Cowboy Star, a beloved East Village restaurant and butcher shop, received a fresh new design and build last year courtesy of designer Paul Basile of BASILE Studio. Located blocks away from the East Village BASILE design + 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 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 – an amenity Basile saw a need for after witnessing most bartenders keeping universal chargers behind the bar for patrons in the red. The manual dimmer lamps atop the bar 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. A must for menu reading in moody chophouse lighting.
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.