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Tao Downtown
Tao Downtown

Tao Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.taodowntown.com
  • Phone: (212) 888-2724
  • Hours of Operation: Sun - Wed; 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Thu - Sat; 5:00pm - 2:00am

    Last dinner reservations at 12:45am (Sun - Wed) and 1:45am (Thu - Sat).

    Restaurant Bar remains open at least one hour after the kitchen closes.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Ralph Scamardella / Yoshi Kojima
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact our Special Events Sales Dept for parties of 15 people or more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue
  • Public Transit: E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking.

    Please read street signs carefully for street parking.
A word from Tao Downtown
TAO Group, the pioneers of the Pan-Asian trend that swept New York City over a decade ago, unveils the evolution of the TAO brand with the opening of TAO Downtown. TAO Group will mark the next iteration of the brand, taking over the spaces formerly home to Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri located beneath the Maritime Hotel and will seat up to 400 throughout the restaurant, with approximately 300 seats in the main dining room alone.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a 9.15pm reservation on a Monday night & were still only given the table at 9.45pm. Having six people in our party, we were given a booth that could only fit five. Upon complaining the usher told us that 6 people usually squeeze in the booth. I asked for a manager who argued with me that people prefer the booth. I then told him that what was happening was ridiculous & I would be needing another table to sit comfortably. I also told him about the past bad experiences I had at Tao Downtown& I would not have come back if it weren't for my friends visiting from out of town. We still had to wait another 15 minutes for the table. The last time we visited this restaurant, we had a 10pm reservation & were only seated at 11.30pm. NO MORE TAO"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food was only so-so...cold without any real flavor. The ambiance though was worth every penny. Just stunning definitely a destination restaurant."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great spot, delicious food and drinks. The service was also great. Good for bday dinner or a evening date"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "definitely not for a couple. We had a reservation for 1045 pm and we sat for dinner at 12am. Its more like a place to see and be seeing , not for a dinner or romantic date. Food is good, but the place is extremely loud and noisy."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This place is awesome. The food is excellent and the vibe is out of this world. Adam (the Manager) and Karen up front do a wonderful job of making you feel welcome. Have the Black Cod.......it's outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Everything in this restaurant is class A recommend to any one"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My birthday dinner at Tao was amazing . The food was served quickly it was delicious and I was in rushed ."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I had taken my youngest daughter for a 5 day experience in New York (From Norway).The TAO was recommended to us in advance, and we decided to make this our "Night out" of these five days. TAO was a very good experience, With good Food of many Choices, a very good winelist, except that our first choice of wine was sold out. The service was excellent and ll in all TAO delivered to our expectations!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Ambiance was amazing. Decevingly big. Food was delicious. Great for all events(birthday, romantic evening, bachelorette part, etc.). $$$$/$$$$$"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were told this place was good but wow! We LOVED it! The food was incredible! The service was outstanding! The decor is so unique and attractive, you will love looking around. Dim lighting sets the ambience for a lounge type of feel. The drinks are so creative and delicious, not your typical drink. You will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This place is a seen, but a one off. Once you have been there, There's no need to ever go back. It's so loud you can't hear the specials or the people your with."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My expectation was really high since I had heard so much about the place. They kept me waiting for 45 minutes even though I had a reservation. You really can't make some one wait that long if they have a reservation! Will not be going back ever!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great space, amazing food and great atmosphere. This place is good for a date night and also groups. Loud but not too much."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Amazing and interesting place , with great ambience , good food and excellent service, if you want something different and if you go with a group of people , this is right place, but at the same time be ready to pay for a good time"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in you know that you are in a place like none other! It is a gorgeous space with stunning visuals!! The service was wonderful from the warm greeting to the attentive, personal and knowledgable waitstaff. Most importantly the food was delicious and unique! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is located in a great area which I conclude to be a hot spot of New York. The restaurant is one of the most beautifully designed ones I have ever stepped foot in & couldn't stop looking around at my amazing surroundings. Would be great for a date or for a group dinner with friends. Had an earlier dinner but there were still so many people. Very large place, so decadent. Must go to! Great food."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "the service here was horrendous for the price you pay. I waited nearly 40 minutes at a table just to order my main course."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Ambiance was very cool. Food was good, our waiter Ross was very good, but I made the reservation with a note that we traveled in to NYC foru daughters 21st bday and usually the really good restaurants will offer a complimentary drink or dessert, and they didn't even mention her birthday. It was a bit disappointing, but a cool place to see and eat"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The place is a must-check-out! Palatial and regal, an easy choice for special occasion celebrations or for just having a drink with friends! Food is okay though, not awesome. But I care much for the atmosphere, so not complaining much about the food."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Amazing food, ambiance and service! The vegetable udon and sea bass appetizer were the stars of the night!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The service at the bar was a little slow, while waiting for our table, it took a while before we could order, we got the drinks and could pay, so we started almost an hour later. We were not in a rush, so it was fine. Besides that, we enjoyed the food, really good, service was good, even the rest rooms were a delight. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I loved everything about this place. Huge interior that slopped down the stairs with tables along the walk. Just a fabulous place. Service was 5 star."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Delicious meal every time! As far as expensive restaurants go, I find this one to actually be worth it. Went to it one week while visiting the city, and made sure to go back the following week before I left."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "After finally being sat more than an hour after our reservation time....the food was great, our server Al was fantastic....spent a lot of time with us going over the menu...however the noise level was insane and a little unbearable- we couldn't hear the person next to us. Between the four of us our bill was over $ 600.00. Overall, it was a nice night out....but I think our group still prefers Budakan!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I was in New York City with my niece and nephew who just graduated from high school so wanted to take them somewhere cool. Tao delivered. The food was great, the service was good and the two teens loved the decor. I had the halibut with curry sauce and the fish was cooked nicely. The kids liked the lobster fried rice and the filet mignon. The molten chocolate cake and grasshopper cake were excellent. The salted caramel ice cream that came with the chocolate cake was especially good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Noisiest restaurant ever. Call to confirm reservation talked too fast. Unprofessional. Brought wrong dish and then argued that I was the one making mistake."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The place is beautifully decorated, but we pay too much for our food. Dishes were small (no vegetables on the side) and even though tasty i felt that we very much overpaid. Also, crowd is very mixed! i liked it, but won't return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I took my fiance here for her birthday and it was a great experience. The food was amazing, the drinks were amazing. They have Chinese statues everywhere. They even gave her desert for free! I will definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "If you really want to experience this place, go there for the atmosphere, not the food or service. We felt rushed and servers seemed annoyed and impatient with us. I will definitely not go there again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This def a fun spot filled with a lot of energy & good vibes & great food.. I'll definitely be going back real soon"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My second time but my boyfriend's first. We were celebrating his birthday and he could not say enough about the restaurant, the food, cocktails. He loved everything about it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We really enjoyed dining at Tao! It was our first time dining there, and it was awesomely delicious! We had appetizers, cocktails, and 3 different entrees! The atmosphere was so incredibly cool!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a great dinner celebrating our 10th anniversary. We were not sure how the food and service would be but we came away impressed. We left a note when we made the booking on OpenTable that it was our anniversary and they made a special dessert for us without asking. This unsolicited action, on top of great food and service, confirmed that Tao Downtown has a great, energetic, vibe but also had unexpectedly great service."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Ok so pre theater is not the busiest time at any restaurant! I know that! So I'm sure noise levels etc are different later - especially on a Friday! Anyway, I was a first timer! And what a beautiful place! Though that normally is not my top priority I was stunned! Perfect ambience for me and my boyfriend! And what a sweet and attentive staff! Everyone was on top of their game and not pretentious as I'm sure some people fear in places like this! Food: amazing!! I have to go back! Everything on that frikkin menu sounded fabulous! Anyhoo - just wanted to make sure I gave it my two thumbs up! Great spot for any occasion! Yay!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Every special occasion in my life I celebrated it at Tao Restaurant and I was never disappointed. This was my first time at this location and it is now my favorite Tao."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "DO NOT go to this restaurant in the evening with more than one person if you expect to have any kind of conversation during dinner. The noise level is prohibitive! It is even hard to converse with just one person. Early in the evening or during off hours -- I don't know about lunchtime -- when there is less of a crowd, it is barely doable. The food is good -- some is excellent, some okay -- and the menu is large with some offbeat items. The service when I was there -- started in the unfashionable early evening -- was excellent. It is a very attractive restaurant with a pleasant ambiance and interesting decor. Just be prepared to use sign language!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were 6 people (3adults,3older teenagers).Food was delicious, enough exotic for those who need it but plain in a good way for those who didn't. One negative, one chocolate dessert was served on a textured plate so much of the chocolate lava got lost in the grooves of the plate--bad choice as it was a small dessert portion as it was. Service was good. Great atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The ambiance and the good looking crowd makes up for bad service. Food is not epicurean... just regular fare with decent presentations and some dishes (seafood) are very highly priced. Ordered wine and coca cola in the middle of dinner and after reminding the second time the wine came and coke did not....a small thing but thats all our waiter actually had to do. Food was brought out by the runner, table bussed by the busser, most of us had drinks at the bar and carried them with us. Wonder what did he do? Took our order and punched it in? Didnt even ask how everything was even once during the meal. I run a restaurant myself so I am using some jargon here (like runner and busser etc)"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was very good, the people the even better. We order lots of plates, almost everything was really good, but sometimes the veggies was not at the same level of all the plates. Special Rolls are really different (in a positive ways), and the dessert was really tasty. Cmq il locale vale la pena per la quantità di gnocca. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014