8.5 out of 10

MacDougal St, SoHo

Ranked 1st best street in SoHo
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Great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Oct 07, 2012

"The Heart of The Village"

I can spend a night here. In fact, I have. I arrived here at around 7:00 PM, quite a while before the comedy show started at the comedy cellar. A couple of friends and I decided to grab a falafel sandwich from mamouns. We were delighted. We continued to stroll down the lovely street as dusk started to come. At 7:30, we grabbed a drink at the MacDougal St. Ale house, they have a good selection. At 8:00, the show started and we left at around 10:00. I love MacDougal St.
Pros
  • Bar scene
  • Lovely restaurants like La Lanterna Cafe and the cheap and cheerful Mamoun's Falafel,
  • Good transport connections
Cons
  • Crowded
  • Loud all the time
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Feb 08, 2011

"The closest thing you'll find to a college campus in NYU"

If you're an aspiring filmmaker, a postmodern performance artist, a would-be storyteller, or a collector of indie music records (or if you just go to NYU), MacDougal Street is the place for you. A quick look at the sheer number of restaurants, bars, and delis swarming the street as it winds up to Washington Square Park should be the first indication that you've entered hard-core student territory. While this can in many ways be a boon - inexpensive, varied eats and plenty of lively nightlife seem to follow wherever students rest their heads - more established professionals may want to think twice before settling down plop-in-the-middle of the latest Tisch nightlife scene. But even snobby foodies may want to give these diamond-in-the-rough joints a try. Taste the tantalizing Mediterranean fare at Mamoun's Restaurant, or head upscale at the Minetta Tavern. Cheaper venues for takeaway or a chow-down are also plentiful in the area. If you're an extroverted student (or still wish you were one), few streets could be better-suited for you - but professors may want to look elsewhere.
Pros
  • Bar scene
  • Lovely restaurants like La Lanterna Cafe and the cheap and cheerful Mamoun's Falafel,
  • Small boutiques and stores abound
Cons
  • Crowded
  • Large student population
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
May 06, 2010

"Music, food, booze . . . and a lot of NYU students"

MacDougal Street is definitely one of the most lively streets in the village. It is packed pretty much any time of day or night with just about every walk of life. Its proximity to NYU coupled with cheap bars and a few music venues makes MacDougal a really college kid laden street. Some people enjoy the bustly vibe this gives to the street (particularly the people who are college aged) but I find that it makes the street kind of annoying. There are so many cool places to go but walking on this street makes me feel like I'm at a giant outdoor frat party.
Having said that, there are some pretty cool places on the street. When you're in the right mood for all of the ruffians, it can be a place that you can spend an entire day. MacDougal Street Ale House is a pretty cool bar aesthetically. It's in a romanesque former tenement building and I'm a history nerd so I thoroughly enjoy the building.
Minetta Tavern on the corner of MacDougal and Minetta is a really popular restaurant and it's really good. It' dark and old timey and the steak is pretty tops. It was taken over by Keith McNally (of Balthazar fame) so it is definitely really trendy and fairly difficult still to get a reservation.
Comedy Cellar and Olive Tree Cafe are on MacDougal and west 4th. The Comedy Cellar is the place for comics to perform in New York City so the talent there is at the top of their game. It's underground and the people who run the joint are very nice. Great place to go for tourists and New Yorkers alike. There isn't a weak link in the lineup and the famous comedian drop ins happen on a very regular basis. The above Olive Tree Cafe isnt the greatest food in the world but it's where all the comics hang out before and after your set. Hanging with them can be a pretty cool way to spend an evening.
History-wise, 130-132 is where Louisa May Alcott lived when she wrote Little Women, The Washington Square Hotel has housed Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan, and Bill Cosby. And, Cafe Wha is where Bob Dylan had his first performance and both Jimi Hendrix and Richard Pryor gained fame.
Pros
  • Bar scene
  • Cute streets
Cons
  • Crowded
  • Loud all the time
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
4/5
Feb 08, 2010

"Crap bike lane"

MacDougal is all good, but recently the NYC DOT performed one of the worst bike lane implementations ever. The bike lane could make the street safer for cyclists to ride on, but there was no enforcement and no signage put up when the bike lane was painted, and cyclists suffer because of it - now drivers clog up both sides of the street even though there is enough room to just park on one side.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Feb 01, 2010

"Peace of mind for the college kids"

A street full of shops and food. Every college students dream. I remember going to a vegetarian restaurant on Macdougal 8 years ago. I ordered a chef salad and I will never forget it came in what looked like the biggest bowl ever. And the price was cheap. Macdougal st has many less priced places to offer those who visit. You can even get out at night and choose from a variety of piercing shops if you were getting a secret tattoo or anything. A casual student population is roaming Macdougal st. But it is a place I would take anyone to.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
Feb 01, 2010

"Nightlife abounds"

MacDougal Street is a fantastic place to go once the sun starts going down. Famously home to the folk boom of the 1960's, this street has played host to some of the most famous musicians of the 20th century. Not to be outdone, there are still plenty of great venues for up and coming talent, not to mention fun bars for the crowd to spill into. On top of this, great (and cheap) eateries like Mamoun's Falafel mean people will always be flocking here. There is a reason so many movies have used this street as a backdrop - it is spectacular.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 22, 2009

"If music be the food of life..."

MacDougal Street which lies in the heart of Greenwich Village (between W8th and Prince Streets) is an exceptionally lively street which is favored hang out of the NYU student population and local foodies who enjoy the many cheap but delicious eats the street has to offer.
This street which stretches over nearly 6 blocks and has the celebrated Washington Square Park located on its southern corner hosts the dorms of the NYU law school as well as several trinket shops, tattoo parlors, restaurants and bars some of which are legendary like Café Wha which is known as a premier destination for live music in New York City.
Other popular musical enclaves on MacDougal include the La Lanterna Caffe which offers delectable deserts at its street level restaurant and live music in its subterranean lounge and the famed Blue Note Jazz club which is located close by on West 3rd Street. My personal favorite hang outs on MacDougal Street include Mamoun’s Falafel which is also reputed to be a New York City taxi driver haunt and the relatively upscale Minetta Tavern Restaurant which is housed in the 1950’s cafe which has been restored to its former glory by celebrated New York restaurateur Keith Mcnally of Balthazar and Pastis fame.
As a residential neighborhood, MacDougal Street is suitable for young students and creative folk who specially relish the neighborhood’s pulsating nightlife options and can be tolerant of the accompanying noise levels.
Pros
  • Lovely restaurants like La Lanterna Cafe and the cheap and cheerful Mamoun's Falafel,
  • Good transport connections
  • Small boutiques and stores abound
  • Bar scene
  • Cute streets
Cons
  • Not very clean
  • Large student population
  • Crowded
  • Loud all the time
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 18, 2009

"Stil has the attitude"

MacDougal Street is the colorful, living pulse of this area, and most closely resembles the style and attitude that made this and the surrounding streets legendary. It's still a little old-school, and hasn't been entirely taken over by bland NYU buildings nor the bland NYU mentality. I counted three tattoo parlors, though maybe I missed a few. The street also has a colorful assortment of bars, like the Minetta Tavern, and cheap offerings of hummus and fallafel joints. I really enjoy the very very tiny clothing boutique I Won Inc. The legendary Esperanto Cafe is on this street, and doesn't seem to have changed much from my student days, when I used to do my reading and socializing and cake-eating here at all hours of the night. There's also Cafe Dante as a desserts and coffee alternative which never failed me for late-night tiramisu cravings. Living on this street is loud, and I had a lot of trouble with rodents, but I guess that's what you sign up for when you take an apartment around these parts. As far as the nightlife, the area below Washington Square Park is definitely a hot-spot, though I would say it's more appropriate for a young, studenty crowd, rather than an older, professional, urbanite crowd. Once you cross down past Houston, Macdougal has a handful of fantastic restaurants.
Pros
  • Good transport connections
  • Lovely restaurants like La Lanterna Cafe and the cheap and cheerful Mamoun's Falafel,
  • Small boutiques and stores abound
Cons
  • Loud all the time
  • Large student population
  • Not very clean
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5
Mar 23, 2009

"Music and Italian cafe"

MacDougal Street is there in Greenwich Village, it is near to Washington Square Park, and NYU campus is also right here only... Probably this in this street is having many Italian cafes, old-fashned Italian bar.. From this street can get good food for affordable rate.... it is highly suitable for kids, families, youth’s, retirees and who loves Pease... This street is has best music scence, and the good musician "Bab dylan" is from this street only... the calamity is good for music lovers...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
Feb 10, 2009

"A history to die for"

The story of MacDougal Street is so closely linked to Bob Dylan that anyone who loves the musician needs to spend some time there to get a feel of what the songwriter has encompassed in his life. It was the setting for his meeting with Allen Ginsberg, he lived on the street for a while and had his first ever New York city gig there too. When you add that Jimi Hendrix also debuted in NYC at the Café Wha? venue, MacDougal Street becomes of great interest for any music lover.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
4/5
Feb 01, 2009

"Cheap food and students"

MacDougal Street is one of the streets in the Greenwich Village, close to Washington Square Park. Since NYU campus is right here, there is a good number of cheap places where to eat. My favorite place where to hang out is Cafe Dante. You can find a lot of great Italian cafés in the area but this is the best place to go if you are searching for a real old-fashioned Italian bar. MacDougal Street is also famous for its music scene. Cafe Wha? is an often very crowded place where to listen to good live music.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
Dec 20, 2008

"Serious 24 hour fun!"

MacDougal is a nice place for insomniacs. There is always something to do and the nightlife is a large part of the streets charm. The Comedy Cellar is famous for being the stomping ground of some of America's greatest comedians. There are many great places to eat and a number of relaxed cafes. MacDougal Street has an amazing spirit to it and being in the area is invigorating. While it's not some place I'd like to live, just because it can be loud and obnoxious at all hours, it's a great place to visit for a night out.
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5
Jul 21, 2008

"The street that never sleeps"

What can I say about the historical McDougal Street, except that it really embodies the spirit of “The City that Never Sleeps.” Although most of the time you will find many NYU students loitering about the various 24hour cafes on McDougal street, it is often home to some of the city’s most colorful characters. A street seeped in cultural history, many of the restaurants boast such legendary visitors as Bob Dylan, and more recently Christ North, also known as “Mr. Big”.

The street is filled with various alcove-type shops which seem to change all the time, but is possibly most famous for its perpetually open “Mamoun’s”, which many say has the best falafel in the city. Furthermore, the street is lined with stores and services that are open 24hrs, including some cafes, restaurants, delis, and a pharmacy or two.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
May 09, 2008

"MacDougal St, Not a Bad place"

After quite a long time I did have an opportunity to visit this street and I found it worth coming. The street was very friendly and had the calm and cool to offer that almost everyone nowadays long for. I liked the service and food at Hummus. This family restaurant I could remember was for its healthy food and decency I hardly found on any other. I could not resist entering Café Wha after hearing that it was Bob Dylan who started his celebrity journey from this point. Provence is also a nice place to recall history. It is noted for its Bastile day celebrations.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
May 01, 2008

"Bars and Cheap Food"

The food on MacDougal is good and cheap. And so are the bars. Mahmoun's is the place to go for falafel. The comedy bars here are a good alternative to the Times Square fare (including a disparity in annoying advertisers). For a chill place to hang out and wax philosophic and great coffee, check out Israeli hangout Esperanto Cafe, but beware of bad service.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
Jan 05, 2008

"Students, Beer, food and atmosphere"

A student haven full of cheap restaurants and decent student bars. Avoid ‘Off the Wagon’ like the plague.. There’s a great feel here most nights of the week as NYU is just around the corner. Decent comedy nights downstairs from Olive Garden (can’t rememember the place, I think it’s Comedy Village). A favourite of mine is ‘Hummus’ for either a decent and healthy take away meal or a tight sit down restaurant. Across the road is also a killer Ethiopian restaurant that serves up mountains of food.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
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