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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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Diner Reviews
  • "As my husband called it PF Changs on steroids. We were rushed...my son was still eating and they brought the dessert menu. You are paying for atmosphere, and that's it!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great energetic atmosphere but quite loud and can be difficult to hear across some of the tables. Our food was only so-so and the service was pretty slow and somewhat erratic."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "First time at Tao Downtown and now is one of our top places to go when we visit NY! The food espectacular, the service perfect and the ambiance was like nothing we had seen before!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "What a place, it is so different looking. We were there for a birthday celebration, the drinks were great. The spicy tuna over crispy rice, salmon tartar apps were so good. We also ordered rolls, these were ok- nothing super special but tasted good. For dinner the salmon was great as was the duck fried rice. I expected a small portion of each and was surprised. Dessert - you must have the giant fortune cookie - with chocolate and vanilla mousse. All was great: the service, the food, the atmosphere- a perfect night. This is not the place for a relaxing drawn out dinner - each course is delivered boom, boom - they want you to eat and drink and then they turn the table over. Will def go back to try what we didnt get to try this evening."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "TAO Downtown adds to Meatpacking high city energy. A scene where all the beautiful People gather. Beautiful decor. Food is an art. Alive and worth the wait for your table"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I was very exited to try the downtown location, and Tao never disappoints, so I knew this was going to be good. The decor is gorgeous, the staff was very pleasant and it just has a great vibe. Yes, the music is loud and there is a lot of people there, but that is fine by me, and that's part of the reason why I like Tao so much. Food was great, but I was slighy disappointed that they didn't have my favorite dishes from the uptown restaurant. But still, great food."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Very good place. Amazing interior. Good service. Delicious food."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It was the ambiance that hit the spot. The wine list was outstanding. Loved the mango chilli martini ! Food & service was excellent which is a rarity these days. Overall a delightful dining experience. Would recommend to friends and go back for sure ."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Although a NYC hotspot, still welcoming to kids. Stellar food and service."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great vibe, loud, food is consistent, a little higher price but worth it!!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I was there Saturday night for a girls night out with friends. The food was delicious, waitress and busboy very attentive, music was awesome...we had a great time! Drinks were great too - nice variety and they have sake flights. Awesome! I would definitely go back, reservations are a must especially Saturday night. Place was packed!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had reservations for 10:00 PM - which you would think would be safe. We did not get to our table until 11:15 PM after complaining three times. Noisy, expensive and food was average."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "As an avid foodie and Tao Group lover, I was thrilled to FINALLY make it to Tao Downtown. I brought my mom and grandma for my birthday, as they had never been, and I thought a Tuesday 8pm reservation would give them to perfect taste of my favorite spot. The food was perfect as always, the space is spectacular, absolutely breathtaking, and our service was top notch. I couldn't find a single complaint if I wanted to. See you again very, very soon."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Having been to the Tao Uptown some years ago, and been happy with it at the time, I was looking forward to a trip to the trendier downtown venue. Sadly, this visit didn't live up to the expectation. Good-looking table staff push food like their lives depend on it, so be prepared to stand your ground if you only want to order a normal amount of anything. The food arrives alarmingly quickly. Too quickly to be prepared to order. Dim sum looked nice but were thoroughly ordinary, my drunken pad thai was waterlogged with overcooked lobster while my guest's chicken was lukewarm and pink near the bone. It was later brought back up while trying to walk the Highline. This place is the antithesis of asian cooking - all style, no substance."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Loved the food. Rock Shrimp Cup is must try here. Great place for special occasion."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The ambiance was amazing and my waiter was SUPER helpful."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Food, service and ambiance was great! Menu was extensive and we chose many house favorites and was not disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Coolest restaurant I've ever been to! Great ambiance and vibe? Amazing interior design. Would go there again everyday."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great place for dinner and drinks for a special occasion"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "As expected the experience was right at expectations. Food was real good bordering on great. Service was very good too. We had to wait a half hour which truthfully was not unexpected and the added time in the bar was likely worth it. Of course that increased the bill."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food was lacking in overall flavor and our pot sticker appetizer was cold and had to sent back - returned in a few minutes but lucky if it was over 90 degrees. Pad Thai was lacking in flavor."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Erica & Welcome hostesses, Francesca, etc. were very sweet. I've been to both sites and Always positive experience. This night at TAO Downtown, the waiter, Marcus, was full of energy, did not come over to offer a drink for 15 minutes after we were seated; and then when he finally came over, he gave an excuse that he thought we wanted to talk..... He could have not judged that for himself as we wanted drinks and had to wait too long for him. Offering a drink and letting us decide on the pace would have been a better way to let us control the pacing of our evening. This need for him to control, spilled over to the menu as well. While we appreciated his enthusiasm, and he was kind, Marcus offered too Altogether another lovely evening. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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
  • "My husband and I were visiting from SF. We don't have restaurants like this. Absolutely cavernous. And styled to the hilt, felt like a movie set. Just a really fun, big city place to go. The food was very good, and the service amazing fast and responsive given the number of customers they had to serve."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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’ve been to Tao downtown several times and have always had a great experience. We came here to celebrate a friend’s birthday and everyone loved it. We were seated right away. The décor is amazing from the minute you walk in the door. The food was outstanding – I highly recommend the crispy rice tuna, satay of Chilean sea bass and the miso roasted black cod. For dessert, we ordered the infamous giant fortune cookie which is great to share for someone’s birthday. Our wait staff was attentive and very accommodating when we had an extra friend join us for dinner. Overall great dinner and a great time at Tao downtown!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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
  • "Love Tao - every time is a fantastic experience - food is amazing!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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