Socarrat Paella Bar - Midtown East

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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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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.

Our Midtown location, the most recent addition to the Socarrat family, displays a lively atmosphere that is perfect for small and big groups alike. Book your next party in our private dining room!

Socarrat Restaurants requires a credit card on file for groups of seven, eight, or nine persons and reserves the right to charge $25 per person in the event of a no-show or cancellation within 24 hours of the reservation time.
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DelusionaryCulinary
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very overpriced paella, without that true, rich authentic taste. Tapas are also horrifically expensive, although the chicken croquetas were good. Chorizo & cheese boards were unremarkable and so was the tortilla. Truly superb pork belly, though, which I would order again if I ever came back. Atmosphere is pleasant, with a buzzy bar area and comfortable surroundings.

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Meddy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not as expected

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PAULD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noisy but excellent paella. We had lobster/seafood
Artichoke taps also very good

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

BEST Paella I have found in the city. I always want to try other items on the menu but I can't resist the paella.

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Migdalia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. The service was spectacular. Everyone was friendly.

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vippeterp
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The tapas and appetizers were all outstanding but the paella was a total disappointment. It wasn’t cooked enough. No socarrat!

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vipSandy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a girls night!

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Kenn
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Extremely overpriced for below average experience. Quite disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Second visit to a

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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Reat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

For a place named after the crispy part at the bottom of paella, and a place that makes a big show out of scraping the pan, there was no soccarat. The waiter, however, was an angel in helping us with our business expense separate checks.

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vipFoodie123
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Superb tapas matched by excellent service. The shishito peppers and the squid were my favorite - closely followed by the croquetas!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! Xxxxxxxxxxxx

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👍Nice place

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Luka
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a perfect spot for those who enjoy eating delicious paellas and tapas. The food does not disappoint, it is rich in flavor and its decently priced. Many paella options too choose from whether its with seafood or chicken, just note that it is priced per serving and a minimum of two orders need to be placed. Even if you decide to skip the appetizers and order paellas, there will be enough food for 2 or more (depending on how hungry you are). Also, make sure to order a glass or a pitcher of red sangria to compliment your meal. Th red sangria is strong enough to get you lightly buzzed, yet without the headache. I highly recommend this restaurant for true authentic Spanish food experience.

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MarthaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I have wanted to eat at Socarrat since it opened 11 years ago, so was happy to finally have the chance last week, however the experience was disappointing. As someone from a Spanish family (from Spain) I was very disappointed in the paella....it was the worst paella I've ever had. First of all, it was very, very dry. Secondly, the seafood had no flavor, and the rice was bland. I not only make paella, I have also eaten it at several restaurants in NY (including La Nacional), as well as over Spain, so am familiar with many different styles. This one was truly awful and also a bit embarrassing, as I had invited a colleague and raved about how truly wonderful paella is. I hope I just hit Socarrat on a bad night and that the paellas are not always like this. Aside from the paella, the atmosphere was lovely and the sangria was good as were the croquetas. The paella we had was the Socarrat, i.e. the house paella. I hope they do better next time. If I return to eat there, I will order the tapas and not a paella!

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vipNYCBob
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been to Socarrat many times -- my review is based on the collective experience not this one time. Unfortunately, this time the Paella was overcooked and very dry. Not the usual great Paella I have had at Socarrat in the past. The tapas appetizers don't disappoint -- especially the bacon wrapped cheese-stuffed dates. The Paella at $28 per person is a reasonably priced entree for the neighborhood and loaded with shrimp, clams, muscles, sausage and chicken. The staff is attentive and the atmosphere is quite energetic -- if you like quiet romantic restaurants Socarrat is not for you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Finished dinner and when asked for dessert, told the kitchen was closed. Recipe for an unsatisfying experience. If kitchen NEEDED to close up and go home, server should have told us to order ahead. Experience cut short. Unprofessional.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

The food wasn’t great (although I didn’t try the paella), but the service was fine. I have been to a number of tapas restaurants and would say there are better tapas options in NYC for sure.

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NYDiningAcademy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is excellent . The table was not perfectly clean when we were seated. The service is good but not outstanding and they automatically add a service charge to the bill. So beware that you don't accidentally tip on top of the service charge which includes the tip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The paella we ordered was very dry and salty. We had the same dish in Europe and it was way better. I think It was over priced as well. $58 for 2 people portion.

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vipMelissaL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The restaurant was extremely noisy. My husband and I were shouting at each other and still couldn't hear each other. We ordered the Paella which was almost inedible. The seafood tasted old and everything was over salted. The service was ok, but we will definitely not be coming back.

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vipJoselynT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food coupled with excellent customer service. All around WIN!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

New Years eve

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vipwerdna77
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Seated too close to bathroom with a lot of open tables

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EuclidJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Need to explain paella serving on the menu better.
Great place with good food and ambiance.
Best paella in town.

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viphungrydiner
New York Area
198 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Their paella is as good as any we have eaten in Spain. It is well prepared and tasty. A wonderful meal with a glass of sangria.

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Sassy87
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience4

Very good tapas and paella! Nice quiet location away from Manhattan holiday madness.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holidays and birthdays

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always! The were very accommodating when we wanted to add an extra third person which was very much appreciated. I love Socarrat! This location or the one in Chelsea is wonderful. I wouldn’t recommend the sangria but the wine list is good. Definitely make sure to try the calamar and the pork belly for tapas! So many good paellas to try but my favorite is the black seafood! Totally recommend Socarrat! Give them a try!

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vipRHRuggeroni
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The paella is consistent at any of their locations, the Midtown East location is quite big, different seating rooms. A bit noisy, but very good energy, it always sounds like people are having a great time at any Socarrat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with family

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was too salty.

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DamianF
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Pulpo a la gallega was just not done right. The $35 ibérico ham board was too small for the price. The paella was good, but not outstanding.

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StephenL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice model for a themed restaurant with great menu, nice ambience, but failed to deliver the experience at a high level. Highlight was the ham and chesse board app wonderfully paired but should of been the mediocre paella.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paella was delicious and the Sangria was superb!

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vipkoko
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Go as often as I can; love this place

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RioS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, nice food, specially their paella!

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VRCN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious traditional Spanish food, cute interior, Andi and the other servers are welcoming. It is a little loud but festive. Most seating is up a flights of stairs - I’ll return

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kitkat
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the first customers of the evening and stayed for a couple of hours. Service was excellent and the food to die for.

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