The Rook

404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

About The Rook

4.6 / 5

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    The Rook is a little restaurant serving big flavors in the form of comfort food and craft cocktails. Our eatery was founded by Gentry Morris (chef/owner) and partners in 2016. In 2018 Manny Flores joined the team to manage the bar’s beverage program. To adapt to the recent pandemic, all our food and drink is carefully prepared for takeout, meant to be enjoyed picnic-style.

    Hong Hanh Dinh
    August 26, 2022

    A hidden treasure! They serve amazing southern comfort dishes and the cocktails are amazing. Get the duck fat fries, my first time trying and i loved it. The fried chicken really hit the spot. I love the shrimp grits as well. The salad was one of the best. Refreshing and a good balance of tangy sweetness and savoriness.

    Brian Bessire
    May 14, 2022

    Unexpectedly delicious and beautiful dishes, with service that made us feel like VIPs. Really interesting north/south fusion flavors and terrific cocktails. Way, way better than Fine Line Bistro (which occupied this space years ago) ever was. We're coming back soon!

    December 05, 2022

    Visiting the area and celebrating our anniversary, we searched google for a steakhouse and it lead us here. We passed other chain steakhouses to eat local food. Google was wrong. This is not a steakhouse. A “happy accident” I guess. Food was good. They have a very limited menu. Servings were on the small size for the price but we were satisfied overall with the meal. Would I go here again if we were in the area? Not sure. Service was fine. Overall it was a good experience.

    Gloria Sol
    November 08, 2022

    It's a cute small spot w/a limited menu. The duck fries were pretty good. The duck frite chicken was good but I wasn't into the taste of the blanched collard greens. The cocktails we ordered weren't worth the price. I was not a fan. The cocktail my bf ordered was slightly better than mine. If you sit outside, you'll likely encounter beggars asking for money & they'll keep circling around.

    Jonathan Sheldon
    June 08, 2022

    I cannot recommend The Rook enough. Start to finish, one of the best meals I've ever had. The hushpuppies with the pimento cheese is better than some entrees I've had. Having spent a few years in NC, I can say that the south wishes it could create such a wonderful hushpuppy. The cheeseburger was able to do what it shouldn't have, given its lackluster name of "Cheeseburger." It was able to display a taste profile that no basic "Cheeseburger" should be capable of. Then there were the fries. I can honestly say I've never had a better french fry. This meal was A+. 10/10, 100/100, a truly perfect meal.

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    404 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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