This Paramount-owned, sci-fi "eatertainment" establishment scares me a bit.
Back in the day, well '98 when I first moved here, a zine-friend visited
from S.F. and wanted to check out Mars 2112. She reported that it looked all
slick, mysterious and intimidating at first glance. But upon further
inspection it turned out to be an intergalactic, kiddy theme restaurant. We
were not deterred. This was in my tightwad, no-money-to-spare days (funny,
sounds just like these days) so I was a little nervous about throwing money
away on overpriced pizzas and "marstinis," but you've got to throw caution
to the wind in the name of novelty sometimes.
Mom and the stepdude saw an ad and wanted to visit. It's the king of
out-of-towner restaurants. Really. I don't think they knew what they were in
for. An immediate tip off is the warning posted about high blood pressure
and pregnancy near the interactive ride to the dining area. I got a little
nervous (last time we went through a back way). If you make it through the
simulated ride to Mars, you'll be treated to roaming aliens in the dining
room and piped in Dead or Alive tunes. Ack, scary. Rosie O'Donnell
reportedly loves the place, and if it's good enough for Rosie
O'Donnell–hold on–that's the scary part.
Mars 2112 * 1633
Broadway, New York, NY