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
72 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (26)romantic (13)special occasion (12)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Best Spanish food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I love Socarrat! I'm a frequent-flyer at the one in Mulberry and Houston and have recently started coming to the one in Midtown. Their food is to die for and the service is great! I had great time celebrating a big birthday with a group of girlfriends earlier this year and this week I was there for an amazing lunch. It impressed my out of town (very wealthy and well traveled) friend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NinaVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Gambas appetizer was great but the paella could be improved. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great paellas in midtown
    ManuelaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I had been to the other Socarrat outpost and the midtown East restaurant did not disappoint. The fried green tomatoes and particularly the octopus were delicious as appetizers and the paella ( we tried the chicken and vegetables and the seafodod with squid ink rice) were also terriic. A fun, different way of eating, good Spanish wine as well and reasonable prices. A great find in this neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was a perfect restaurant for the perfect night! The staff made the evening special and the paella and tapas were wonderful. Make sure you try the sangria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soize
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great food ,nice service , will go back.came in with a reservation for 5 , but ended up with 7 , it was not a problem , loved upstairs .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Good as the Original
    EdgarDiningGuide
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is terrific and the staff was attentive. This location lacks some of the charm of the original location in Chelsea but more than makes up for it with its more spacious seating and friendlier staff. The paella is the best you will find anywhere outside of Spain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soccarat Midtown
    SmithtoniVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great authentic Spanish menu, nice wine list -- superb paella. Wait staff was friendly, helpful and quietly efficient. Have already recommended it to friends and would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I found the service to be a bit lacking and the food to be more than a bit under-seasoned. The paella was bland and uninspired as were the appetizers.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sweet spot
    pengman
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I loved the ambiance and decor of the place. It was located alongside many other restaurants to tease your palate. We shared the paella, which was different than the seafood paella I am used to eating at home. It was good but not as flavorful. I would order a different dish next time. The red sangria was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas Great Service
    SeymourVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We did death by appetizer and ordered a wide variety of dishes. Everything was incredibly tasty and well prepared. Service was friendly , attentive yet not overdone. Will absolutely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Always a fun place and good food but it takes way too long to get drinks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Was going to have the famed paella dinner with friends but plans fell through so decided to just have drinks and tapas instead. Friday happy hour looked to be a good deal with $5 wine/beer/sangria and 1/2 priced tapas. However, the pricing only applied to the bar or high tops both which were full. Is this a new concept or did happy hour always worked this way? Restaurant Week menu choices were very limited and if you had the paella, 2 people had to have it (this is true on the RW menu as well as the regular menu.) The tapas were tasty. Service was very friendly and prompt. Would likely return to taste the paella.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and slow
    Blair
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here on a Thursday evening and ordered one tapa to start and some paella. The food took FOREVER to come- an hour before we got the paella. All the while, no check-in or next round of drinks from the server. The paella is enough for both of us, but if my boyfriend had been really hungry, or we hadn't gotten that tapa, it wouldn't have been big enough for two of us. The thing is, they are priced per person, with a minimum of two people! Meaning, you have to share them. In my opinion they are extremely overpriced ($25 per person for mediocre paella) and that pricing module is scammy and deceptive in small print on the menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Evening
    foodjoy
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We enjoyed a second visit to Socarrat the other night. We shared a few tapas and a paella for two. We especially liked the fried artichokes and the garlic shrimp. Our guest was a vegetarian. There were plenty of options for her on the menu. We all enjoyed the vegetarian paella. It was flavorful and satisfying even to the non-vegetarians. The servers were very friendly and the pace of the dinner was perfect. If you are concerned about noise, ask to sit upstairs. The bar on the first floor makes it a little noisier downstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas better than paella
    Remy
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The red sangria was the best I've had in the city - a lot of places tend to make it overly sweet, or very obviously sour and tastes like a bad red with fruit floating around, but the sangria at Socarrat was delicious and not overly sweet. The squid, octopus and croquettes in particular were very good. We also ordered the squid ink and socarrat paella - personally I found the rice to be overly mushy and wet, and preferred the tapas, however, the rest of the dinner party seemed to enjoy it very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greta Paellla!
    TravelingGuy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    One of the best paellas stateside. Fresh seafood, great combination of ingredients and very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 138 reviews are from the Socarrat Midtown East reviews archive.
  • Great tapas. Paella, and sangria!
    ToddVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Fun place, great food and drinks, best for sharing, the paella is better than we had in Spain!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas and paella.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The paella was excellent. The rice was well seasoned. We really enjoyed the date tapas and the bacalao.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    JunJ
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Been to Madrid & Barcelona a week ago that's why made some comparison, seafoods must cook with the rice ( a little burn) for what they are famous like in Valencia, Spain... Tapas were good and the Rosè and Sangria too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    jungah
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    After reading the reviews, I came here with high expectations. We started off with some tapas which were just fair in flavor. Having eaten authentic paella and tapas from Spain, we thought this place would let us enjoy a similar experience. We ordered the Socarrat paella but it was a bit too salty to my taste, the rice was not cooked enough, and it was slightly burned. Unfortunately, we won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Scoarrat was delicious! We had a great group dinner and I would definitely go back. The food, service, decor and server's recommendations were all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Tapas
    turtlebay
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    There was a great variety of tapas, all of them very good. We also split a paella which was also outstanding. The wine selection was very good as well. It is very noisy but they accommodated our request for a quiet table by putting us on a balcony overlooking Second Av. This was our third visit here and we have been very pleased each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Socarrat's paella
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The rice in their paella is cooked al dente - crunchy - a little different than other paella I've had. Great tapas!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    consistent place - been here a handful of times now and it churns out great food and the service is very attentive and polite...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Spanish food!
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The service was friendly and polite - the food was amazing! We are definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really solid meal
    dnycVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Brought my fiance here for his birthday and a friend decided to join us. The restaurant had no problem adding one more to our party. The red sangria was strong and delicious. The iberico ham was the stuff of legends, and the patatas bravas and croquetas came in a white sauce I'd happily dip a shoe into. We split the Cordero paella and it was perfect. Hearty, a great big portion, not too salty, the rice was perfectly crispy. Definitely a hit. Dessert was chocolate beignets. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    MehitwasokVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good food but expensive- did not know the price for the paella was per person! Im not much of a paella lover, went for a friends bday but loved the tapas. Get the gambas al ajillo and croquetas. Cheese plate was kind of pathetic. Al in all 3/5
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ljwnyc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great place. I love all the soccarats, but this one especially because it is in my neighborhood. Paella is great (though I think true Spanish cooks would tell you they may cheat a little on their preparation). Super tasty regardless, reasonably priced place too. Nice scene inside and they have a patio upstairs that I imagine is open with tables in the warmer months. Nice little spot to sit outside and be a little bit "away from it all" since you're not right on the pedestrian sidewalks in the summer.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally average Paella
    GRRRVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This place is definitely not worth it. I don't think I would go again. The waiter screwed up our order a few times and just seemed rather disinterested in serving us. I won't be coming back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas are the best !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Especially love the chef's Coca del Dia flat bread tapas.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pls improve-want to like this place
    loyalifearned
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    consistency in quality needs serious improvement. please work on this.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great paella at a very good price
    Sm1thy37
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We were a bit stuck with somewhere to eat that wasn't going to cost $$$$, and found this place very lively for a Sunday evening. Starters were good, and obviously you have to have paella for main course. We chose the meat option (allergy to seafood), and it tasted great. Really generous portions for the price, and the deserts were good too. Always nice to see when a restaurant has multiple locations around the city, as this one does, as you know it must be doing something right.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre service
    KC2013
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Our experience was affected by the general state of confusion of the wait staff, who misled us on the specials and who also told us incorrect information on the size of the dishes we ordered and the number of people they would serve. We ended up spending far more than we should have ... the tab would have been about 40% less ... if we had been properly informed about the lunch special ... we ate virtually the same food! This is a huge criticism of the wait staff. That being said, the food was indeed delicious and the portions were ample. We would go back, but carefully.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown Atmosphere Uptown
    DianeB
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    A friend came into town and we wanted to go downtown but could not make the logistics work and I found Soccart East thru opentable. I ate at the Soccarat in Soho about 2 years ago and was pleasantly surprised to see that they have opened a resturant in mid town. The Paella is great and their signature dish, and a perfect meal to share as well as the tapas or small plates. Resturant is small and has a downtown edge and a great bar which gives the resturant a relaxed ambience. Definitely fun for groups all the food is totally shareable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best Paellas in town
    Jose
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Socarrat serves a great paella. The word Socarrat means the slightly burnt rice at the bottom of the paella...before serving, stir well so that the burnt rice mixes with the rest and you will get the best possible flavor!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place in 2nd ave
    MarcoPolo
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    this place is great from drinks (reina mora), tapas (Seared Tuna), and Paella (carne), usually i seat at the bar for happy hour with 5 dollars sangria ( need to take advantage of this deal) then i moved to a table. this places is getting better and better
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We love the Nolita location and for both locations, the food is fantastic. Problem is that the first floor of Midtown is really more of a bar than a restaurant and service reflects that. There was a group of 8 in the middle which made the noise level insane (my head is still pounding from the noise level) so that we couldn't speak across the table (we were two people) without shouting. Bigger problem was service - half the time our server and hostess were flirting/chatting/hanging with the bartender and you had to wave your arms to get any attention. It was like that throughout the meal - that said, the waitress was pleasant and friendly just rarely available. I would return to Nolita but would think twice about the Midtown location.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for happy hour and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We went for happy hour and it was staggering to order so much really good food and see a check that didn't break your wallet. Will def be back here soon. Our bartender was excellent, as well. Don't remember her name, but it started with an "F" and she was amazing...kept everyone's glasses and plates full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas
    Jbfreedm
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    While overall a great experience, I was a little disappointed. While a bit overpriced, the tapas were out do this world. The paella however, was a little disappointing, considering it calls itself a paella bar. We had wait almost 45 minutes to get the paella that was specifically made for us and when we did, the paella was cold and the portion was lacking. Also the seating of the restaurant was on top of each other so take that into consideration. Overall though a good experience. Would definitely go back for the tapas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Newfan1
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Service was sharp, and drinks were great, highly recommend the carne paella
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate