Tao Downtown
Tao Downtown

Tao Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.taodowntown.com/
  • Phone: 2128882724x
  • 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: Sushi, Pan-Asian
  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Tao Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
332 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (240)special occasion (197)good for groups (189)vibrant bar scene (169)fit for foodies (125)romantic (93)late-night find (91)scenic view (40)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)great for outdoor dining (7)Show More
  • Great Place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went to celebrate my hubbys birthday & soo glad we did! The place was beautiful, As well as great food and drinks! Def make a reservation as it was packed! Alil pricey but nothing outrageous considering its NY . .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was amazing! The drinks, not so much. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tao review
    DonnaW
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had the best night here. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and we all felt like we were back in Vegas. The food was delicious except the Bok Choy was too salty. The Chilean sea bass on a stick was outstanding - best I have ever had. All the appetizers were delicious and we ordered many of them. The only damper to the phenomenal experience was the attitude of our waitress - she actually told us to order both appetizers and dinner at once because 'she didn't know when she would be back'! We didn't listen and ordered dinner after eating our appetizers and had a great time. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was recommended by an Atlanta restaurant owner who knows Patrick... We had a blast! The food was absolutely more than we expected! The service was impeccable! I can't wait to come back and visit Tao Downtown!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place overall
    tryingoutnycVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The ambiance/feel of the restaurant was great, and the food was also great. Highly recommend the chicken dumplings/gyoza and the wagyu beef kalbi roll - while our main entrees were great (I think it was something like chili chicken and salmon), I honestly think that they probably excel more at their appetizers and rolls, so if I were to go again, I'd stick with that. The drinks were tasty and strong - the only problem that we had was that the service was not what is expected with this caliber of restaurant. While we were seated immediately upon arriving for our reservation, the service otherwise was very slow and we had request things of our waiter multiple times. Overall though, I would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Tao!
    NYCrepeat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Hostesses, good food and ambiance exceeded out expectations. Server rushed us and was not attentive. Almost ruined the experience for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    glamqueen
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait an hour for our table. The bar is one of the nicest I've seen so it wasn't an issue to hang out there and everything else made up for the wait as well. Delicious food, beautiful restaurant and great vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Tats
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went for my birthday and had a great time. It was beautiful inside, the food was great and the service was on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great food, great cocktails, great atmosphere, awesome location, what more could you want!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This place was amazing. Great decor, unsuspecting from the outside. Everything from the doors, lighting, seating and even the bathroom. Food hit the spot. Waitress was great, checked on us regularly (even another waitress asked if we were attended too). Food came surprisingly fast. Good is pricey but worth it once I'm awhile. Drinks were great too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for entertaining
    Mama
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Taking out of town clients to Tao is more of an experience than just dinner. The ambiance is fabulous - the place is huge! The inside design is stunning. It's expensive, but that's to be expected. Food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table wasn't ready
    Alwaysale
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I had to wait 40 min for my table to be ready. It wasy bday and I had requested and special table. Instead I had a table right to the bar where I have people speaking in my ear for the entire night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food. Great serious strong drinks. The music was a little to loud if you looking to talk with your date. Looking foward to go if again real soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very trendy
    AcberwangerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Positive features: The main dinning room is astonishing, has a sophisticated atmosphere and the service was excellent. Negative features: Food comes in small quantities, noise level is too loud and the bar is very packed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    cedrykusa
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We go at Tao Downtown for my Wife Birthday and we have a waiter who take care of us, he was just awesome, very nice, funny, friendly. The food was great and fresh. Lot of business people there in a week starting 6pm and after 7pm the restaurant was full, I can't believe this because the size of the restaurant, it's like movie theater! Very Nice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maravilhoso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I went to TAO to celebreat my birthday. Everything was perfect. Food, specially sushis, the waiter Will was friendly. I recommend. I am sure I will came back again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere, overpriced
    Gary1
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    They kept us waiting nearly an hour despite having a reservation. We didn't ask but they didn't offer to comp a drink at the bar or anywhere else. That tagged a couple of extra hundred bucks on the bill as we were at the bar waiting for over an hour. Wonder if it's a strategy of theirs. Annoying. Pluses are that these guys have their marketing down. They are all over you pushing food (which is decent) and drinks and the atmosphere is nice and partyish. Typical to be expected of a corporate owned dining group Lavo, Tao etc.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Breathtaking!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Supercool invorment! Good service and delichous food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A waste of money
    Disappointed25
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Over rated. To put it simply, for $250 you get a dinner worth $75. The sushi was cut small. Just not worth the hype.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    By far favorite food and most elegant resturant in NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the spot, hate the service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    TAO Downtown is a great choice for those who are looking for a trendy, chic city spot with good food and a nice ambience. The sushi is delicious and the Taotini is superb. However, the service was terrible on this particular visit of mine. Our waiter was pushy and kept asking if we wanted more drinks or dessert, and he overcharged my friend for a dish she did not order! She ordered the seared tuna appetizer and he gave her the grilled tuna entree, for over 20 dollars more! Slick way to jack up the bill, huh? My soy sauce tray was dirty and the soy sauce itself was empty, and I had to wait 10 minutes to get a fresh one before I could finally eat my sushi. The waiters here think they are doing you a favor, and get paid handsomely to do so.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience
    newtoDISH
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We took a big group of out-of-town family here and our experience was top-notch. From the service, to the food, to the great table location in front of the Buddha, our time at Tao Downtown was outstanding. Loved every minute of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible service from hostess
    Sampaio
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a reservation for 8pm. Arrived at 7:50 and were escorted to bar. Finally at 9:20 they sat us, informing that an event would take place and they needed the table by 10pm. Completely unacceptable. No respect to consumer whatsoever.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Must go!
    TampaMD
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Amazing. I will be sure to visit every time I'm in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Everything works here. The food is amazing. Great service. Awesome decor. NOISY!!!!!!! Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantabulous
    Rhea
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had to bring some friends..we ordered a variety of goodies.. Pork,seafood black rice,cod,branzino.....each tastier than the last..our server made the experience that much better..and of course ended our meal with the giant fortune cookie( celebrating a b'day).. Devoured Can't wait to go back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happening
    MissMichy15
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a trend spot. Food is decent, but nothing out of this world. You definitely come here to be seen and socialize. DJ was great on a Saturday night! Place is so busy that service was on the slow side, but not a big deal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome spot!
    dt11554
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had my girlfriend's bday here and the service was extremely accommodating. The food was amazing while the ambiance was something out of a movie. It was very loud however this is a place you must go to!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing menu
    Applejax
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was really a treat. I've been to Tao Vegas and it pales in comparison! I absolutely love the layout/decor/energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Tamfal
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A thrilling hot spot to see and be seen for sure, with the theatre style seating leading to the main dining area. Food was deelish. Was a little confused though on how much to order since I thought everything was smaller tapas style sizes, until I finally learned it wasn't once everyone else had their food. I just picked at everyone's since there was no point ordering my own with soo much good already! They made my day special with a beautiful dessert. Biggest annoyance about this place is that it is soo loud to hear people speaking and then they crank the dj even louder, need to work out that balance maybe some noise reducers. The always changing Buddah was a beautiful artistic touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    NYfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is a great place to go with a group of friends. The decor is absolutely beautiful. We had a very attentive wait staff and the food & cocktails were wonderful. The place is a bit pricey, so be prepared. Overall, I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eats Buddakan for breakfast.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food. Highly recommend. This restaurant is worth visiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Miss
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Love the food, music, and overall energy of the staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The most vibrant restaurant in NYC
    Luvtao
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I really loved this place, amazing drinks, food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute
    GreeneyeddevilVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was so delicious, of impeccable service attitudes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall
    HKang
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good food, service and the ambiance! The only negative was that it was soooooo noisy! We sat next to three ladies that talked that 1000 decibel. My ears hurt when they laughed.... Anyway, recommend the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    FooderVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food is good but far from outstanding. However, this is the kind of place people go for the ambiance and to see and be seen. Beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    GucciGirl
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went there the other with a few girlfriends and had a really nice time. The food and drinks were great. The waiter was very attentive and didn't rush you. I also should add I liked Tao downtown much better than Tao midtown. Midtown became too much of a tourist attraction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tao is a wow
    Rhea
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The interior is majestic..eye appealing..we were celebrating our daughters' birthday..upon our arrival, we were seated right smack center..Tao statue right above us..spectacular..our server was personable,knowledgeable ..The wine list is extensive..the mix drinks as well. The menu has all sorts of delightful,flavorful choices..Each dish we ordered was delicious( really didn't want to share!)..we had several sushi dishes,a branzino( cooked to perfection)...we ordered the fortune cookie( and what a cookie it was!)..it arrived with a candle,surrounded by fruit..we dove into it. We had a great time and can't wait to return. Note worthy..Tao is smack in the center of several notable places ...Highline,Chelsa market....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still trendy
    anneVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The uptown Tao is now filled with tourists and I never go unless a friend is in town and wants to. It was great to see how fun the new Tao is. Food is good but naturally over priced which I expected. Service was great, very attentive. And the bar is a great hot spot with good people watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic