The Daily Shortlist July 29

Paul and John © CURT GUNTHER, 1964

Location: SoHo, NYC
Art: The Beatles, 1964: Curt Gunther Exhibition and Sale
Show time: See website for schedule; Through July 30
Venue: Morrison Hotel Gallery
Food: Nha Trang
Drink: Naked Lunch
Miscellaneous: La Esquina

In the exhibition The Beatles, 1964: Curt Gunther Exhibition and Sale, the gallery features the first Beatles official photographer, Curt Gunther’s photos of the band first U.S. visit in 1964. Best of all, the photos are for sale! One of the best affordable Vietnamese restaurants in the city, Nha Trang is right near the downtown courthouse, making it a high volume place. Despite that, the food is great and the Pho (rice noodle soup) dishes are $5 and under. Named after William S. Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch is a cool and comfortable bar where local artists usually gather. No shooting up though! One of the best taqueria’s in the city, the Mexican food at La Esquina is authentic and to die for. While tacos will set you back $3, plates are in the $6 to $7.25 range.

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Band: Gato Barbieri Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: B.B. Kings
Food: Junior’s Restaurant
Drink: The View
Miscellaneous: Madame Tussaud’s

He’s up there as one of the greatest jazz sax players ever and has been consistently putting out albums since the 60s, so you definitely want to catch Gato Barbieri when he plays B.B. Kings. While the original Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn is best, this midtown location offers a nearly identical menu of deli sandwiches, diner entrees, and of course soul food fixin’s, on top of some of the best cheesecake in NYC, which is saying a lot! For drinks check out The View . Not the TV show, but the bar high atop the Marriot Marquis. Plus it revolves. If you’re looking for something to do, go to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. Yes, it’s a cheesy tourist attraction, but where else are you going to get a picture with Nicholas Cage or Samuel L. Jackson?

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