75 Main Restaurant
Lounge Club, located in Southampton, Long Island, New York
opened in June 2010, and is already making a name for itself as a Hampton hot spot under the
guidance of Owner Zach Erdem. An attractive restaurant,
an inviting ambience, Executive Chef Matthew L. Lewis in
the kitchen, an excellent wine list, and a professional and attentive staff
make 75 Main Restaurant Lounge Club a new darling.
It was a snowy, cold,
Saturday night in January 2011, a night that you might just prefer to curl up
in front of a roaring fireplace; however, instead of falling into winter
hibernation mode Edward and I had dinner at 75 Main Restaurant Lounge Club
located in the heart of Southampton Village, and we were glad that we did.
75 Main Restaurant Lounge Club
The attractive restaurant is
cool chic, white wainscoting and white walls accented by large artwork by Chris
Brown and Rafael Mazzucco. Dark wood chairs with red and black leather cushions
flank tables dressed with white linens and votive candles, palm trees add
interest, as does the red fiber optic artwork acting as a backdrop for the duo
playing guitar and percussion adding another layer to the ambience. Walls of
windows overlook the boutiques on Main Street, and in warmer weather, the
windows roll back to allow spillover tables outside to soak up the Southampton vibe. The staff is welcoming and makes you
feel like you are part of the Southampton
club, even if it is your first visit.
Before dinner, Edward and I
sat down with owner Zach Erdem over a glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to learn
more about his concept for the restaurant lounge club. After graduation from
college in the United States,
Zach was set to return to his native, Istanbul, Turkey, when a friend convinced him that before
he returned home he should take a trip to the Hamptons
on the Hampton Jitney that leaves from New
York City and discover this fabled area. He walked
around and immediately fell in love with the charm of the area, and stopped in
the restaurant now known as 75 Main Restaurant Lounge Club to have something to
drink. During his conversation with the waiter, he learned that they needed a
bartender, so he stayed in the Hamptons for the summer, and worked as a
bartender there instead of returning home. Eight years later, after working the
summer at what is now known as 75 Main, and later at other establishments in
the Hamptons and New York City, when he learned that the restaurant where he
had begun was for sale, he jumped at the chance to open his own restaurant. In
fairytale fashion, Zach purchased the restaurant in May 2010, and opened it in
June 2010, where he has been steadily gaining a heady list of regulars who come
for dinner to experience Executive Chef Matthew L. Lewis's cuisine, and stay to
enjoy the club after the dinner service has ended.
Owner Zach Erdem
The menu has an Italian focus
with a nice blend of the essentials, salads, meat, chicken, fish, seafood, and
pasta. Edward began with the Calamari Fritti, golden tender rings of pleasure.
Lightly breaded and fried and served with a spicy marinara sauce, the calamari
were a nice introduction to the restaurant and reflective of the fresh seafood
available in Southampton.
For my starter, I had the
Crab Cake served with guacamole and chili lime tartar sauce. The interplay of
colors, flavors, and textures in the dish were brilliant. The lump crabmeat
cake, sweet and succulent, and held together with minimal breadcrumbs, was
delicately fried until golden and crunchy, and presented on a bed of cool and
chunky guacamole, with zigzags of intense flavor of spicy chili lime tarter
sauce, that made this course a definite "wow."
Edward continued with Sesame
Crusted Tuna served over green papaya slaw with wasabi, crème fraiche, and
pickled ginger. The sliced tuna arrived perfectly seared wearing a crown of
sesame complemented with the right level of heat from the wasabi and pickled
ginger, with the green papaya slaw and crème fraiche acting as a foil to
balance the spice.
Sesame Crusted Tuna
I continued with Seafood Fra
Diablo, one of the night's specials, which was a delightful mix of sautéed
scallops, shrimp, calamari, and mussels presented in their shells, in a spicy
red sauce over fettuccini.
Seafood Fra Diablo
In the mood for some chocolate
comfort, we shared the Molten Lava Cake with Vanilla Cream for dessert.
Although certainly not a new dessert, there is something irresistible about the
combination of warm chocolate cake, fudge sauce, raspberry coulis, and vanilla
ice cream, and we could not say no. The sinfully rich dessert was the perfect
ending to our dinner experience at 75 Main Restaurant. After dinner, we relaxed
and watched as the clientele began to change and the restaurant took on its
next persona, that of a hip club, it was definitely all good.
Molten Lava Cake
To keep things interesting,
there is Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm until 6:00
pm, Thursday is Havana Night with a DJ and special drink prices,
Friday is Lobster Night, on Saturday there is a DJ or Live Band, and Sunday is
Karaoke Night. Be sure to visit the website www.75main.com
for the complete schedule of special dinners and events.
Owner Zach Erdem Greeting Guests
75 Main Restaurant Lounge Club is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 am until 11:30 pm, and Weekend Brunch from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch,
brunch, and dinner. The Club and Lounge is open Friday and Saturday from
10:30 pm until 4:00 am.
Executive Chef Matthew L. Lewis
Read the Chefs' Recipes
section where Owner Zach Erdem and Executive Chef Matthew L. Lewis
share a delectable taste of 75 Main Restaurant Lounge Club with recipes
for Crab Cakes with Chili Lime Tartar Sauce and Guacamole, and Sesame
Crusted Tuna with Green Papaya Slaw.
75 Main Restaurant Lounge
75 Main Street
Southampton, Long Island, NY 11968
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