LOCUST VALLEY 107 Forest Avenue
Kent Monkan is one of Long Island’s most talented chefs.
Kent Monkan is one of Long Island’s most talented chefs. He cooked at top restaurants, did a stint as a personal chef in the Hamptons, and owned a restaurant. Now he’s doing what he loves most, he’s back at the helm of his own kitchen. The Brass Rail is exactly what we need – a cozy, friendly neighborhood place where you know that every dish is a winner and the prices are reasonable. Kent has a magic touch when it comes to putting ingredients together. We sampled a special of lasagna which was truly superb – shredded pork sausage, ground beef and braised short rib between tender noodles topped with a rich sauce; grilled juicy filet mignon was a picture perfect presentation with creamy spinach, shiitake mushrooms and hand-cut steak fries; blackened mahi mahi had a kick to it and smooth mashed potatoes was the ideal accompaniment. The menu also has sandwiches, burgers, salads, small plates, and a Bar Menu (with the ever popular cocktail franks in blankets). Each day a different special is featured including southern fried quail with white corn grits and country gravy; and brown sugar marinated venison loin. Homemade desserts are just as outstanding as appetizers and entrees. Our favorites were chewy chocolate fudge brownie sundae; and marble pound cake with rum raisin ice cream. The international wine list is moderately priced and the knowledgeable staff can guide you to a selection that will complement your meal. Named for the history of their stunning antique bar, The Brass Rail glows from the light of candles and the food from Kent’s kitchen.
Deviled Egg / Caviar
Short Rib Quesadilla
Oxtail Sloppy Joe
Steak House Iceberg Wedge – blue cheese, bacon, tomato, red wine vinegar