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Open: The Brass Rail in Locust Valley
He's back! Kent Monkan is cooking again at his old digs in Locust Valley. Now, however, everythings different. Heirloom, the restaurant he opened and then sold, had been damaged in a fire last year. Monkan (who was executive chef at Nisen Sushi in Woodbury) has reclaimed the spot, refurbished it and reopened it as The Brass Rail Gastro Pub. (In case you're wondering about that name, the restaurant's antique bar, crafted in the 1880s, used to be part of the old Brass Rail restaurant in midtown Manhattan).
Unlike the up-market Heirloom, the new gastro pub is "geared toward everybody, in Monkan's words. The well-priced menu features bar snacks for $5, soups for $6, salads for $7, small plates for $11 and sandwiches for $15. Entrees include dishes like grilled skirt steak for $19 and crisp roast organic chicken for $18.
Now, people bring their kids, who can get mac n cheese and burgers, Monkan said. Theres even a Cubano sandwich.
My kind of place.
The Brass Rail is at 107 Forest Ave., Locust Valley, 516-723-9103
-- Joan Reminick
Newsday photo of Kent and Susan Monkan at the former Heirloom in 2005 (the bar is the same).