Tao Uptown
Tao Uptown

Tao Uptown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.taorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2128882288
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Sunday: 11:30am – 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday: 5:00pm- 12:00am, Thursday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: John Villa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Enjoy TAO classics catered to the venue of your choice. Our off-premise catering services range from a small drop off and set up for 10 people, to an off-premise event for thousands. TAO signature dishes, including our famous Chilean Sea Bass, Kung Pao Chicken, Wasabi Crusted Filet Mignon, Coconut Shrimp, and our wide selection of Sushi, will be delivered right to your door. Use us for your next birthday celebration, office luncheon, family gathering, or Super Bowl party. Always a Happy Ending!
  • Special Events: For all parties of 15 or more please inquire with our banquet department at 212-399-3097.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park & Madison
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6 Trains at 59th Street R, N, W Trains at 5th Avenue
  • Parking: No
A word from Tao Uptown
A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese carp, presides over the scene at Tao. A favorite destination for celebrities and athletes, this Pan Asian restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Tao has three levels of dining including the prized "Skybox" which offers views of this former movie theater unparalleled in New York. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $27.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Tao Uptown reviews from OpenTable diners
842 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (438)special occasion (399)good for groups (358)vibrant bar scene (329)fit for foodies (253)romantic (206)late-night find (197)great for lunch (138)scenic view (83)neighborhood gem (83)notable wine list (44)great for outdoor dining (36)great for brunch (34)kid-friendly (26)Show More
  • Food taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A lot of the food options are sweet which made it difficult to order. Would appreciate if we have the option to remove the sweet ingredient from the dish. Also, the sushi smelled. Usually I eat sushi and it doesn't smell.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our server was great, the food could have been better. I loved the dessert and the candles!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN! But long wait
    Wineanddine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Made a reservation for 9:30pm, which was already on the later side for me, but it was the only time available. Got there at 9:20, and didn't get seated until 10:05pm. Very disappointing because at that point I was starving, but the food was to die for. The ambiance is awesome, super fun, loud, colorful. The buddha statue is really cool and great to look at. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful for choosing our dishes. Overall, despite the late seating, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesomeness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday and I must say it was a perfect choice seating was perfect food was excellent waitress was great! Expect to get your money's worth it's was a must do again for any special occasion the price is high but worth every penny thanks Tao you guys where great!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Each dish was delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I ordered the Grilled Red Snapper with Steamed Bok Choy and Ginger, Kaffir Lime Vinaigrette... I was a little hesitant because I don't normally like Vinaigrettes but the waiter let me know that the lime was very subtle. The dish was very flavorful...my friends also enjoyed their dishes...the table consisted of Diver Sea Scallops with Red Curry and Thai Basil, Soy Ginger Glazed Salmon with Udon Noodles and Spinach, Kung Pao Chicken, and Vegetable Fried Brown Rice. All dishes were great!....trust me, I tried each!..We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Delicious
    lhnyc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What a completely delicious experience we had at TAO Uptown. Service was superb. Everything on the menu sounded so good but we eventually made a choice...no regrets what so ever. The Pork potstickers are an absolute must. Portions are very generous. Restaurant is well priced. There were groups of young friends, families, sophisticated young couples - so suitable for everyone. I will recommend it to all friends visiting NYC. Wish I was not a 16 hour flight away...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome on So Many Levels!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    An awesome restaurant with a true New York vibe. The decor was spectacular, mood vibrant and energetic, food amazing with great selection, and nice service. Highly recommend for first timers or seasoned New York travelers. Can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simplesmente maravilhoso
    Paulinha
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nos simplesmente amamos o Tao! Comida excelente, serviço super eficiente! Ambiente lindo! Baladinha legal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced PF Changs
    Baze
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I am going to keep this short because it doesn't deserve a long review - Tao is an overpriced, more expensive version of PF Changs. The food is PF Chang quality with a upscale price. Do not listen to anyone who tells you it is good - they do not know what good food tastes like. Service is not great either. I am sure this kind of establishment is cute in Vegas, or maybe LA, but in NY, where you have so many GREAT choices for this price point, why bother?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gjsantoni
    GjsantoniVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A nice place to visit, good food, good place, to enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeaNme24
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Fabulous! Great presentation and food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TAO Rocks
    SteveNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This still happening club-like restaurant was packed on a Monday night. Great vibe, great space. The asian cuisine is OK, not great, but good enough since what you go to Tao for is the experience. And the experience is worth the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful but too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Last year we had a table upstairs where it was less croudy and less noisy. We loved it. This year music downstairs almost hurt. We would expect chillout music (soft "cafe del mar" from Ibiza for example) instead of disco music. We couldn't even talk! Food was fine but not extraordinary. As the olace is beautiful, I would still recommend it to friends - but I would warn them concerning the noise.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They had me at hello....
    lovelynyc
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Loved the ambiance. The food and device were also top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tao experience
    Denise
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Two visits to Tao within a week, both served great food, good vibe and service. Large entree portions. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than pleased!
    Dirkdiggler
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We chose Tao for our one year wedding anniversery dinner and we are so happy that we did! Everyting fell into place that night, the food, the service. We will come back! Carl and Johanna from Sweden
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    DonBVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good food. Wait Staff attentive. Big Buddha overlooking all. .......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable!
    Geeca
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a great Dinner experience!!! We were called up to the table at the exact reservation hour! Perfect! Beautiful food, ambience and people!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab all rounder
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Visiting NYC from Ireland and went for my sisters bday. Food was fab atmosphere was kicking and bar had a great vide. Decor was amazing and had a great mixture of people. Would definitely recommend and will be returning the next time I'm in NYC. Fav city and now my new fav restaurant. A must see when visiting NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    MissFoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Doesn't matter whether or not u have a reservation. They will still tell u 2 wait at the bar. To buy more drinks of course. This is a very noisy restaurant & when the DJ starts, even noisier. It's very hip & happening here. On 3 levels with a massive Buddha on the ground. Our waiter was excellent and very thorough as hubby is lactose intolerant and the food excellent too. Best duck I've ever had was here. Prices were reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Spot On
    PUCKSK8R
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Been several times and Tao never disappoints. Excellent service, great atmosphere and amazing food. Great place to bring out of towners for a NYC dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went to Tao in Vegas a few years ago for dinner and I really enjoyed the food and ambiance. The club is also a nightclub as well. Tao in New York is only for dining. I still enjoyed my experience at Tao. Our waitress was really friendly and the food and drinks were great. I had the raspberry Tao mojito (I would recommend that cocktail to a friend). I also suggest making reservations for dinner since it was getting busy by 7:00. Also, while we were eating I recognized Steve Harvey as well. Which was also pretty neat!!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Perfect for Date/Girl's Night!
    LauraAlicia91
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was absolutely incredible! We didn't wait more than 12 minutes for our food. Our server was DELIGHTFUL & took very good care of us! I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was incredible. The decor is romantic, the food was delicious, the drinks were great...I couldn't have picked a better spot to take him! I would 100% recommend this spot to anyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blah
    Disappointed25
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Terrible compared to downtown but much easier to get a reservation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Too touristy and crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I dined at Tao on a Friday evening, and it was a mad house. They seated us at a tiny corner upstairs where there was virtually no air flow. It was so bad I had to trade seats with my husband. The ambiance is not that of a nice restaurant...it was cheesy like a theme place with a bunch of special occasion people wearing glow in the dark head bands. I was not impressed. Service was adequate, but I did get the feeling that they were just trying to turn tables. Our waiter was really pushing us to order everything at once. That said, the food itself was delicious. The food saved this place from being a total waste of time and money. We won't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dellie
    Dellie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very hip NY spot. At 75 I was the oldest person by about 20 years but still enjoyed the entire experience. Peking duck great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it is a must...
    dani
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you come to NY you have to visit this restaurant...it has a great ambiance and it is very nice inside. ...it is not cheap, and sometimes you cant get the best table with view to the Budha...however it is a must in NYC...food is tasty
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Tao uptown was amazing!!! Went on a Wednesday during NYFW and the food was good, only gave 3 stars as our appitizer was a little on the salty side. The service was great although we weren't looking for te dish to be removed from out bill the waiter did remove it and I thought it was great of him. I would recommend and go back to Tao uptown! The decor lives up to the LV location exception 'NY' style. The lighting is a little on the dimmer side but not too dark that you can't see around you. There are 2 floors with a great view from the upstairs. Large budda statute in the middle, great photo op and adds to the ambiance. The Tao-hito is my favorite drink there, actually went just for this drink! It's their twist on a mojito.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian Fusion meets hip
    SohoSotho
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The service was fast, the staff were accommodating and friendly and oh...the food was amazing. We shared plates and literally everything we had picked off the menu was tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food- indifferent service
    Mike
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a pleasant evening. Food was excellent but the server seemed indifferent and was not terribly helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely Good!
    MKIR
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Is the 3rd time I'm on this TAO. Always excellent experience. Service great, decoration excellent, food outstanding-
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place is cool, energetic and very "New York"ish. Food was mostly good.especially the short rib starter. Problem is it is outrageously expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Mcaci
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was my champagne 30th birthday on August 30th. I added this note to my online reservation and no one acknowledged it. I chose a Dessert even though I didn't want anything, normally when it's a birthday in Toronto they provide a dessert for free.. I would think especially for my 30th champagne birthday.. We spent over 300$ . Although I am sure this is normal bills for Tao, I was expecting better service. Pretty disappointed to be honest.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too massive
    Alvasko
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Massive , table never ready on time , we waited 40' to be seated, touristic with no local crowd, uninteresting...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Japanese in new York city
    jlalcalar1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I recommend this restaurant, the food is excellent, is romantic, for special occasions, great for lunch and dinner, is good for groups, price super accessible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    Jennao57
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went as a group of four girls - we thought that this would be a fun place to have dinner and drinks. We could tell that the server just wanted to turn tables and was annoyed that we were enjoying a long dinner. If you want to have a rushed dinner then go here. Otherwise try somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ally
    Ally27
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food with fantastic surroundings and ambience. A little loud so would not recommend for a romantic dinner. The service is ok, expect snooty waiters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DocLevVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great Place, Lots of fun. Good service and food. Like the megabuda! Don't miss the cocktails and BBQ plates Great Spring rolls and Duck. Miso Cod awesome. Right next to Four Seasons NYC
    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, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food never fails
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been to Tao in Vegas, New York downtown, but this wasy first experience at Tao uptown. The food the ambiance the decor was amazing. The only part of the experience that disappointed was the service. It took forever to get a menu, to order. The waiter was not as attentive as to what I'm used to from Tao. Overall the food never fails and the cocktails are superb.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PamBVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food and ambiance are great! Drinks are wonderful and Dessert is incredible! Love this place. Great place for a large group too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic