We ended up at Soccarat after missing our reservation at Aldea. Socarrat is a small Spanish place in Chelsea on 19th between 7th and 8th Avenue they are known for their generous family style portions of paella. After being bummed about missing the Aldea reservation I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of tapas and paellas.
We started with the Spicy Chorizo, Patatas Brava and a mushroom dish. They were all exceptional.
It was a cold night so we went with the Valenciana paella. This version of the paella dish included pork rib, rabbit, snail, and vegetables. The key to enjoying the paella was letting it cook more once it got to the table. This gave it that deliciously crunchy texture. I’ve only had paella a few times so I don’t have much to compare it to but all three of us thoroughly enjoyed it. We couldn’t finish the serving but we did order the three tapas to start. I’d say that if you are going to order a paella serving with tapas it can be shared with up to four people.
Recommended for sharable plates among friends.--DBlock