New American bistro fare takes Ithaca's west end by storm at The Rook

New American bistro fare takes Ithaca's west end by storm at The Rook

This week we're in Ithaca's west end visiting The Rook. Open in January, this new restaurant has "new American" bistro fare and excellent cocktails.

In the kitchen is Chef Gentry Morris, recently of Mercato Bar & Kitchen, Belly Pop-Up Kitchen, and Le Cafe Cent Dix. Out front he's joined by Autumn Greenberg and Lila Donaruma, both most recently of Argos Inn and Bar Argos but with bar and restaurant management experience around town.

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Exploring Ithaca's huge variety of delicious pizza picks

Exploring Ithaca's huge variety of delicious pizza picks

This week, 14850 Dining is looking around town for some great pizza. There are few topics more polarizing than what constitutes "real pizza," and depending on where you're from, your definition may vary quite a bit!

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Shopping plaza pizza at Ned's in Ithaca's northeast

Shopping plaza pizza at Ned's in Ithaca's northeast

We're in the northeast this week visiting Ned's Pizza in Cayuga Heights. This casual spot at the back of a small strip mall offers typical round pizza whole or by the slice, sandwiches, and a small selection of Italian and Mediterranean dishes, with a few tables if you'd like to eat there rather than carry out.

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Recall: Dole is withdrawing packaged salads in eastern and midwest states

Recall: Dole is withdrawing packaged salads in eastern and midwest states

After twelve people were hospitalized and one person died due to Listeria linked to packaged salads, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. has withdrawn products from store shelves that came from its Springfield, Ohio plant.

According to Dole, the product recall covers all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at that location. The brands include Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President's Choice.

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Our own Ithaca Beer Company is one of the best breweries in America for eating

Our own Ithaca Beer Company is one of the best breweries in America for eating

Breweries are all about the beer, right? Not any more, and Thrillist just included our own Ithaca Beer Company on its list of best breweries in America when you want food as well as drink.

Fries at Ithaca Beer come with three different dipping sauces.Fries at Ithaca Beer come with three different dipping sauces.The Ithaca Beer Company is 18 years old, and just a few years ago opened a new facility behind its original home on Route 13 south of town, with enough space to serve food as well as pints of beer to visitors.

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Good neighbors: area restaurants feed Cargill miners and rescue crews

Good neighbors: area restaurants feed Cargill miners and rescue crews

The story of 17 trapped miners at the Cargill salt mine in Lansing didn't end when rescue crews lifted the last man to safety. We've heard that local restaurants pitched in with hot food for the rescuers and miners.

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Wegmans recalls three chicken products which weren't inspected by USDA

Wegmans recalls three chicken products which weren't inspected by USDA

Poultry producers are supposed to have federal inspection at all times, and Wegmans is recalling three particular chicken products after it turns out they weren't inspected. Katherine Scheidt at the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says "approximately 1,125 pounds of chicken products" that were produced on January 3rd are being recalled.

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Warming up this winter at Coal Yard Cafe on Ithaca's east hill

Warming up this winter at Coal Yard Cafe on Ithaca's east hill

We can hardly believe it's been over nine years since the drab old Coal Office building on Maple Avenue was converted into a cafe, opening first as the Queen of Tarts. The latest incarnation, the Coal Yard Cafe, offers tempting breakfasts and lunches with lots of comfortable seating.

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New York's minimum wage is now $9.75 for fast food workers

New York's minimum wage is now $9.75 for fast food workers

As of January 1st, 2016, the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York State is now $9.75 per hour. It's the first step toward the goal of a $15 minimum wage.

"Over 180,000 working families will see this increase in their first paychecks of the year," says Carl Feuer, a workers rights advocate at the Tompkins County Workers Center. It amounts to a $1 per hour raise, or 11%, over the 2015 minimum wage. (In New York City, the minimum wage for fast food workers is $10.50.)

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Press Bay Alley hosting a Holiday Farmers Market this afternoon

Press Bay Alley hosting a Holiday Farmers Market this afternoon

Haven't finished your holiday food shopping? Want a chance to grab some local produce in Downtown Ithaca? Swing by Press Bay Alley on Tuesday afternoon for their Christmas Farmers Market.

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RECENTLY REVIEWED RESTAURANTS

The Rook Food & Drink

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404 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-319-0180

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Ned's Pizza

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840 Hanshaw Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-266-3300

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