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Geek Out At Forbidden Planet, Then Cook Your Own Japanese Masterpiece

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A 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. Try the 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.

Forbidden Planet

832 Broadway, Manhattan

Shabu-Tatsu

216 East 10th Street, Manhattan

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