Nothing makes me happier than when one of my all time (aka pre-children) favorite places happens to be very child friendly. Opened in 1989, Cowgirl has, in my humble opinion, one of the best frozen margaritas in the city, and the appropriate atmosphere to go with them. I have been going to this establishment since I moved to the city in the early 2000s: with friends, for break-ups, for dates, for bachelorette parties… you name the occasion and most probably it had been celebrated there.
With three main spaces, you are welcomed to a long bar to your left, where you can also eat. The ample dining room is to your right, bypassing a little store where they sell candy and all type of cowgirl and far west souvenirs, to kids and adults’ content alike. And they also sell Girl Scouts cookies!!
They also have a great outdoor space (for New York standards, that is), perfect for people watching while you sip your margaritas in those adorable mason jars, which it is humorously called the corral. Unfortunately, due to safety reasons, the corral doesn’t allow highchairs, strollers or parties over 4 people. And no gunfights allowed either.
They do take strollers but require them to be parked in the back. The place is usually packed, so umbrella strollers are highly recommended.
The ample dining room is decorated with antlers, wheels and old black & white photos of cowboys that gives this neighborhood locale its Frontier flavor. The heavy wood tables and booths, and wood paneling on the walls get a (cow)girly touch with light pink walls.
Apart from my never ending eulogy to their frozen margaritas, they have a very well stocked bar. Their brunch is decently priced and abundant, although drinks are not included. The food is Southern and Tex-Mex based and it’s very flavorful. It is at this establishment that I first saw (and tried, out of curiosity) a Frito pie, an I-don’t-really-know-how to describe culinary experience, being really tasty but obviously unhealthy. Their fried chicken is also delectable and not dry at all.
Having been a patron before having children, I had never noticed how kid friendly they are until I had the girls. They have a kids menu that they bring to the little ones along with crayons to make the wait better.
The bathrooms are downstairs and it feels like they could use a bit of a facelift, but they do have a changing table in one of the stalls.
So what more can you ask of an establishment like this? Old school, incredible drinks, flavorful and abundant food, kids menu, decently priced and a changing table? Definitely, very civilized for the Far West.
519 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am -11:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 12:00am
Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00am
Sunday: 10:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday – Sunday:
Brunch 10:00am – 4:00pm