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“Best weekend brunch, creative drinks, unforgettable decor!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cowgirl

Cowgirl
519 Hudson St, New York City, NY 10014-2601 (Manhattan)
(212) 633-1133
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Ranked #2,278 of 11,777 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
New York City, New York
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106 reviews 106 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Best weekend brunch, creative drinks, unforgettable decor!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Best weekend brunch in the West Village and great food all day long. Wonderful drinks that change regularly, as do the specials. Go for the windows -- hysterical spoofs on shows and life -- and stay for both bar talk and hang talk&eat. Ample, tasty portions that seem to go on forever. Some memorable items: Uncle Joel's pulled pork sandwich; anything Mexican or Tex/Mex served up by the fast-moving kitchen; their BROWNIES; and the famous ice-cream baked potato that looks 100% authentic but is actually a dessert where green sprinkles stand in for chives. You'll never forget the decor, and always be thankful that, in a part of town where stores like Kate Spade have put the independents out of business, Cowgirl hangs on -- like a rider on a bucking bronco. Fantastic!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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146 restaurant reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Worth a visit for the decor alone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Well-prepared comfort food in a museum-like atmosphere, old-west realia everywhere you look. If there weren't tables full of patrons chewing down on southwestern influenced dishes, you could spend an hour, easy, examining everything displayed on the walls. The room is tight-packed with tables, busy, and noisy (lots of families with occasionally rambunctious kids). The waitstaff is welcoming and informal. Stand-out items last night were the perfectly fried, crisp onion ring tower, paired with a spicy (tho not too) mayo; the generously liquored, Mason-jarred frozen margarita, adorned with a tiny plastic bull; and the hearty beef chili (better than I've ever managed to make at home). The meatloaf "Wellington" special was homey and filling, but not so special to be recommended. All in all, a fun, charming, stomach-pleasing corner of the West Village.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“I like this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Awesome, but took awhile . This place is one of my most suggested place for a big breakfast. I would eat here more if I lived in New York.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“ehh not bad. no big deal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

I was there last summer with a friend. The decor is nice, but the food is no big deal and the staff were busy, so they took their time a little. Overall impression, nothing too special about this place.
There were people with kids there, but it didn't appear to be a kids friendly restaurant. I'd think that is, actually, not kids friendly. Recommendation: No big deal, the food is average. If you are in the area and want some Mexican food, try it, but I won't be there a second time.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, fun place, excellent waitsatff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We are in the West Village very often, and have tried to get a table in this restaurant in other occasions (weekends mostly) but it was always packed. There was no problem yesterday, Tuesday at 9:30 PM. The hostess was warmly welcoming.The rustic decor with photos of cowgirls, real and make-believe (as in Marlene Dietrich in a cowgirl outfit,) chandeliers with bull horns and checkered tablecloths makes you think that you might be entering a BBQ joint in the southwest that gives you an impression of being simultaneously both rowdy and cozy. Actually, the clients were mostly young and behaved in a very civilized way, with a low level of noise that facilitated conversations. The service was prompt and efficient, mainly performed by a graciously friendly young woman. We sat next to a big window looking to the lights and human parade of Hudson Street, next to large metal bucking bronco covered in moss (it looks like an outsized Chia Pet.) I had the BBQ ribs-chicken combo, that comes with mashed potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw. Our waitress warned me it was a big portion. She mislead me. Calling this plate big is like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch. It was gargantuan. I did something that I seldom, if ever, do: I took home half of it. My companion had the blackened catfish, accompanied by rice and green beans. All in all: among the best BBQ'ed ribs and chicken I ever had and, as per my companion, "the best" blackened catfish she ever had (when she likes something, she is quite enthusiastic in her comments... a tad too much.) The mashed and slaw were first rate. With a glass of Merlot and a pint of a very good amber Long Island beer and >20% tip (that the lovely waitress totally deserved) it all came to $70. Great experience to be repeated. Next we'll try their brunch.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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