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Tao Downtown
Tao Downtown

Tao Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.taodowntown.com
  • Email: taodtres@taogroup.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Beautiful interior with a great vibe. Food was served fast in a well presented fashion and absolutely delicious and flavoursome. If Asian is your inclination, Tao is the place for you!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Tried out tao after dining the previous week with Buddakan, and boy did it put Buddakan to shame!!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Tao Downtown was truly an amazing experience. From the outside it looked like it was small, but once you enter, it is truly majestic. Our waiter Luis was also patient and knowledgable of the food and helping us decide what to eat. He was on point with his recommendations. Chicken lollipops, lobster fried rice, lobster wonton, salmon, snapper... Etc. was amazing. Oh, I can't forget to mention the Ruby Red dragons we had. It was 5 of us for my husbands birthday and I couldn't have picked a better place. We all left thrilled and deciding when we were returning. "
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very well designed space with awesome Ambience. The food is fine but not special enough to wait weeks to get a reservation. Service was by far nothing special as the server appeared to be overwhelmed. It's certainly worth going there once but I can't say it will be a rush to get back "
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Tao is very pretty and trendy. I like the seating on the staircase and the little details like the old men statues. The Rock shrimp appetizer was good. There was nothing about the food that was absolutely mind blowing but it wasn't bad. My favorite thing was the dessert- bread pudding doughnuts. The music changed a few times during the night from different genres, I think the old school hip hop is the best fit. Our waitress however was really nice, the service was very good and I like their sexy dresses. One thing that did bother me was the kids. I love kids, but if your going to Tao to eat dinner- your two year old should be at home with a babysitter, not climbing the steps at Tao."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Awesome. Can't say enough good things. Great food, service, and atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We saw Tao Downtown while heading to dinner at Buddakan on our last visit to NYC. Looked great from outside and we couldn't wait to try it after already trying the uptown location. We weren't disappointed. The interior is amazing and a great spot for people watching. Cocktails were excellent and the food was delicious all the way from appetizers to dessert. Service was very good as well. Our reservation was for 7:15 and we were seated immediately. We are already planning to return on our next trip in September."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Tao Downtown has a great vibe - wonderful decor and energetic crowd; however, going there for drinks is different than going for dinner. My family had a reservation for 4 at 8:15pm on a Wednesday for my sister's birthday and we weren't seated until 9:45. To make it worse, the hostesses were horrendously obnoxious and we couldn't even get a drink at the bar because it was so crowded. Once we sat down, aside from the noise level being so high that we couldn't hear each other, the food was great and so was our waiter. But worth it to go back for dinner? I think not. Unless we make a reservation 1.5 hours in advance of when we actually plan to eat..."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Good Food and the best staff Love the food and the place."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food & service was excellent but way too loud."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "the friendliness of the staff is perfect quick service the frame is manifique music does not fit the frame, which is a shame. I am French and I do not regret coming. I thank the team have been able to advance my reservation an hour instead. I apologize for my English is not good"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Tao is outstanding. Such a fun location, tasty food, great decor and ambience, it's the total package when it comes to a dining experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Ambience & Decor Amazing / Food was salty but desserts were great / Hostess was friendly & beautiful / Waiter was HORRIBLE. He discriminated us because we didnt order much alcohol but table nxt to us did. So he barely came to us to assist. We still ordered $400 worth of food though. Overall Tao uptown is much better"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We had a party of 7 that came for dinner on Sat night. The decor and ambiance was incredible and the food was spectacular!! I made reservations a week in advance and received a personalized email confirming my reservation. I asked to push it back 30 mins and was accommodated. Our server was very enthusiastic w/ excellent service. Everything we ordered tasted amazing. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The decor is really special, The bar is interesting with a cocktail list that is unique The food is different and good The restaurant is a little bit noisy The service is nice and fast, but you have the sensation that they want to get rid of you as fast as they can."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I came when this branch first opened and loved the atmospehere and food. Those are still good but the staff were rude and inattentive so we waited almost an hour after our reservation time and were ordered to move as we were in the way while waiting. I appreciate this place is busy but if they continue treating customer badly that won't last for long."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Good food and a great vibe.. Hot bartenders and servers great place for people watching."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great scene and fun place to bring people who are visiting from out of town. The ambience is perfect and the big color changing buddha makes for a great conversation piece!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I was looking for a nice place for date night for my boyfriend and I and Tao Downtown was the perfect choice. We had a late dinner on Saturday night and it was busy of course but that didn't take away from the experience. The decor, food, music, ambiance, wait staff etc were a 10 out of 10. I've been to Tao on 58th and Tao Las Vegas and this is by far my favorite location. It is hip, trendy and very "happening"."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything about the dinner was great. The food, service and ambience are outstanding."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "For such a big restaurant especially. The service was great! The food and the amount of vegetarian choices were great! And very accommodating. To large parties"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Tao Downtown is not just a neighborhood gem. It's a destination spot. We had a great time. The food was outstanding; and the cocktails delicous. They were very accomodating in modifying a meal for one of the kids. And our waitress could not have been sweeter or the service better. Also, the restaurant is beautiful. Wish they would take the noise level down a notch but that will not stop me from returning or recommending Tao Downtown highly to others."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The overall experience was good, but we had to wait one hour to get our reservatet table, that is not good. But the service after this was perfect."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We waited (with reservations) for an hour before sitting but they did give us free dessert for the table. The food and service was excellent. It is a great place to share appetizers and everyone can order their own meal."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The ambiance and decor are both warm and eye-catching. Everything we ate was delicious."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time enjoying a variety of shared dishes recommended by the waiter. All dishes were absolutely wonderful and the atmosphere was very entertaining. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Delicious food! Super loud and energetic atmosphere! Definitely a NYC Hot Spot!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We weren't impressed with the waiter. We weren't sure how much to order so we asked if we could order some more if we don't have enough and he said we couldn't. He said we had to order everything at once. Then he rolled his eyes while we were trying to decide. He definitely didn't want to be working. Someone had thrown up nearby and it didn't smell good. The waiter didn't do anything to compensate for that"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Was recommended Tao while in NYC on vacation. Well worth the visit. Highly recommend the Pad Thai, Crispy Thai Pork and Crispy Crab Maki."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We waited at least an hour to be seated past our reservation (lounge was standing room only), and ended up in the tight fitting row of two-tops (dressed appropriately not in sneakers and jeans like some). Waiter was completely disinterested; gave us only 1-2 suggestions of which dishes were standouts despite a large menu. Had to repeatedly ask for water to be filled and for empty plates and glasses to be removed. The rock shrimp and miso cod are better at Nobu and at least there the service is impeccable. Spicy chili chicken was goopy and not-so-spicy. The rest was beautifully presented (lobster sushi roll, lobster/scallop dim sum) but the flavors didn't live up to the view. The problems are unacceptable for any upscale NYC restaurant."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food and service at Tao Downtown is slightly better than average, but certainly not worth the $$$$ designation. Where the food and service is lacking, the ambiance makes up . This restaurant is a great spot to bring out-of-town guests or to have a few drinks and appetizers, but I personally did not find the food or service to be impressive at all."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The place was really nice, unfortunately the food was not worth the price. The fish and chicken we ordered were cold. The members of my family let it go. The plate where my food was brought out on had a big chip off. I told the waitress that I had to eat with caution because I was afraid the pieces were in my food but she just brushed it off with a smile. Needless to say I was not happy with the food but it was my daughter's birthday and did not wanted to spoiled it. Overall the ambience and the dessert were really good and we did enjoyed that."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great place but the food was not what I expected. I was at Buddakhan the night before and it was was so much better food. The servant recommended the most expensive thing from each food group but I do not think it really was what i thought.."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was great service was good just a bit crowded and I had to wait 35mins for an 11pm reservation. I would def. go back"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The restaurant is so elegant and ambience is very sexy. Drinks are delicious! Every aspect of the dining experience is well planned. Take a date to wow them. Dinner was good but I expected it to be better. It may be because my salmon was dry. Everything else was very good. The dessert was so incredible it made up for dinner. The music was fantastic! Overall a superb experience. I'll definitely go again soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "been to uptown many times, this was as good if not better. had a great time."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food is outstanding, atmosphere energetic, service unhurried...overall great fun!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had an 8:30pm reservation on a Tuesday night and the restaurant not only called twice to confirm, but also sent 2 emails. Each communication stressed that we had to arrive between the 15 minute allotted seating time in order to be taken care of. We arrived a few minutes early and proceeded to wait nearly an hour, continually being told "oh yes, you're our next party of two, it should only be a couple minutes." Never ended up getting seated and we ended up leaving the restaurant. Awful customer service."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "What are you doing wasting your time thinking about where you should go?! This should be your first destination if you want to really want to get lucky on your first date I'm being honest. Number one the ambiance is 5 star, the menu is fantastic and the staff hands down I have to say is a very friendly group and very put together. I love music and this place played all my favorite tracks while I'm busy getting pampered and nonchalant. It was perfect to the T. So was my date. ;) To make it short and sweet, this should be your night out, pregame, birthday , make up something just to come inside it's a delight you shouldn't miss."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "They do have a pretty trendy atmosphere, which was good for a group of girls having a night out. But we had to wait in the overly crowded bar area, getting pushed by guys who were wasted for 1 hour and 15 minutes while waiting for our table. We weren't seated until midnight with a 10:45 PM reservation! Finally, when we did get our food, it was disappointing. My $50 lobster entree tasted like delivery from a local Chinese restaurant. Our waitress was nice enough but easily disappeared for long stretches of time. The ambiance, (LOTS of) drinks, and the fact that our group would have had fun anyway are what kept dinner from being a complete disaster."
    Dined on 2/21/2014