Socarrat Paella Bar

Restaurants , Spanish Chelsea
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Socarrat Paella Bar

Seats are a hot commodity at this tiny Spanish restaurant. Those patient enough to wait will find deftly executed tapas, like grill-marked endive and leeks with a zesty romesco. But the focus is on the namesake dish. The signature version delivers with aromatic rice and a bounty of delicious morsels—mussels and clams, piquillo peppers, chicken and cuttlefish. Desserts are not the restaurant’s strong suit—ho-hum chocolate cake and crema catalana. Instead, conclude the meal with porcine candy: Iberico ham.

Venue name: Socarrat Paella Bar
Address: 259 W 19th St
New York
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Daily 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave; 1 to 18th St
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Great staff, great wine, incredible Paella - nailed it.


One of my favorite restaurants in Chelsea, and likely in New York. You have to go for the bacon-wrapped dates with apple sauce to share for starters, and definitely share one of the large selection of actual Socarrat dishes - which is obviously the whole point of the place. Ask the waiter what socarrat is if you're unsure, but you won't be disappointed.