The Rook is a little restaurant serving big flavors. Our dinner menu dishes out reimagined comfort, soul and street food.
duck fat FRIED CHICKEN
DONUTS of the day
freshly baked BREADS
SALADS with heart
BEER and WINE
uncle g's bbq RIBS
flavor dave's BREAD PUDDING
Just like any great small upscale 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 since the COVID19 pandemic, to become a chill outdoor dining venue downtown plus some of the best takeout in Ithaca. Stop by or order dinner, dessert, bottled cocktails, and your favorite craft beer and wine for pick-up and free Ithaca area delivery (or dine in at our heated outdoor seating if you're extra brave).
Check out our latest offerings including a happy hour/cocktail club (over 9 full top shelf cocktails for $75/pickup or delivery), family-style bi-weekly meals (aka the casserole mafia) and more safe ways to survive a socially distant winter in Ithaca! Who needs a ghost kitchen, when you can have a chef driven experience (literally)?
Third generation barman, 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 this lucky bastard gets to bring The Rook and friends classic cocktails with a sense of humor.
February 3(preorder by 1/29)
February 17 (preorder by 2/12)
Gnocchi alla Romana
March 3 (preorder by 2/26)
Beef and pork chili topped with cheddar cornbread
March 17 (preorder by 3/12)
March 31 (preorder by 3/26)
Chicken and biscuits
April 14 (preorder by 4/9)
Ropa Vieja with rice and beans
April 28 (preorder by 4/23)
May 5 (preorder by 4/30)
Green chicken enchiladas
SMALL **$45 - pickup
(approx. 4 servings)
LARGE **$90 - pickup
(approx. 8 servings)
available for pickup
(preorder by Friday 2/26)
Beef and pork chili
topped with cheddar cornbread
*PREORDER THE FRIDAY BEFORE
To preorder your casserole please visithe "MIDWEEK CASSEROLE MAFIA" section of our online ordering page, or click the link below or call during our regular business hours (Tues-Sat 4-9pm).
(ten toes down)
THE HUSTLE BOTTLED COCKTAIL CLUB
9+ Cocktails for $75
3 - 16 oz. sharable cocktails complete with garnishes
(over 9 complete cocktails an affordable impromptu pod happy hour or to have cocktails on hand all week long)
Available for PICKUP or DELIVERY ANYTIME!
Please visit the cocktail section of our online ordering page or call us today to place your Ten Toes Down Cocktail Club order!
Our program is a completely independent DIY effort, so please forgive our learning curve. We ask that you place delivery orders by 8:30pm, meet a $30 minimum, and have ID ready for all alcohol purchases, please!
THE ROOK DOES NOT CHARGE FOR DELIVERY
Instead of charging a traditional delivery fee (or marking up our prices to offset excessive service fees by the "big box" providers like Uber, Luna, GrubHub and DoorDash), we simply ask that you tip our staff accordingly (i.e. at least 15%). The "service fee" you see in your cart is simply the percentage required by our POS/credit card provider in order to offer online and contact free credit card processing to our customers.
Please note, your final delivery bill will be subject to a 15% gratuity should you tip below that rate or "stiff" your driver (we do this simply to ensure our employees are fairly compensated for their service efforts...our staff works hard and we welcome you to choose to exceed the customary cultural tipping rate on their behalf). 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. We thank you for your continued support and we encourage you to contact us with your feedback.
*local delivery area/availability
bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters
rye, sweet vermouth, campari
gin, dry vermouth
rye, fernet, sugar, bitters
gin, ginger-lime cordial, fresh lime
tequila, triple sec, fresh lime
ECHO PARKING LOT
tequila, grapefruit, aperol, fresh lime
Let The Rook fill the void of life without bartenders.
Take home world class cocktails, bottled by your favorite bar.
We’ll find the perfect drink to fit your mood, and bring it to you.
Classics or originals, boozy sippers or refreshing aperitifs, now available for pick-up or delivery as a 16oz. sharable cocktail (over 3 cocktails per bottle).
LOCATION & HOURS
404 West State St,
ITHACA, NY 14850
4pm till 9pm
KINDLY PLACE DELIVERY ORDERS by 8:30pM
The Rook is located in downtown Ithaca, NY. Convenient to the Ithaca Commons, Cornell University, Ithaca College and the beautiful finger lakes region. Now offering safe, outdoor dining, carry out and delivery options.