Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Things to Eat on MacDougal Street


The Naked Cowboy: You’ll love his cheap bivalves at Mermaid Oyster Bar — but will that establishment make our top 10?

You may think of the three-block stretch of MacDougal between Washington Square and Houston as the recondite refuge of aging beats, hippies, and chess players, along with NYU students trolling for cheap beer. But over the last couple of years, this amazing stretch has filled up with excellent dining establishments, where the food is also often cheap.

In fact, it now provides one of the greatest concentrations of good eats in the five boros, constituting a sort of open-air food court not unlike that of a North African bazaar in its color and vivacity.

So please, join us tomorrow bright and early for our guide to this supreme cheap-eats neighborhood.

Mermaid Oyster Bar offers $1 oysters during happy hour, in this case Naked Cowboys from Blue Island Shellfish Farms.