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The kitchen.

The Rook is a little restaurant serving big flavors. Chef Gentry Morris and crew dish out reimagined comfort, soul and street food.

SNACK boards

duck fat FRIED CHICKEN

DONUTS of the day

family-style SIDES

bottled COCKTAILS

SALADS with heart

uncle g's bbq RIBS

HANDMADE cavatelli

flavor dave's PUDDING/MOUSSE

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 (led by underspoken owner, Chef Gentry Morris, aka Uncle G) has worked tirelessly to pivot with the COVID19 pandemic, to become a chill indoor/outdoor dining venue downtown plus some of the best takeout around.

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!

Check out our satellite/sister location, THE ROOK SNACKBAR AT BAR ARGOS, for mediterranean small plates, custard and our famous Porchetta Sandwich.

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THE BAR.

Third generation barman, Beverage Manager Manny Flores, came up in NYC during the peak of the cocktail resurgence. He learned his craft and hospitality from the best, during his years at the Waldorf Astoria, Gramercy Tavern & Bar Veloce.

 

Now joined by local designer, fur mom and bar veteran, Jonni Campbell, these lucky bastards get to bring you classic and contemporary  cocktails with a sense of humor, in a casual/comfortable/safe atmosphere.

 
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fast, high-quality, casual

food and drink

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OPEN FOR DINING & DRINKS

INDOORS & OUTDOORS 

The Rook is now offering a casual dining and cocktail solution, INDOORS, as well as in the comfort of our safe, spacious (and dog-friendly) picnic/patio area. 

Seating is available on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. Unfortunately 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 keep your place in line).

PLEASE SEE HOST FOR SEATING INSTRUCTIONS

After being seated, you can place your order online/by QR code - OR - through a human at the entrance service/host stand.  

From there you can relax and we'll bring your order right to your table. Please have state issued ID or passport readily available for all alcohol purchases.

 

FORGIVE US, WE ARE WORKING ON IT #COVIDPIVOT

Please be patient with us as we make yet another covid-pivot as a SMALL business (we are tiny  in terms of square footage i.e. indoor occupancy, but there is no shortage of heart here)

**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

**We are 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.

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#ITHACAISDUCKFATFRIED
YOUR Duck fat fried FIX

The HUSTLE

MANHATTAN

High West, sweet vermouth, bitters

STRAWBERRY NEGRONI

gin, strawberry

contratto, cynar

BEE's KNEES

Plymouth gin, honey, lemon

Toronto

rye, fernet, bitters

SLUSH FUND

gin, ginger-lime cordial, fresh lime

 

ECHO PARKING LOT

reposado tequila, grapefruit, aperol, fresh lime
 

WHISKEY SMASH

bourbon, lemon cordial, fresh citrus & mint

RUM PUNCH

aged dark rum, amaretto, orange juice, grenadine, lime, bitters

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boozy.

refreshing

designed to share.

We’ll find the perfect drink to fit your mood, and bring it to your table...safely encased in a "crowley" secured vessel and designed to share.

 

Our famous libation creations are now available as 16oz. freshly made, sharable, bottled cocktails - because birds of a feather, should save money together! 

(valid ID for entire party required - professional and legal serving standards apply -  sorry, cocktails are not available for carryout per NYS law - cannot be shared with other tables/parties - each bottle contains over 3 refreshing or 4 boozy cocktails)

 

THE HUSTLE

BOTTLED COCKTAILS

$32/each

 

We have a soft spot for critics who always eat dessert and anyone who can finish a full order of ribs...  

Rumor

in the roost

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LOCATION & HOURS

404 West State St,
ITHACA, NY 14850
OPEN Tues-SAT
5pm till 10pm

The Rook is located in the heart of downtown Ithaca, convenient to the Ithaca Commons, Cornell UniversityIthaca College and the beautiful finger lakes region. Now offering the safest INDOOR,  (DOG FRIENDLY) OUTDOOR, and CARRY OUT dining.

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