Here at Monks On the Commons, we embrace the communal spirit and strive to promote the best the region has to offer. Consider it our calling to create thoughtful food and drink in a space you can share with other good and like-minded people. We hope you make it your calling to check us out, and find some respite from the pace of modern life.


The Restaurant

Monks kitchen has crafted the most soulful farm to table fare you can find this side of the Mason-Dixon line. Carefully planned, prepared and presented; the Monks dining experience is like no other in Ithaca.


The Bar

No matter your choice of beverage, Monks offers a wide range of local and national options. Cocktails crafted with a nod to tradition and a healthy dose of novelty define our bar experience.


The HOTEL and Meeting Space

Ithaca's newest hotel is truly a contemporary property with all the comforts of home. Take the elevator home and make your night out on the Ithaca Commons one you won't soon forget.


From corporate trainings to intimate board meetings, host your business affairs at our Ithaca hotel. Let us cater your event with mouthwatering options that'll delight your attendees. 


The Staff



Food & Beverage Director Robert Gedman brings to the Ithaca Marriott extensive knowledge in classical European and French culinary practices, in addition to managerial skills. He is an experienced executive chef with a career spanning almost 25 years at hotels, restaurants and private clubs in his native England and the U.S. Most recently, he served for 15 years as executive chef of The Binghamton Club (Binghamton, New York). His experience also includes The Rose Inn in Ithaca and the Four Seasons Hotel, Houston. Gedman launched his career in the U.K., in the kitchens of three hotels in the coastal region of Devon.


Dan Galusha - Executive Chef


Executive Chef Dan Galusha attended Le Cordon Bleu in Dover, New Hampshire in the early days of his culinary career. After establishing his first sous position in Vestal, NY, he left for the Elliot Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts to work under Chef Ken Oringer at Clio Restaurant. Upon returning to the area, Dan started working as the Sous Chef at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Binghamton, which is where he met our now Food and Beverage Director, Robert Gedman. When the Ithaca Marriott Downtown On The Commons began pre-opening, Dan followed Robert and soon after became the Executive Chef. Dan is excited to bring classic ideas with a modern twist and the freshest ingredients to Monks On The Commons.

Erik jones - sous chef


Binghamton, NY raised, Sous Chef Erik Jones found a nack for cooking while working in local family owned bars and restaurants while attending SUNY Broome for hotel-restaurant management and graphic design. After working as a Chef de Partie at the Binghamton DoubleTree by Hilton, Erik joined the Ithaca Marriott Downtown On The Commons team in its pre-opening stage. Now, as Sous Chef for Monks On The Commons, Erik is looking forward to bringing his creative and artistic passion to the plates of all the brilliant Marriott guests and members of the Ithaca community alike.


Roland Coggin - Beverage Supervisor


Beverage Supervisor Roland Coggin spent his childhood in Ithaca but departed at the age of 17, returning five years ago to consult for opening bar programs – the lauded Lot-10 Bar + Lounge among them – and teach private cocktail classes. He was voted Best Bartender in the Ithaca Times Readers Poll. Coggin built his career bartending at a series of West Coast bars, including the W Hotel San Diego, Fish & Farm in San Francisco, and Fifth Floor, a Michelin-starred restaurant at Hotel Palomar.


Joshua fogerty - restaurant Supervisor


Restaurant Supervisor Joshua Fogerty began his path in the service industry working at one of the top 30 steakhouses in the U.S., John Thomas Steakhouse while attending Ithaca College for Music. Starting as a backwaiter and foodrunner, Josh quickly found parallels between serving customers and performing, all the while receiving excellent training in service at John Thomas. From there, Josh left for the Ithaca Commons to work as a bartender and server at Madeline's Restaurant. Upon the opening of the Ithaca Marriott Downtown On The Commons, Josh started working at Monks On The Commons as a bartender, eventually working his way up to becoming the Restaurant Supervisor.


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