Socarrat Paella Bar

Paella Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
Chelsea, New York
  • This place is famous for their paella. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Adna
    "Get the squid ink paella"(9 Tips)
    Javier R.
    "Black rice paella is my favorite (made with cuttle fish ink) yum!"(4 Tips)
    chris O.
    "the absolutely BEST paella in NYC."(3 Tips)
    Chris G.
    "wrong with bacon wrapped dates"(4 Tips)
137 Tips and reviews
  • paella
  • tapas
  • good for dates
  • sangria
  • seafood
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  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.February 19, 2015
    Owned by the owner of La Churreria, great service but don't be in a rush. It has well priced & delicious Spanish paella. I recommend the Gambas al ajillo and the squid ink paella. End with churros.
  • Nicole
    NicoleJuly 16, 2015
    Vino, tapas, and paella in dim lighting with Spanish music in the background. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Sit at the cozy bar stools if you're solo or with a friend.
  • Dany S.
    Dany SalvatierraJanuary 20, 2014
    BEST paella in NY. Lovely Spanish staff, and even an awesome selection of classic 80s Spanish tunes playing in the background. Close your eyes and pretend you're in Fuencarral street in Madrid :)
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessAugust 31, 2015
    Nice $19.95 lunch special (and the place is empty) You get a soup/salad, paella of the day and a really delicious flan
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezAugust 8, 2015
    Another tapas place to add to your repertoire. Gambas al ajillo were on point, dip that bread in there! Paellas were delicious but a lot of rice and not enough meat. Still a great date spot.
  • Isabel
    IsabelAugust 19, 2014
    Cosy atmosphere. The paella dish is great for sharing and very delicious. Don't get confused, there are a few locations in the city!!
  • Melodie Y.
    Melodie YoungMarch 20, 2012
    Try the paella de carne: smoky chorizo, caramelized rice, sweet and crunch snow peas. Their tapas menu is small but delicious, their wines and sangria are great, & the staff are always friendly.
  • Stephane V.
    Stephane VerziNovember 21, 2015
    Paella Negra is really good! This is not black rice like some idiots are writing... It is squid goes out as easy as in. Order couple tapas for the wait!
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    Expect to wait to share space at the giant communal table that stretches the length of the room, but Socarrat serves near note-perfect paella. A solid menu of Spanish starters, too. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupJanuary 19, 2011
    An extremely alluring and intimate atmosphere coupled with fantastic spanish wine and, our favorite, NYC paella (particularly the arroz negro) is, just, the perfect way to get your night started!
  • Anapiccola
    AnapiccolaJune 13, 2016
    Try the paella here!!! Staff is as friendly as it gets, I LOVE this place. Enjoy this piece of Spain in NY
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HerronApril 24, 2010
    If you are vegeatarian, don't worry! The veggie paella is fantastic, and if they have the yellow gazpacho don't hesitate - it's ridiculously good and comes with fresh avocado on top.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 22, 2011
    The "essential" Spanish restaurant has come up with an impossible-to-pass-up deal. Stop by for their feliz, or happy, hour on Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 22, 2010
    Great price-value red: Altos de la Hoya's '07 Monastrell (aka mourvedre). The Jumilla DO produces the most polished versions of this distinctly Spanish variety. Expect bright, candied fruit and earth.
  • Allan M.
    Allan MonteronApril 15, 2013
    The tapas are phenomenal! The paella is superb! Fideua and Paella Negra are my favorite!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FettMarch 27, 2015
    3 locations in NYC. Very cute place. Great food (paella) and delicious Sangria!
  • Bennet G.
    Bennet GrillSeptember 23, 2012
    Ordering a bunch of tapas to share is a great approach here. The bacon wrapped dates were great. Loved the croquetas and patatas too.
  • Jill M.
    Jill MulliganApril 16, 2015
    Bacon wrapped dates, fried artichokes, brussel sprouts, shishito peppers + lobster paella 👌
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroAugust 13, 2011
    definitely worth the wait, I had the paella de mariscos and it was delicious. Don't forget to scarf crispy bits at the bottom of the pan.
  • shell F.
    shell FuMarch 6, 2015
    Desserts here are interesting and foods are good. But the seafood on our socarrat paella is somewhat raw and I don't like uncooked meat... I'm not sure whether this is the style of Spanish or not;p
  • Rita L.
    Rita LApril 16, 2016
    Seafood paella with black rice is so good! Sangria is great too.
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxNovember 23, 2014
    The razor clams are really tasty and the perfect appetizer before indulging in their delicious black paella...!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 1, 2013
    At this tiny restaurant from Lolo Manso, have tapas to start but keep in mind that paella is indeed thing to get.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 1, 2011
    The seafood paella was life changing! The best part about the authentic food here is the crispy bottom of the pan. Yum!
  • Chris G.
    The Chorizo is amazing, can't go wrong with bacon wrapped dates, and of course the paella!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarberAugust 29, 2010
    Went for the 1st time last night w/ my wife, had the Paella de Carne, 2 tapas and 2 different glasses of wine- loved it all! We'll be back here soon :)
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMarch 30, 2015
    Small groups can usually get reservations day of, if you call. Great spot for a unique last minute dinner.
  • Sergei E.
    Sergei ErmackSeptember 3, 2014
    One if the best paellas in NYC. Book in advance, the place gets busy after 7pm.
  • Janey P.
    Janey PApril 9, 2011
    I've overhead spaniards say the paella here is better than Spain. Get the squid ink. The wait is long, but well worth it!
  • Elizaveta T.
    Elizaveta T.January 8, 2016
    Highly recommend octopus and lobster paella. Beyond the world.
  • 😀
    😀September 5, 2016
    Excellent tapas, but the star is the crispy socarrat at the bottom of the paella pan
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 9, 2012
    Great spot for date night, the black rice paella is HEAVENLY! - Tyler French, Hunting Season
  • Brian M.
    Brian McFaddenSeptember 3, 2014
    I tasted several tapas and two varieties of paella: the carne paella is superb.
  • Robin W.
    Robin WickhamJune 15, 2016
    Good tapas, nice windows seats, communal dinning
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    EatMeDrinkMeNYCOctober 7, 2011
    Server picked a great bottle of wine. Note: Paella is priced per person! Read the fine print. They don't make it obvious.
  • Allie
    AllieJune 24, 2014
    Black paella is the best!! Looks like you're stuffing coal into your mouth but tastes amazing!
  • Lin d.
    Lin daJanuary 14
    They say the squid ink paella doesn't turn your mouth black. I'm willing to try but can anyone attest to that? ☻
  • Javier R.
    Javier RomeroMarch 7, 2014
    Black rice paella is my favorite (made with cuttle fish ink) yum!
  • Anders I.
    Anders IngendohJanuary 15
    Try the arroz negro paella. It was fantastic, also great wines.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MMarch 7, 2013
    Amazing!! Arroz negro, bacon wrapped dates, oaxacano, and chocolate beignets.
  • Katya A.
    Katya AnanievaApril 30, 2014
    Best paella I've ever had (and cute bartender didn't hurt either)!
  • Madhawi G.
    Madhawi GMarch 8, 2015
    They made us wait AN HOUR even though we reserved a table. The food was worth it though. The staff is nice.
  • Holly C.
    Holly ChenNovember 13, 2010
    Free glass of sangria if you mention foursquare. Star with the spicy chorizo and then paella socarrat, which takes about 25 minutes to be ready.
  • Hans W.
    Hans WolfMay 18, 2010
    Try the black paella! You won't be disappointed! The waiters will also suggest a good bodied bottle of wine for a decent price!
  • Will A.
    Will ArnoneMarch 3, 2015
    Goat cheese beet salad. Communal dining. Excellent service.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageNovember 3, 2010
    If you're short on time and can't wait for a table, the wine bar is a good alternative and serves up v good tapas.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    If you have about 30 minutes, try a single-serving of paella for about $22. The tab for a plentiful lunch is roughly $30 a person. Read more
  • Andres R.
    Andres RipollApril 29, 2012
    We got the black rice paella and as a spaniard, let me tell you, not impressed. Stick with the tapas, they're pretty good.
  • !:gem:!
    !:gem:!July 7, 2011
    Excellent paella. Vegetarian version is almost same price but includes half the amount of food. Left hungry.
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha SugarMay 3, 2013
    Shrimp with garlic is yummy. Squid is delicious
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlaskoNovember 15, 2011
    They often to specials on Scoutmob, so take a look before you come for a possible 50% off.
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuAugust 8, 2013
    Arroz negro paella!! Squid ink paella... Everything else pales in comparison
  • chris O.
    chris OSeptember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the absolutely BEST paella in NYC. Crispy bottom layer and superb taste. Good wine selection.
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinJuly 10, 2016
    get the arroz negro and two pitchers of sangria.
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanOctober 6, 2012
    Grilled squid is perfecto! Plus first drink on the house! cuz I am cute ;)
  • Anita T.
    Anita TandonMay 22, 2012
    Beware...paella prices are per person and are minimum 2, so multiply times 2!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BoltonOctober 17
    I'm a little bias because I've eaten Spain. The tapas can't compare; paella wasn't bad but not life altering...
  • Sandy P.
    Sandy PaoFebruary 17, 2014
    Do the Oaxaqueño for a great kick of mezcal, lime, and jalapeño.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    Does a really great seafood paella. The rest of the food is nice but nothing special. Worth it just for the paella.
  • Cynthia F.
    Cynthia FelixFebruary 5, 2015
    Love their jamon con queso sandwich!
  • Ying
    YingFebruary 25, 2014
    Yum! Love the rice crust in Pallas!
  • Minji S.
    Minji SungJune 8, 2015
    Paella is good, but it was a little salty to me.
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaJune 19, 2010
    Though the paella is out if this world, you need to order the fideua. Crispier and tastier than the paella.
  • Diego Z.
    Diego ZambranoAugust 15, 2011
    Hands down my favorite paella in NYC. Avoid the 'meat' paella.
  • Lana H.
    Lana HazouOctober 7, 2011
    Highly recommend the Spanish olive mix! Wonderful tiny olives in the mix...
  • Manuel G.
    Manuel Garrido PeñaSeptember 24, 2011
    If you want real spanish food, this is the place. Believe me, Im spanish ;-)
  • Hany Y.
    Hany YoussefAugust 17, 2016
    Amazing food! Out side seating is so cool
  • Adna
    Adna2 weeks ago
    Get the squid ink paella
  • Anuj D.
    Anuj DesaiMay 8, 2011
    Great wine menu. They rotate the menu weekly.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinOctober 31, 2014
    Veggie & chicken Paella is awesome!
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.September 20, 2010
    Try the empanadas, padron peppers, crispy cocas (spanish little pizzas), the canned seafood.
  • Sofia K.
    Sofia KMarch 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very authentic paellas. Love this place
  • jenny m.
    jenny mullerMay 22, 2011
    Skip the paella and dig into the awesome tapas menu
  • David H.
    David HsuJanuary 30, 2012
    One of the best tapas bar in Chelsea.
  • allie s.
    allie simonettiMarch 17, 2013
    The beignets are to die for!
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMarch 30, 2015
    Amazing paella and tortilla board.
  • Jenny D.
    Jenny DorseyMay 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Arroz Negro. No other can make me so happy.
  • Yenisei G.
    Yenisei Garces-BellApril 20, 2014
    Best Paella in the whole wide world!!!
  • NYCWineDeals
    NYCWineDealsNovember 18, 2010
    Fantastic sangria, even if you typically steer towards dry reds
  • Meredith
    MeredithAugust 3, 2011
    Dear Socarrat sangria, I am not worthy. Most delicious batch around!
  • Jim M.
    Jim MorrisseyMarch 15, 2010
    my fave restaurant in the city. best paella in NYC for sure. owner is from valladolid - where i studied. Read more
  • Jose Z.
    Jose ZarzaNovember 10, 2010
    Paella de mariscos is the absolute best in the city!!!!
  • Sanjeev V.
    Paella. It's all bar stool seating
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 18, 2010
    Try the Arroz Negro (black squid ink paella)
  • Tribeca
    TribecaApril 11, 2012
    Eight types of scrumptious crusted paella, tapas, and wine.
  • Rashid T.
    Rashid ToureJune 30, 2011
    The black rice of the best!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Joey Campanaro, chef of The Little Owl, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Fideua w/ seafood. Read more
  • Marianne T.
    Marianne ThammApril 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down, best paella in the city!!
  • Nina Z.
    Nina ZNovember 25, 2012
    Anchovies are excellent here
  • Julian M.
    Julian ModestoMarch 24, 2015
  • Marco
    MarcoNovember 18, 2010
    Try the Arroz Negro (black squid ink paella)
  • B T.
    B ThomasOctober 21, 2011
    If you don't order the arroz negro (squid ink) paella you're stupid.
  • Lien T.
    Lien TranJune 24, 2016
    Arroz negro is ok, not as good as it was a few years before
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KellerAugust 18, 2012
    suggested by waitress at big fish in barcelona.
  • Ray O.
    Ray OlmedaOctober 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The meat paella is to die for! Actually any paella at this place is to die for!
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaMarch 30, 2015
    Great for large groups.
  • David N.
    David NguyenJune 23, 2013
    So yummy!!
  • Maxwell S.
    Maxwell SDecember 14, 2011
    Cava cava cava cava floor
  • Steven R.
    Steven RoseMarch 5, 2011
    The carne paella was amazing!!
  • Joelle B.
    Joelle BSeptember 6, 2014
    The shrimp and artichoke
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PledgeOctober 16, 2010
    Amazing paella - even vegetarian!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PhanDecember 27, 2014
    Squid ink paella please
  • Kimberly J.
    Kimberly JonesSeptember 28, 2011
    delicious black rice paella
  • Julie S.
    Julie SaferMarch 16, 2010
    Best paella win bar - yum! Get the meat paella.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JazayeriSeptember 27, 2010
    The flat bread with anchovies is underwhelming, skip it. Let them pick your wine.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WassumFebruary 11, 2010
    If padron peppers are on the specials, a must!!!
  • Yildiz K.
    Yildiz KocaNovember 4, 2013
    Paella portions were too small for the price, plus the paella was obviously burnt at the bottom of the pan. Definitely not worthed.
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen O'CAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Greatest paella in the city
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥December 18, 2014
    Awesome paella
  • Raz S.
    Raz SchwartzMarch 21, 2014
    Seriously good Paella!
  • Duke M.
    Duke MillerOctober 14, 2010
    Tell them about Foursquare and get free drinks
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KarpfJune 14, 2011
    Best paella in the city!
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaJune 19, 2010
    Also, the best wine/deal is the AN/2. So good
  • Ian W.
    Ian WOctober 9, 2013
    Squid ink paella!
  • Barry 🐢 H.
    Barry 🐢 HuangAugust 15, 2011
    amazing tapas & paella Read more
  • Guan L.
    Guan LiMarch 8, 2015
    👍just simply good.
  • Joel W.
    Joel WishkovskyOctober 5, 2013
    A-to-the-mazing Negro Paella
  • Fotis
    FotisFebruary 24, 2016
    Squid ink paella
  • Jack E.
    Jack EgoavilJuly 16, 2011
    Amazing food and great service!!!
  • Ashish
    AshishFebruary 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best paella outside of spain - bar none!
  • Charly S.
    Charly SeamonSeptember 19, 2010
    I like my paella like I like my men: black!
  • Karyn of iCookuEat Personal Chefs
    Do not order the gambas al ajillo! As a matter of fact, avoid this restaurant at all costs. Horrible condenscending waiter and extremely bitchy waitress. Go to La Paella on 9th Street/3rd Avenue. Be
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.January 7, 2016
    This place is overpriced and too much of a hassle to get seats for.
  • Mitch K.
    Mitch KaplerMay 4, 2011
    This was pretty damn awesome.
  • MarniSalup
    MarniSalupNovember 6, 2010
    Ask about the Croquettas El Dia.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WadheraJuly 2, 2012
    One word: tortta
  • Cindy P.
    Cindy PhillipsApril 28, 2012
    This place is sexy!
  • lauren a.
    lauren alysMarch 20, 2011
    This place is a shitshow on Saturday nights
  • Dens
    DensSeptember 20, 2009
    Really, just get anything here. Amazing.
  • Seko K.
    Seko KibonaJanuary 30, 2011
    paella all that
  • Ashish
    AshishFebruary 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The sangria here is amazing
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KwanSeptember 9, 2015
    Slow service. Staffs are rude. My paella was burned
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DonaghyApril 10, 2009
    eat the house paella, totally amazing!
  • Dan
    DanMarch 5, 2010
    bar seats if possible
  • Spencer V.
    Spencer VultaggioSeptember 23, 2009
    amazing paella
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CNovember 16, 2016
    Gambas Al Ajillo + Calamares a la plancha + Pescados y marisco paella
  • Heather P.
    Heather ParkJune 21, 2013
    Arroz negro paella. Favorite.
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