Bay Shore’s new artsy, tapas-style restaurant Zest opens tomorrow

Chef Michael Liebman’s motto is to live life with joie de vivre – and it is precisely this energy that he would like to exude with the food and art in his new restaurant.

Tomorrow, November 16, at 4 p.m. his tapas-style restaurant, Citrus peel, debuts to the public at 298 West Main St. on Bay Shore, in the building where he previously served as the Executive Chef for Slice of Bay Shore.

During the soft opening of the restaurant on the weekend, family and friends tried his menu and got a glimpse into the completely changed room.

“Hopefully the friendliness of the staff and the facility will make everyone want to come back,” he said. “It’s a great community and we never really understood how young Bay Shore really is.”

With bright colors and pop art photography throughout the room, Liebman hopes to create a positive atmosphere that unites people under a common denominator: food.

The menu includes upscale sandwiches, tapas-style entrees, and a bevy of small plates instead of entrees.

Customers can choose from a selection of beers, organic wines and a range of sangrias, which Zest will also offer as a flight option.

Portraits of a range of musicians and cultural icons – from Aretha Franklin to Marilyn Monroe to the Notorious BIG – line the dining room walls. Outside there is a mural that reads “Live Life with Zest” – an ideal backdrop for Insta-worthy photos.

Liebman wants Zest to be that family-friendly neighborhood spot and attract a younger crowd.

For example, children visiting them can unleash their inner artist with coloring and drawing sheets that Liebman wants to post on social media.

“I just wanted something that wasn’t the norm,” he said of Zest.

Click here to see the full story of how Zest came about here.

Scroll through the photos below to see the interior of the newly decorated restaurant.

Keep following for updates on Zest and follow the new Bay Shore Joint on Instagram (@zestlongisland).

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Above: Marilyn Monroe street art painting at the Zest on Bay Shore. Photo by Ana Borruto.