The Rook is a little restaurant serving up big flavor. Under the lead of under-spoken owner and Executive Chef, Gentry Morris (aka Uncle G) our menagerie of talented kitchen pirates dish out reimagined comfort, soul and street food like nobodies' business.
DONUTS by Flv' Dave
chef sam's pork chops & PIEROGIES
SALADS with heart
shareable SMALL PLATES
bacon wrapped DATES
UNCLE G'S grilled trout
duck fat FRIED CHICKEN
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 has worked tirelessly to pivot with the COVID19 pandemic, to become a chill 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 as we adjust to the "new normal" and stay tuned for updates as we adjust to "life on the inside" and debut our new indoor dining menu for fall.
Third generation barman, 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, and continues to be one of Ithaca's favorite story-telling, mixologist dudes (anyway, we like him a lot , and you will too).
Now joined by local designer and bar veteran, Jonni Campbell, these lucky bastards have teamed up to bring you classic and contemporary cocktails with a sense of humor.
Don't let the title bartender fool you,
they're just a couple of misguided kitchen pirates...
YOUR COMFORT FOOD FIX
fast, high-quality, elevated casual
FOOD AND DRINKS
The Rook is now offering full-service, indoor, elevated-casual dining and cocktails. Seating is available on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.
Please see host to be seated (click here for takeout)
Sorry, but we are unable to accept reservations at this time. Once we are at capacity we will begin a waitlist for present customers (i.e. your party needs to physically be there to be seated or get on the wait list).
Please be patient with us as we make yet another covid-pivot as a small business.
**We will let you know if there is more than a 30 minute wait - your time is as important as ours!
**Valid ID required for all alcohol purchases
**Our outdoor area is dog-friendly, but expect that furry friends be leashed and well-behaved.
Please note, your final bill will be subject to a 15% gratuity. We are a traditional restaurant who has pivoted with the pandemic. We are striving to continue providing the Ithaca community with great food and drinks. We ask that you support us in that by ensuring we can continue to pay our own local employees a living wage, while keeping our doors open under modified conditions. We thank you for your continued support and we encourage you to contact us with your feedback.
LOCATION & HOURS
404 West State St,
ITHACA, NY 14850
5pm till 10pm
The Rook is located in the heart of downtown Ithaca, convenient to the Ithaca Commons, Cornell University, Ithaca College and the beautiful finger lakes region. Now offering cozy/safe indoor dining, seasonal outdoor, cocktail, and carryout options.