Zest, the American New-Age restaurant, opens its doors in Bay Shore
The autonomous building On West Main Street in Bay Shore, the last Slice pizzeria was taken over by its chef Michael Liebman, who transformed it in November into a lively small-plate restaurant.
Liebman, a graduate of the Long Island Culinary Academy, combined his studies with his experience at Tellers (Islip) and Nonnina Italian Bistro (West Islip), as well as Slice, to launch his own restaurant focusing on “New-Age American” dishes. .
Among the plates, cauliflower crust crisps; grilled zucchini rollatini with whipped ricotta, grilled cherry tomatoes, burrata and blueberry-onion relish; a PB&J Thai sandwich with pulled pork, Thai peanut sauce, apricot jam and pickled cucumbers; and a loaded grilled cheese pretzel (stuffed with American cheese, topped with pepper jack, pico de gallo, grilled green onions and Cajun ranch).
You can also grab pizza – artisan 12-inch pies like spicy sopressata, Buffalo chicken and vodka with smoked meatballs, prosciutto, provolone and crispy shallots. Cap on menu items at $18.
Desserts aren’t a main focus for Liebman, but a few are special, including chocolate risotto balls that have the same consistency as rice pudding and are coated in cornflakes before being fried. They are garnished with cabernet fig jam and served on a plate topped with cannoli cream and strawberry purée. There is also an apple and pear cobbler served with French toast ice cream.
A five-seat bar is stocked with beer, wine, and sangria. Liebman said he was working on introducing wine-based alcohol, such as wine-based rum, vodka and tequila.
Zest is open Tuesday through Sunday at noon; From Tuesday to Thursday, it closes at 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 8 p.m. Find him at 298 W. Main Street in Bay Shore. 631-647-4497, zestlongisland.com