The Cookery

4.5
502 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

As usual, food was outstanding. Pasta w lamb bolognese is tough to beat. Dessert was crazy good, but be warned portion was larger than expected.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I love The Cookery and have been many times with amazing experiences between the food and drinks. But this last time the food let me down for the first time, mainly the entree. The presentation, the amount, and the actual dish were EXTREMELY different compared to the last couple times I have ordered it. The dishes came out if they had just been thrown together without care and the pasta was medicore at best. It sucked because I had recommended the dish to another person at the table who was trying the restaurant out for the first time. I know people have off days so I’m just hoping it was just that.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

First time here. Sunday brunch was excellent. Highly recommend the roasted potatoes appetizer.....just outstanding.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Look — I really like this place, but there were three problems with our visit. First was that the music was stupid loud. I get that the Cookery people are going for “cool,” but it makes no sense to have to scream across the table at your husband. Second, the food was good but sometimes verged on silly. I’m thinking about the “compressed watermelon” — ?? It just tasted strange. The Osso Buco, on the other hand, was terrific. Finally, our totally adorable waiter never brought my second glass of wine. Probably for the best, but still. I’m a steadfast fan, but I’m not sure I’ll run back every chance I get.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Outstanding cuisine. Better than most five star Manhattan restaurants.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Westchester, food is always outstanding

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

limited items in menue, some even was not available

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Food wasn't up to par. The air conditioning ducts are leaking over tables. Water from ducts dropping into you plate and onto your body. The pipes were sweating so bad it extinguished the candle on table. The fresh mozzarella was extremely salty, the polenta was undercooked and hard, they also serve sodas without straws. I think chef should spend some time and taste what comes out of his kitchen

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I know this restaurant has received rave reviews but it wasn't at all a rave for us.
The octopus appetizer was delicious..
but $16 for one tentacle ?? The butter bean appetizer was also very good.
The special pasta dish was a hit. Hard to describe, but picture a long piece of lasagna filled with ricotta and flavored with lemon, pepper and poppy seeds rolled up into a pinwheel shape. So tasty!
The other entree missed. Rigatoni with a pork sauce had tender pork but way too Al dente pasta.
The place is rustic and cozy. Noise level and music are too loud. The waiter was good, but busboys didn’t understand requests. Leftovers for both entrees were put into one container. Prices are okay (except for octopus).
May or may not go back.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We already LOVE the Cookery but every time we go back we love it even more. They are one of the only places that actually acknowledge when you leave a note on Open Table that you’re coming for a special occasion. Both times we’ve done that we have received something little on the house whether it be shots or a glass of champagne. We just celebrated our engagement and a birthday there and they made us feel so special. And the food and service was delicious as always!

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2.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Overrated. Been there at least 10 times. Steak was super market quality. Bacatini pasta was extremely salty and I love salt. Drinks were good but very slow service. Mozarrella appetizer, although good, was definitely not made that day. We were extremely disappointed and we won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Great food, lively atmosphere and two of the best things I’ve ever tasted...”Bacon Steak!” And “Lemon Riccota Rollatino” (I’m not sure that’s the right name.). Yum!

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food pairing's are excellent. Our waitress was very friendly,helpful and very attentive. However it was much too warm especially during these warm weather days.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. A great place to enjoy a meal that challenges the norms of ingredients and dishes you are familiar with. Excellent cocktails. All the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Our only disappointment was in having a 5:45 reservation, the food came really fast & we felt rushed. The service was too attentive & fast without any time between courses to digest, they came immediately. Not even enough time for a second drink. Definitely not leisurely dining to savor the delicious food.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Did not disappoint as usual! First time I tried the branzino en croute and it was so so delicious!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent food. Service was very good. Noise level to loud to carry on a conversation.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I grew up in Dobbs Ferry and have heard that is becoming a foodie town. Had the shrimp special appetizer which was cooked in butter and served with shrimp toast. Unique and very tasty. I had the pasta special as well which was similsr to carbonara with an egg on the finish. I tried my wife’s ricotta with truffle and honey and the meatballs - both good.

Wine list is limited and a little low end. Bar area music too loud for such a small place

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The food at the Cookery is always really good and the bar always has interesting cocktails on offer. My main problem is the noise level. The music was SO LOUD that everyone in the restaurant had to practically shout to be heard by their friends right across the table. Which means that everyone in this small space was forced to speak not just over the music but over the loud voices at the tables around them. That makes the overall dining experience much less enjoyable. I know that they want to have a cool and hip vibe in the restaurant, but would it hurt to turn down the music a few decibels??

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Overall great. Would not recommend as a romantic or intimate ambiance. Pasta dishes were extraordinary

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The Cookery never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Server was great. Was our server a previous time. Food was ok. Appetizers were great. Meal was so-so. Prior meals were much better. The 3% extra added to bill for kitchen staff is odd. It takes away from what I gave the server which is not fair in my opinion. Food was the challenge this visit not the service so definitely a bad new policy.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Sisters graduation dinner

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is fantastic. However, tonight my experience was disappointing. The food was still great. However, the service was poor, the music way too loud and they ran out of many of the desserts.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Amazing as always. The Cookery never disappoints. The food is divine, rich, delicious! Atmosphere is just hip enough, cocktails are unique and refreshing. LOVE this place.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great nite for my wife’s birthday. Just a wonderful evening experience

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