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Socarrat Paella Bar

259 W. 19th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Seventh Ave.
212-462-1000

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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Nice ambiance - garbage food

By davidf44 on 9/18/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

What a culinary disappointment of passionless food. Albeit, interesting communal ambiance. And, the top wine blend by glass at $15 is worth it. The grilled squid appetizer is wonderful, although a touch salty, a bit small, but OK for $10. However, whatever they are now calling the Paella based on meat pork, duck, chicken, and chorizo was marginal at best. Tasting more like salty grease laden mushy not crispy rice, with chunks of who care's what is inside. It's not worth $5 vs. the outrageous $50 for two. The other Paella's next to us looked also not crispy although the seafood ones appeared better. Just rushed passionless food to to get you in and out as how it looked, tasted, and felt. We did like the almond ice cream desert which is rather unique. Bottom line, there must be far far better genuine authentic Paella restaurants in town. - davidf

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39 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful time to bring family for a Saturday Brunch

By Alessia_NYC on 3/2/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

On a gray and windy early Saturday afternoon, I took my family to Socarrat Paella Bar in Chelsea on a whim -everywhere else was booked solid, so I hoped that we could get a table being the first customers at 12 Noon. That day, Lady Luck was on our side. We arrived just as the restaurant opened for lunch, and we scored a beautiful table by the entrance window. Immediately, I started shooting pictures of the still-empty space, which is very pretty: blue velvet barstools line the long and narrow hallway, red exposed brick adds charming rustic touch, and plenty of mirrored surfaces add extra dimension and luxury. A lot of intricate attention to the decor, natural light from the entrance, and a generous smile from our server Michelle - for a moment, I was in heaven. And then the food came, and the angels sang. The superstar of the show is, of course, the paella, and Socarrat makes individual orders of paella in heavy black cast iron pans, so we ordered 4 variations to try. Each paella was luxurious with seafood (or meat), and had the perfect crust for which the restaurant in named after. I recommend: Arroz Negro | Paella De Pescado & Mariscos | Paella De Carne | Fideua Negra De Coditos. Note: share one paella between two people - one order is big enough!

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30 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!

By elveroscar on 1/8/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I never write a review for any restaurant, but I feel compelled to write one about Socarrat. It was the worst dining experience I ever had. I can summarize in one word: AWFUL The service rushes you in an incredible manner that it makes you feel uncomfortable. The waitress and busboy are ARROGANT, and they have a very bad ATTITUDE. The food wasn't the greatest for the price. Also, I had better paella for less money than I paid. Please avoid going to the worst restaurant in NYC. Only go if you want to have a bad night. I forgot, I will never go back even if it the only restaurant in NYC.

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49 out of 94 people found this review helpful.

It's all about service

By JohnFall on 12/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

WHAT A SHAME. I am amazed at how easy it is to ruin a good dining experience. On Sunday night, as a party of four we enjoyed a good meal with excellent paella. Soccarat is a small restaurant and during the meal we noticed numerous subtle (or not so subtle) hints that we were being rushed; the waitress giving us about a minute before returning to the table and asking if we were ready to order, plates being removed from our table before we were finished with them etc.. But we were stunned when the waitress came to our table in the middle of our dessert and informed us that people were waiting for our table and we would have to finish our dessert and leave. They only would have had to allow us five more minutes and we would have been finished and happy to leave. We will never return.

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89 out of 166 people found this review helpful.

Best Paella in NY

By ceicil on 8/22/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Don't be afraid about the long wait, your experience will be amazing. We order 3 tapas: the Gambas al Ajillo, the Cazuelita de Chorizos (incredible) and the Toscino and they were all delicious. But don't leave without having a paella. They are just the best Paella I've ever had. Crunchy rice in the bottom, lot of flavor, nice quantity. It feels like Spain. I recommend the Paella de Carne and the Arroz Negro. Also very good Sangria!

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84 out of 161 people found this review helpful.

Awesome Restaurant

By LydiaB on 8/5/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We arrived on a Saturday at 6:30pm (Aug Â’09), and only had to wait 45 minutes. While we were waiting, they offered us the menu to glance at and offered to start our paella while we waited, so that we could dine soon after we were seated. We opted for the Tapas menu: choosing Bravas en Dos Salsas (crispy potatoes w/ a spicy sauce), Menestra de Verduras (fava beans w/ mix vegetables), Gambas al Ajillo (garlic shrimp), & The Special (Roasted Pork Loin on a bed of spinach). We ordered Sangeria with our meal which was fantastic! However, the wine list was very intriguing and I regret having not tried the Verdejo. The Tapas were wonderful and artfully prepared with the freshest ingredients, but we soon learned by observing our neighbors at the communal dining table that we should have invited more friends so that we could have enjoyed a paella also. The couple seated next to us was very nice and offered us a sample of their Paella de Carne which was heavenly! Desserts were brought to us accompanied with a small glass of the most delicious Garvey Cream Sherry! Mucho Gusto!

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86 out of 160 people found this review helpful.

Service & Wait

By nycdoctor on 7/26/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

The hostess said there was a 20 minute wait and offered to take our name and cell phone # to call us when our seats were available. We went around the corner to a bar to wait for her call. After nearly an hour, we called the bar only find out that they had crossed our name off the list and seated numerous people ahead of us. When we went back, they made us wait another 20 minutes. They offered us each a free glass of Sangria.... however, they poured us a half glass each of sangria while the people sitting right next to us were given a full glass of sangria. It was a slap in the face. To top it off, the food was greasy and did not live up to the hype! Not worth the price and poor service!

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93 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

Heavenly

By NYCedie on 7/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 0
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  • Service: (NA)
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  • Yes, I would go back!

I have now been to Socarrat twice, and let me warn you: it is utterly addictive. You have not had real, authentic paella in the states until you have tasted this. If you go before 7pm (as early as that sounds) you will most likely not have any wait (and keep in mind that the paella takes a little over 30 minutes to prepare). In the event that you do have to wait- the first time I went I waited an hour- it would greatly benefit you TO JUST WAIT. It is beyond worth it. The atmosphere, service, paella... absolutely wonderful. My new favorite NYC joint by far.

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72 out of 147 people found this review helpful.

Aethentic Paella

By foodieQ on 7/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

My partner and I shared the Socarrat Paella of beef, chicken and seafood. At first, I couldn't imagine what it would taste like to have two different kinds of meat and seafood being cooked together in a single dish, but surprisingly the flavors blended pretty well. As we were finishing the plate, the waiter came with a big spoon and scraped off all the crust at the bottom of the paella pan and mixed it with the remaining rice. The result was a crunchy and chewy caramelized rice full of flavor.

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76 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

WOW!

By grubstreetqueen on 7/1/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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