The Daily Shortlist September 9

Folio from an Ashtasahashirika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) manuscript. Opaque watercolor on palm-leaf; 2 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (7 x 41.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445 l).

Location: Upper East Side, NYC
Art: Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition
Show time: Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 AM–5:30 PM, Friday and Saturday: 9:30 AM–9:00 PM, Sunday: 9:30 AM–5:30 PM, Monday: Closed; Through March 22, 2009
Venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Food: Barking Dog Luncheonette
Drink: The Auction House
Miscellaneous: Uptown Lounge

Featuring thirty rare Indian palm-leaf folio’s that show some of the earliest surviving Indian illuminated manuscripts dating from the tenth to the thirteenth century, these illustration center around the Mahayanist Buddhist text, the Ashtasahashirika Prajnaparamita Sutra (“Perfection of Wisdom”). If you love dogs, not hot dogs but real doggies, then you’ll really love the Barking Dog Luncheonette, as the décor features everything with a dog on it. The food, is your regular diner fare with plenty of burger, sandwich, and hot plate options. Grab a drink and feel like you were transported to the late 1800’s at The Auction House. With ornamental red velvet couches, exposed brick walls, and vintage chandeliers, this hidden gem of a bar is cozy. Beautifully designed, Uptown Lounge is a bar and restaurant serving American fare like Apple Peppercorn Pork Chops ($18), while being big enough to stick around afterwards for drinks.

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