The Cookery

4.5
466 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Gastro Pub
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(914) 305-2336
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
David DiBari
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 466 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Sisters graduation dinner

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 7 days ago

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 7 days ago

I forgot just how noisy the restaurant is. Definitely not a place for an intimate dinner or dining with friends when you want to hear yourselves talk.

Food for the most part was very very good but was disappointed in their special of artic char with a pepper sauce. The fish seemed a bit "off" and the sauce really did not compliment the delicate fish. Next time will go with the non specials.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Everything was great...from interesting cocktails to house-made bread and pastas. Very loud room due to brick-walled construction but other than that, we could not have asked for a better experience for our rare night out together. Cookery redefines "neighborhood gem". We will return soon and often.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great food, friendly staff. I will,recommend this place for everyone who want to enjoy in great food and beautiful ambient.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Service, food, excellent, although not enough Vegan, fish choices
Very noisy.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We came here for our wedding anniversary and had a great evening. The service was excellent. The appetizers were really good, I had the pigs head donut and it was incredible. We split a ravioli dish that was great. The mains were good, my ribeye was cooked well and my wife had the pork that was also cooked perfectly. The portions were huge, probably good to share a main. I don’t get the goose fat potatoes. They seem too greasy to eat without feeling ill so just left those. The dessert was good, stickabutta pie was well worth it, but the chocolate polenta was way too sweet and missing some texture. Overall we had a great experience and will definitely come back and probably order less.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We visited the Cookery for brunch on a Sunday with 3 children and 5 adults. Reviews had mentioned the Cookery was kid-friendly however there was nothing about the place that I would consider to be enticing to children. The menu was a bit too sophisticated. We found service to be VERY slow. The meal was well over 2 hours long and numerous requests had to be made for simple things like water! If after all of that the food had been exceptional I would have ignored the service, however we all found the food to be bland at best. Even the Prosecco/Sangria they offered with the brunch was tasteless!! Overall I was shocked to have such a poor experience at a restaurant that has been raves about by so many. We will not be returning any time soon.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We have been coming here for years and are never disappointed. This time we had a particularly great server and our pasta dishes were truly excellent. The loudness of the space was jarring this time, and the specials did not appeal to us. But the quality of the food is outstanding.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The food was spectacular as always. The service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Excellent service. Very good food and variety of choices.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Food is always good, and menu always interesting.
Service is is attentive and friendly. Definitely have the meatballs!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

My choice was not available. I was told the menu was changed; it was last weeks' menu. I ordered the ravioli instead. It was too small a portion to satisfy. I was disappointed.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in Westchester. Chef Dibari is a genius.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The heirloom meatballs accompanied by a glass of valpolicella -- a transcendental experience

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Food was delicious , Love the music and the service was great.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Great food, great service. All of the starters were lovely, albeit the calamari was a small serve. We had spaghetti with pork and clam sausage, and the lamb radiatore, both divine. The pork shank was also amazing. The cookie tray as the finale was so fun too! Will definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

3rd time there, love this place so much! The hostess and our waitress that night were amazing so kudos to you guys! Will be coming back soon!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was amazing! Cauliflower salad fresh and flavorful, smoked pig head doughnut intrigued me, and it blow me away. Great mix of sweet and spicy. Bone marrow rigatoni was very rich, and the portion was perfect, any more would be overkill. Also, got to see the while suckling pig get carried past our table, very impressive. Service was friendly, very casual. Noise level was higher than we expected, but can't fault a place for being busy. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Birthday

Great food and service

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Cookery is outstanding. The best Rib Eye steak I've had out anywhere around. Bone Marrow Pasta was excellent. Knowledgeable staff.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were seated promptly. The wait staff all worked together and supplied exceptional service. Food was amazing and we are already planning a return trip.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went here for Mother's Day after a couple of years absence -- food has only improved. Good service and very pleasant -- the noise level is pretty difficult ...

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Delicious food! Awesome menu! Great service. Noise level was a bit much. But we Enjoyed it and we’ll be back!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food at the cookery is amazing! The brunch is a little pricey, especially if you’re going to have more than one drink, but the food is worth it. Close enough the the pier that a nice walk or quick drive will get you a scenic view.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had been to the Cookery before - and once again, enjoyed delicious and unusual fare, warm and capable service and relaxed atmosphere. Our friends, first timers, were equally impressed. Our caveats were about noise level -- too high, can acoustics be improved? Also, a few of the orders had toast that was burned - not good. Overall, it was a nice experience and we would and will go again!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

As someone who has been awarded by James Beard and others of note, and who consulted the recent US World's Fair Pavilion in Milan 2015, with the central exposition theme of Food, I have a reasonably good idea of what quality and entertaining food and beverage should be.

The Cookery has this, and then some. Maria is a fine Manager, and the young man who waited on us the past two times was spot on, friendly, knowledgable, and not pretentious.

Fine food, fine beverages, a precious site, and an engaging staff, what more is there to ask for, now really? This is a place that is not to be missed. Bravo!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The Cookery was amazing as usual.. Maria is awesome and gives a warm friendly welcome as always. :)
I can’t wait to go back again soon!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Second time dining there and I can say without hesitation, The Cookery, is one of my favorite places to dine. I tried a different pasta dish and it was just as good as the other one— desserts are amazing...I love this place!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Everything was amazing!!!! Service, food and cocktails! I suggest the bread and ash butter, the doughnut!!!! It was the most interesting thing I’ve ever eaten (pic below)...so delicious and house made mozzarella for apps. The rigatoni and spaghetti with clam sausage for entrees were fantastic. You MUST finish your meal with the pudding it’s unlike anything I have ever tasted. Also the Pink Flamingo cocktail was so yummy!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great place to hace dinner or lunch. Has a great atmosphere in a small town feel... You can't get enough of their wonderful dishes and great tasting IPA's.... Unless you like wine of course, they have a great selection for all palates. Appetizer, I had the fresh Mozzarella made daily, olive oil, vincotto, charred & torn house bread, truly a great tasting treat. Followed by a dish of Bucatini pasta, porky garlic & oil, cracklin' breadcrumbs, parmigiano cheese. Dishes have great portion, not too much or little. Great job guys!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Always exceptional food. This is one of Westchester’s VERY few restaurants that could exist and thrive in New York City.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We heard a lot of positive feedback for the Cookery and it didn't disappoint! The food & service was excellent. We will definitely be returning in the near future. Say hello to Anabella!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The Cookery always delivers! Great atmosphere, welcoming and accommodating staff and the food is always spectacular.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Its the food, stupid. The food here is simply stupendous. My friend and I have eaten here at least a dozen times in the last couple of years and we have never had a disappointing meal, and more often than not a meal where we said "wow!" Last Tuesday night was no exception - we split a portion of rigatoni with bone marrow and carmelized onions as appetizers and then split the 16 oz. in-bone market steak garnished with goose fat roast potatoes and roasted carrots. Everything was wonderful, the pasta and meat dishes were cooked just right and were delightfully seasoned.

The pasta here is the best I have ever had - it doesn't sound exciting on the menu but the flavors are always interested and the sauces and garnishes never overwhelm the basic ingredients. If you want pasta drowned in sauce this is not the place for you. If you think only tomato-based sauces can make pasta interesting, come here to be educated.

Service is outstanding, attentive and efficient. Our wait-person was more than happy to set-up our split dishes. The Cookery is often noisy and the ambiance is spartan, tables are small and close together, the coat rack is rudimentary. This is not the place for an intimate chat. But, hey, you came here for the fabulous food, remember!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Always so delicious !

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This is a very well-regarded restaurant and my reasons for the poor review don't have much to do with the food or service. Although the appetizers were disappointing (a bland cauliflower dish and an eggplant dish) the lamp bolognese was excellent, if a tiny bit oily. But three of us enjoyed the lamp and my husband had a different pasta dish he said was great. Two things offended us: they charge for bread and basically offer three pieces (to four of us), which the waiter offered to have cut "into smaller pieces" for easier sharing. Now it's great bread and butter, but really? In a place where dinner will run $80+ and a lot more with wine, what possible reason could the management have for charging for bread and being stingy with it. Bread remains a fairly cheap staple, even great bread. Ask if people want it, for sure, so those who don't don't waste it, but for those who like bread, don't add insult to injury in an otherwise upscale restaurant. Second, on the bill was a 3% charge for the backroom kitchen staff. Now we are all for tips getting circulated to everyone who works in a restaurant and we know kitchen staffs are usually badly underpaid. But asking patrons to help up their pay, which is how this came across, seems the height of both chutzpah and cheapness. I'd much prefer they raise the price of their dishes to be able to pay a decent wage to their entire staff, so even the wait staff isn't dependent on the whim of tipping. This is what some Manhattan restaurants are now trying to do. We won't be back, although I'm sure they won't change their policies since it's a popular place and obviously few care about these issues.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great evening - food delicious!!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
12