The Southampton Social Club: Hamptons Staple Celebrates a Decade of Memorable Dining

The Southampton Social Club is toasting a major milestone this year—its 10-year anniversary. Celebrating a decade of success, as well as overcoming a global pandemic, owner Ian Duke says he has transformed the club into an “outdoor sanctuary” just in time for the summer season in the poshest destination–the Hamptons.

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“We’ve created an oasis that allows people to escape and have a little normalcy in the lives for an evening,” says Ian, who also owns Southampton culinary favorites Union Burger Bar and the new Union Sushi & Steak. In addition to developing the go-to spots for dining and nightlife “out east,” Ian also serves it up in Manhattan, with venues like The Baylander, Prohibition, and Lucky’s Famous Burgers. “We have an absolutely enormous outdoor space and we have all the safety features in place.”

Known for its vibey atmosphere and open-air dining room leading out to a high-heel-friendly lawn, the Southampton Social Club—or “SSC,” for short—is also thirsted after for its mouth-watering menu of fresh seafood and vivacious cocktails. Hailing a new drink menu, including house specials like the Backyard Lemonade (Grey Goose le melon vodka, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and fresh berries) and The Weekender (Stoli cucumber vodka, Chambord, and fresh lime) the Southampton hot spot is the perfect spot to cool your palette after a day at the pool.

Plus, with Executive Chef Scott Kampf taking the helm in the kitchen with menu favorites like the Rockin’ Arugula Salad, Caribbean Spiced Mahi-Mahi, and a Hamptons classic, SSC Lobster Rolls (savory lobster salad on toasted  mini croissants), we’re sure you’ll agree that this club is the only one worth waiting to get into.

Here’s a deliciously-BELLA inside look…

The owner: Ian Duke

Restaurateur + partner

Ian Duke is dedicated to making a difference in Southampton’s social and culinary scene. He is a partner in a number of restaurants, including Prohibition, a live music bar, restaurant, and lounge on New York’s Upper West Side; 2 Lucky’s Famous Burgers located in Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea in New York City; the prohibition-style speakeasy-meets-Hamptons’ glam destination, Southampton Social Club; The Baylander in Manhattan; Union Burger Bar; and most recently, Union Sushi & Steak; and The Coop at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton. Catering to a very diverse clientele, Ian’s restaurants are designed to be friendly for families, groups, locals, and singles, as well as for parties and events.

The chef: Scott Kampf

Executive chef

New York native Scott Kampf has been a professional chef for over two decades and has led an illustrious career with a focus on French/American cooking. Scott’s career largely consisted of work as a private chef for stars and professional athletes alike.  He developed his natural cooking ability while living abroad and traveling around France, Italy, and Spain to study international cuisine. His fresh interpretation of various cuisines has already earned him a strong New York following. Scott, who is widely regarded as one of The Hamptons’ top chefs, was brought on by Southampton Social Club as part of a major overhaul. It will be at this Hamptons hotspot that Kampf will call on over 20 years of expertise to offer East End foodies an innovative menu crafted with the season’s finest and freshest ingredients.

Hosting a summer soiree? Impress your guests, friends, and family with Southampton Social Club’s coolest (and spiciest) cocktail.

The house-favorite: social cooler

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.75 oz Villa One Blanco tequila infused with sliced fresh jalapeños (at least 24 hours)
  • 1.75 oz fresh watermelon puree
  • 0.5 oz house-made margarita mix

MIX IT UP

  • Combine, shake, and serve over ice in a rocks glass
  • Garnish with fresh watermelon triangle and jalapeños, and enjoy!

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