Sometimes even travel writers don’t expect to review every single restaurant they visit. Yet, when the eatery is The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry (39 Chestnut Street), the dinner just awed and inspired me to share the news with my peeps, tweeps or readers at large.
Chef David DiBari’s restaurant in this tiny hamlet outside of New York City offers an eclectic dinner menu with a modern twist on old-world Italian cuisine. Take one part great food with fresh ingredients and one part rock ‘n’ roll chef and voila! In other words, the menu rocks.
We started with an appetizer of Sausage Bread crowned with a perfectly poached egg. As you cut into the sweet and savory bread, the egg yolk oozes into the dough which acts like a chamois cloth lopping up every tasty drip. The sausage herbs and seasonings were savory while a sweet accent lingered with every forkful.
My friend had a special rigatoni dish cooked with caramelized red onions and the smoky goodness of scamorza cheese….another wonderful blend of the sweet and savory.
I selected the spaghetti with butternut squash which is a regular on the winter menu (the menu changes seasonally). A dollop of herbed, creamy ricotta sits on top, while freshly shaved parmigiano cheese is shredded at your table to taste. The spaghetti was cooked to al dente perfection and the portion was large enough to take home a doggy bag.
The only thing missing from the menu was a selection of desserts to draw me in, forcing me to risk the extra calories. There was no chocolate and only a mocha donut came close.
Yet, New Yorkers looking for an amazing dining experience should not hesitate about grabbing the train at Grand Central and shooting up to The Cookery in just 35 minutes. Heck, some nights you can’t even get from SoHo to Columbus Circle in 35 minutes. The journey to The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry is worth the effort…..and it’s just a short block from the train station.
FYI: Appetizer, 2 entrees, wine and coffee $64 without tip