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
320 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (226)special occasion (192)good for groups (180)vibrant bar scene (161)fit for foodies (111)romantic (86)late-night find (86)scenic view (34)neighborhood gem (34)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (6)Show More
  • 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
    Acberwanger
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Drinks at Tao - DO IT!!
    Nycdineguy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Awesome location, I've been to the Tao uptown several times and really wanted to see this location. It seems slightly smaller than the one uptown but was still gorgeous nonetheless. The service was impeccable as usual, but the real surprise was almost a completely different menu. It was a pleasant surprise. The drinks are amazing, pricey but on-par with any NYC hotspot. Overall I strongly recommend, great date spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place to dine!
    Anders
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food. Great staff. Amazing restaurant! We went to celebrate a special occasion and was not let down. We eat an awesome starter, and the main course was also amazing. The staff is very good at making recommendations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On top
    Nenne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent ambiance but better Food that fulfill your expectations. Shortly Said; Greate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Leeron
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Try the cod!! Very nice atmosphere. Order the chef sampler for apps.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Amazing restaurant! The best one i've been in NYC.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK food, service lacking
    Murray
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EspectaculAr!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Dinner!!
    RGC62VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TAO... a Downtown Scene
    OnlytheFinest
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great night at Tao
    caroline89
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good!
    Tatyana
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very good place. Amazing interior. Good service. Delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coolest Hot Spot
    Got2bthere
    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 .
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as Always
    Vallegal
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Although a NYC hotspot, still welcoming to kids. Stellar food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.