Monday, June 16, 2008

City Snapshot: Cowgirl Hall of Fame

The popular West Village eatery Cowgirl Hall of Fame has been a fixture in the West Village at least as long as I have lived in New York.   The food is good old fashioned white trash fare from the delicious chicken fried chicken to Frito pie.  The place is full of kitschy western memorabilia, vintage photos of actual cowgirls plus a few of fake ones, as well as western themed paint by numbers paintings.  Capitalizing on both Gay Pride month and Tony Award season, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame has decked its windows out for June in old style Playbill covers of classic Broadway Musicals with a gay twist.  Below are Tranny Get Your Gun, Oklahomo, Peter Pansy and Gays and Dolls.  

Despite it being perhaps one of the gayest restaurants in the village with a decidedly in-your-face gay attitude, Cowgirl attracts tons of families with kids.  Scott and I stopped in to have dinner here tonight and there were no less than a dozen children under 10 with their families.  (I counted.)  Their website includes a section for children's parties and among Cowgirl's most prized possessions is a thank you note to the staff from then First Lady Hillary Clinton for hosting one of Chelsea's birthday parties. 

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At 11:47 PM, Blogger Dave said...

I still vividly remember the last time I ate there, Michael - with you! The Meatloaf Wellington (now *there's* a white trash twist) was delicious.

At 6:34 AM, Blogger evilganome said...

Now that's entertainment! Great window dressing and pretty clever titles. Of course here in Boston, someone would be crapping themselves blue because the windows would be considered "offensive".

Be thankful you live in a city that has a sense of humor.

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Andy Rosenberg said...

Not as kitchy, but a whole lotta rootin' tootin' fun if you're ever in Santa Fe:

Nice post!

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Y | O | Y said...

Fun and clever. I like it!

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Diane said...

I love this place! Before we had kids, we went regularly for the Frito Pie (or at least my husband did...) After we had kids, we went because we knew it was fine to be a little unruly -- regardless of your age or sexual orientation.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger judy said...

I agree. This is also one of my favorite NYC haunts. Two favorite memories are brunch with the family after The AIDS Walk, and taking our Scottish relatives for a real New York experience....they LOVED it! You go, Cowgirls!

At 7:30 AM, Blogger LSL said...

I can't wait to visit on my next trip to the city!


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