Serving classic Portuguese cuisine in a warm dining room decorated with murals and ceramics, Docas's specialties include octopus salad, grilled sea bass, and braised pork with clams. Features an entirely Portuguese wine list. Closed Monday. Reservations recommended on weekends.
Best Portuguese Restaurant 2006. It's no surprise that the top restaurant featuring the cuisine of Portugal is in Ossining; the village has a vibrant Portuguese community. You could guess by the name (Docas means Dock in Portuguese) that seafood is a specialty of the Portuguese, and the octopus salad appetizer prepared simply with olive oil, onions, peppers, vinegar, and garlic as well as grilled whole fish (cuttlefish, Portuguese miniature sea bass) are signature dishes. There's also homemade sangria, heady rabbit stew, suckling pig, and for dessert, poached pear in port wine with cinnamon or bombocas (puff pastry filled with chocolate mousse). According to Ossining resident Carla Pinto, who has owned Docas since 2000 with her husband Abel, her customer base is a true mix: 50 percent native Portuguese, 40 percent American, and 10 percent native South American. With food this good (and relatively inexpensive; dinner entrees range from $12.75-$18.75), why wouldn't everyone enjoy it?