The Cookery

4.5
528 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The Cookery was founded by Chef David DiBari. Comfortably located in Dobbs Ferry, one of Westchester’s quaintest and most beautiful river towns, The Cookery has embraced the positive energy exchanged from its local patrons and uses it to fuel the quest for great food and ceaseless creativity. The neo-nostalgic Italian menu proves evident of Chef DiBari’s style of cooking, which is to progressively approach simplicity.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5pm - 10pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 10pm
Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 5pm - 11pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm (Brunch) - 5pm - 11pm Dinner
Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm (Brunch) - 5pm - 9pm
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Phone number
(914) 305-2336
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David DiBari
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 528 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, atmosphere is low key, you absolutely know you are coming for spectacular food, fun staff, and killer drinks!

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AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food with great vibe and music. One of my go-to places in Westcheater!

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LT
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch is DELICIOUS! The food does not disappoint and the suckling pig is yummy.

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wife has been asking to come here for years. Was happy to find a reservation available for her birthday dinner.
Noise level is high.....
Tables are close to each other.....
However, it was all worth it.

Beautiful meal to mark the occasion.
Fun Time for parents who never get to go out alone.

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BG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, drinks and food were amazing. The buttery salty potatoes are do die for.

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CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service! Looking forward to going back again.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous octopus appetizer. Great main course - rigatoni with bone marrow. Really excellent food.

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GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the Cookery once a month. It never disappoints and it always seems to surprise us with innovation, taste, and friendly service. We have been going here since it first opened. We were very happy with how good the food is in such a casual place. Simply put there is no better restaurant in Westchester NY.

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RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Way overpriced for what you get. Food is creative but tiny portions at a very high price. NYC prices. Loud music.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so pleased with our full experience at The Cookery! Thank you!

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MC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great, so is service. It is rather noisy though.

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DB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! Our appetizer (Caesar Salad) was good. We had the ravioli and chicken dishes. They were delicious!! Overall, enjoyed our dinner in a cozy and quaint restaurant!

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal at the Cookery. Whether with just my wife or with a few 12 year olds in tow, soonethig for everyone.

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CP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Chef Dibari is the best.

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W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cookery never disappoints. The food is so creative and well prepared and delicious. Every meal we've had here has been delightful.

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BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cookery was a real pleasant experience. The value was great. Food was delicious and service was attentive. They do charge an extra 3% for the kitchen crew, but you notice that they really do work for it. I would come again if I'm ever in the area.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove up from Long Island just for dinner, and it was completely worth the drive. I worked for Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud a few years ago, ive worked at some amazing restaurants, and the guys and gals at The Cookery are definitely doing it right. I will for sure be back.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Loud, hip, local upscale Italian with variable performance. Good, fresh pasta prepared al dente. Innovative menu choices. Slow kitchen, over-salted dishes. Good on refills of water.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is outstanding. Everyone loved their individual dish. The appetizers were phenomenal. The waitress worked with my friend who has dietary restrictions. The only negative thing I have to say is it’s very very loud in there, but it’s just a minor inconvenience when you Taste the food.

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b
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Hipster vibe, inventive yet with a classic twist. Love it,

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out tonight for my mother’s birthday. We tried

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service. One of the best restaurants in Westchester!

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

nice place...jut too loud...could not hear each other

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TF
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would have given Food five stars except for a mis=executed fish special - Striped Bass with black garlic puree and pickled zucchini. The other dishes - a duck liver "parfait", a fried octopus leg, and a pork osso bucco, were masterful. Server was knowledgeable though sometimes hard to locate.

On a 90F summer night, our first table was unbearably hot. We were moved on request and it was bearable, but still warm. One star deducted for lack of A/C control and excessive noise.

The 3% service charge on the bill for the staff was unusual and a surprise for a restaurant on the pricy side for it's class . It seems like an annoying way of understating the already higher prices.

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SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Top notch ingredients prepared perfectly.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was really great! We also really enjoyed the brunch punch which happened to be a white sangria punch the day we went. There were some annoying flies buzzing around throughout the meal (possibly drawn to the roast pig which was on display at the restaurant as you walked in?). The cloth napkins were also left a lot of lint on people’s clothing. Overall, the food was delicious though, and I would give it another go...

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BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal food. Shared a few dishes with my girlfriend and everything was outstanding

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience to eat there and the food is beyond delicious!!

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i
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I absolutely love going here! The food is phenomenal and the service and staff is excellent. The noise level however is not so great. I have to basically yell across the table to talk to my friends. Other than that, one of the best places in Westchester!

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JG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience... especially liked STEPHANIE... the HOSTESS !!!!

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i
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great hostess, servers, bartenders - food was delicious! seated right on time and our courses were perfectly timed! must try for foodies!!

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The food is TOP NOTCH - the service, though very nice friendly staff - was very disappointing, as it took almost an hour and I had yet to receive anything! When I shared my displeasure a FANTASTIC piece of bread was dropped off - perhaps they could provide bread automatically when the wait for food is held up?!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been our favorite since it opened. Exceptional food, great service- always a pleasure for the senses!

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NY
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

One of our favorite restaurants in Westchester. We don’t go often because the menu dosen’t change and we usually end up order the same food all the time, although there is always a special appetizer, entree, and desert option posted on the chalk board. The place is loud and has a lot of energy. Good to go with friends or with family.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

My family and I moved to Dobbs Ferry a month ago and were eagerly awaiting our first experience at The Cookery. When we finally had the chance to go, it lived up to our highest expectations for the food. Truly wonderful cooking.

Everything we ate was flavorful and fresh, from the moist meatballs and crunchy-outside soft-inside fried octopus starters to the herby lamb Bolognese pasta, mouth watering pork Osso Bucco and creamy cauliflower ravioli. The chocolate chip cookie tray for two, baked to order and topped with vanilla ice cream, arrived piping hot and was deliciously decadent.

The service was up to the excellence of the food: attentive, swift and friendly. The decor is fun if dark, matched by the whimsy of the staff T-shirts featuring a crowned pig head (pork, as we discovered with the Osso Bucco, is a signature dish).

The only negative - and it's a biggie - is the outlandish noise level. It is absolutely ear-splitting. I get that restaurants turn tables more quickly when people can't hold a conversation over a meal, but come on. At basically $30 an entree, we should be entitled to hear ourselves think. There's got to be a way to diminish the din. For starters, how about lowering the volume of the music?

And one other minor irritant: why oh why the TV screens above the bar? It's a second-class choice that denigrates a first-class restaurant.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I had heard amazing things about The Cookery and could not wait to try it! Unfortunately I did not have the experience that I had hoped for. Our server was not very friendly or personable. He did not explain the brunch menu or tell us the specials. It was not until we ordered that he told us the items that they had run out of, both of which were items we were excited to order. Once the food came there was a long hair cooked into the meatball my date was eating that he found half way through eating it. On the plus side the music was great. I would try this restaurant one more time for dinner instead o f brunch in hopes that my experience was a fluke.

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CA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Place is awesome not the first time but defInitely disappointed with last visits service. Not bad but could definitely use improvement.

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G
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clearly, the best brunch value in Westchester - bar none! For your $35 prix fixe brunch, you'll get a "special punch" (ours was a bourbon spiked red sangria) , then some passed pre-appetizers (a mini muffin and a cheesy shortbread), then your choice of starters (the mozzeralla was great - creamy and big portion drizzled with EVO and served with a crusty bread; the meatball & egg was equally as great with sunny side up egg over a fantastic juicy meatball; there's also a maple bacon cinnabun & pig's head doughnut which we'll try next time. So, already you've gotten about half the prix fixe with your drink and splendid appetizer. Then another passed amuse bouche - this time a dougnut hole and a mini-apricot danish. Entrees followed - I chose the waffles & bone marrow which was great but photos had depicted 2 bones but I only got one and it was light on marrow - that said it was good. I should have also ordered the roasted suckling pig - carved from a whole pig displayed at the bar. The pork was perfect but don't try to eat the slice of golden skin (this ain't chicken!). But wait... there's more - your choice of ice cream, warm chocolate polenta, pecan pie, or sticky date cake - we had the first two which were both very good with the polenta topped with singed mini marshmallows. All in all, a great brunch and a great value.

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GH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place was delicious and our server was outstanding. Will be back.

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