Socarrat - Chelsea
Excellent paellaBe prepared to wait for it though! Order a few apps but come really hungry because the paella (we had seafood) is amazing. It takes about 30+ minutes and you have to order for at least two though its priced per person. A bit pricey but worth it!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMDo not miss thisIt's a bit of a maelstrom of noise, but this is paella as it should be experienced. Rooms are beautiful and the service is crisp and attentive. A lot of fun and uniformly delicious.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAweseomAmazing twist on what you think Paella is suppose to be like. Everything was fresh. Tapas was amazing. Paella was fresh and service was outstanding5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMA great recommendationA co-worker recommended this cozy little place. Our server was on point, knowledgeable with the menu and the wines. The food was delicious and served in timely fashion. Too many things on the menu that we wanted to try. We were stuffed but debated getting a paella to go. Will be back to explore the rest of the menu.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat ManhattanThe restaurant is small but has a good feeling about it. All the appetizers were great. We had calamari, braised lettuce, etc. The rice palat was delicious.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent tapas and paellaExcellent tapas and paella served by friendly,hard-working waitstaff in a candlelit room.Only complaint is that the high,backless stools are uncomfortable after an hour.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFavorite neighborhood placeLive this place. Service food wine and atmosphere never fails to make me happy and satisfied.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFestive, delicious, cozy, vibrantIt's a great place to go on a date or bring someone from out of town. It feels special without it being large and pretentious. The Paella is always delicious, but don't skimp on the tapas -- shrimp, octopus and dates are my favorite.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat's not to love?!I absolutely loved Socarrat. I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain in 2007 and I have been searching the city for excellent paella ever since my return. Socarrat's Paella Valenciana brought me right back to my experience in 2007. I absolutely loved it!! The croquetas, calamares a la plancha, patatas bravas, EVERYTHING was delicious!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food.Good tapas and paella. Very large paella portions. Great place to eat with a group of 4-6.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best paella, but we alreadyThe best paella, but we already know that having dined at Socarrat before. This time we had the duck-chicken-chorizo paella which was fantastic. We also had a half-dozen tapas that were wonderful -- as was the Sangria. Can't wait to get back to Socarrat to try yet another paella.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMMy boyfriend and I came hereMy boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary dinner. We requested a corner table--something a bit more intimate and less in the center of things--which the restaurant happily accommodated. The tapas we ordered (fried artichoke and braised pork belly)were out of this world. We went off the beaten paella path with the arroz negros (it's soaked in squid ink), so the dish tasted a bit fishier than paella usually does. We loved it! We definitely want to come back some time to try the other items on the menu.
Please do yourselves a favor and don't skip dessert. You'll be dreaming about their chocolate beignets for DAYS. The restaurant gave us two glasses of dessert wine on the house, which was lovely of them and much appreciated :)4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredibly loud group at nextIncredibly loud group at next table was unbearable. Even couple next to us complained.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Paella and Sangria!I am often in New York on business and I had been to Socarrat a few times before. Socarrat was recommended by a friend who lives in New York, as the place to get the best paella in New York, and I agree!
It is a great place to go if you are dining alone or with a small group because of the communal table seating. The tapas portion starters, are not only delicious, but a nice way to enjoy a variety of flavours before the main paella meal.
Socarrat manages to be consistently good every time I go there. I can confidently bring my clients and colleagues there without worry about the food and service.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this placeAs good a restaurant as there is in NYC. The service is impeccable, the tapas are amazing, and they are just setting you up for the paella. The Socarrat or "second scraping" makes it feel like you're eating two unique dishes. Very impressive and delicious. I travel to NY often and I recommend this place to everyone. It NEVER disappoints.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMDidn't realize that we wouldDidn't realize that we would be sitting on high stools at a bar because the other Socarrat restaurants have tables. There was not enough room for our party of three to have two paella dishes, water glasses and wine glasses. Unfortunately one wine glass toppled over and went all over everything. But I must say that the food was very delicious. The paella was terrific. Next time we will choose Soccarat in Nolita or the upper East side. Would recommend this location for the very fine tappas on small plates and wine.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentI'm from London and find it hard not to compare good food establishments but I think Socarrat is possibly one of the best tapas places I've been to outside of Spain. Amazing Paella and I thought I would be taking home a doggy bag end of night but no, it was too delicious and I ploughed on through with a friend who was equally delighted by the food. We had amazing wine, the service charming and the atmosphere relaxed. will be going back for more.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food the paella wasGreat food the paella was perfect especially the so carat at the bottom make sure you have them scrape it for you. It is a little tight so understand that going in and the seats don't have backs to them. You are placed at the long paella table with other people but was no problem. Great date spot highly recommend.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOMG, soooo GOOD! :-)The Food or the service, Food....Service - BOTH, Outstanding!
Fried Artichokes - taste and texture, truly a wonderful experience for the palate and tongue! The Spicy Chorizo - nice / mild heat factor with a smokey finish and the Braised Pork Belly was smoothe and buttery.
The White Sangria was refreshing and paired well w/the Socarrate Paella; our wonderful host / waiter, Mikel was informative, spot-on with his recommendations and we are most appreciative of his "above and beyond" attentiveness!
Suggestion - in addition to reservations (busy-busy venu),the chocolate/citrus filled Beignets paired with the sparkling Muscat, nice way to finish a most delectable and memorable dining experience.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThese people can make a goodThese people can make a good paella -- not too dry, not to watery, just perfect. Fun to share with a group. Wish they had chairs with backs as it is a meal to sit over,relax around and sitting up on a bar stool works against that. But...still worth the visit, again and again.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe tapas plates were wonderfulThe tapas plates were wonderful especially the jamon ibirico and the hanger steak in mustard sauce special. Socarrat paella was tasty and plenty of food.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMReally liked the paella. OrderReally liked the paella. Order when you get to the table to expedite the order. Would definitely come back!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is extraordinary.The food is extraordinary. Best tapas. The Paella is heaven. The only problem was the room as cold from the draft coming through the front door - and we sat in the back3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit toThis was our first visit to the restaurant and we found it outstanding !! The service was great and it felt very comfortable inside - especially seated at the long tables !!!
The signature dish we loved was PAELLA - we intend to come back every couple months to taste each of the PAELLA dishes !!!3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe blac rice is one of theThe blac rice is one of the best I had. Excellent flavor,made to perfection with the socarrat in the bottom!!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best Paella. Only oneThe best Paella. Only one thing I would change is that they put backs on their stools3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is my new favorite place.This is my new favorite place. The paella is not to be missed!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding! We got theirOutstanding! We got their seafood paella and the beat salad. Both were excellent. My only complaint is that I wish they had a more diverse wine selection. Otherwise, just wonderful!3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM