In June, celebrity chef Francois Bayard and restaurateur Adam Lovett opened a new restaurant on Long Island’s North Fork: Southwold Social. Former owner of the now closed Payard Patisserie & Bistro, Payard built his reputation as a pastry chef at French icons of La Tour d’Argent and Lucas Carton before moving to New York City to work at Le Bernardin and Daniel (both now wine spectator Grand Prize winners).
“When I learned that the space was now available at the Southold Social, I seized the opportunity,” Bayard said. wine spectator By email. He ran the famous Southhold food market in the rural wine town. “People keep telling me all the time how much they love me [my restaurants] in New York City and Las Vegas. I’m excited to offer something similar but different to Southold: delicious and affordable food and wine in a bistro atmosphere. “
Once a lodge, the two-level Southold Social space is lined with original wood beams, which complement teak floors leading to a tented patio, and soon have a fire pit for roasting oysters. There is a private dining area for 38 seats on the second floor of the restaurant.
Payard’s menu highlights ingredients and produces from Long Island’s North Fork for dishes like Montauk black sea bass, Berkshire pork chop, truffle polenta, tuna tartare, and lobster rolls. Guests can also enjoy an array of desserts, including a pavlova, panna cotta buttermilk with seasonal fruit, and Payard’s Chocolate-Hazelnut. “Growing up in the south of France is paired with the laid-back atmosphere of the North Fork,” the chef explained. “We use fresh, local ingredients to create Mediterranean-inspired dishes that really shine on their own. Plus, I love mixing sweet and savory, because I love cooking as much as I love baking.”
The wine list accessible by wine director François Latapie also presents a local focus, featuring selections from Long Island wineries such as Wölffer Estate and Kontokosta from over 50 selections. Latapie has visited wineries in the area to develop the menu, and Payard is looking to maintain close relationships with Long Island producers going forward. The Southold Social offers plenty for French wine lovers too, like Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, Provence rosé, Beaujolais, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Half-bottle and magnum choices add more options to the menu.
“With the abundance of local wineries and the freshest, local ingredients from land and sea, I want people to see Southold for the foodie destination as it is,” Bayard said.