To our dearest Moosewood Friends, Fans & Family,

For so long, we have had tremendous joy cooking, serving, and being a part of the Ithaca community. Friends, family, co-workers, all have come through our doors to make Moosewood feel so much bigger than simply a restaurant.

The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all. Restaurants like us have struggled to rapidly shift their business to still serve the food we love through takeout & delivery, while also taking care and precaution to protect those still employed and the community at large.

While we are happy to have given it a shot, we have sadly decided that for the foreseeable future, we have decided to close the kitchen for daily operations.

We hope that this is in the best interest of both our employees and the future of the restaurant. It was not an easy decision, but feel it is likely the most responsible one.

We want to thank all our employees, fans, regulars, purveyors, Dewitt Mall-co residents, and everyone else (past and present) who has made Moosewood such an important part of so many lives. We have so much love & gratitude for the contributions of so many.

That being said, this is not the end for us. We hope to re-emerge from this and get back to what we love – making and serving great food and drink, seeing regular friendly faces, making daily specials, coming up with new recipes & menus, and seeing new staff & customers come through our doors.

In the meantime, we’re going to focus on our families, friends, each other, and doing our best to find the everyday important ways that we can support each other and the community at large.

Keep an eye on this space! During our time off, we will likely be posting here on occasion – maybe what we’re cooking at home, maybe some of our recipes…whatever suits our fancy. Also, feel free to message us if you want any help or support, especially if you have any questions about what you may be cooking at home! We know a lot of you are probably doing that a lot more these days, and we’re more than happy to lend any help we can 😊


All the best, stay safe, much love,

-Moosewood Restaurant

 P.S. We just added all of our available merchandise to the online store and put everything on sale. We will also be offering free shipping on all orders. It might take us an extra day or two to process orders, but we will be checking it daily.


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Our newest cookbook is The Moosewood Restaurant Table, 250 brand-new recipes from the natural foods restaurant that revolutionized eating in America .   Here’s a rave review in Publisher’s Weekly. And another in Library Journal!

With our emphasis on healthful natural foods cuisine, Moosewood Restaurant has operated successfully for 46 years and has been acclaimed as a driving force in the world of creative natural cooking with a vegetarian emphasis. Moosewood was named one of the thirteen most influential restaurants of the 20th Century by Bon Appetit magazine! We started in an era when many alternative businesses began, and we feel incredibly grateful to have endured, thrived, and to be having a positive impact today.