a great time. We ordered items one and two at a time and felt no pressure to hurry up. Our server and bus boy were delightful. Will definitely go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Loved everything about the whole experience here!!!!! Socarrat is fantastic, in both senses of the word! Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A tad tight and hot
    ChrisylasVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Tables are very close together. You have to be uber thin not to have your behind in someone's face as you are trying to get in your seat. Was also very hot. They should have cranked up the ac
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent sangria and cocktails.
    jandm
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Excellent sangria and cocktails. Memorable paella. Fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella- good job!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    The paella is one of the best I have had. It is cooked just right. The portion is not so big but just right if you have other tapas dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    I tried 8 of the tapas selections and all were terrific! Next time I will try the paella. Great spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish food in NY? Keep dreaming!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    When will the US get decent food from Spain? Not likely any time soon. Why? The ingredients, the cooks, and the environment. Sorry, but as long as the USDA keep controlling what Americans can import, no dice! You just can't get good stuff here. Newyorkers say you can't eat well west of the Hudson. I say you can't eat well West of the Atlantic. Socarrat does not pass mustard.
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  • Had a birthday dinner here--
    tinkVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Had a birthday dinner here-- amazing sangria, paella, and appy's-- I will come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I LOVED this restaurant!
    Sparkle115
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I LOVED this restaurant! The food was authentic and truly delicious. The service was outstanding!! I cannot wait to go back -- this is my new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paellas were excellent. We
    LAODCVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Paellas were excellent. We had the carne and the veggie paellas and both were delicious and suitably crusty. I appreciated our server's help to figure out the appropriate quantities to order for our group of six.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I came for the Fideau. Very
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    I came for the Fideau. Very good but not as good as on the Costa Bravo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been here thrice, twice for
    Anon
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Been here thrice, twice for dinner and once for weekend brunch with a child. Service is slipping, waiters seem rushed and stressed but the food is good. Had the seafood and meat paella on different occasions, seafood was much better. Good wine list and cocktails. Overall a good neighborhood addition
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place can be both romantic
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    This place can be both romantic and good for groups depending on where you're seated. The food is just GREAT. All their tapas are just delicious and the paella is one of the best in the city, if not, THE best int the city. Vibrant atmosphere, fun times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for good food in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Great spot for good food in a great environment Friendly staff with some great outdoor spaces. You will not be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent paella.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Great addition to Midtown East. Exes lent paella. In keeping with their other two restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best paella
    GemDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    The best paella in the city. Try the squid-ink paella: outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • they were so nice with our
    LaraVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    they were so nice with our friends' kids, and a great meal
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the mushroom croquettes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Try the mushroom croquettes and veggie paella. Both were outstanding as was the service. Worth going to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really terrific place - staff
    newyorkerVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    really terrific place - staff welcoming from the first confirmation phone call to going out the door. cocktails are fun and inventive; wine list is varied enough. tapas is terrific (excellent croquettes, fried artichokes, tomato bread and serrrano ham). waiter was great - made sure our paella order went in early so we did not have to wait too long. paellas have to be ordered in 2's. downstairs is extremely loud; upstairs is a delightful haven. outside seating for nice weather.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Holy paella, Batman!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    This place was picked for a birthday celebration and it was a magnificent choice. Everything from the red sangria to the paella was delicious. Really was impressed with the paella, moist and flavorful. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful experience! Socarrat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    A wonderful experience! Socarrat was warm and friendly up on arrival until departure. Our server was particularly attentive and the food (both small plates and paellas) were fantastic. Despite being a challenging group (our headcount kept changing...growing, actually!), Socarrat management was beyond accommodating. Excellent space and ambiance, flawless service, delicious and unique food and plenty of good wine and cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although our paella was quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Although our paella was quite tasty, I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the tapas and the practice of slathering the dishes in mayonnaise was slightly off-putting. Several tasty wine options by the glass, but the sangria was unremarkable. The room was comfortable and service was friendly and efficient. I wouldn't recommend this as a destination dining experience, but it's good for a meal when in that neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Socarrat has a diverse selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Socarrat has a diverse selection of paella. The combinations of ingredient choices seemed like they would be delightful together. I thought the overall taste was a bit bland, though. Not over or undercooked as can often happen with the rice. The service was wonderful. The staff were attentive and drinks were delivered quickly. Our entrees took longer to arrive than the stated 25 minute wait time after ordering. Definitely not the most authentic Spanish food I've ever had, but a good option overall.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service on Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Service on Valentine's Day was not great, but usually a good spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best paella and tapas
    Wig302
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    A wonderful dining experience and the most amazing food. Every time I come to NYC I make an opportunity to have dinner at Socarrat. It is the best paella I have ever tasted. The staff and manager are extremely friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I am a fiend for paella. What
    Broccolihead
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    I am a fiend for paella. What I discovered is that Socarrat's specialties are really it's tapas. The paella was good but not quite ready for paella foodies. But what really won me over was the Spanish waiter (and I mean Spanish, complete with rolling r's). What a pleasure to be served by Spaniards who are extremely proud of their cuisine. Kind of like how the old world Italian restaurants used to be like ....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate