Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea

4.7
1591 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea is now accepting reservations for outdoor dining, weather permitting. In the case where we need to close due to inclement weather, we will contact you the day of your reservation.

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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1591 people are saying
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vipDCGourmet
Washington DC
319 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The seafood paella was definitely on the bland side, with not much socarrat at all, ironically. The wine arrived well after the paella, and only then because had to specifically request it. Definitely a so-so experience.

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JeffM
London
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for something nice and a bit different for a nice dinner as a family and had seating to accommodate our small dog. Socarrat was an choice. They had a great back patio that was completely covered giving us peace of mind when the weather looked like it was turning bad. The paella takes some time to make so we started with some tapas and wine. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful with recommendations. The choices were all good and while they seemed a bit small at first, it was all very filling. We had the Socarrat paella and it was cooked just right with a nice variety of toppings. While we felt full, we thought we would share a dessert. The flan was good, but not exceptional. The churros with chocolate sauce, however, were great. Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. This was the perfect family evening as were shared everything and everyone enjoyed the experience.

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Dawn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food. Friendly staff. Good brunch deal except there’s very little alcohol in their drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food came too quickly- and all cold -including the paella

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vipJohnB
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience! We sat at the bar and our server was great; very attentive, friendly and went above and beyond to help us celebrate my husband’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Mother’s Day and had an excellent experience, from appetizers, we ordered the octopus which was excellent choice and paella socarrat which was on point

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vipAlex
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and wine. paella was really first rate. would gladly repeat.

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MarielC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy coming to this restaurant. Service is always good very attentive staff. The food is excellent. Sangria is my favorite.

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vipWAK2013
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A wonderful Mother's day lunch - service by Andreas was excellent.

The Paella was true to Socarrat's name, seafood perfectly cooked, enjoyed scraping very bit of that caramelized rice. Apps were flavorful and visually appealing, as were the churros and flan finale.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always amazing food and service. Never disappoints.

This is definitely the go to place for authentic Spanish Tapas/Paella.

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vipShawn
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A night at Socarrat is always memorable. Many times the vibe is enjoying other patrons who have come to celebrate as wines are poured and people touch glasses. Other times, it's a taste of Spain that we long and find here. Always there's a server and host that treat us like friends. One of my favorite haunts in Manhattan.

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supergirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, the service, the food, everything was great and we are already looking forward to coming back for more food.

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vipETFishman
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, good service. The albondigas were excellent. Paella could use a bit more flavor—maybe more chorizo. Otherwise a good experience.

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vipPRNYC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were great and the outdoor seating was comfortable and safe. Would definitely go back.

MB
MikeB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Outdoor dining. Quite cramped but worth it for that amazing paella.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing food and service! Highly recommend!

KD
KaijaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated outdoors as requested. The menu is straightforward. Everything we ordered was delicious (short rib, pan con tomate, octopus, croquetas, desserts, wine, cocktails, etc.). But the real star was the paella. Glorious. Crispiness everywhere.

Our server was also super helpful and generous. Can't wait to go back.

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CatherineS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience at your wonderful restaurants! I am forever a fan! Keep doing amazing things and wish you the best of luck in your business!

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Emma
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a date night. Tapas were delicious! The staff was so friendly and personally greeted each guest to welcome them to the restaurant.

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MC531
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing at Socarrat. I thought they did a great job with Covid protocols. I felt very comfortable during my time there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad they have an outdoor space and it woks great. And as always, great food!!

MJ
MichaelJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is always great. Only complaint: outdoor garden in the back is pretty much enclosed, with little fresh air coming in. Not quite good enough considering Covid.

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RaymondR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Love this place! Keep it up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servers, great food. Always an awesome experience. Got the special paella with lamb chops. Holy hell it was good

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Wiseowl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors and found the food and service to be excellent. Congenial staff and prompt service. The food was creative and delicious. Good sangria; excellent paella. Very pleasant and enjoyed ourselves.

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SammieG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent ambience in the backyard open space for outdoor seating. Great food as always. Not so many customers compared to super busy before the pandemic, and it shows from the staff’s morale. Hope business will catch up later.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

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FrankN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food our group tried all the small plates each was cooked perfectly. Great service. Our waiter Diego didn’t miss a beat. All his recommendations were spot on. We had several paella’s . Each was equally good.

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MadelineP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great drinks and paella! Fun for a group of friends.

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Avalon
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A bit overpriced for what you get - Paid nearly $130 for a pitcher of sangria and paella to feed 2 (and we finished - no leftovers). Still tasty!

Also, if you sit in the back, dress warm! The door opens and closes a lot and we were FREEZING!

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CEJNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Very professional, accomodating service - love how they scrape the rice from the paella pan to get the full flavors. Ask for a table in the back garden, if available - you forget you're in NYC when sitting there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and drinks :))

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vipDeniseC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Service outstanding and waiters/hostess/manager so professional and friendly, attentive & nice. Highly recommend!! Food is delish!!

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good4u
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious and server was friendly, relaxing atmosphere.

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vipMichaelV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Socarrat - the food is incredible and the staff is extremely accommodating.

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EileenB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always consistent and delish! Dishes come out hot and quickly. The waiters are amazing and accommodating. I’m not going to recommend anything because there are so many wonderful and varying Small plate choices for all!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4名で利用しました。人はかなり多いですがとても料理が,美味しくて大満足です!また来ます。

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JuanV
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come to this with my husband and friends. I celebrate everything from birthdays to date night. I love the place the people and of course the food. This summer I’ll be here more and more cause it’s worth it.

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RyanV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great authentic food.
Staff made us feel like family.

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vipTamaraG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and welcoming. Atmosphere felt safe, clean and inviting. We had a big paella for 2 that was delicious and enough to fill us and send us home with another meal. Would definitely go back

FAQs

Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 462-1000.

Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea is rated 4.7 stars by 1591 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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