Socarrat Paella Bar - Midtown East

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642 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.

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!
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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Paella in town!

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San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Loud, rude/rushed service...paella crust was burnt

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

Pulpo a la gallega, just delicious!!!!
Lobster Paella and red sangria the perfect combination. Fresh and delicious plates. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is great. Been there many times. Food is delicious. Best paella. Service fantastic! Tables close together, but that’s typical for a nyc restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gran lugar. Atención personalizada. Muy rica comida. 100% recomendablep

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SO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived early and was seated early. Waiter was quick and attentive. Food was delicious, definitely recommend the Cava Sangria if you haven’t had it yet.

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Paella was tasty but kind of small. Croquetas were great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

The hostess was very rude. The rest of the staff very friendly

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Poor experience. To mandate a two person minimum paella portion is ridiculous and sheer greed.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very small portions and paella had no taste

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Paella Carne was salty and dry to the point of being nearly inedible. Individual pieces of meat (chicken, pork, sausage) were tough and indistinguishable from each other. And very pricey at $54 for two.

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-Fixe Luncheon is a good value. Good Paella and Sangria.

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GJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Horrible overpriced food. Paella was primitive, had absolutely no flavour, not even salt. You pay huge amount of money for food you cannot even eat. Never again!

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SW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

We did the bottomless brunch, which came with 3 courses. Had to ask the hostess to send the waiter over to our table multiple times, was clearly helping others and not helping us. Food was okay, nothing out of this world but a good value for $40 plus unlimited booze.

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N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we had a waiter who was very impatient - we were given three beverage menus without a food menu. Two food items incorrectly. Not a great experience - small tables where plates barely fit. We were rushed to order as soon as we sat down. Personally I do not plan to go back which is unfortunate given the decently positive reviews.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an awesome NYC Tapas place. The food is incredible!

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KA
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was fine; we stuck with tapas bur tables near us had the paella and seemed to enjoy it. The tapas were fine but not outstanding. They were generous portions; we shared 6 tapas and that was plenty. We rank this place below Boqueria and Armada, but it is close to our apartment so that counts for something...

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Was great!

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Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a nice solid tapas restaurant. Food was good but nothing overwhelming; that being said we have great tapas restaurants where I live and I’ve visited Spain a few times so I’m hard to impress in this category.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot. Brings me back straight to Spain. A little pricy in comparison obviously, but truly delicious. Waiter was knowledgeable and knew exactly what Spanish dish to pair with their Spanish Cava. Even down to the homemade dessert.

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OT
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. We we're all
very happy and will be back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Decent food

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service the manager Mercedes and the whole staff took care of me and my family, all the food came out really quick and the sangria they have is to die for, definitely coming back.

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MA
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good! Gambas al Ajillo were equally good.
However, the seafood paella we ordered was not all that great!

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good menu of Spanish food for lunch. Recomendables las gambas al ajillo.

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RV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very great restaurant. You are in Spain for a while (they would prefer if we say "in Barcelona or Valencia"). Perfect paellas and great wine selection by the glass or by the bottle.

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TB
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious calamari and grilled octopus. Good paella as well. Really nice - looking bar .

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GJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was a fun evening with GFs. Food was very good. We stuck with tapas . Didn’t try the paellas. Maybe next time!

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m
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food - highly recommend the shrimp in garlic and grilled calamari. Delicious Spanish fare!

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant good. Brilliant service and the staff were really good

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i
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

One server and one bus boy were serving the entire upper floor. Service was very slow but it’s not their fault. It’s understaff. The bacon-wrap dates tasted like lamb... 😖

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They made us be quiet.

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was outstanding

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Sadly, the food was subpar and served just above room temperature. The paella was mediocre at best, with no crust in the rice worthy of its name. It was very disappointing in every way.

The service was not great, even though it wasn’t busy. However, he did try to make up the bad food by bringing us a free desert. It wasn’t very good either, but it was a nice gesture, which we appreciated.

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Our Paella was almost burned. Should have ordered tapas.

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r
Orlando
55 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great option for lunchtime. The fix Prix menu always offers a different paella and the churros they have for dessert is the real thing, just like The ones you get in Madrid.

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LS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

food was ok. i have had better. My colleague did not like the Paella de dia.

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A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for brunch. The food was good, not great, but solid. The endless sangria (what you can consume in an hour and a half) was really good, not watered down. The ambiance is casual and you are not rushed. Very friendly wait staff made us feel at home. Would definitely recommend.

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P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We ordered tapas and paella from the brunch menu. All our dishes were delicious, the paella was top notch. While we enjoyed the food and drinks would not return due to the service. The city has way too many great restaurant options to settle for rude, rushed, unprofessional service.

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YR
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little too noisy for me but otherwise a good place to have something light and casual in mid Manhattan

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