Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea

4.5
1213 reviews
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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 Paella Bar Chelsea's 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 with stool seating, with a combination of communal and private tables.**

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The Infatuation
7.8

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.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1213 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and great service. I went there for my birthday and my boyfriend and I were treated like royalty. Will totally return there and recommend it to anyone looking for excellent paella and tapas.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its a very small restaurant and the seating is akward (you share a table with strangers!) - but food is amazing

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great food.
We went on a Saturday evening at 6pm, and we were pleasantly surprised to find out that they have a happy hour on all tapas dishes and drinks.
Loved it!!

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f
Miami
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I don’t live in New York so I personally wouldn’t come back. to this restaurant but I would recommend it. The food was good. I didn’t expect to be sitting at a high top table. I’m short and that’s not too comfortable for me. I prefer sitting at a table with just the people in my party and here you shared your table. The appetizers were quite delicious. We ordered the seafood paella for our main dish for 3. Plenty of food. Quite expensive though. Delicious drinks and yummy dessert.

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w
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

BEST meat paella on the planet! Really great tapas; chorizo, fried calamari, pork belly (was a special) fried artichokes, garlic shrimp. All delish. Excellent white sangria. Friendly staff. Kinda noisy. Hi-top seating only and stools are a little uncomfortable. But worth a trip from ANYWHERE for the carne paella.

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DL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood favorite! It should be yours too. Food is consistently very good and outstanding service.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real Spanish Experience: food + environment

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best paella in NYC, maybe the States. Always have the squid ink paella and it’s fabulous. The staff is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was very good. We did end up showing up 10 minutes late and the hostess told us that she was about to give away our table, that wasn’t very nice. The waiter was excellent and the food was very good, the Paella was not as great as I will would’ve expected

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the service terrific, and the overall experience great. So happy we chose this restaurant!

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been going to this restaurant for long time, the service is inconsistent, and lately the food as well. I always order the same Meat Paella, and last time it was made differently, without some of the normal ingredients.

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and ambience. Food was absolutely delicious. Can't wait to go again

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff makes the restaurant shine! We loved speaking with the bartender and Alfredo on favorite dishes, soccer, and NYE plans. We will certainly be back.

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TT
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

A friend and I just came back from Barcelona and wanted to relive our sangria and paella meals. The food was exceptional (Socarrat paella), but the staff asked us so many times about ordering, it made us feel rushed out. The place was full, so I understand, but it took away from our dinner!

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GV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, the tapas are amazing. Especially the octopus!
Very expensive thou.

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HH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was craving paellas after watching a cooking show and this place did not disappoint! the Tapas were just as good as their paellas. When the paellas came out, it was a mix of crunchy and soft and the seasoning was on point. Also all of their desserts were homemade. Literally everything was really good, would recommend and come back again!

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service outstanding. I will be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good but service was poor. They asked us to move to the bar exactly 2 hours after our reservation time even though there were empty tables of our size everywhere and we were clearly still finishing our drinks.

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we went a happy hour. wow. all the tapas were half price. inexpensive and very good. i didn't love the chicken skewers but the eggplant napoleon was fabulous; shrimp very good; wines were happy hour prices. friendly bar staff and patrons.

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PL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Have never tried the Carne Paella so not sure how it was supposed to taste. I know the rice is meant to be crispy, but I believe this was burnt.

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PA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious paella, very good service and atmosphere!!
A little pricey though.

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JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and kind service. Had chorizo, smoked salmon, seafood paella. Highly recommend.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was ok but I expected more based on the reviews. But the service was pretty good

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I just didn't like the food. Sorry. Paella is made differently around the world. This version didn't appeal to me and I didn't want to eat it. My friend, however, did. So this is just my opinion.

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TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Soccarat was very pleasant from the delicious and unique appetizers to the authentic and generously portioned main paella dish to the amazing desserts. I would highly recommend this restaurant when visiting the City!

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and authentic tapas and paella. The folks who work here are actually from Spain. Super friendly. Great sangria too! Dos vino tinto por favor!

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

As a vegetarian, I was disappointed with the options. Not much of a sweet paella person and that was the only brunch option. All of the brunch dishes seemed heavy on the meat. I appreciated the kind service. I loved the fried artichokes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the wait staff was helpful and very attentive! What a great find! Thank you Yelp. We will definitely be back!

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I know this restaurant's differentiation is that its paella is authentic. Its crustiness/dryness is much closer to paella I've had in the UK and in Spain (Seville) than in NY and NJ. This being said, I thought it was actually a bit too dry/burnt, to the point that this quality actually took away from the taste. The chicken pieces in the paella were extremely dry/overcooked, and the seafood was placed on top before serving so that it didn't overcook (but it then lacked the paella flavor). The croquettes were good but small. Paella is usually served in a huge portion; here, it was just enough (portion for2 for 2 people).

The restaurant is beautiful, great ambiance, and the service was nicely attentive without overdoing it.

I would try it again, but if the paella is again so dry/burnt then I might not go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and amazing Paella. The long table is a bit tight, but it's good for conversation.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had an awful experience.
Appetizers were inedible.
When we flagged down the manager his response was “People are eating these at other tables” dismissively.
We cancelled the paella order and left.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew, our server, was very friendly and knowledgeable with wine and food recommendations. Will definitely be coming here again when we’re back in NYC!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food..great happy hour. Helpful, friendly wait staff. Very high noise level.

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g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Forgot our order, we waited one hour for overpriced mediocre paella. Didn’t even take it off the bill. Never again. They also jam you into tiny tables with other parties.

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P
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just plain awesome! You can’t go wrong here. Food, service, atmosphere..it was exactly what I needed

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

Very expensive!!! Super tiny portions ( two little piece of squid for $15!!!) omfg

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S
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Have always enjoyed the food at this restaurant but sitting in the bar area was always very noisy, crowded and unpleasant. This time we sat in the other room which had a communal table and a couple of individual tables. It was much quieter and much more comfortable. No one was at the communal table and the other table was occupied. I suspect it would have been much louder if the communal table was full. The service was excellent and attentive. It was a perfect end following a performance at the Joyce Theater.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food and service. The seating was horrible

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best paella in NYC. Great service and home-like atmosphere.

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