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Socarrat Paella Bar
Posted by Drew on 08/12/2009
Food was delicious. We had the fried artichokes to start and split the socarrat paella which was just superb. It was chock-full of moist chicken, beef, clams, mussels, and shrimps. Living in Spain for over a year, this may have been the best paella I have ever eaten.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/13/2009
Just goes to show you. Was there same night as the previous reviewer - After a 2 hour wait (an hour longer than our friendly host estimated) and trying 6 tapas and a paella hoping each one would be better than the last - I'm going back to my old chelsea standbys (TP, QP, Tx, Boq).
Posted by pippa2001 on 05/29/2009
Food was all around excellent. Croquetas were amazing and if there's a pork special, go for it. The host/owner was so nice and accommodating and did his best to juggle the 40 people that were waiting for tables. Squid ink paella was delicious!
Posted by bobthecat on 04/16/2009
After hearing of a favorable review of Socarrat in the press, I was very upbeat about trying it out. I had lived in Valencia, Spain (the home of paella) before coming to New York and the name Socarrat is somwhat a trademarked Valencian term. So, I gathered few friends and headed over yesterday. Paellas take over a hour to cook properly and get bottom-crusty and so we even gave advance warning of the paella we wanted prepared. Unfortunately, the food was nothing short of shocking! The service was good and the tapas (gambas, alcachofas) were OK but the paella was swimming in oil, very salty with no bottom crust in spite of our advance request. The portions were also ludicrously small. It just goes to show that favourable press reviews usually mask the real quality of the food in a restaurant.
Posted by Juman23 on 02/16/2009
Great Tapas and Paella. Even better was the service. Our waiter, Jeffry, was incredible and helped us in our wine selection. The anchovy/goat cheese tapa was to die for. The place is small so make sure you go early. The atmosphere is top notch. You'll feel like you're in Barcelona!
Posted by Foodies From NJ on 01/20/2009
Socarrat is crowded b/c the food is excellent! With a wine list that will satisfy any and all. The Paella was the best we have ever had, everything was perfectly cooked. We also tried Fideo which was also outstanding. Have the Calamar Tapa, outstanding. If you like Paella, this is the place.
Posted by John from Chelsea on 12/23/2008
I live in Chelsea, just a few blocks away from this restaurant and have tried on several attempts to get it but it has always been too crowded. But last evening after theatre, my friend and I tried again and, alas, we got a seat right away. The services was efficient and very friendly. The food was also very tasty, but my jury is still out on whether it was a good value or not. Although the food was good, the final tab did not seem to justify the expense. A $50 paella dish seemed a bit too much for what was served (the two of us). The staff did their best to please, and it succeeded. The food was yummy, but only fault I found was not exceedingly generous portions for the price. I will return, however, to support my neighborhood paella place.