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No bigger than a subway car, Socarrat packs the majority of their patrons on bar stools around a communal table. The idea here is that they do paella the way it's done in Spain, as one big family. In such a small space, keeping the drool inside your mouth while you wait for your food is no easy task.

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About 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.

259 W 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon -Thurs 4:30pm - 11pm
Dinner: Fri - Sat 4:30pm - 11:30pm
Dinner: Sun 4:30pm- 11:00pm

Happy Hour: Mon - Thurs 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Brunch: Fri-Sun: 11:30am - 4:30pm

*Our Chelsea location will be closed for lunch from Monday to Thursday.

Cross Street:
Between 7th & 8th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 462-1000

Website:
http://socarratnyc.com/

Catering:
For catering please call (347) 479-1021

Parking Details:
Parking on Street only after 6 pm.

Public Transit:
Close to A, C, E, L and the 1 train.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Socarrat - Chelsea Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (9)
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Good for Birthdays (7)
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was great just didn’t know I would be sharing table with other patrons.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We are always happy after a visit to Soccarat. The tapas and the paella’s are consistently fabulous; the service is super, and the sangrias are terrific. Total fun!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a quaint restaurant. I loved the decor, especially with the simple Christmas lights. All the tables were high tops which I liked, but not conducive for a person with a physical disability.
The service was excellent. There was a huge selection of wines and tapas and paella. The meal was fabulous. We also had Sangria, which was the best I’ve had in years.
I highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Spicy, Authentic, Organic, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is amazing as usual. Service is quick and professional. Music was a bit too loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious tapas and some of the best paella’s we have ever had. Great service too!!! 5 stars

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Guys were fantastic here, love those jamon ibericos but they were not that well cutted. Shrimps in the paella was so good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Only downside was not being able to dine in the side dining room because of “the manager’s rules” yet the restaurant was empty!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A fun tapas/paella place with very nice service. I've had better ( more authentic) paella, but the tapas dishes were all delicious and the sangria was tasty. Nice Saturday night ambiance - although tables in rear could use a little more lighting and sitting on stools presents a problem for women ( or anyone) with a bag - nowhere to hang them!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our waiter was on point he made sure we had the best time there i recommend the spot and i thank him for the great service!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Quick and attentive service allowed a leisurely meal before the dance performance at The Joyce less than a block away ... inventive tapas!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Friendly service, delicious food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This is a true neighborhood gem, I'm lucky to have it near me. I adore the food, drinks, service, atmosphere, everything! It's a destination as well, especially towards the weekend. I love Socarrat Chelsea!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

If your looking for authentic paella, this restaurant is the real deal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Professional, attentive waitstaff. Fairly loud as space is tight. Tapas - spicy shrimp was spot on. Eggplant dish tasty as well. Enjoyed paella. Rice cooked perfectly. Enjoyable dining experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Favorite pre-Joyce Theater dinner place! Share tables.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Squid ink paella is the best! I eat at Chelsea location about once a month and service is pretty ok. Went today and stood there for awhile waiting for the host to acknowledge us, but she just continued her phone call and never looked up or told us to wait a moment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Liked the place a lot and would happily return especially when going to the Joyce. The definately need to get chais/stools with backs.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Nice place with great personal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food! Nice place

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Paella was awesome. Say yes to the staff when they ask to scrape the bowl, it’s their hidden gem!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Terrible attitude! My family asked if we could have a seat with better lighting, but the front desk woman rudely rejected. During the whole dining experience, the server didn't even show a smile. If this is not discrimination, I don't know what is. I won't come back to this location ever

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I love this restaurant and have been there several times. I am impressed each time with the quality of the food, the atmosphere and high level of hospitality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Tapas are great and I definitely need to go back to try out the paella! Waiter was a bit pushy, but overall great service. Price is a bit on the higher end, but worth it for the quality.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything about Socarrat is INCREDIBLE. From the friendly, helpful staff to their delicious food (get some paella!!), our experience was EXCEPTIONAL. We will be spreading the good word about this restaurant to all––far and wide––and will certainly return here the next time we're in NYC!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tapas, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Best paella I've ever had. It's the gold standard.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I generally don't appreciate a place that has almost no lighting. Some light is ok. I would like to see what I'm eating. Other than that, great place. My wife and I came to the city to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Never fails me. I have taken friends and family many times when. They come visit me in ny. Everyone is attentive and the food espectacular !

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I made a reservation for 2. It was for 10:15 pm. When we arrived we were told no tables were available except a communal table with a large noisy party. We were given the option of sitting at the bar, which we did. We were told we would have to wait 40 minutes for paella, the dish we wanted, so we ordered tapas instead. The food was good but this was not the experience I wanted. I was particularly annoyed that a party with a reservation was not offered a table, especially at this late hour.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Incredibly loud music in the rear seating area makes conversation nearly impossible.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food. Great service. Authentic Spanish cuisine!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We were recomended from San Diego to visit NYC and try Socarrat, it turned out to be a great place to go, all we tasted was delicious... the best lobster paella ever, highly recomend folks !!!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

ONLY bar stools to sit on- so not very comfy- but food and dri k and help are lovely!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Tapas, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Everything was really delicious, but the check ended up being higher than we thought it would be...

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our table wasn't ready until 10:40 or so. Disappointing start to our dinner reservation.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Paella was good but lacked flavor. Lobster was over cooked.
Tapas plates were excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

No one does paella in NY quite like Socarrat. They've expanded into two additional locations (UES and NoLita), and the staff at each location maintains the personal intimacy of being a one-off boutique bistro.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The paella is out of this world. It can be alittle pricy but it is so worth it. Love the food and the vibe of this place. The only that might bother people is the seating is all stools.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 7, 2017

This place has some good food, but if your name is "socarrat " the paella better have some amazing socarrat. The paella was good, but the socarrat was just ok. Wish there was a one serving paella option.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Restaurant came highly recommended by a friend but aside from service it was disappointing. Table was in back corner with one space of the two seats half eaten up by some utility pole/thermometer. Terrible table. It was also super cramped back here. Croquettes were good. Ahi appetizer, meh--a little more well done than I prefer but fine. Paella was bad and very overcooked. thankfully the rice covered up the bad taste. When we were nearly done, went to pick out the proteins and all were so overcooked but the shrimp was especially awful. I understand that this was likely a one-off poor preparation; however, with all of the great dining options, I wouldn't recommend or try a second time.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

My son and I were on our way to a play nearby and thoroughly enjoyed our tapas and Sangria. Very nice place and food good.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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