The Search for the Best Paella – Socarrat Paella Bar

After living in Spain for 6 months in 2003, my ultimate mission in life is to find the best paella in NY. I think I’ve come pretty close. Last night, I dined with my cousin, Chris and my sister, Sarah at Socarrat Paella Bar in Chelsea. I would classify the paella here as new and modern versus the old school traditional. We shared the paella de pescado y mariscos, basically seafood paella. Socarrat is the crusty layer of rice that forms at the bottom of the paella pan. They did not disappoint. The paella rice was almost sweet, it was so unique. The restaurant was very intimate with candle light and one mirrored communal table. Eating paella has left me wanting more and the search continues…
 {The dining room}
Socarrat Paella Bar
259 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 462-1000