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Best new restaurant with a one-track mind: Socarrat Paella Bar


OTHER NOMINEES: Baoguette, Desnuda, Obik Mozzarella Bar

Some restaurants find their strength in diversity, while others risk it all on one dish. This year saw plenty of the latter—cevicherias, banh mi shops, a mozzarella bar—with Socarrat emerging as the victor. While the restaurant excels at tapas, it's pretty clear that when you go to a place named for the golden crust of a properly made paella, you'd be wise to order that dish. Hunks of seafood and meat, spoonfuls of rice and yes, that crispy base make culinary monogamy worthwhile. Socarrat Paella Bar 259 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-462-1000)

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