PLAN DATE: THURS / AUG. 8
An NY staple since 1981, Forbidden Planet is one of the world’s largest sellers of — well, a bunch of geeked-out stuff. Even if this isn’t typically your thing, it’s definitely still fun to pour through graphic novels, the latest comic books, and pop culture baubles. If this IS your thing, guaranteed Forbidden Planet has your fandom covered. The passion that goes into curating items is clear with the floor-to-ceiling aisles full of everything – from dice to collectibles – for sci-fi, pop culture, anime, fantasy, superhero (and more!) lovers. The megastore also hosts events throughout the year, from signings to launch parties, so check online for event updates, daily deals and the latest items in stock.
For dinner, try your hand at traditional Japanese dishes at Shabu-Tatsu. Still a popular dining spot after 20 years, slide into one of its wooden booths for family-style table top cooked dishes, including shabu-shabu where you’re served thinly sliced meat to dip into piping hot homemade broth, cooking it in seconds; sukiyaki, a slow simmering dish of meat and vegetables cooked in a shallow iron pot, and yakiniku where you take on grilling your own dinner. In addition to meat offerings, there’s also seafood, chicken and vegetarian options as well as bibimbap and appetizers. Shabu-Tatsu ensures you’re satiated as all options come with dipping sauces, soup, salad, kimchee, assorted vegetables, rice, topped off with ice cream.
Comicon appeal and traditional Japanese dishes
832 Broadway, Manhattan
idk tip: Forbidden Planet is open until Midnight Wednesday – Saturday, and until 10 p.m. the rest of the week, so swing by after dinner or while waiting for a table!
216 East 10th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you’re making it a double date at Shabu-Tatsu, it’s recommended to make reservations (parties of 4+) by calling after 4 p.m. a few days in advance. If not, expect some waits or arrive closer to opening.