Southold Social opens on the North Fork


There’s a new bistro in Southold.

Chef François Payard, a James Beard chef, has opened a new dining spot with restaurateur Adam Lovett.

There, offerings embrace the local seafood, wines and farm country, with ingredients sourced locally. You’ll find house-made pasta, meats and seafood, salads and wines, many  from the North Fork Menu items include house-made cavatelli with veal ragu, brine-cured pork chop, Montauk black sea bass, summer truffle polenta, a lobster roll with piment d’espelette, a burger au poivre served with pommes frites and line-caught crudo.

The beverage menu will be overseen by restaurateur and wine connoisseur François Latapie of Little Frog.

The restaurant is adorned with original wood beams and teak floors. It comprises a dining room, bar, tented outdoor patio and a 38-seat private dining space.

Payard is a third-generation chef who honed his skills by his family’s side and at La Tour d’Argent in Paris. He then moved to New York where he worked at Le Bernardin as well as Restaurant Daniel, where he received a James Beard award. He later opened the François Payard Patisserie & Bistro.

He has won numerous awards, including the “Ordre du Mérite Agricole” by the French Government, the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence as well as “Pastry Chef of the Year” by Bon Appétit.

The restaurant is located at 56125 Main Road (Cottage Place) in Southold.


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