About The Cookery
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.
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Italian, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Cookery Ratings and Reviews
5 ladies for a birthday dinner-(which Cookery acknowledged during desert) 2 of which had never been there before. Steak as was recommended from a friend who has dined here prior. Tasty & tender- loved it. The pork osso buco was wonderful the 2 other ladies said and a chicken dish the other had was enjoyed also, Energetic for a Tuesday night and if you like the bar- 2 tv's on and high tops. My other half's first visit and they were all thrilled- (tough to please 5 ladies- but yes and kudo's) - Try it- even if parking can be a bit of a challenge- worth it1
I booked in this restaurant to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. It was a surprise for my wife. I can only say it was fantastic. I asked to have roses at our table and when we sat there were red roses. The dinner was super! They also offered us two dishes. An unforgettable experience!
Just moved to the neighborhood. This restaurant came highly reccomended and has received high ratings. I was disappointed. I had dinner there last Thursday 1/11/18 after a workout at the gym. $6 for bread and butter, so nothing to snack on while waiting for our appetizers. We ordered 3 appetizers, the octopus was great, eggplant and mozzarella was average. Forget about the Branzino en croute, which is in a thick flavorless pastry. Have the half chicken instead. Can’t go wrong with chicken. The waitress and servers were great.
Almost Seinfeld episode: good at taking reservations, not so good at holding them!
Booked the big table for 7 upfront for a special occasion dinner for my in-laws birthday (if you are married, you know!). Booked it in person, told them how important it was to get the table. Confirmed the day before. Arrived, the table was taken by somebody else. ???
Had to leave and take them somewhere else at the last minute on Friday night.
Ask me if I am ever coming back here again...
Overall it was a disappointing dining experience. Instead of immediately feeling welcome by the waitress we detected an attitude and felt like we were an inconvenience. First off their signature appetizer was off the menu, not a huge deal but it's supposed to be the thing to eat. We started with the radicchio salad which was completely underdressed and a eggplant dish which was cold and slimy and should be jettisoned from the menu immediately. I ordered a half portion of pasta bolognese as a second course which was delicious but within 1 minute of placing it down our entrees followed. Any decent waitress would have seen I'd just been given a dish and held it back. Instead after I commented there should have been a gap they tried to take the plates back to put under a heat lamp. Thanks but no. My wife had the steak which was very good and we had a side of salty butter potatoes which were superb, together these dishes were the high point of the meal. I had the Osso Bucco which was just ok, a little dry and tough. The cocktails were excellent. This place is a mediocre gastro-pub and does not deserve its reputation based on our experience and we would not return.
Dinner last Saturday night after a recommendation from our daughter and son-in-law. So glad we listened! Interestingly bread and butter is listed as an appetizer but being a bread lover, I had to have it and was so glad I did...best bread ever - crusty and soft on the inside. We also shared the eggplant appetizer which was unusual and tasty. My husband proclaimed the Pork Osso Bucco delicious and decided he would be having it again on a return visit. I enjoyed the bucatini with caramelized onion and bone marrow - different exquisite flavors. Service was friendly and wonderful and we will definitely return soon.
Excellent food which came out promptly and hot however the service was underwhelming- I think the waitress had way too many tables and we didn’t get the attention we deserved. Maybe if we didn’t have a party of 10 (automatic 20% tip) service would have been better. Also it was very very cold inside (at times freezing!) as the back door kept swinging open from the busboy going in and outside. Not to mention the windows we were sitting by didn’t keep the cold outside.
This place has some of the best pork I’ve ever had. They use it in such creative ways with their amazing polenta!!! The pasta is great but I wish there were a couple of more dishes on the menu. Definitely a must if you love the pig as much as they do. Their whole pig experience is a little too expensive in my opinion.
1) Pay for the fresh bread and cultured butter. It's outstanding.
2) The "ham hock" special turned out to be pork braised with Dr. Pepper and huckleberries. It's outstanding.
3) The "market greens" special turned out to be grilled lettuces with a balsamic dressing. It's outstanding.
4) The "stickabutta pie" turned out to be Crack Pie with caramel sauce on top. The slice of pie we received was quite narrow. Probably the thinnest slice of pie I've ever seen served in a restaurant.
Overall, a great meal. We will be back.
I have been to The Cookery three times before, but the rest of my party had not been. I was happy to see that the added the Doughnut back to the menu, although I did the cinnabon instead. It was very good, but not as unique as the Doughnut starter. My daughter always enjoys the meatball, so my friend had it and fell in love with it's tenderness. It is a good size as well. For a main I had the french toast. I have had this on two previous occasions and loved it. While my husband enjoyed it, I did not. First they changed the sausage from a patty to a link. It is hard to get a bite of sausage with every mouthful this way, and the skin on the sausage made it hard to cut with a butter knife. Second the cheese was not melted, and was too thick to enjoy as is. Third, the french toast itself was mushy, almost wet inside. And lastly, this was the worst for me... the egg yolk was semi hard... firm and golden, not like a hard boiled egg, but no where near the soft yolk that is usually served on this dish, where you break into it and it runs into the sausage patty and french toast. So I was pretty disappointed. Not sure if it was because the place was packed, or if it was because we had a later than normal reservation. One of my brunch mates had the burger and said it was way overcooked. I love this place and will go back, but will make sure I do so closer to the 11am hour.
Great restaurant. Chef Debari's dishes are magical! You should check this place out for sure--great for dinner any night and particularly amazing for brunch. We usually take the train in from the city; it's a very short trip on the Metro North Hudson Line. Of course, you can drive, too :)
Amazing meal. Flavor,flavor, flavor from the first bite of the crostini Ruth ricotta, honey and truffle oil.
Branzino en croute was the winning dish. Also loved the Osso Bucca the veggie lasagna. The choco chip cookie for two was enough for four or five.
Great bourbon and rye cocktails.
Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, the service was great and attentive. The food is amazing, the suckling pig is so tender and flavorful- it really can’t be beat. If you’re not sure if you should order something because you don’t know what it is- just order it! Trust me, can’t go wrong! The donut, the Cinnabun, the egg in purgatory, egg in a jar, meatball and egg- I’m telling you, it’s delicious! Dave (Chef&owner) is involved in everything from creating and making the dishes to clearing your plate!
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