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jcorngold Oct 20, 2010 07:47 PM

Heading to the Magic Castle this Saturday night for dinner & shows to celebrate a friend's birthday. The mostly-all-terrible posts on Chow are from years ago...can anyone who's been in the last year recommend specific dishes to order? Is there any hope at all for us to have something decent?

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    AAQjr RE: jcorngold Oct 20, 2010 08:55 PM

    Great magic. Good classic cocktails. Food. . . it's not bad, per se. It's the menu that time forgot, seem's like something out of the '40's. Expensive for 'whatever' quality food. Wine menu's got some good bottles though.

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      josephnl RE: jcorngold Oct 20, 2010 09:04 PM

      Forget about memorable food...it will be fine. However, your evening will be great fun and very memorable. You go to the MC for entertainment, not food.

      1. J.L. RE: jcorngold Oct 21, 2010 01:07 AM

        As I'm sure you already know: Gents need to wear jackets & ties.

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          radman123 RE: jcorngold Oct 21, 2010 10:02 AM

          The food was decent - much improved since the posts of years past...best tip is that you should get there early (like 6:30 sharp) and get on line for the 7PM closeup magic show (line fills up fast and its the BEST show) -- then either catch another magic or go to your reservatuion

          lot's of fun

          1. wilafur RE: jcorngold Oct 21, 2010 10:03 AM

            i enjoy their prime rib.

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              Hackenbush RE: jcorngold Oct 25, 2010 02:40 AM

              An entire new chef, kitchen and menu were instituted in 2009 so any reviews or messages before that are irrelevant.

              I think the current cuisine is pretty good. I would recommend the Roasted Chicken with Parmesan Risotto or the Herb Seared Rack of Lamb.

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                jcorngold RE: jcorngold Oct 26, 2010 10:57 AM

                Thanks, fellow hounds, for the feedback. The dinner was $80/person but pretty good. Deviled eggs with truffle oil appetizer were delicious, salmon with grilled artichokes & risotto was beautifully cooked and tasty. Chicken was a bit disappointing. Bread pudding was huge & not very good. We drank 2 bottles of the wonderful Sancerre. It was a really fun evening.

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                  J.L. RE: jcorngold Oct 26, 2010 11:48 AM

                  Thanks for reporting back!

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