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 $27.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Tao Uptown reviews from OpenTable diners
843 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (434)special occasion (403)good for groups (349)vibrant bar scene (326)fit for foodies (243)romantic (208)late-night find (200)great for lunch (139)scenic view (86)neighborhood gem (74)notable wine list (44)great for outdoor dining (34)great for brunch (34)kid-friendly (26)Show More
  • Good food, too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place is cool, energetic and very "New York"ish. Food was mostly good.especially the short rib starter. Problem is it is outrageously expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was my champagne 30th birthday on August 30th. I added this note to my online reservation and no one acknowledged it. I chose a Dessert even though I didn't want anything, normally when it's a birthday in Toronto they provide a dessert for free.. I would think especially for my 30th champagne birthday.. We spent over 300$ . 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Massive , table never ready on time , we waited 40' to be seated, touristic with no local crowd, uninteresting...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Japanese in new York city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
  • Ally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • Boss birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My boss came from Brazil to visit me and enjoy her birthday in NY. She asked me to choose a good restaurant to celebrate. She really enjoied her birthday at Tao uptown. Your waiter was awesome and food delicios. Thank U all Tao staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly Tourists
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Packed, mechanical, and too loud. Food is OK, and service was friendly. Mostly tourists.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party of 6
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I was expecting it to be much louder and more crowded but we had a lovely dinner for six with good food and service. It was summer and a Tuesday night so that may have worked in our favor. All in all, it was fun and I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food / Customer weak
    mfmas163
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Valeotto
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very good food and ambience. I will come again for sure !!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great scene , fair food
    NitroVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My 21 year old daughter and I enjoyed our TAO evening. The food was excellent although we ordered too much!!!! The lighting is very subdued which meant that we had a real difficulty reading the menu and none of our photographs turned out. This was a real pity as the decor is absolutely amazing. The restaurant came recommended to me by 2 different people and I was not disappointed. I was surprised to see such a wide age group on a Sunday Evening at 8pm. Next to my table was a group of 10 celebrating a birthday for a 15 or 16 year old female. The group comprised of 2 adults with 8 teenagers. At another table close by 2 adults were at a table with a baby in a car seat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As always Tao impresses! Service, food, ambeince, wine = Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food great ambience
    yash
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chinese Fusion
    mmittag
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fania1306
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Bel endroit branché...nourriture de bonne qualité...mais cher...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Groups
    kirdero
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation out of control
    Giulio
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not like as it used to be
    bagelman77
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why make a reservation?
    Fernando
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never a disappointment
    Cris101
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great week night dinner
    luv2dine
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the duck!
    Brad
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great Peking duck! I also highly recommend the avocado tempura and the giant fortune cookie for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    Sarah
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our best lunch
    Ahappycustomer39
    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 .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but much too loud
    manolan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    ViniciusCarvalho
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very good. Service, ambience, food and music! Great night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!!!
    ivettec
    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! =)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TAO has gone bad
    Newlywedz
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Interesting
    BunnyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Tao
    JulesVIP
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Ambience was very good.
    JIJIVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great time at Tao and would definitely recommend it. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not be more impressed!!
    Jdans
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and venu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York fine dining
    Lunchalot
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ittywitty
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    service was great and helpfull the music was great
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take to long
    Cris
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.