New Houston Restaurant & Bar serves clubby tropical vibes

Night Moves Hospitality, the newly founded hospitality group Greg Perez (formerly Monkey’s Tail) and culinary director Lyle Bento, has launched the first of its planned concepts. Space cowboywhich is attached to the newly renovated Heights House Hotel Located in 100 W Cavalcade, is a mix of specialty cocktail bar, Asian and Hawaiian influenced restaurant and pool lounge. Houston Food Finder was recently invited to a media preview and had the opportunity to try many of Space Cowboy’s offerings.

Space Cowboy has plenty of outdoor seating. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Space Cowboy is a getaway just off I-45 in Brook Smith, an older, rapidly changing community just outside the Heights. Visitors are greeted by a colorful exterior and terrace with a vibrant collection of colorful couches, tables, and hammocks. However, diners stepping into the island-themed restaurant will find a dimly lit atmosphere punctuated by a huge Bird of Paradise mural and an eclectic mix of neon lights, velvet sofas, and bright green bar stools (the overall effect leans heavily on dance club chic) . Anime fans may notice a fun Easter egg, a small shrine dedicated to Cowboy Bebop and his famous “See You Space Cowboy” tagline.

Space Cowboy’s house daiquiri, #rumawaywithrich, is named after a well-known member of the Houston bar industry. Photo by Ryan Baker.

The drinks

The beverage program offered by Samantha Ruiz and Karen Cervantes, meets the expectations of Perez’s work at Monkey’s Tail. It reflects the personality of the bar with cocktail names like Space car and Is Life there on Mars. The menu begins with the 12 house cocktails, some of which are classic drinks with a tropical touch. For example the Clarified # 10 is an elegant take on the Piña Colada and its close cousin, the Painkiller, while Big Daddy Sam Knob Creek combines rye, banana liqueur and mezcal into a reef on the Sazerac.

Space Cowboy offers a wide variety of colorful island-themed drinks. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Several drinks at Space Cowboy take a more bizarre route. The Banana hammock, the variant of the banana daiquiri, is topped with a homemade whipped cream. The Cream fortress is a rum-based alcoholic drink with boba while La Fresona, a blend of tequila and spicy Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur, is served in a Capri-Sun-style bag.

Under the Party favors In the area of ​​the menu, guests will find jointly usable preparations such as Grove by the poolwho have favourited Absolut Pear Elderflower Vodka, Bayou City Bucha Tepache, lemon and agave in one drink for two. There are also called frozen specials Marsian Icees and jelly shots. If fancy cocktails are not your thing, Space Cowboy has a selection to offer beers, Wines and spirits. Despite the diverse drinks program, the selection of spirits was smaller than expected (and could still develop); some categories were minimally represented or completely absent. But for the spirits the bar highlights, such as rum, diners may want to ask for a tour of the collection.

The food

Lyle Bento, former chef / owner of the now closed Southern Goods, has developed a focused menu that emphasizes tropical and island flavors. Much of the menu consists of small or divisible plates such as Lechon kawaii (Pork belly served with a spicy Filipino dipping sauce) and Jnoted cauliflower served with a curry aioli.

Jerked cauliflower from Space Cowboy, served with curry aoli. Photo by Ryan Baker.

The menu also includes fish dishes such as Tako Sunomono, a grilled squid salad with ginger and sesame vinaigrette and OKA, a ceviche with lime, plantains and coconut cream.

Guests who like it hearty can enjoy the Boom Boom Burger, a double patty cheeseburger with caramelized onions and boom boom sauce (a sweet chilli and garlic mayo) or Maui short ribs served with macaroni salad. The Army fried rice, a game of budae jjigae (Korean army stew) that ticks every box with its mix of vibrant and spicy flavors.

Army Fried Rice at Space Cowboy. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Updated 6/22/21:

Space Cowboy, who is at the beginning of the hospitality group’s run, is still working on some kinks. On subsequent visits there were problems with different beverage quality, unavailable menu items and inattentive management. Over time, Space Cowboy can become a destination for foodies and drink lovers. The Space Cowboy’s bar is open daily from 12 noon to 2 am; The restaurant is open from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Guests can now enjoy time by the pool, with day passes available for $ 20.

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