Zach Erdem, a well known East End restaurateur and owner of 75 Main Group, is still going strong at Kozu in Southhampton, serving Peruvian-influenced Japanese cuisine, despite an early hiccup in May.
The restaurant was much ballyhooed earlier this year when it was announced Tony Fortuna, owner of Upper East Side steakhouse TBar, had partnered with Erdem.
The “pop-up” restaurant was initially known as TBar@Kozu, but the interesting concept was not to last.
In late May, The New York Post reported that the collaboration was kaput after just three weeks.
“I would have liked to do it a little longer, but for me it was a little too stressful, a little too much work and lacking a little bit of staff,” Fortuna told the newspaper.
Indeed, the partnership may have been a victim of its own success.
“It was the volume of people” that was the issue. We ran out of everything the first night. [Tony’s] not used to doing 500, 600 covers a night. He does 150 and he’s happy with it. I don’t close till midnight,” said Erdem.
That sounds about right for the Hamptons.
Kozu diskes like Tiger Shrimp Cocktail with cocktail sauce and lemon; the Yellowfin Tuna Tartar with soy, ginger and sesame seeds and the Kozu Roll with unagi and avocado, topped with foie gras and caviar, could have something to do with its popularity.
Seafood specials include Crusted Tuna with soy, wasabi and seaweed salad and Chilean Sea Bass with bok choy, ginger and soy glaze.
There’s no question Kozu is aiming for an upscale market. The decor features dark wood floors and white walls covered in colorful artwork by Sports Illustrated photographer and artist Raphael Mazzucco.
Fresh flowers add a luxurious touch, as do the scorched ash tables in conjunction with rich hues and soft lighting. The restaurant also offers a private dining area for parties of 20+ prior to 10:00pm, according to the restaurant.
The indoor space holds 100 diners.
Outside, a patio, seating up to 150 people, offers “al fresco” dining during the summer season.
Late nights and weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Kozu also features a lounge featuring DJs from all over the world.
The upscale lounge has an ocean theme with with light blue colors and inset LED lighting. Kozu Lounge is also available for private parties and includes an outdoor patio with white linen covered day beds.
136 Main Street
Southampton, NY 11968
Brunch is offered on Saturday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Lunch is served Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Dinner is served Sunday to Wednesday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Thursday to Saturday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM