Socarrat Paella Bar: Muy Bueno!
Socarrat is cozy, authentic, lively, and the food is great! The exposed brick, long communal table, and paintings really adds to the charm of this Spanish resto.
I must caution you though- if you go at prime dinner time, 8p-9p- expect a bit of a wait. They don’t take ressies. The good news is, you can always go next door to the adjoining tapas/wine bar until they call your name.
-Gambas Al Ajillo: Shrimp with garlic and hot peppers- It was tasty but a little oily.
-Croquetas: Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside.
-Calamar A La Plancha: Squid with parsley and garlic- Seasoned well and the squid was tender- not rubbery.
PAELLA: The STAR of the evening!
I don’t know where to begin- it’s pure perfection! It’s like eating candy- you can’t get enough. Oh, and the paella is so authentic……the well seasoned, crunchy and soft rice with loads of fish, meat, and veggies. It’s insanely delicious! There are about 6 kinds of paellas to choose from (2 types of seafood, veggie, meat, pork+game, and a combo)…So what’s your pleasure?! This was mine last week….
-Paella Socarrat: Chunks of chicken, fish, shrimp and beef- Sometimes we have them replace the beef with duck.
-Paella de Pescado and Mariscos: Chunks of fish, shrimp, cuttle fish, mussels, clams, squid and scallops
SIP: Good wine list and even better Sangria!
Socarrat Paella Bar: 259 West 19th St/ 212-462-1000
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