Today, for lunch, a girlfriend and I visited The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry for their Hudson Valley Restaurant Week lunch. Since as far as I could remember, I've had different people tell me this place was amazing and I needed to try it out. I don't come to Dobbs Ferry often, but I finally had the opportunity and I couldn't pass it up.
They were all right about The Cookery. This place is good. For $20.95 each, we ate well and took home leftovers. The place was completely empty at noon. I hope that was just a freak accident because the food was so good, this place should always be bustlin'. The waiter was also very kind to work with us. Both my friend and I are a little finnicky, but he allowed us to make substitutes. When we told him we wanted to skip on dessert, he offered up another appetizer as a replacement. That doesn't happen everywhere you go. Usually you have to eat what's on the prix fixe menu and if you don't want dessert, well too bad. I am impressed.
We ordered and shared the crostino of fresh ricotta, topped with truffle honey and thyme; buttery salty potatoes with parmigiana slavenian fleur de del; fried brussel sprouts with gorgonzola spice; fresh mozzarella made right before we arrived; my friend had the meatballs and I had the cauliflower ravioli with lemon brown butter, garlic, toasted bread crumbs and parmigiana.
The food was absolutely delicious but definitely on the heavy and salty side. I am happy I had a friend who eats just like I do and we just picked on the foods and savored all the amazing pairings. It does look like the main event for this restaurant is a pig roast and other pork-related meals but I don't eat pork so we didn't try it. I would definitely return to The Cookery again. It's small and very welcoming. Great place to dine.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is going on until November 17th. You should definitely take a look at their website and stop by a few restaurants you've never tried before. You may find a new favorite local restaurant to frequent.
My next stop is Harvest on Hudson.