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PRICE RANGE
US$15 - US$20
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American, Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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It’s a cute neighborhood spot yet this restaurant far exceeds what might be expected with cooking that goes completely outside of the box. It’s why eve...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed 4 November 2021 via mobile

We travel in Italy every year so we’re picky about Italian and Italian-American food. Our dinner at Cookery was one of the best of the Italian-American cuisine we’ve had in the USA. The food (creative and delightfully prepared), wine list, lively vibe and service were...all outstanding. Brava! We’ll be back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 1 August 2021

After hearing so much about the “pigs head donut” I was disappointed to find out they have not served that dish is years. The menu is limited in my estimation along with the beer choices ( if you don’t like IPA your screwed). My portion...of Radiatore Bolognese was “children sized” with a sparse amount of lamb in it. Not sure when bread and butter on the table was a thing of the past. It will cost you $8 if you would like some. No value for the dollar here 🙁More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 9 November 2020

Look, the food is tasty, but it's not particularly original. In fact I would have given this review 3 stars, but the service, especially during COVID, was exemplary. We were accommodated with a spot outside on a nice night even though we had booked an...inside table. We were seated right away, and our server was friendly and gave good advice. As for the food and drink... The food was so, so rich. I mean everything was either fried, or covered in some sort of thick sauce, so yes some of the dishes were sinfully good. It's just that I've had more inventive versions of these fine dining dishes such as ossobuco or liver pâté elsewhere. I just didn't think the chef's approach worked for me here as much as it did in their recently closed sister restaurant Eugenes in Portchester. Eugenes took traditional diner food and elevated it to something marvelous. It was just as rich as the food at The Cookery, but as their concept was doing cool things with tuna melts and breakfast sandwiches, this seemed totally appropriate. I do so hope the owners can bring back Eugene's again in some other location once the pandemic has lifted.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 29 September 2020

I wish this review could be more favorable; however, based on our past two takeout experiences it just cannot. For out first takeout all the hot dishes were way too salty. Even my twenty year-old's immediate reaction to tasting her chicken al matone was 'this...is very salty'. The watermelon salad was not cold, nor cool, since it was packed with all the hot dishes, hence the mint was also wilted. Likely more attention should have been taken with the packaging. And the polenta, although good, looked like pancake batter in it's rectangle shaped dish which was half-filed. Some garnish would have made it look more appetizing, or possibly using a small round dish. Our second takeout dinner, although not salty, had no flavor. And that was with every dish we ordered. All considered my family and I feel the Cookery's takeout experience just gets 'lost in translation' so to speak. We realize life is different at the moment and we in the community are willing to be supportive of our local businesses but the Cookery's kitchen needs to be more consistent and mindful of their customers' 'takeout' experience.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 9 January 2020

On a back street of Dobbs Ferry, the restaurant has emerged as one of the most original and comfortable establishments in the area. The menu presents the most unusual combinations of ingredients: every one that we have tried has been outstanding. The octopus is one...of the best that we have had as was the black bass perfectly prepared. The service was friendly and knowledgable. Finally, as opposed to a few years when we went there, it was quieter and nicely dimly lit.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 12 December 2019

15 years coming here. Done. You people hire waitering staff that does not understand that the costumers are spending 35$ per plate each, plus the drinks, plus appetizers. Pay attention to the order. Leave your self-centered nonchalance attitude at home. You came to work to...make a living from people that pay 35$ per plate. Understand that!!! Be humble and not fake with your careless action and empty apologies. Restaurants are about food and those who could pay for it. Not about you - waitering staff with all the untouchable mindsets. Bye-bye cookery and all of your branch restaurants.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 9 December 2019

On a cold, rainy Sunday evening, we were excited to taste the culinary delights of a restaurant that engenders passion from many reviewers and a very high rating from TA. The first bad sign was the bread. Most Italian restaurants are famous for wonderful bread,...usually required to finish off a great pasta dish. The grilled bread was grilled but bland, devoid of any appeal. Moreover, at the Cookery you are charged a premium for this unfortunate turn off. One of our part ordered the cauliflower ravioli. It was wonderful and worthy of high praise. Unfortunately, that was the only enjoyable dish. We ordered a simple, classic, although off the menu, alio-olio, past with garlic and oil. It was almost inedible. Further disappointment included an unfortunately recommended peanut butter chocolate dissertation that did nothing to embarrass a Reese’s candy bar. Finally, we suffered from a waitress wearing a coat and scarf who clearly wished she was anywhere else that evening.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 3 December 2019

We went here for a birthday brunch and it was absolutely spectacular. Our group of 8 was seated as we arrived for the very first reservation of the day. Surprisingly, there were only a few duplicates in our food orders and everything was looked delicious...and was. The portions are somewhat all over the place, the butter potatoes were giant and enough for 2 or more people, while the Polenta was just right. Our group was seated in the front, as such we had a nice unobstructed time at brunch. Our water never ran out and those of us who ordered coffee had enough refills to last the morning. Our waitress was extra attentive and nice and overall everything was perfect!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 8 August 2019

Nice, cozy restaurant/bar. Not very large inside, so can get crowded quickly. The food was very good off the menu or from the list of specials. Service was outstanding. Prices were a bit high, especially for the appetizers. There is only street parking which is...a pain.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 15 June 2019 via mobile

I came to this restaurant for my birthday celebration. I’ve been hearing such good things about this place for quite a while and couldn’t wait to come and try it. I can tell you I was not disappointed. Upon entering this restaurant you might not...be completely impressed. It looks more like a tavern with a bar on one side and a few tables in the dining room on the other side.Nothing too fancy but clean and orderly. With the menu like David has in The Cookery , you don’t need fancy. The menu was not very large but what is on there is a collection of imaginative and very well prepared food . We started with the fried octopus and the chicken liver and cornbread. Octopus was deep-fried and yet so moist. It was a real winner. Chicken liver on corn bread surrounded by blueberry and hazelnut compote was a stunning dish. The combination works so well that I think I might have to come back for a second helping. Our entrées were equally as enticing.We had beautifully charred Branzino with burst tomatoes and lemon scented beans. Delicious. In my opinion the star of this show was the Pork Osso Buco. It was crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. The meat fell off the bone. The creamy polenta was the perfect foil for the richness of the pork. The apple marmalade but this dish over the top. I wanted to eat this food with my eyes closed so I could focus on how delicious it was. David DiBari has a winner here. I hope he is around for a very long time. His food is stunning and should be experienced by all. Best birthday dinner EVER!!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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ReneeSharon
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Response from running0nempty | Reviewed this property |
Contact the Cookery. They will have a selection of the menu available. It will be worth the visit.
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Roy B
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Response from Steve C | Reviewed this property |
Well, I don't serve anything myself. They have an a la carte Brunch menu, but no lunch menu.
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The Cookery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5