The Cookery

4.6
684 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.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Never (ever) a bad meal here....(ever). Was the tail end of restaurant week & felt like they wanted to turn our table over. Dessert was brought over, coffee wasn’t offered and the check was placed without asking. 1st time we ever felt rushed out...we’d still be back tho cause, well, the food.

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

We really enjoyed our evening at the cookery. The food was delicious. We tend to be conservative with food choices so some of our selections were a stretch for us and the choices were wonderful. I loved my starter--the doughnut. What a mouthful of taste sensations. The staff was excellent too. We're going back soon.

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VC
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place Food is always exceptional as well as service

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AD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was wonderful
Really different meals and combinations.
Highly recommend

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DB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, atmosphere were all outstanding. An absolutely great experience.

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

I've been coming here for years and it just keeps getting better. The butta pie and white lasagna are unbelievable!

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Had a nice experience here for my anniversary. The restaurant week menu is one of the best deals around. I was very happy with the food.

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Q
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The place has spunk and some of the food is very good, but its a little noisy and the ambiance is old bar cleaned up. Its nice to be in a small space and to have good food, but its not a great bargain and there are sports TVs over the bar. Still, its a nice neighborhood place with good food.

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W
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food in a fun relaxed atmosphere. One of Westchester’s very best restaurants.

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S
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always so delicious! The service is great! Love this place!

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FF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and experience! We love this restaurant and would definitely recommend!

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EC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing. Always delicious.

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CM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the dining experience!! The food is incredible and the wait staff was very helpful. My only issue is that it is very noisy. Still highly recommend.

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B
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We had another great Restaurant Week meal here. Food was excellent and I especially enjoyed the Branzino en croute (not sure why another reviewer said they hated it). It was a huge portion and the best fish I’ve ever had there (and regularly $29 on the menu). I’ve had their “market fish” before (which was also on the RW menu, it was salmon the night we were there) and this was totally different and just amazing. The Panna Cotta dessert special was excellent, possibly the best PC I’ve ever had. They also had a lamb heart as the appetizer special and while I did not try it, one person in my party did and said it was good. Two complaints. First, two members in my party had the wonderful Buttery Salty Potatoes. The portion sizes were not the same, one had much more than the other, but the one with less potatoes had more sauce (go figure). Second, the RW menu listed a Market Steak with no surcharge. But the night we were there the steak was a 14 ounce bone-in NY Strip with a $15 surcharge. That might be a reasonable price to charge but there should have been an available option with no surcharge. The two people in my party who had planned to get the steak had pastas instead, which were excellent. But getting pasta instead of steak makes the RW menu less of a good deal for the customer (but obviously better for the restaurant).

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for all of us and it was wonderful. The wait staff was super nice and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and very nicely presented. Will definitely go back. Yes. That’s a donut burger. Very good.

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LT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week. Food was good. Nothing exceptional but service is always good. The noise level was unbearable. We couldn't hear each other.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, even better service with Maria.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I loved everything and our server was so knowledgeable and patient.
They’re HVRW is amazing b/c it’s their regular menu at fixed price.
The only thing I had an issue with was the cocktail. I thought it was a stingy pour for the price they were charging. ($17 for a Manhattan)
I would definitely go back!

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NY
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went yesterday and it was restaurant week. I love that the Cookery offers their usual menus for restaurant week with a few supplemental charges on some of the specials. Usually I would give 5 stars for their food but this time someone at our table ordered the bronzino and instead of being pan fried or grilled, it came out baked in a pastry shell. We all tried it and none of us liked it. Otherwise, everything else from appetizers to entrees, to deserts were excellent.

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GB
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a terrific meal! Each time we eat here it is easy to understand how this restaurant has thrived for the last 10 years (yes, it has been that long). The food is consistently delicious, the menu retains long time "friends" and also adds new offerings. Service is always professionally casual, warm and welcoming. Prices are very fair for the quality and quantity offered. I only wished that we lived closer and were able to come more often.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Mediocre food, waste of money.

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l
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints.

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JA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a unique dining experience. This time we had brunch for eight people. Orders varied and each one reveled in the unique combination of flavors that each dish brought!

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C
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best restaurants in Westchester. Food is always at its best and service to match the delicious food. Will definitely be back again and again, as well as recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is incredible. Highly recommend the Cookery for any meal!

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KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Way too salty and TVs are irritating.
Service was v good.
Birthday dinner w friends.

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SK
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything and have never been disappointed. The ONLY thing I can even think to complain about is paying for bread and butter BUT it is really good and I do every time I go. If that is my biggest complaint, they are doing everything else right!

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was spectacular! The price was amazing. I am putting the table together for the Roast Pig!!! ASAP!

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! Wish they hadn't turned up the music as we were there early for Saturday brunch and there weren't that many people. I can't wait to go back though.

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KH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious!

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PM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nothing special , would rather take the drive to the Bronx for Arthur Avenue Italian.

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a
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very inventive food. Absolutely delicious

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was excellent. Brunch is a great value!

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JN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

High quality ingredients. Delicious flavors and constantly changing menu. Great place!

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lots of salt and fat. Tasted good but we felt it later

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat. The pasta dishes were outstanding. What I enjoy the most is the specialty dishes not usually sold in Italian restaurant. The waitress was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is simply delicious. It’s the highest quality and cooked to perfection.
The service is generally good but you can be unlucky and get a poor waitress.
Prices are high and now there is a 3% surcharge added to the bill for kitchen staff tip.

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GC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. From the food to the service. Exceptional!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was hands down one of the best restaurants we've been to in Westchester, and it competes with the best in NYC. Waiter recommended meatballs, octopus, salt potatos and osso bucco. We shared it all and loved every bite. Delicious cocktails too.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu! The waiter Benjamin gave me a rundown of everything on the menus while I waited for a friend to arrive. I took his recommendations and ordered outside my comfort zone. The food was extraordinary! The service could not have been better. I will be back very soon with my wife and friends.

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