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Socarrat Paella Bar
Posted by annoyn on 08/13/2009
my friend and i were told to order the paella before we sat down (they told us 20 min wait), so we did. when we sat, it seemed a while before a server took our order, but i figured since we ordered paella already, it should come in a timely fashion. we ordered an app which came quickly. and paella, when it did come (seemed still a wait) was delicious. however, the seating arrangements, very cramped. they really pack you in and even asked us to move over an inch or two and the 4 people at the end leaned over complaining they were cramped as well. but yet, two more people were squeezed in, and between the food and drinks on the table and the servers trying to get in and clean afterwards, felt a little too clausterphobic. wish they would remove two stools and give people some breathing room to enjoy the food and atmosphere.
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.