Well folks, it’s here! The twice a year festivity we like to call Restaurant Week in New York City. This is a prime time to hunt down those restaurants you have been dying to go to but either can’t find the time or don’t really want to fork over your entire paycheck. It’s a time for restaurants all around the city (and even into the outer boroughs) to open their doors and offer a price-fix lunch ($25) and dinner ($38) menu. So, practically a steal if you play your cards right.
A week ago, we decided as roommates to try out a paella bar called Socarrat, which is aptly named for the delectable, scrumptious crust that forms at the bottom of the paella pan.
It was quite the treat to dine out at an authentic paella bar since I had experienced my fair share while studying abroad in Spain. Yes, I have admittedly have tried the authentic paella with rabbit (unknowingly in Valencia) and even tasted a couple of the sea creature variety. But, at the end of the day, the vegetarian will always be my favorite – even if it’s not truly “authentic”.
^^ We decided to each order one of the appetizers and pass them around to sample. Some shrimp, kale salad, croquettes, and an egg and chorizo dish to start the meal off right. We also decided to pick out a Cava-based sangria because when in Spain (or a restaurant that practically transports you there through its flavors).
^^ This was just ONE of the paellas we ordered. The deal for Socarrat was to order one paella per two people. Lindsay and I went for the vegetarian fare and Hope and Gaia split the black rice with shrimp and scallops. Of course, we all sampled one another’s food, because that’s what friends and roommates do.
^^ I rarely eat appetizers while out at restaurants, so having already filled my stomach with two courses, I was a bit worried if I could manage dessert. Of course, missing out on a chocolate mousse with homemade churros (flan for Lindsay and Gaia) would be preposterous. (Tip for future: even if you don’t finish your portion, ask to take it home! We did have some paella left over, but probably could have taken home more)
Tonight we are hitting up the iconic Tavern on the Green, a spot that normally would offer such a 3-course meal for only $40ish (+ tip + drinks). If you are looking to get in on this great offer you better act quick! It’s only hanging around until the 14th. Check out more at NYCgo.com.
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food” – George Bernard Shaw