I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from writing with school, work, and a seeming drought of new/fantastic restaurants. This all changed this week when I finally went to pig heaven and tried The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry.

Having friends in the area and having visited The Cookery’s sister restaurant, The Parlor, I finally made the voyage. Damn was it worth it.

A 10pm reservation made us a bit nervous, but the staff was just as friendly and helpful despite the impending kitchen closure. We sat at the bar for some famous cocktails before sitting. Even late night, this quaint place was full and rowdy. The bartender, donning the signature “Piggy Smalls” t-shirt was super friendly and remembered my friends from their previous visit. The bourbon & almonds was a knockout, reminiscent of the classic toasted almond bar. Another fantastic selection was the Dragon’s Blood margarita, served with a delightful red wine floater.

When we finally moved to the table, nothing but heaven happened. I have heard rumors of the pigs head donut and the osso bucco, so naturally that is what I ordered. The table ordered a few plates of the fresh mozzarella, and the famous pig’s head donut. Okay, back up, that sounds a little…odd. Pig’s head? Is this Lord of the Flies? No you sweet summer child, this is shaved meat from the pig’s head nestled between a donut, and served with barbecued onions, basil and a spicy maple dressing. It was every bit as delightful as it sounds.

Osso bucco was equally as fabulous, served over a creamy polenta and topped with a apple mustard chutney and vincotto.  Others at the table enjoyed the rib eye steak with goose fat potatoes, the classic spaghetti and meatballs, rigatoni with bone marrow, and a bucatini with pork cracklin breadcrumbs.

The meal was so fantastic we were hallucinating dancing pigs à la Heffalumps and Woozles. We could barely fit, yet somehow managed to, dessert. A cookie tray for 2 (read: 4 people could easily share this), “stick of butter” cake, and a special donut ice cream sandwich.

I can assure you that you will leave here beyond pleased, stuffed and possible talking about pig urban legends. I couldn’t recommend the Cookery enough.

The Cookery

39 Chestnut St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

(914) 305-2336