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Socarrat Paella Bar - Chelsea

4.5
1113 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 most of them are communal tables 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 bes
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:45 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
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(212) 462-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
For catering please call (347) 479-1021
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 7th & 8th Ave
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Parking details
Parking on Street only after 6 pm.
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Public transit
Close to A, C, E, L and the 1 train.
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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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What Insiders Are Saying

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 1113 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Lovely ambience but food was bland. Shared seafood paella–the crunchy rice (soccarat) was inedible. Maybe I'm missing the tastebud that enjoys burnt food. Dish definitely not worth the $50+ cost. Left hungry.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service and the food were fine, just on this occasion the bottom of the paella was a bit too burnt....it affected the taste of the paella.....the service was quite good, the same for the wine list.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Like being in Barcelona without having to make the trip.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was very good. Wish they had a salad on the menu. Also wish the stools had backs.
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A wonderful place to celebrate my birthday. Nice atmosphere. Food was outstanding . The only reason that I gave service 3 star was that the bartender spilled sangria on my daughters dress. They apologized, but did not offer to pay for any dry cleaning for the dress or even comp the drinks...just an apology.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Amazing food, truly great paella. Jamon iberico was not authentic, and this location is counter seating only, and it’s likely you will be sharing a table if you’re a smaller party. Otherwise, great service and even more delicious food!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

One of my favorite spots in NYC. The best paella in NY & some awesome tapas. You need a reservation, but totally possible to make a reservation day of. Entire party must be present to be seated. Sangria is awesome! Good gluten free options since paella is all gluten free. Tapas are a tad over-priced but that's the norm in NY. HIGHLY recommend. This is a gem in Chelsea.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We love the people who really work in the restaurant, bad for all them...when we just payed the bill the “administrator” bring us our jackets .. like “ok.. go home”... so bad, she technically destroyed all the experience.
Looks like she have the power to do that... weird. Don’t go, is not cheap either.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great experience overall, had a variety of tapas and all were delicious. I would come back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Happy hour deals at the bar were great. Food was pretty good— had the pulpit, gambas, fried baby squid, mushrooms, squid ink pasta, and almond cake. Nothing disappointed. Sangria was yummy and strong (not watered down like other HH drinks). Stayed at the bar and had a great time with girlfriends.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I found Soccorat last summer when I needed a place to eat before a show at the Joyce. I loved it so much, I could t wait to come back. Since I live in Texas, I had to wait a while. It was worth the wait!!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent tapas and seafood paella. Great service and amazing waiter.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Staff was friendly and the ambiance is pleasant, but I ordered the Gambas and Squid Ink Paella (their specialty) and the shrimp in both dishes were so rubbery and overcooked, it made what could've been great dishes less than mediocre. Flavor in the paella was spot on though.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Way overpriced! A single croqueta costs $3! Skip tasting board of cheese and Spanish ham and chorizo - it’s poor quality and doesn’t do justice to what they really taste like.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Went there with my family. Everyone enjoyed the black paella. The lobster paella was good but a little overdone. The date appetizer was incredible.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always delicious paella and sangria.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Classic Paella prepared in cooper pans

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was very good but the only reason for a 3 star than 4 or 5 is because of the extremely small paella portions that costs min. $52 for 2 people. I am a petit woman but I believe I could have easily finished 2 servings alone.
Other than that, food was definitely good - octopus is fantastic as well.
For those with bad backs, reconsider though, as they only have high-top seating which is noted on Opentable.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

This is a really fun place to meet. The high top tables are very comfortable. Waiter was very helpful and efficient. We had the squid ink paella and it was wonderful. The wine we ordered was recommended by the people sitting next to us and it was very reasonable and delicious. Overall, a great experience. This restaurant is good for everything from a friends get together to a first date to a special celebration. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place. I only wish I could remember our servers name, he was very attentive.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, amazing restaurant. The seating is a little tight though.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, service and music

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Loved it.
I am a bit of a regular

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Good Food.Awesome Sangrias.But the stool seating is hard on your bck.Think they need to change there chairs.Its nice chic spot.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I've for the Paella before if you like the crisp crunchy bottom of the Paella you will love it , Friday night we went for Happy Hour at the bar because of limited time . The bartender was lovely very quick in getting orders and bevarges. We ate so much my favorite the beef cheek that the bartender recommended was amazing we had around ten tapas plates between 3 of us, also the figs stuffed with cheese heaven, Will have to go back for happy hour again price wise was amazing

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We went to Socarrat for a Restaurant Week lunch. The restaurant is not very comfortable - shared tables, with backless stools. Unfortunately we shared a table with a party of three men whose lunch was mostly liquid, and who got louder as the afternoon wore on. The food was quite good - lovely croquetas, delicious gambas al ajillo. The paella special was perfect. One entrée was a miss - a soupy rice with vegetables, that had a lovely saffron flavor, but was mostly just dull. Flan and churros were a fun way to end the meal. I would have enjoyed the meal more had I been a party of 2, at my own table, or a party of 6, precluding the need to share a table with strangers at very close quarters.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

The carne paella was too salty yet the tapas we ordered was wonderful. I absolutely try to write bad reviews yet it was very noisy the speakers were a bit loud where i sat and I couldn’t hear most of what my friend was saying. A coworker had recommended the place but I didn’t have the most wonderful experience. However... I did enjoy the sangria. Yum!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Loved Socarrat! Great tapas selection! We went during Restaurant Week and sampled a variety of items - each better than the other. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing or intrusive. The courses were served in a leisurely pace; we didn't feel rushed, nor were we lingering. The zarzuelo contained so many yummy seafood selections, and the soupy paella was a tasy vegetarian offering. A lovely little place; plan to visit soon.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Everything was great. The garlic shrimp as well as the Sangria were amazing!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

I'm Hispanic and have been to Spain, but this paella was definitely the best I've ever had! So were the churros

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We went to this restaurant as part of NYC restaurant week and to catch up with a friend. The food was really good and so was the atmosphere. Good paella.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great spot. Amazing paella, tacos, desert and drinks. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

First time there we loved it !
Will go back for sure

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We chose this restaurant as a "Restaurant Week" selection. It is small and cozy.The hostesses are friendly and inviting.The menu is excellent.There was a choice of several appetizers,paellas, and desserts. The drink menu is substantial for both alcoholic and non alcohol drinks. The portion sizes were great.The food was beautifully prepared and great tasting. The service is outstanding. I highly recommend Socarrat for an outstanding dining experience.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Too loud. Too little space

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was good
Bar stools uncomfortable
Host/hostess/server did not offer to take our coats when we were being seated but did offer it to the other party when they arrived an hour after us-didn’t like that
Would go back but probably to a different Socarrat location

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Love the paella de Socarrat, and the tapas are fantastic. Just know that everyone had to be present in order for the party to be seated.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

All I can say is I can’t wait to return to try some of the other items on the menu . The food was so delicious. And the portions are perfect . I loved the service as well . Very attentive and very welcoming .

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

the appetizers were the best part of the prix fix restaurant week lunch menu.
Would go there with friends and just order apps!

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent tapas! The paella was good (nothing noteworthy) but the tapas were incredible!

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