Socarrat Midtown East
953 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10022Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
SpanishPrice: $31 to $50
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!
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.Continued
We look forward to sharing the best flavors of Spain with you. SALUD!
We look forward to sharing the best flavors of Spain with you. SALUD!
Foodspotting photosSee all photos
Socarrat Midtown East reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 25, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelModerate
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 enjoyOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/11/2013We 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:
- Just WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/10/2013I 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:
- I sure wont come back again...katherinetheMDined on 7/8/2013I sure wont come back again... had way better tapas
- Terrific Meal!OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/7/2013We loved the tapas and the paella. Wonderful meal!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but confusing pricingOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/3/2013Visited 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Paella in NYC...JeffreyVIPDined on 7/3/2013This place has the best paella in New York City. Good service too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- YummysparkleDined on 6/27/2013The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb Tapas Place in MidtownsbpresserVIPDined on 6/25/2013Everything was excellent, but the big surprise was the almond ice cream. Never had anything like it. Wow.Special Features:
- Amazing PaellaekzooksVIPDined on 6/23/2013My 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:
- Nothing specialOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/16/2013The 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:
- Outstanding PaellaFatDadDined on 6/14/2013Previously, 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food & great staffOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/13/2013Went 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Paella for OneOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 6/10/2013Though 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:
- Nothing makes up for lousy paellaOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 6/6/2013Service 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.
- Delicious and funBarbledooVIPDined on 6/3/2013Met 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/23/2013Loved everything about the whole experience here!!!!! Socarrat is fantastic, in both senses of the word! Thank you!!!Special Features:
- A tad tight and hotChrisylasVIPDined on 5/22/2013Tables 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 acSpecial Features:
- Excellent sangria and cocktails.jandmDined on 5/18/2013Excellent sangria and cocktails. Memorable paella. Fantastic experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Paella- good job!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/16/2013The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Tapas!OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 5/13/2013I tried 8 of the tapas selections and all were terrific! Next time I will try the paella. Great spot.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spanish food in NY? Keep dreaming!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/11/2013When 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.
- Had a birthday dinner here--tinkVIPDined on 4/27/2013Had a birthday dinner here-- amazing sangria, paella, and appy's-- I will come back!Special Features:
- I LOVED this restaurant!Sparkle115Dined on 4/27/2013I 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:
- Paellas were excellent. WeLAODCVIPDined on 4/26/2013Paellas 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:
- I came for the Fideau. VeryHowardVIPDined on 4/18/2013I came for the Fideau. Very good but not as good as on the Costa Bravo.Special Features:
- Been here thrice, twice forAnonDined on 4/17/2013Been 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 additionSpecial Features:
- This place can be both romanticGreatVIPDined on 4/11/2013This 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:
- Great spot for good food inOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/9/2013Great spot for good food in a great environment Friendly staff with some great outdoor spaces. You will not be disappointed!!Special Features:
- Excellent paella.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/3/2013Great addition to Midtown East. Exes lent paella. In keeping with their other two restaurants.Special Features:
- Best paellaGemDinerVIPDined on 3/28/2013The best paella in the city. Try the squid-ink paella: outstanding!Special Features:
- they were so nice with ourLaraVIPDined on 3/22/2013they were so nice with our friends' kids, and a great mealSpecial Features:
- Try the mushroom croquettesOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 3/21/2013Try the mushroom croquettes and veggie paella. Both were outstanding as was the service. Worth going to.Special Features:
- really terrific place - staffnewyorkerVIPDined on 3/20/2013really 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:
- Holy paella, Batman!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 3/12/2013This 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:
- A wonderful experience! SocarratOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 2/21/2013A 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:
- Although our paella was quiteOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 2/20/2013Although 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:
- Socarrat has a diverse selectionOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/15/2013Socarrat 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.
- Service on Valentine's DayOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 2/14/2013Service on Valentine's Day was not great, but usually a good spot.Special Features:
- The best paella and tapasWig302Dined on 2/2/2013A 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:
- I am a fiend for paella. WhatBroccoliheadDined on 1/22/2013I 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: