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259 W. 19th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Eighth Ave.
By grubstreetqueen on 7/1/2009
Excellent paella, excellent service, charm, ambiance, Socarrat has it all! It is worth the wait! Just when you think you are done with the paella, you are not. The staff will come over and scrape the pan, leaving the crunchy and caramelized bits of rice that are so savory and delicious, I cannot stop thinking about it. Lolo, the owner I think (?), is charming, friendly and makes certain his guests are taken care of. There was a bit of wait but he took our paella order while we waited and it arrived shortly after we were seated. I love this place and cannot wait to go back!
Excellent Spanish food in a hidden Chelsea gem
By anotherjuan on 4/24/2009
Four words: My new favorite restaurant. Hands down. Lived in Spain for years and I've tried just about every Spanish restaurant in the city. The food is excellent. The paella of my dreams! Tight quarters and communal table feel like you're at the owner's intimate dinner party. Yes, there's always a line. There's a reason.
I've heard only raves about the food...
By SlateNYC on 3/2/2009
....but I'll be giving this place a miss. To me, the two most dispiriting words in the English language are "communal seating."
Why so pushy?
By Hermes on 1/17/2009
Socarrat is a cute place with great food, but small portions and a pushy in-and-out attitude made the experience on a recent Friday night less than pleasant. The paella is probably one of the best I've ever had, but it is also the first time ever I still felt hungry after having had one. Especially with the check presented on the table before we had barely finished the meal.
great food great value
By pdm on 9/21/2008
the place is great if you dont mind the wait. go early.... the paella is just as great as any cafe in spain, with so many different and delicious varieties it makes you want to come back over and over again. the value is unbeatable for manhattan and the friendly atmosphere makes it a great atmosphere for any age. i went with four friends and sat next to a father and 11 year old daughter and we all had a great time,she never tasted a snail so we just served her some from our paella pan. just wonderful...friendly ,kind and good people.
great food, rude owner
By markandg on 9/19/2008
I went here for dinner with 3 friends last night. We ordered the fried artichokes and the spicy shrimp. When our food came to the table the Owner was next to us, chatting with another couple. The artichokes arrived, and without asking us, he proceeded to squeeze lemon and pour salt over them, which was incredibly rude, not to mention unsanitary. As the restaurant became more crowded he attempted to rush us out, first by taking away my friends plate when she wasn't even finished with her food and then by presenting us with the check before we were even asked if we wanted dessert. He then came by and kept attempting to pick up the check before we even looked at it. We then paid, but wanted to sit to finish our bottle of wine. Apparently, this was not acceptable because the second I put my glass down, it was taken away, even though there were still a few sips left. The tapas and paella were truly delicious, but after the service I would never go back.
Reluctant to share this gem!
By douleurexquise on 8/30/2008
I would rather keep Socarrat a secret but it's so good, I can't! I went with my friend the first time and it was a little bit of a wait around 8:30pm on Wednesday. I'm sure it is as crowded as Tia Pol on the weekends (it's smaller too!)! I went yesterday at 5:30 with my boyfriend. We sat at the table by the open doors and my dog got to chill right next to us. The food is EXCELLENT! Great selection of tapas, sizzling hot! What Socarrat has over Tia Pol is the paella. Reasonable ($23 for two people) and great portion to leave happily full. For now, it's BYOB. Great service and very nice people that work there! I hope it continues to stay the way it does!
It is about time that we have a real good food and good time from Spain
By juliaparkavenue on 7/24/2008
good, good, good,....................................................................................................................................................................................................good, informal, good, good,
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