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Tao Uptown
Tao Uptown

Tao Uptown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.taorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 888-2288
  • 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: Asian, Pan-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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Beautiful, nice place, with great food, but service to customers often poorly (delay, lack of attention and patience of waiters). But it's still an experience worth living."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Very good food and ambience. I will come again for sure !!!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The decor and vibe upon entering Tao was promising:a hip upscale version of a big city Chinese restaurant in the middle of a movie set ( thanks to an enormous Buddha ). The wait staff were all attractive and attentive, the crowd was buzzing, but the food was no better than the usual fare at my local PF Changs suburban chain -- and at midtown NYC prices. Dry untasty duck rolls for starters were followed by unshelled lobster pieces and overcooked shrimp covered in thick greasy black bean sauce. Cracking the lobster required a bath afterwards, the kitchen apparently couldn't be bothered to do this for you. I tasted a slightly better piece of seafood ordered by one of my party. I might return for drinks at the nice bar, but not a meal."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "As always Tao impresses! Service, food, ambeince, wine = Awesome!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "we went to tao for dinner with family, no kids. we arrived earlier than our reservation and sat in the bar/lounge area and got a drink. the mixed drinks were very good. service at tao was excellent, attentive servers, the server suggested things that were popular and we were happy with the recommendations"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "If you like a great, vibrant, place that has been a former cinema and like Chinese Fusion, Tao is the place! Not too noisy and great and quick service. Been there for the second time and loved it as much as first time. The food is exceptional and well worth the wait even with booking!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Bel endroit branché...nourriture de bonne qualité...mais cher..."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This place is filled with large tables with people who have something to celebrate. Not good for an intimate dinner when you want to have conversation. Food was mediocre, in particular when you consider the price."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We made a reservation at 8:00 PM but the table was not available. After 20 minutes we asked information about our reservation, and they said that we should wait few minutes. we had the chance to seat only after 8.30PM, more thatn half-an hour later the scheduled time of reservaton. I think that this is not a service that a restuatnat like Tao should give to its customers."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Food is not as good as what was being served 6 years ago. Kitchen needs a big lift! If you are asking $34.00 for a half red snapper, make sure it is SERVED hot, fresh and juicy! We were shocked to be served entrees that were waiting in the kitchen at least 30 minutes before being "distributed" to the very well stiffed tables. Staff is very friendly and attentive. However, for the food don't expect those $$$$ price tags to inspire you! Food in Tao is no longer good it is cold!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 8 pm but we didn't get a table until 8:45. During that delay nobody informed me, I had to ask more than 5 times in the front desk where there are very pretty young ladies but not professional enough."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Food fabulous as has been in the past. Only issue was our waiter seemed to be overwhelmed after we received our entrees. We had to seek him out for cocktail refills and desert. but that wont stop us from going back again."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the so was the service. The ambiance was good. We had dinner during a week night and it wasn't crazy crowded or very noisy which is great. The kobe beef was excellent. The only issue I have with this place is the lighting. It is a little too dark to see your menu. We had to use the flashlight on our iphones to read them. Since I didn't pay for the dinner....I can't speak about the cost."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great Peking duck! I also highly recommend the avocado tempura and the giant fortune cookie for desert."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My party and I told our waiter that we are pescetarians (only meat we eat is seafood) and don't want anything that has any alcohol in it (regardless of whether it's been cooked out or not), and we asked him to inform us of what options we could have according to our preferences. He had to be told this several times and as a result we had to wait about an hour for our apps. to arrive. Apparently he forgot to put in our order. Then the same thing happened for our entrees. The food was good, but we were severely restricted in our choices of apps. and entrees. The last time we came here, we were told that several items we ordered didn't have alcohol in them, but this time our waiter told us that those same items had alcohol."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My family and I went for lunch and we never forget that. The food was fantastic and super delicious. We had lobster and prawn spring roll and short rib for appetizer and they were the best one that I ever had. We also ordered three main courses and each one was one of its kind. The orange chicken, coconut shrimp and pad Thai . So yummy. We never forget this experience and I highly recommend it to who ever visit New York ."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I enjoyed the pan-Asian menu (despite the obsession with the least interesting cut of beef ever, Filet Mignon), but the noise level is ridiculous for dinner. Fine for a late-night bar when you can get close, but much too loud to be sitting across a table."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very good. Service, ambience, food and music! Great night!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "What wonderful experience. We went with a group of 6 and loved everything about it. The food was amazing and so was the atmosphere. We had great service and didn't feel like they were trying to rush us out. I will de be back again! =)"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Exited to finally dine at TAO. We arrived 10 minuts late but was still within their "15-minut-window". The girl at the door was friendly, but the woman showing us our table was rude and quiet. Our waiter was probably brand new. We found it strange that he didnt ask us about drinks, he went straight to the ordering of foods. The food came really quick (good) but we still had only water at the table. When we were almost done eating our entree we managed to get a hold of him and got some wine. All over the food was OK. We were tricked into order "todays spesial" salat which cost 3 times as much as the other entrees. Very loud music. Guests in shorts and t-shirts. Tourist-trap. Not the fancy ambience we expected. We finished quickly and left."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were 6 for dinner and while most of us had rare tuna, everything was outstanding. Their lobster and watermelon appetizer was exceptional. One person had snapper and said it was excellent."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Never been to Tao and wanted to reconnect with an old friend. We got to Tao around 5pm and it was AMAZING!!!!! We stayed for 3 hours and ate almost everything on menu. I'm usually not that impressed or overly excited about the NYC restaurants, but this was SPECTACULAR!!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had a great time at Tao and would definitely recommend it. We will be back again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Such a great vibe overall. Food was Phenomonal, especially the pad Thai! Kudos to the chef and staff. Had to wait a few minutes after our reservation but was so worth the wait!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Pros: impressive venu, fantastic food, reasonable prices. Cons: two-person tables are cramped, table was only available 45 minutes after our reservation"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Really enjoyed it! Great experience fantastic food and brilliant service. The decor was some thing special when you walk in the door."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The place is fantastic! But, the service is terrible!!! The waiter were rushing us, to order fast and to eat fast. Was realy unconfortable! Not good experience!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My first time at Tao and the ambience is great. This food was good too. I went with coworkers for Restaurant Week and ordered the bang bang chicken salad, which was extra tasty. For my entree, I ordered the mushu pork with pancakes, which was a hefty portion, so I ended up taking home. And then I had the chocolate parfait, which was yummy! My only complaint was that we had lipstick on our glass and my coworker stepped on an earring on the way in that went through and damaged her shoe. This restaurant needs to be better about cleanliness for sure!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "service was great and helpfull the music was great"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We arrived just in the hour of our reservation buy ele had to wait more than half hour. The previous reservation didnt work."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The restaurant is decorated in an amazing way! The food was delicious and the atmosphere is very good"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My experience here was very disappointing. The ambiance here is good but the food was very mediocre at best. it was so loud inside you could barely carry on a conversation. The shame of it is it gets so crowded, there's no incentive to improve! Our waitress was good and did her best to accommodate us. Although we threw them a curveball by sitting after our reserved time and nearly doubling the number in our original reservation, we were told they could seat us but had to leave after 2 hrs. When our time was up, instead of graciously offering us incentive to leave (a drink at the bar?) they essentially kicked us out. Could have been handled better."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "It was restaurant week and my birthday. They actually read the notes that we needed a space with lots of room to spread out and quiet to hear ourselves speak. Back corner with a view of the whole room, outstanding. They make you wait until your entire party arrives to be seated but we were seated right away. It was perfect."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I went here for lunch, which is the only way to tolerate this restaurant. The food is fine, but I can't get over the velvet rope-like way they treat you when you walk in, even when you have a booking."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I Love the ambience in this energetic hub. It's like being in a club but not really. Great for groups & couples. Favorite: Giant fortune Cookie."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The ambience is just great ,the food is always good"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "High energy, dizzying atmosphere. Food and service were food."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I dined her for restaurant week with a few coworkers. The food was very good and brought out at a good pace. It did, however, take a very long time to get drinks and the check. I really loved the decor and would love to sit in the lounge on a date. I doubt I will go back when it's not restaurant week. For the regular prices the food seemed like something you could get anywhere for much cheaper."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food and the ambiance in this place was excellent!! We had to wait 30min for a table, eventhough we had scheduled reservations. But it was worth our wait!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Fantastic sushi and amazing ambiance...would recommend highly to anyone."
    Dined on 8/12/2014