Dining Out

Where to Eat in Dobbs Ferry

You’ll have plenty of choices when deciding where to eat in Dobbs Ferry. If you have a lot of mouths to feed, consider ordering the whole suckling pig at The Cookery. Chef David DiBari, who has helped to completely transform Dobbs Ferry’s dining scene, carves the beast himself tableside. It’s definitely a meal you’ll never forget. Even if it’s just the two of you, you can’t go wrong with one of his other entrees, such as the crispy octopus with smoked tomato marinara or the pork osso buco with white corn polenta. The big windows facing the street give the dining room an open and airy feel.

A longtime favorite in Dobbs Ferry, Harper’s has a laid-back atmosphere that immediately puts diners at ease. Chris Vergara — like so many chefs in the area, he’s a graduate of the nearby Culinary Institute of America —has incorporated French and Italian influences into the menu with dishes like the chicken liver mousse with apples or the cavatelli with braised pork ragu. The beer, the wine, and especially the cocktails are an integral part of the experience. House-made rosewater, honey syrup, and maraschino cherry liqueur figure prominently in many of their concoctions. The same folks run Saint George in Hasting-On-Hudson. 

In the former waiting room of the Dobbs Ferry Train Station, Hudson Social is at its best when the weather warms up and they throw open the doors. You can watch the boats bobbing on the river from one of the umbrella-shaded tables outside. There are half a dozen entrees, but this is definitely the kind of place where you order a bunch of small plates to share. The hardest-working person here is the bartender, who turns out some incredible cocktails.