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ITHACA, NY – While The Rook is certainly a hub for smart cocktails and small plates, don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Ithaca Voice Dining visited the kitchen with Chef Gentry Morris for a backstage look at how The Rook prepares its ice box trifle.

The trifle, a decidedly modern riff on a large format British dessert usually layered with fruit and cake, is a delightful single-serving pot of gluten free goodness.

Chocolate brownie cookies form the base, alternating with layers of frozen caramel pastry cream, and a generous dollop of vanilla whipped cream and almonds on top.

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The Rook

404 W. State St., Ithaca NY|14850 |(607) 319-0180 Welcome to The Rook. We're a new restaurant in Ithaca's West End offering a modern take on old favorites. Our passion for quality ingredients and classic...