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The Pearl of Oyster Bay opens with Indian fusion menu

Crispy stuffed chicken Caprese is an entree at

Crispy stuffed chicken Caprese is an entree at The Pearl of Oyster Bay. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

The Pearl of Oyster Bay has taken over the quaint little building, a half mile from “downtown,” that was for many years the home of Mill River Inn — and, subsequently, Serata and J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse.

The owners, first-time restaurateurs Monica and Neeraj Kundra, were impressed by the space when they dined at Serata. When they decided to open a restaurant years later, they returned to Oyster Bay.

Monica Kundra, a skilled home chef, runs the kitchen here. Her menu blends Indian, Italian and American influences with appetizers such as samosas ($8) and baked fish with aioli sauce ($10). Entrees include chili chicken with herbed gravy and fried rice ($18) crispy chicken Caprese, stuffed with spinach, topped with almond sauce and served on a bed of orzo ($18).

The room is a blend of charm and glam, with old brickwork, crystal chandeliers and Indian house music. The restaurant is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.

160 Mill River Rd., Oyster Bay, 516-226-1248.


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