Perfect Paella

Following a lovely performance of Taylor 2 at the Joyce Theater,(http://www.ptdc.org/about-artists/taylor-2-dance-company) and thanks to my new obsession with Foursquare, I got a tip from a friend that there is “can’t miss” paella at Socarrat Paella Bar around the corner at 259 W. 19th Street and 8th Avenue ( http://socarratpaellabar.com/). Paella, why yes!

Socarrat Paella Bar

According to the Web site, Socarrat, named for the “quintessence of the perfect paella, is the delectable, sensuous crust that forms on the bottom of the paella pan when the liquid is rendered and the rice reaches its peak of succulent.” And I can safely say my crew certainly enjoyed the socarrat, scraping the bottom of the pan until the last rice morsel! 

The paella is served to order per person ranging from $22-24 (minimum two) in a variety of options from Arroz Negro (which the waiter recommended given the unique taste from the squid ink) to the traditional Socarrat Paella with chicken, beef, mussels, cuttle fish, shrimp, green beans and clams.  We opted for the Paella de Pescado & Mariscos which included similar ingredients to the Socarrat Paella with shrimp, cuttle fish, mussels, clams, squid and scallops.

Look at this beauty!

Paella de Pescado & Mariscos

Socarrat also serves up an excellent aray of tapas to whet your appetite for the delectable paella. I chose the Croquetas del Dia (before I read the NY Times recommendation on the wall behind us which also noted these in particular) filled with creamy cheese (tastes bleu in nature), the Patatas Bravas – spicy potatoes with garlic aioli and the Almendras & Aceitunas – Marcona almonds and mixed Spanish olives. 

Croquetas del Dia

Patatas Bravas

Of course the evening wouldn’t be complete without a pitcher of sangria ($34 = bargain!) and softly playing Spanish music to prompt my desire to pack a bag and take off to Espana to really enjoy that socarrat. 

Chef/owner Jesus “Lolo” Manso puts it perfectly – “I am passionate about food…to me, eating is like a ritual; an expression of one’s soul.”

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2 Responses to “Perfect Paella”

  1. Jim Says:

    Wow the food looks delicious!

  2. Raphael Says:

    I would like to thank you. I had an amazing time. The night was just unforgetable.

    Beijos

    Raphael.

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