Socarrat - Chelsea
Socarrat - Chelsea

Socarrat - Chelsea

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://socarratnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2124621000x
  • 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: Wine Bar, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Socarrat - Chelsea reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (37)romantic (25)good for groups (20)special occasion (19)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great for late night
    njnavigator
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a 10 PM reservation and worried that we might be squeezed in at the end. No worries. We had plenty of time to have both paella and tapas, along with some really great sangria. The deserts and coffee and the end of the night were a perfect end to a great meal. The seating is communal but comfortable and there wasn't an item that we sampled that disappointed. We will definitely be back in the future - perhaps a little earlier to enjoy the ambiance and the food. One demerit, however - for a restaurant that can hold a couple hundred people, there was ONE toilet (not one bathroom - literally one toilet) on each side of the restaurant, which did cause some long lines. Expectant women and those that may need a bathroom quickly take note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as Always
    EdgarDiningGuide
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant has been one of my favorites ever since it opened years ago. It has grown over the years to occupy the place next door and there are now other locations but it is still the best paella in the United States.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Only good thing was the red sangria. The octopus was not render and had a ton of slimy fat. Razor clams were like leather and had a ton of grit in them. Gazpacho had a bitter "old and used" olive oil taste....just terrible. Woukd never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful paella!
    RockBreaker
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great tapas, fresh-tasting sangria, and outstanding paella all served in rustic rooms with long communal tables. The server knew his food well enough that I'm certain that he is also a chef (perhaps the chef). I've eaten a lot of paellas in my life and I've even succeeded in making some that worked out quite well. This, however, was the best yet! I'll return, with each visit to this fair city, for another variety of their great paella.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    7:00 reservation..seated @ 7...place was full...apps were salted peppers and garlic shrimp, wine list was great, paella was cooked perfectly. Great time! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maddog
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Excellent food and sangria. I've visited NYC 3 times and each we've gone to Socarrat each time. I highly recommend for wonderful paella and tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it, but let down
    RossoVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I wouldn't take the trouble to write this if I didn't feel so strongly about it. I've been here several times, but this time, I was bringing important guests from Chicago, and wanted to share my "original" experience at the communal table. I particularly dislike the bar area for eating. I'd specifically asked to be seated at the communal table, and been reassured (twice) that that was indeed where we were being seated. When I turned up (on time), I was told rudely that it was simply not possible. I felt so cheated out of my experience, I don't feel like going back. I'd have gone elsewhere, like Salinas, which is gorgeous. This won't matter to most people, but it did, a lot, to me.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    gonzalez
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    excellent as always. the food, services. everything. I enjoy so much that restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    KCdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We ordered one of the paellas (the principal reason we went to this restaurant). The dish was just average - we tasted no saffron. The seating was very uncomfortable (stools with no back). Will not return.
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  • Always reliable
    nydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We discovered this place a few years ago. The food is always delicious and the service is the perfect balance of checking in without being intrusive. I checked "romantic" as a recommendation but that is hit or miss. It's a shared table/family style set up in most of the restaurant but there are two tops in the back that can be romantic as long as the noise from the groups isn't too intrusive. (The restaurant can't really control loud diners.) Because the paella price is per person, the bill can add up quickly, so we tend to go on special occasions or when the event for the evening is dinner. Not a place to go if you're rushing to a movie or the theater, but if you're going after, it's certainly a great place to end and evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal!
    Cookstr
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Having visitors from out o town and this restaurant is a no brainer---- everybody had a great time!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in Harlem
    HarlemVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been going to Jado since it openned and the service is always attentive and the food on point. Passsion mojito is my favorite drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Still
    EdgarDiningGuide
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The last time I visited this restaurant was when it first opened years ago. At that time they did not even have a liquor license; but time has passed, they've expanded to occupy the location next door, they've opened up a few other locations throughout the city and they now serve alcohol. You used to have to go to the wine store on the corner, which by the way is no longer there, now the waiter brings it to you. Although many things have changed, what remains the same is the excellent quality of the paella. Socarrat, in my opinion is still the best Spanish cuisine I have tasted in the United States, no other restaurant is even close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kokoVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great Bartender, AMAZING Paella! The carne was heaven on a plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • designer paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food & wine ,but excessively noisy so; it's good for the young & slightly deaf.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok
    linsyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I thought this place was OK, but I wasn't impressed by anything in particular. I had Serrano Ham croquettes and the Galician Octopus. The octopus was tender and expertly cooked, but a bit bland for me. The Croquettes on the other hand were nice and creamy on the inside with a smoky flavor from the ham, while crunchy on the outside..that was my favorite bite of the night. I ordered the Socarrat paella as an entree, which had plenty of meat and seafood, but I wasn't impressed with the flavor of the rice. All I could taste was salt..no spices, not the flavor of the meats infused in there. The burnt parts on the bottom didn't give off a pleasant flavor. It was OK overall, but not what I expected based on the rave reviews.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappointed
    paular
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We love, love, love the Soccarat paella!!! Delicious every time with a glass of good sangria. Tapas plates are always yummy too!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sangria Ever!
    CoffeeLover
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We wanted a place near the Joyce for a late post-show dinner, and while we were a little hesitant to try Socarrat, due to their seating being only on high backless stools, we decided to try it - and we're so glad! The stools were no problem, being large and padded. For this first visit, we went for tapas rather than paella, and all of them were excellent - especially the two pork dishes, tocino (pork belly) and cochinillo (suckling pig). But this was hands-down the best sangria I've ever tasted - fruity and full-bodied without being too sweet. I'm looking forward to our next visit, so I can have another glass - and try the paella!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paella Heaven!!!!!
    livtoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have been here several times and it never disappoints. The paella is cooked with perfection and the sangria is so refreshing. Each time we have been seated the in main bar room with the high tables. This room offers such great ambiance It's small yet cozy. The wait staff is always upbeat and friendly. The shrimp in garlic sauce and the potatoes bravas are a must order. Soccarat is truly a great neighborhood gem !!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paiea Paiea Paiea!
    RingoEdgar
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    If you ever have a jones for authentic Spanish paiea, this is the place to go. Split a perfectly prepared all-meat version with my spouse accompanied by a delicious rojia sangria. Perfecto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella/ tapas par excellence
    OU812
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Convivial, attentive service and excellent food in a relaxing atmosphere. Our party of five,three adults and two kids had a great Sunday afternoon of tapas and four different paellas. Accommodated a food allergy(shellfish) and a special needs child.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    bknik
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I went here with 6 co-coworkers. The paellas were great!! Space was a bit cramped for 6 people though. Overall the team had a great time and really enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Socarrat
    Lion26KingVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great food, but don't go if you have a bad back. For full write-up go to www.celluloidclub.blogspot.com.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 513 reviews are from the Socarrat - Chelsea reviews archive.
  • Paella + Meatballs
    AlwaysAddCheese
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We had shared the Socarrat paella and special appetizer meatballs and it was absolutely delicious. Paella was huge and cooked perfectly, not a grain of rice left in the pan when we were done. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Socarrat Feedback
    gab25
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The food is good but the portions are too small for the prices. The service wasn't good at all, they took forever to bring everything to the table and they didn't coordinate to bring the entrees for each person. My father got his entree first than me and my mother and they bring our entrees 10 minutes after.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for birthdays!
    pancakedream87
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We brought a group of 4 last week for a friend's birthday. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. This was my 3rd time dining at Socarrat and I would definitely recommend anyone looking for tapas to come here!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had Absolutely delicious paella!!!!
    Marmasaur
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Best paella in nyc! Would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    If I am in NYC, this is one stop I must make. The food and total experience is absolutely amazing. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so glad i finally went!
    sfro
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    i'd been wanting to have dinner here when i was living in nyc, but didn't make the time. so, i finally went during a visit, and it was well worth it. it's a small, dark restaurant, so it's great for a dinner for 2 or a party of 4 or 6. all of the food was just right: the cocktails, the tapas (the sesame seared tuna is divine), and the cordero paella was really great. i learned afterward that the black rice is really good, so if i go back, i will have that for sure!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit tight...
    foodie159VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The seating situation here is a bit tight...most of our dinner was spent stuck in the conversation of the loud people to our side. Because seating is at along tables, this is unavoidable. Food was ok, nothing fantastic. I would recommend looking elsewhere for good paella.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    TAPAS TOPS Every dish we had (five) was spectacular. I highly recommend Socarrat for late night dining, dinner, or brunch. S. Dilley
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Still good
    ErwinVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We have been dining here way before it was declared a hot spot by the Times a few years back. We live on the same block only a few buildings away. The sea food paella is still a stand out, although the "socarrat" ie burnt crisp rice at bottom of the kettle is hardly there anymore. Gone are th days when the waiter/bar tender scrapes the bottom with grating sound of delight. It was a novel experience to sit at the main bar and mingle with strangers. Now, for the most part, we have sat on very uncomfortable high table and rickety high chairs in the added space. The service is efficient but impersonal.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Paella
    nycvipb
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Menu isn't big but what they have is all delicious. Some of the best paella I've had any where in the New York. Would happily go back for many more meals.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    food4meVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I was a bit underwhelmed by this restaurant, given the glowing reviews. The first thing that struck me was the smell of iodine (past fresh seafood) as I walked in, and this was not a good sign. The food, fortunately, was pretty good, though the special beet salad was underseasoned and one of the mussels in the paella had not opend up and should never have been served. The paella itself was quite good and plentiful. I would be willing to try this place again.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Paella and Tapas
    NYGeekVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This is the best Paella I've had in New York City. Prepared in the classic Spanish style in a moderately thin layer baked in a cast-iron pan and served sizzling hot. The rice layer closest to the pan is a crispy crust, while above it is tasty and delicious. Plenty of "stones" (as the Spanish say) and wonderful flavor. While your Paella is cooking, order some tapas. Great cheeses, meats, and vegetables. When I say fit for foodies, I mean serious foodies. Yum!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Communal Dining Experience
    MindyD
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This was a fun place to go for my husband's birthday. We were seated at a communal table sandwiched between other diners. Fun to talk about what we were ordering and getting suggestions from others. My only complaint was that we would have liked to have tried the paella, but there is a 2 portion minimum requirement. If you are only going there with 2 people, you really need to decide between the tapas and the paella. We went the tapas route (which was great), but would have liked to sample at least one of the paella dishes. Would be fun to go to with a big group.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Paella and tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We enjoyed every tapas we tried. All five of us agreed it was some of the best tapas we have ever had. Good for groups but I wouldn't recommend for couples as there is one long table with no privacy
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tasty Tapas!
    TogetherWeTrek
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    A friend recommended this place and we loved it! Good variety of tapas and delicious sangria! We didn't order the paella, but a lot of people did and it looked good! Oh - and the service was amazing!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Scene, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Great tapas and excellent paella! will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella alla Barcelona!
    Fiorella88
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.