Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea
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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Lobster and Seafood Paella
whole lobster, shrimp, scallops, calamari, peppers, tomato sofrito
Lamb and Truffle Paella
Lamb chop, truffle puree, asparagus, saffron aioli, mushroom sofrito
bacon, cheddar cheese, baked eggs, tomato sofrito
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.
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.
Delicious food. Friendly staff. Good brunch deal except there’s very little alcohol in their drinks.
The food came too quickly- and all cold -including the paella
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.
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
great food and wine. paella was really first rate. would gladly repeat.
We enjoy coming to this restaurant. Service is always good very attentive staff. The food is excellent. Sangria is my favorite.
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.
As always amazing food and service. Never disappoints.
This is definitely the go to place for authentic Spanish Tapas/Paella.
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.
The staff, the service, the food, everything was great and we are already looking forward to coming back for more food.
Nice place, good service. The albondigas were excellent. Paella could use a bit more flavor—maybe more chorizo. Otherwise a good experience.
The food and drinks were great and the outdoor seating was comfortable and safe. Would definitely go back.
Outdoor dining. Quite cramped but worth it for that amazing paella.
As always, amazing food and service! Highly recommend!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Glad they have an outdoor space and it woks great. And as always, great food!!
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.
Excellent! Love this place! Keep it up.
Great servers, great food. Always an awesome experience. Got the special paella with lamb chops. Holy hell it was good
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.
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.
Great experience as always!
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.
Great drinks and paella! Fun for a group of friends.
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!
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.
Wonderful food and drinks :))
Amazing!! Service outstanding and waiters/hostess/manager so professional and friendly, attentive & nice. Highly recommend!! Food is delish!!
Food was delicious and server was friendly, relaxing atmosphere.
It is always a pleasure to dine at Socarrat - the food is incredible and the staff is extremely accommodating.
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!
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.
Great authentic food.
Staff made us feel like family.
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
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.