Friday, April 12, 2013

Socarrat Paella Bar (2nd Avenue Location)

Another birthday post. This time it's for the lovely CT. She picked Socarrat as the place to be and boy was it a delicious celebration. We start with a bunch of tapas to share and then ended the night with paella.

Here is the Montadito ($3) with garbanzo spread and chorizo. A super thin crispy flatbread topped with a bean spread, cheese, chorizo, arugula, and topped with a balsamic glaze. A really good start to the night.

Next the Croquettas ($8) with aioli. Crispy thin shell holding in creamy potatoes. A solid choice.
The Stuffed Dates ($8) weren't a crowd pleaser at first but I was adamant about ordering these. Sweet dates stuffed with cheese and marcona almonds and wrapped in bacon. The play on sweet and salty is wonderful here. And the crispy texture of the bacon to the softness of the date to the crunchiness of the almond was pretty awesome.
The Patata Bravas ($7) were ho hum. Crispy potatoes with a tomato sauce. I'd rather have shoe string fries. More surface area for crispy fried goodness.
The Alcachofas Fritas ($9) were delicately fried artichoke hearts. Very nice with a squeeze of lemon. Perfect snack for a ice cold beer at the bar.
And what's a tapas meal without chorizo ($10)? Small spicy sausages sauteed until crispy in garlicky oil. I love to dip my bread in the leftover oil.
A special of the night was braised pork belly. Unctuous fatty pieces of pork cooked until tender and almost melting. It was wisely paired with some fruit to offset the richness of this dish. Very flavorful and a good dish overall.
And now the paellas. Here is the Meat paella ($24 per person) with chicken, duck, pork, and chorizo. Too salty, I thought. Really rich though.
The Black Rice paella ($23 per person) with shrimp, scallops, and squid was my favorite. A good overall flavor of the ocean.
And this is the namesake Socarrat paella ($22 per person) with chicken, beef, squid, shrimp, cuttlefish, cockles, mussels, and green beans. It was seafood and meat all in one.
All three paellas were missing that signature socarrat crispy bottom. We wanted and craved that crunch. It was disappointing. But at least the flavor was there though some parts were overly salty. And off night for Socarrat. Fortunately, the tapas were very good and perfect to share with a wonderful group of friends.

Socarrat Paella Bar
953 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 759-0101‎


  1. the black rice paella was my fav too.

    Happy Bday CT!

  2. The black paella was great.
    I wanted to scarf it all down. :P


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