Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Socarrat Paella Bar Experience 2014!!!
Located in Chelsea around the corner of 8th Ave & 19th St.
Socarrat Paella Bar’s interior layout reminds me of a “RailRoad” apartment. I ventured into this place on a Saturday night with a couple of friends who raved that the Paella here was a must try for Paella lovers. Having eaten Paella in Spain once upon a time. I figured now was as good a time as any to see if NYC could and would measure up to that experience.
Socarrat offers a nice atmosphere and complimentary coat check which just makes sense considering the limited seating space inside. Not having to worry about where to place one’s jacket or bag while trying to dine in is an important part of any dining out experience.
We decided to start our dining experience off with some appetizers while looking over which Paellas we were going to try. After some thought we settled on having white anchovies, in olive oil with black & green olives, sliced plum tomatoes and bacon wrapped dates.
The White anchovies actually tasted better than anticipated and were quickly laid waste to along with everything else on the plate. That being said, ladies and gentlemen…Behold the power of Bacon son!!!
Whoever came up with this creation to quote Epic Meal time is “F’N Smart!!!” Salty sweet cravings get satisfied and then some when having one of the above bad boys let me tell ya. Once again, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Yassum!!!
After toasting with cocktails of Milagros Tequila with lime…. out came our Paellas.
We chose one Paella with Black Rice colored with Squid Ink. The second Paella had no ink in it. Both were equally well cooked and very delicious.
Portions more than satisfied and caused us to have to request a doggy bag.
The next day I was able to enjoy some left over Paella that tasted even better the second day especially when coupled with scrambled eggs. Yes Ma’am!!! It was gooood!!! Socarrat in terms of presentation and taste gets 4 1/2 dinner plates out of 5. OOOO [. We had a great time dining here and ultimately ended up closing the place down.
While Socarrat is definitely a cool little spot to dine be warned this is not a cheap place to eat. Our tab for 3 people came in at a bit over $200 with tip. Drinks definitely contributed to the bill perhaps more than the Paella and appetizers.
Even so, I’ll definitely be back to sample more Paella from Socarrat in the near future. Till next time this has been the Socarrat Experience 2014 by THEJNSREPORT.