Grand chef François Payard and Southold restaurateur open Southold Social


James Beard, award-winning chef Francois Payard, and local restaurateur Adam Lovett are causing a stir in Long Island’s East End with their brand new Southold Social.

Both opened at 56125 Main Road in Southold last June to celebrate local farming, fishing and winemaking.

Renowned French-born pastry chef Payard is a third-generation chef who built his reputation in Paris and Manhattan. He’s had a home on Long Island for the past decade. He also commands the kitchen at Southold General, which serves breakfast and lunch daily.

Lovett is a prominent East Ender, who also owns A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria in Southold and A Mano in Mattituck.

From Montauk black bass to a selection of North Fork wines, locally sourced ingredients and beverages are the cornerstone of The Partners’ new restaurant.

“Southold Social is a concept similar to a [François Payard Patisserie & Bistro] but we take advantage of the local wealth of the North Fork – oysters, seafood, rosé, produce,” Payard said, referring to the bistros he owned and operated in Manhattan.

“I just made a special scallop tiradito with grilled corn, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeño, olive oil, and Meyer lemon zest. I made a lobster roll, but with a touch of gallic… adding piment d’esplette and microgreens. We highlight the crudo from the catch of the day and the local black bass.

Other menu highlights include homemade pasta dishes such as veal stewed cavatelli and steamed muscle rigatoni, grilled salmon, filet mignon, bright and tangy salads and the pork chop in brine.

Top: Chef François Payard and local restaurateur Adam Lovett (Nicholas Grasso)

Payard has also developed Southold Socia’s dessert menu, which includes “sculptural a la minute desserts like deconstructed Calamansi lemon tart with basil custard, baked meringue, limoncello sorbet and fleur de sel with olive oil. ‘olive,’ he said.

Class, inside and out

Southold social property is a generous portion of coveted North Fork land. The renovated two-story restaurant features original exposed beams throughout its dining room, bar and private dining area.

The spacious blue-toned outdoor patio also allows for an alfresco dining experience surrounded by lush greenery.

Beyond the patio is a large open field, which Lovett envisions for large gatherings.

While they introduced their new venture just in time for the summer season, Payard and Lovett envision Southold Social as more than just an East End summer attraction.

“I don’t want people to see Southold Social as summer seasonal, the way restaurants in the Hamptons are perceived,” Payard said. “The North Fork is an even richer experience in fall and winter.

“There are a lot more people who live and visit year-round than in Montauk,” he continued. “I see Southold Social as a destination, yes, but even more as a local regular.”

In the interest of establishing a quality restaurant for locals, not just summer crowds, Lovett said he is working to give his latest restaurant an approachable atmosphere and an affordable menu.

“I can’t imagine we’ll be here all year, but we don’t just want to be here for the summer,” Lovett said. “We’re going to change the menu in the fall, hoping to have a holiday party, to be here for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and then we’ll probably close it for a month or two when it will be very cold. ”

“We want to be here for the locals,” he continued. “We’re not just here for the summer.”


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