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Socarrat - Chelsea
Socarrat - Chelsea

Socarrat - Chelsea Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://socarratnyc.com
  • Email: info@socarratnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 462-1000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:30am - 3pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun: 11:30am - 4pm; Dinner: Sunday: 4pm - 11pm, Monday-Thurs: 3pm - 11pm, Friday: 3 - 11:30pm, Sat: 4pm - 11:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For catering please call (347) 479-1021

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 7th & 8th Ave
  • Public Transit: Close to A, C, E, L and the 1 train.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking on Street only after 6 pm.
A word from Socarrat - Chelsea
Socarrat Paella Bars ambiance denotes feelings of warmth, comfort and hospitality. A neighborhood staple with a small, intimate space comprised primarily of one large communal table with bar and smaller communal tables available.

**Please note that all of our tables at the Chelsea location are high tops and our chairs are without backs.**

Socarrat, the quintessence of the perfect paella and for which the restaurant is named, is the delectable, sensuous crust that forms on the
bottom of the paella pan when the liquid is rendered and the rice reaches its peak of succulence. The menu, an authentic array of delicious dishes from the regions of Spain specializing in traditional tapas with an accent
on paella and fideua (which substitutes fried noodles for rice) that can be characterized as a true exploration for the palette.

Socarrat also offers two dozen tapas, wines by the glass, Spanish desserts, and the best sangria in the city.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Diner Reviews
  • "Great tapas and excellent paella! will be returning soon!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Both the quality of food, level of service, along with the knowledge of menu/wine by the service made for a very pleasant night. Food, descibed correctly, came to the table in a timely fashion, hot where expected ...presented nicely. Though tables are very small and the dining room tight, hardly an issue. Would certainly return with other foodies to try even more"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I loved the restaurant and the whole Spanish ambiance. The background music was great, drinks were phenomenal, environment was dim and romantic and most of all, the Pescada paella was to die for."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I really love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant! Lovely small location, delicious food and cocktails. We shared a bunch of small tapas and 2 large Paellas. It was perfect, and generally prety reasonable - even with drinks."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Any one of their restaurants is a good find, not too pricey, with good food and sangria. They know what they are doing."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Socarrat Chelsea. First time was with a large group of 10. This visit was just 3 people. Food lived up to expectations. My guests were first time visitors to this spot and they were both satisfied with their meals. Offers a nice change of pace to the "typical" saffron rice paella you get everywhere else. This really feels and tastes more authentic. No complaints."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "When I made the reservation, I told the person on the phone that it was my anniversary, which I thought they would forget. When we were almost leaving, we were surprised to get a delicious dessert on the house which we really appreciate it"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This is our second visit and not the last. Paellas with a crust are very flavorful! Tapas are delicious as well. We were there for brunch when they were not very busy, and service was very attentive.I wish they had larger glasses for Sangria; in a regular wine glass it feels like there are only a few sips given all the ice. Its a perfect place after seeing a show at the Joyce theater as they are across the street."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "First time here They offer 8 varieties of Paella all of them looked great I had the "Socarrat" which had a variety of chicken, beef and seafood and was served in a hot pan with the rice crispy at the bottom It was fabulous and went well with the pitcher of red wine Sangria we ordered A great night and I will be back for more"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have heard this is perhaps the best restaurant for paella. Having recently traveled to Barcelona and Valencia we were eager for a taste of Spanish food. Our paella was delivered overlooked and dry. The seafood was in a rubbery state. It seems the waiter knew the food was subpar because he never came back to the table to check on us and avoided eye contact. Thankfully, the wine was excellent. There are much better options for Spanish-Mediterranean food in NYC."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I had a good experience with one very bad turn off:, and it wasn't the food or the service... It was the fact that because I had made an online reservation, I was obliged to take a seat at a table vs. at the bar (all had open seats), and was thereby prohibited from paying happy hour special prices (1/2 off the meal). I was there early, and my friend and I were able to sit at a table by ourselves- otherwise, I think this place sits people from different parties together!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was great: octopus tapas was excellent as was lamb tapas; seafood seviche very flavorful and 2 lobster tales. Thanks to our waiter who was very good about helping us order to avoid a clam allergy, even suggesting a switch to vegetable broth from fish broth in the paella. Excellent food."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "One of my favorite Spanish places in Manhattan. Totally recommended."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I have not been able to find paella this good since I was in Madrid!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "got the paella, pear salad, tapas and sangria-- all excellent staff EXTREMELY accommodating, attentive and friendly"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food was fantastiic! The Sangaria's tasted fantastic,although I would say they were a lillte bit on the lite side with the alcohol content. I am an assitant for one of the large investment banking firms and would highly recommend for client dinner events and lunchs."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It was a bit loud in there when we got there. Food was over salted somewhat. Drinks were good."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Used to be a great place. Found it by chance on a snowy night a couple of years ago and thought it was the best place ever. Have returned three or four times since, and the quality of the paella has diminished each time. Bland, undercooked. And the backless stools at the communal table are very uncomfortable. Still very popular though, so a lot of people must still be impressed. I'd probably return if someone wanted to go there, but will otherwise give it a break for a while."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Intimate, charming, special great for romantic rondezvouz & special intimate occasions. Apps are exotic yet approachable, paella is executed perfectly."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Dad after theatre dinner Saturday nite. No wait for reservation. All plates were great and wine recommendation went great. Dessert..chocolate beignets to die for"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Ordered two tapas - seared tuna and patatas bravas - both were delicious. We also ordered the Socaratt Paella and it was delicious."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This restaurant is never a disappointment! I've been going consistently for almost 3 years now and never fail, my friends always love it. Food is great, sangria is amazing, staff is so friendly and love the lay out. I do recommend making reservations as I think it's frustrating waiting as it gets pretty busy. Paella is a sure thing, but the tapas are a good way to start. Tortilla, dates, grilled veggies, croquettes are my fav"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The best paella outside of Spain, and I've eaten a lot of paella all over Spain!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Came here for an impromptu date night with my husband. The food is great for sharing and the sangria is wonderful! If you're not into the communal table situation, this place might not be for you."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Great Paella, had that burnt bottom you get with someone who knows what they are doing with paella downside, hostess insisted on seating everyone next to each other at one end of long table. when my friend and i were seated we were warned not to put our coats on the seat next to us as she intended to seat someone there even though there were 8 more places open. we were seated next to group with a shrieking laugher. next couple that came in said they wanted to go someplace less crowded and hostess simply said "ok" and let them leave instead of offering them the place at the end of the table. driving away business that had already walked in the door. next couple simply moved themselves down to the end after she left."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The tapas here are quite tasty if not delicious. The host and hostess were kind, warm and welcoming. What was NOT appreciated was the snobby Catalan waiter who was rude, not attentive, and chose not to provide any recommendations when asked. Typical Spanish attitude---and I am a native Spanish speaker and I tried to engage him in conversation to lighten him up---he ignored me, continued in English, despite the fact that he spoke to the other wait staff who were from Latin America in Spanish. For these kind of prices, who needs such an attitude?? While he may be the only typical thing about the this Spanish tapas place---they should leave it to the rest of the staff who may not be from Spain, but they are certainly more welcoming than him."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I choose Socarrat since it was close to the Joyce theater. We were seated at a long family style table across from each other. Since it was not crowded it was spacious, but I could see how it would be uncomfortable at full capacity. Ordered the signature gin & tonic and it was great. Was a little confused on the menu, but waiter informed me that a double order of the Paella was the minimum. My mother wanted a different paella, but we decided to go with the house and both enjoyed it. The waiter mentioned that you could order single portions for lunch or brunch."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. It was a busy Friday night but it never felt loud and we weren't crowded. The place has a warm and festive vibe. The food is delicious - by far the best paella I've had - and the Spanish wine list is the perfect compliment. We were late for our reservation but they found us a great spit anyway. Everybody was very friendly and accommodating. A fun, intimate, comfortable evening. My girlfriend was very happy."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "A remarkable side-street gem with two nicely done rooms, one called the restaurant and one called the wine bar. The menu features delicious classical paellas cooked properly in large cast-iron pans so that the rice at the bottom gets properly crusty. The tapas selection provides appetizers to nibble while the Paella is cooking. I have only been there for lunch, but it has become my favorite lunch place in the vicinity ... it is quiet enough that you can hold a conversation without struggling to hear or to be heard."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Went as a group of three. The bar was crowded, and the servers had to keep moving in between people. We were seated at a small table in the side room. It was nice for us. There was a large communal table near us that was a little noisy. Overall the food was good. We had paella, grilled vegetables and patatas brava. Everything was good. They brought us the wrong paella at first, which wasn't a problem except for the fact that one person in our party does not eat red meat. The server eventually figured it out after we spent a little time trying to decide if the meat was chicken or pork. Service was a little slow."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "They have only one chair with a back in the entire restaurant. I have a bad back and sitting on a stool is excruciating. The food almost makes up for the discomfort, but not quite."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "best paella in the city, just know that you'll be mere millimeters away from your neighbors at the communal tables!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Strongpoint is the ambiance - great music playing at the perfect volume so it's not too loud nor too soft. Easy conversation and no rush to get out, especially during brunch. Food is average (please note I did not have the paella). I think the portions are on the smaller side. I think next time if we come here, we will do the paellas and can comment on them. Service is average. The waiter is great and friendly, but there was only one, and the food took a while to come out (a really long while). They did come out together though, so that was a plus."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I was eager to try this spot out as I offer Paella for a crowd as a choice for my catering business. The atmosphere was excellent - very exuberant, but not so loud I couldn't carry on conversation with my dining companions. Service from the get go was top notch. The Tapas were excellent -we had several and all were delicious. The Sangria is excellent if not cheap. I was a little disappointed in the Paella. It is the signature dish of the place and I was hoping to be blown away. We chose the Valencia which had Rabbit, Pork, Snails and vegetables. The rabbit and the pork were dry and a little bland and there was not much rice. Everything else was so good the just OK Paella was a let down."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "The food is good, the service is incredibly good given the atmosphere, but it was so noisy, so crowded, so hot, that it was hard to enjoy the food or the very good wine. Go off hours (if there is such a thing), unless you like shouting to be heard and requesting your companions to repeat themselves endlessly. I couldn't wait to get out."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "awesome food, made us sit at the same table with 4 other people which was not ideal even though I had a reservation long in advance."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "We went to the Joyce Theatre and found this little restaurant just around the corner. Wonderful service, very friendly, great "patatas bravas" - recommend it for anyone who like paella!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This was my first paella since I had some in Barcelona. We had the signature paella, and sampled three apprtizers off of the happy hour menu. All was very, very good except for the calamari which was just a tad overcooked but extremely flavorful. Rose sangria was very good too. A nice quiet place for my husband and I to have a romantic dinner, but if you are a group bigger than two, you will be seated at a high table with no chair back. That may or may not be uncomfortable for some, didn't bother us."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "And will certainly be back again! Great place all around. Dates wrapped in scallops were unbelievable."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We waited a very long time for our paella. It was good but not as good as in the past."
    Dined on 11/17/2013