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Socarrat Paella Bar

259 W. 19th St. (Eighth Ave.) Send to Phone
212-462-1000 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Snug Chelsea eatery that serves up some of the best paella this side of Spain.
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Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 3.5 star rating
3.5 rating over 3 reviews
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Socarrat Paella Bar Restaurant Review

: In Spanish, the much-sought-after crusty layer that forms on the bottom of the paella dish is called "socarrat." At this narrow eatery, the setting is reminiscent of dining at an old friend’s country home---a large communal table separates one wall of white cabinetry from the opposite brick wall and bar. Boasting bold flavors from all over Spain, the menu features six paella varieties such as a squid ink version, a fideua (noodles) option, as well as our recommendation: the traditional Valencia brimming with yellow rice, heaps of chicken and soft cuttlefish, briny mussels, clams and shrimp in their shells, and tender scallops. Since the paella takes about 25 minutes to prepare, choose a few tapas while waiting. The plato de embutidos (slices of spicy chorizo, salchicon and fuet sausages), the vegetales asados (roasted leeks, scallion and endive with a creamy peppery dip), or the brandado de bacalao (a dish of mashed potato with cod and olive oil) are all savory nibbles. For dessert, the crema catalana, an orange-inflected crème brûlée, ends your visit with just the right satisfying bites to ensure that you’ll be back.

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