Places For Otakus To Shop In New York City

One of the many questions I get asked among friends, readers and blog peers visiting New York is where should they go to find otaku culture in the city. As an otaku living in the city I thought it will best to share the places I go to get my otaku goodness we have in the city that show love to us.

Places To Shop
As big and great New York City is you will be surprise that there aren't many places where you can go to get your anime, cosplay gear and Gundam kits. Usually the best place will be online but there are a few stores in Manhattan and the other boroughs that got you covered.

Image Anime

Image Anime is located 242 W 30th St in Manhattan. The store has everything you expect a store dedicated to anime to have. It has anime DVD's/ Blu-Rays, T-Shirts, some cosplay gear and accessories. However what I buy most from Image Anime is the figurines. This store has a lot to offer in that department from Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Vocaloids and many more. The prices are fair for the figurines and some might come at a high price since they are imported. The service is great and the people are friendly and you will find other otakus to meet and link up with.

Kinokuniya Bookstore

Kinokuniya Bookstore is located on 1073 Ave of the Americas on 42nd street right across from Bryant Park. Kinokuniya is great because it just doesn't have anime and manga. You get the latest magazines, books and CD's that are in Japan. If you're looking for a Vocaloid, FLOW, Utada and many more CD's this will be the place to get it. However since a lot of this stuff is imported the prices can be a little high, but the quality is worth it. If you want the latest in J-Pop, K-Pop and more this will be the place to go.

Anime Castle

As a guy who grew up and still lives in Queens I have to say I'm ashamed that I didn't know about Anime Castle. Anime Castle is located 35-32 Union St in Flushing. It's has the manga and it has the anime and very knowledge people working there. Another great store to meet and link up with some otakus.


I stumbled across Book-Off when I was on a date. To make a long story short she was looking for a particular book and Barnes & Noble didn't have it. We walked around a bit and came across Book-Off. Book-Off is located on 49 W 45th St (between 5th Ave & 6th Ave). If you're looking for a great manga collection this store might be what you're looking for. 

Other places to check out will be Midtown Comics, Toy-Tokyo, Chinatown & Forbidden Planet. All these stores you can find your anime, manga and accessories in NYC.