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The Magician

Map & Directions 118 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002
  • Daily 5pm-4am


Village Voice's Description

The L.E.S. swarms with wandering zombie-people on Saturday nights, though the Magician has developed immunity to such rowdiness. You will find cheap, cheap drinks ($2.50 during happy hour!), but the crowd never settles here, as seats are always readily available; the Magician is more of a pit stop. The interior design--a combo of black-and-white tiles, neon clocks, a glowing jukebox, and a mailbox(?)--furthers this idea, making the place look like a 1950's diner with the lights turned off. But that's OK: Use the Magician as a cut-rate spot to fuel before a night on the L.E.S., or as a wind-down afterward.

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  • Dens on 08/29/11

    This place was ground zero for the blogger/Gawker scene in 2003-2004 and has always been a big hangout for the early dodgeball.com crowd. My brain is hardwired to use "The Magician" as a test search.

  • Dens on 02/14/09

    Front booths, right near the big windows, are by far the best people watching spots in the LES. (for a backup, hit the mini magic room at Local 138 around the corner on Ludlow)

  • Rachel S. on 03/28/09

    Have a beer.

  • maura j. on 04/08/12

    THE MAGICIAN!!! ! ! !

  • Lindsey G. on 10/20/10

    A sentimental favorite. Grab a table near the front window with your bud bottle and pretend you're checking in on Dodgeball 2004 style.

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