By Nalini Leilani
75 Main is a Southampton staple—offering patrons the opportunity to taste simple yet delicious cuisine just minutes from the beach or to bask in a sliver of Southampton nightlife. The location is central: right in the middle of Southampton’s Main Street. The classy yet beachy vibe is perfect for a summer evening after a leisurely day in the Hamptons. We opted to sit outside and were pleased to encounter a comfortable, bustling setting plum for people-watching and absorbing the light summer breeze. At around 5 PM, the restaurant’s evening rush was just trickling in—sunburned Hamptonites made their way in to cap off the evening. We opted for smooth and light glasses of Pinot Grigio: the perfect companions to a summer night and the meal ahead.
Some fresh seafood seemed like the best way to start off our dinner. The Lobster Salad and Tuna Tartar whet our appetites and were incredibly refreshing. Both dishes were crafted around the natural flavors of the ingredients. The succulent pieces of lobster stood out and complemented the freshness of the tomato and basil. The same can be said for the 75 Main Caprese Salad: sumptuous slabs of thick-cut mozzarella juxtaposed with a crisp vine tomato and yellow pepper created a colorful yet simple mélange boasting with flavor.
The Sautéed Pan Mussels added a different note to our selection of appetizers; the warm white wine broth and garlic oil sauce was light yet just creamy enough. Additionally, the Crispy Shishito Peppers had just a hint of Asian influence and unique spice.
We opted for a pasta-heavy main course. 75 Main’s pastas were hearty, as to our liking, but again, the ingredients spoke for themselves. The Italian sausage in the Penne Buttera was perfectly cooked and agreed wonderfully with the penne and pink cream sauce. The same can be said for the delicate manila clam in a light white wine sauce in the Linguini Vongole. The Veal Milanese was tender and simply divine to sink our teeth into—its breading emitting a light, yet deep aroma that hinted at a number of herbs.
As we finished up our dinner, the nightlife scene was about to take off at 75 Main. Open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and dinner—the restaurant transforms into a lounge with sexy cocktails and a dance scene at night. Some go to 75 Main for the Lindsay Lohan sightings, we enjoyed a full and fresh meal just minutes from the Hamptons shoreline. •
75 Main St.
Southampton, NY 11968