This beloved East Village restaurant and butcher shop and former Orchid winner just received a fresh new design and build overhaul courtesy of designer Paul Basile of BASILE Studio. Located just a few blocks away from the current downtown BASILE design and fabrication studio, Cowboy Star was once home to Basile’s original design workshop in the early 2000s before its restaurant debut in 2008.
For the early 2020 design overhaul, the need for a more expansive bar area, larger entry and additional seating made way for a new 50-foot U-shaped build featuring a copper and epoxy bar top and copper and steel corrugated bar face. The custom foot rail was welded by hand with unique horseshoe detailing. Engraved wood inlays along the bar top are actually integrated wireless cell phone power stations and the manual dimmer lamps were built with custom gradient laser tubes that allow light through for added glow when you need it, and adjusts back when you don’t.
Above the bar, mechanical liquor shelves hung from the original rafters work on a motion sensor with the baskets of liquor bowing down to the bartenders below. The cantilevered shelf system utilizes vertical space to maximize storage and efficiency – an interesting design solution that doubles as entertainment for guests. An oversized integrated wine closet holds over 160 bottles of wine hung in hand stitched leather hammocks and hammerhead copper detailing. The new eat-up butcher counter near the entry has butcher block countertops and a corrugated copper bar face atop new terrazzo and brick flooring.