Socarrat Paella Bar - Midtown East

4.4
726 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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Socarrat, the quintessence of the perfect paella and for which the restaurant is named, is the delectable, sensuous crust that forms on the bottom of the paella pan when the liquid is rendered and the rice reaches its peak of succulence. The menu, an authentic array of delicious dishes from the regions of Spain specializing in traditional tapas with an accent on paella and fideua (which substitutes fried noodles for rice) that can be characterized as a true exploration for the palette.

Our Midtown location, the most recent addition to the Socarrat family, displays a lively atmosphere that is perfect for small and big groups alike. Book your next party in our private dining room!
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h
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Socarrat had the nice vibe of a neighborhood hangout. But, we ordered the Socarrat Paella and were less than thrilled. The rice was tasty, but the seafood was overcooked, leaving the shrimp mealy in texture. Others people seemed to be enjoying their food so maybe we just got a bad one.... The service was attentive and friendly and the rosé sangria was delicious and not too sweet.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Un brunchs bastante bueno y la atención fue de primera

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MW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Go for the paella. Best ever there

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n
Milwaukee
46 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We do not live in New York, so this was our first visit to Socarrate Paella Bar. I wish we could go back soon. The food was fantastic, comparable to other fine Spanish restaurants where we have eaten across the US. We will look for it the next time we are in Manhattan.

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E
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nice assortment of delicious paellas but a bit pricey for what you get. Appetizers a challenge for the lactose-intolerant, non-pork eater. Good house sangria. Service was friendly then indifferent.

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F
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful surprise when we were being shown to our table. Upstairs there is outside seating . So we sat one floor up overlooking Second Ave!
For appetizers we had Alcachofas Fritas, the lemon caper remoulade definitely brought out the flavors of the artichoke. We didn’t stop there we also had the Campero board and added a pitcher of Sangria de Cava for good measure. Boards are the best, you just hang out drink a little, eat a little and when your outside overlooking Second Ave, you can people watch too.
Our dinner choice took some negotiating. There were three of us and there is a minimum order of two servings on the paella. We settled on the Langosta and added chorizo. It was an excellent choice. There was a lobster tail and claw per person, and very generous amounts of calamari, shrimp and scallops served. What else could we do but order another pitcher of sangria. We didn’t leave a bite of anything. Delicious!
Too full for dessert we waddled home and talked of a return visit.

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r
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The new male mgr was horrible. Abrupt, inhospitable, rude
We were there for happy hour and later followed by dinner. We had just returned from a memorial mass for a cousin who passed at 52. Not only were we already upset by the turn of events but livid with the mgr. The female maitre’d at the front door was exceedingly charming and very apologetic on behalf of the restaurant. She made excuses for the mgr’s actions. We were a group of 9. Nine grieving souls made unhappier by our treatment in the hands of an upstart manager. He has a lot to learn when addressing repeat patrons of Socarrat as we are. With him there we will not be coming back any time soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

I wanted to give Socarrat a better review but they just didn’t deserve it. For starters when we walked to our table the floors were very sticky, so sticky that I had to yank my chair of the floor because it was stuck. The food was good, but after I had already eaten some shrimp I noticed that one of them was not properly cleaned or “deveined”. When I looked at the rest of the shrimp they all still had the intestinal track intact and this was off-putting. For the price they charge I expect the shrimp to be clean, in retrospect when I think about the sticky floor and the shrimp that was not properly cleaned I wonder how clean the kitchen is and I have doubts about the restaurants cleaning habits. The staff was friendly and nice, our waiter was attentive. I did make a special request through the Opentable app to add a candle to our dessert for my girlfriend’s birthday that was not granted or mentioned but I’ll let that go because I didn’t approach any staff member in person to confirm it as it was a surprise. Overall I feel that Socarrat has the potential to be great, I would say I could have possibly caught them on an off day but that sticky floor is not something that happens in a restaurant overnight. I don’t think this restaurant is a good value their food is average, good at best considering the price point.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food, cute atmosphere! Will definitely be back.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Service was good. The paella was properly cooked however it was not seasoned properly.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Eaten there twice now and my best two paella meals ever.

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t
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Socarrat is a NYC gem. Outstanding food. Perfect for sharing. A dozen different versions of paella. One of my absolute favorite place.

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Having just returned from southern Spain we wanted to experience tapas once again, and this certainly fit the bill. Originally intending to have paelella, we opted for a lighter lunch. Would definitely try the rice dish on a return visit for dinner.

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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, as usual at Socarrat. Delicious Gambas al Ajillo and carne paella. Also the desserts are beyond delicious!

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s
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful time at socarrat!
Service is so good taking their time but making sure you got everything you need at the table.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, great ambiance, great service. Definitely a must if you’re into Spanish/tapas food.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good Sangria, Tapas - potatoes Bravo, artichokes, meatballs, ceviche, vegetable miellefuille, meat paella, vegetable paella!
Delicious - service great!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My new neighborhood place! Nice to always come and feel welcome

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SS
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It was a little too cold for my liking but the food was delicious- I love the cheese that we had and the seafood Socarrat paella was quite good. The mussels in it were okay they seemed overcooked so I did not like that taste it was muhy for the mussels but the rest of the seafood was good.

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LM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

During happy hour, all tapas are half priced when seated at the bar or at a high top table. We tried a good amount of them - all delicious! The octopus was my favorite!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Nice meals

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Tapas and sangria! Staff were friendly and helpful! Perfect atmosphere for a nice warm day!

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wanted a nice lunch for a reasonable price. The food exceeded expectations, fresh and delicious! The sangria was yummy and it was a nice spot for lunch on a hot day! Will be going back, one of the best Spanish restaurants I have found in the States.

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R
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

This was probably our least favorite visit to Socarrat. The food was okay, not great and the price is very high. Will be a while until we come back.

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h
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The paella at this restaurant is superb. The seafood paella is full of shrimp, clams, mussels and scallops. It is tasty and well worth bothering time it takes to prepare it especially for us.

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M
Tampa
142 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time I travel to New York this restaurant is on my must do list for dining. The food is delicious , authentic paella , each order prepared at time of order , so plan accordingly. IMO the best paella this side of Spain. And the tapas are delicious. Restaurant is cozy, full bar, excellent service, and staff is friendly. On my most recent visit , the owner stopped by our table and appreciated our visit, telling us what makes the cuisine authentic and delicious. Afterwards , he surprised us with a complementary after dinner drink , Spanish of course.
There are 4 Socarrat locations in the city, but this location is midtown , east side and most convenient. All locations offer same menu.
Buen aprovecho !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

The waiter who served the upstairs outdoor bar area was the least helpful and didn’t give us any suggestions w regards to drinks or most popular food options. Felt like we were a bother to him.

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B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

This was a fail mainly because of our waiter. A friend and I were looking for a great new place for paella, but we never got to it. Not sure when or why our waiter decided we could be ignored or that our table didn’t deserve the attention usually afforded to individuals who’ve chosen your establishment over ALL the others in the City. We did get to sample the sangria and a couple of tapas. The red wine sangria and patatas bravas were really good. However, having to ask for the manager twice - Joe worked hard to salvage the experience - before even getting to the main course was enough for us.

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D
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, ambiance and the food was delicious! The paella was just perfect.

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N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Spectacular as always!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Good food. Great sangria. Perfect spot to meet with friends

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Paella and tapas in town!!! Must go!!! Had the "Socarrat" paella and was delicious. Would love to try the carne next time.

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WA
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The App's were very good - soup, artichokes, anchovies. The shared pescado and mariscos lacked any pescado and needed more "socarrat". The churros were terrific.

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O
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice and friendly staff, and the food was good I ordered Tapas and paella and they were as expected.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

It was okay. Nothing special. I had much better tapas and paella for much cheaper. The value was not there. Tapa portions were on the small side for the price. We had truffle mushrooms which were probably the best tapa we ordered. The squid ink paella was just okay. Rice was on the hard side where the inside of the rice was not quite cooked. Still had a bit of crunch in it and it's not the soccarrat. And the seafood seem like it was boiled separately and simply thrown on top before bringing to table. The sangria was good. Other tapas that we ordered were simply not memorable.

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First rate everything: food, service, etc. Balance between ambiance and price is a bit off; but the food is so good that I can accept the informality. That said, the $22 “board” appetizer could have had a more generous portion. Bottom line: paella is excellent and well worth the visit!

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NM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Little pricey for the amount of food. I understand it’s Manhattan. Service was great. A lot of banging glasses and dishes behind the bar which is annoying. The hostess was very sweet and nice. Food is above average. Paella was cooked too much (it was a little burnt).

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Tapas and sangria were delicious!! The paella rice was nice and caramelized with great flavor. We got the seafood paella and instead of having the seafood flavored and cooked in with the rice, it was plopped on top unseasoned. That was a little boring while everything else was great!

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JE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Spaniard restaurant I have tried in New York so far!! From salad to the amazing Paella (or Paellas, since there are many options to choose from). Service is very kind and I loved the ambience. Highly recommended & Olé!

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Z
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The flan was magnificent! Great food and lovely service.

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