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The three best places to visit on MacDougal Street

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Jennifer Picht

With so many streets in New York chock-full of wonderful restaurantsbars and historic attractions, we’re making it easier for you to navigate them all by highlighting the best bits on every block. Here are the top three spots you must check out on MacDougal Street.

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MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, MacDougal Street is home to a bevy of beloved institutions, dives and eateries. The spirit of rock & roll is alive at Cafe Wha?, where Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan used to jam. Laughter from comedy clubs always drifts into the street. And folks with a case of the late-night munchies can easily cure their sweet and salty cravings thanks to grub hubs like Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, Pommes Frites, Creperie NYC and plenty more.


Mermaid Oyster Bar
Gorge on delicacies from the sea at this light, airy happy-hour spot, where the $1 oysters are a must. Wash ‘em down with $5 brews and $7 glasses of vino. 79 MacDougal St (212-260-0100,


La Lanterna di Vittorio
This cozy Italian restaurant is not for folks who are afraid to get intimate: Come for the lantern-lit garden, the za and the live jazz ($12 cover) at the Bar Next Door. 129 MacDougal St (212-529-5945,


Comedy Cellar
Prepare to laugh your face off at this Greenwich Village standby, which hosts local comedic geniuses as well as megastars like Louis C.K. and Chris Rock.
117 MacDougal St (212-254-3480,

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