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About Us

True farm to table

Our New Home

As the rebirth of Utica continues to blossom, Tailor and the Cook has moved to 311 Main St. in Utica.   This historic building was most recently home to the beloved Children’s Museum.  We are thrilled to be able to deliver Tailor and the Cook to new heights, while remaining true to our Baggs Square roots.  The new and improved Tailor and the Cook will be open seven days a week for Happy Hour, Dinner Service, and Weekend Brunch! 

We have built our foundation on supporting local farmers and producers, and this will remain our cornerstone.  As always, you can be sure of:

  • Warm and comfortable service

  • Inspired and thoughtful cuisine

  • Hand crafted cocktails

  • An award-winning NYS Wine Program

The new space at 311 Main features a considerably larger restaurant, with an extremely exciting, expanded bar area.  The Bar will feature Casual dining, small and large plates,  along with some incredible sandwiches, and most definitely a local Burger!  Think comfort food, locally sourced… staples of T&C including the NYS Cheese Board, and The Butcher’s Board will be the building blocks of the bar menu, along with many more small plates featuring the best of our local farms and producers!

Our Roots

Founded in 2012, our journey began at 94 Genesee Street in Utica. Tailor and the Cook is rooted in great local food and drink, sustainable business, and improving the community.  Our concept has always been mission driven with a passion for excellence. 


Founded by Tim & Melissa Hardiman and Chris & Tracey Talgo, the friends combined to build a space that was comfortable and inviting.  They quickly set the bar for comfortable service and delicious fare, and worked hard over the past 12 years to bolster that reputation, while adding to the fabric of our great city.

Our Name

Tailor & The Cook, is an homage to the history of our original building at 94 Genesee Street in Baggs Square West.  Since the birth of the city, this address was home to a number of thriving businesses including the UTK Tailoring Company, from 1910 until the 1940s.

We’re now thrilled to play a role in the revitalization of the historic Baggs Square East neighborhood at 311 Main Street.

As the spot where Utica Harbor and the Barge Canal intersect, Baggs Square has been a commercial, industrial, and transportation center since the city was established. Because of the proximity to the train station, this neighborhood saw many famous visitors such as:  Vice President Aaron Burr, President John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Washington Irving, and Charles Dickens,  to name a few.

Owners of the tailor and the cook
Tim Hardiman
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