The Rook is a little restaurant serving up big flavor. Under the guide of the highly-regarded, yet alarmingly under-spoken, Owner/Executive Chef Gentry Morris (aka Uncle G), our menagerie of talented kitchen pirates dish out reimagined comfort classics like nobodies' business.
duck fat FRIED CHICKEN
SALADS with heart
bacon wrapped DATES
UNCLE G'S pork chops
shrimp & GRITS
DONUTS by Flv' Dave
Just like any great restaurant should, The Rook satisfies that itch, that craving for the perfect drink and the pleasure of comfort food. Our staff worked tirelessly to pivot with the COVID19 pandemic, to become a chill indoor/outdoor dining and cocktail venue downtown plus some of the best takeout in Ithaca.
Special thanks to our valued and devoted friends and customers for keeping us afloat during one of the most challenging periods the industry (and the world) has faced in modern history.
We ask that you continue to be patient with us, after all, we are just a bunch of kitchen pirates.
Join us for indoor & outdoor dining, bar service and carry-out...plus special foodie events.
Third generation barman, Executive Beverage Manager Manny Flores, came up in NYC during the peak of the cocktail resurgence. He learned his craft and hospitality during his years at the Waldorf Astoria, Gramercy Tavern & Bar Veloce. He's one of the area's favorite story-telling, mixologist dudes (anyway, we like him a lot , and you will too).
Now joined by veteran bar wingman, designer, and fur-mom, Johnni Campbell, The Rook is bringing you cocktails with a sense of humor, heart and soul.
Don't let the title bartender fool you, they're just a couple of misguided kitchen pirates...
YOUR ELEVATED CASUAL FOOD AND DRINK FIX
fast, high-quality, elevated casual
FOOD AND DRINKS
The Rook is now offering full-service, elevated-casual dining and bar service. Indoor & Outdoor seating is available on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.
Sorry, but we are unable to accept reservations at this time.
Once we are at capacity we will begin a waitlist for present guests (i.e. your party needs to physically be there to be seated or get placed on the wait list).
Please call to place takeout orders.
**Our space is limited - We will let you know if there is more than a 30 minute wait
**Valid ID required for all alcohol purchases
**Outdoor seating is dog-friendly - furry friends MUST be leashed & well-behaved. We have water bowls, just ask!
**Takeout orders are subject to a 15% gratuity to ensure the livelihoods of our staff.
LOCATION & HOURS
404 West State St,
ITHACA, NY 14850
5pm till 10pm
The Rook is located (just beyond) the heart of downtown Ithaca, convenient to the Ithaca Commons, Cornell University, Ithaca College and the beautiful finger lakes region. Now offering full-service indoor & outdoor cocktail & dining options, private events and carryout.