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The New MacDougal Street

PHOTO: Noah Devereaux

MacDougal Street is the new Orchard Street. This famous block in Greenwich Village is currently undergoing a transformation, with new restaurants like Dante, J.G. Melon, and even a hot new vegan spot taking the place of dusty old storefronts and hookah bars with nobody in them.

It all adds up to a new MacDougal Street that can now play home to more memorable things than being the place where you got your first fake ID.

Don't worry, you can still get hammered at Off The Wagon, if that's how you want to spend a Saturday. This three block strip will never completely change, and that’s a good thing. It’s just that soon you'll have some Pommes Frites to eat before you stumble home, rather than just a $3 falafel. That's what we call progress.

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A group of very smart restaurateurs have licensed the name and pretty much everything else from the original J.G. Melon, and opened one right here in the heart of the Village. It looks, tastes, smells and feels exactly like the original, and having a burger spot like this in the hood with a great bar and nice outdoor seating is a nice thing. Take advantage.



120 Macdougal St

You probably didn’t even know that you needed some New Orleans-style beignets and chickory coffee in your life, but guess what, you do. Cafemarie serves up such things in the style of the legendary Cafe Dumond, and while it may not be a spot for your daily breakfast, it is a place to get you a little closer to the big easy until your next visit.



Greenwich Village
79-81 MacDougal St.

The 100 year old Caffe Dante has closed, and a group of Aussies have taken over and re-opened the restaurant as simply, “Dante.” It’s an excellent spot for quality cocktails and small plates, which means it's the perfect spot for your next first date.



Greenwich Village
185 Bleecker St.

Well known vegan cookbook author and Cupcake Wars champion (seriously) Chloe Coscarelli and her new restaurant by CHLOE are bringing the healthy to a block that hasn't seen much of that. Hit it for a veggie burger right after you finish schooling your friends in beer pong down the street. Gotta stay healthy, right?


The Up & Up

116 Macdougal St

What was once the famous Gaslight Cafe is now a dark and vibey little cocktail bar. It’s a great spot for a low key, high end drink with a friend or someone you’re trying to make more than a friend. Combine with a visit to Dante for ideal MacDougal Street date moves.


Pommes Frites

128 Macdougal St

That’s right, Pommes Frites is reborn from the fire, right in the middle of another neighborhood full of drunk people. Well, they aren’t quite re-born yet, as they are still working on getting themselves open. But once they do, we’re sure they’ll do quite well on a street that’s crawling with tourists, NYU kids, and now maybe you.

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