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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Every dish was unmemorable. We ordered Kungpao chicken which tasted like sweet and sour chicken. Quite disappointing."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I had a few customers fly in for meetings on a Monday, this place was an excellent choice to take them to after a day full of meetings. The music still allows you to hold a conversation without the need to yell but also takes you into a lounge relax fun mood. They were very impressed and the food was excellent we all shared both appetizers and meals."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We made reservation but still waited an hour before being seated. Our waitress was great but it took awhile to get our food. The service generally was slow."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Attitude, more attitude and even more attitude ... Can't believe how rude the front desk was, if I hadn't have had guests I would have walked out. We had one guests who was late and we were refused access to the table until they arrived as once we are seated we can't order for any late comers!! ... We were told we could just order for the guest and take a guess on what they wanted, or just don't let them sit with us!! Very inflexible place with a serious ego and bad attitude, even the server gave me a talking to when ordering a cocktail I mis pronounced!!! Shame as the food was very good and a nice buzz in the place."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I really like the food at the restaurant, it is full of flavor, very tasty! , it is a very nice place, the decor is great as well!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "On each trip I make to NYC, I am sure to visit Tao. I always have the dumplings to start off and they are consistently delicious. The restaurant has a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service. Kobe tartare tempura rolls were fantastic!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great dining experience, fabulous food. Only downside we had to wait more than 30 min for our table and bar area was very crowded."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Their lunch set menu was great. I had a three course meal and I couldn't finish the dessert at the end. Wow.. Great value!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I am here all the time and love this place....the food is AMAZING! One of my favs....."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great restaurant, greeting warm & friendly, shown to table reasonably quickly, only thing was Service was super quick, like they wanted you to eat up & go, which I was not impressed by. I hadn't finished my Appetizer & the Waiter brought the main course! I thought this really rude, I understand they were busy but this was unacceptable to me!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I went back this time with a friend. And it was so great! He loved the food and the ambiance. For me the food was a little spiced, but we experience a really nice dinner!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Even having a reservation for 7:30 we did not get a table for 2 hours, don't show up hungry."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Every time when we come to NYC, we have to go to Tao's - it's always awesome there... Expensive, but awesome. Unfortunately the table was never ready - even we had a booking..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The ambience, interior deisgn, and cuisine are great for a night out."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Ambience was perfect for a mother and son lunch. Food was fine. My one criticism is the lousy music which was an 80's mix. It didn't fit with the tranquil vibe set by the enormous statie. It was obnoxious listening to the servers singing along."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The ambiance is unusual and very vibrant ! Food is ok some dishes better than others!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I come to this restaurant for every special occasion and was a little upset because it was 4 of us dining at a small sized table, the waiter tool our order and offered to combine out food for the sake of space, we declined but the fact that he brought our starters out at the same time as our dinner was disappointing if you already knew we didn't have enough space at the table. Also why would you bring the starters out at the same time as the main course it made no sense and displayed poor customer service. We had NO room on the table and hurried to eat the starters so those plates could be removed."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wait time was really short, maybe 5-10 minutes. Atmosphere and music was awesome, will go here again. Food was delicious as well as dessert (molten chocolate cake)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Having to wait over an hour and a half to be seated when we were only 15 mins late for our reservation is unacceptable. There are far better restaurants in the city that offer the same type of food but better overall service. The best part of the night was our waiter, Norman he was fantastic. Definitely won't go again."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was good, but expensive for what it was, fancy Chinese food. Music is loud but fitting for the energy of the place. Serise was nothing to write home about. Would go again if in the area."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Definitely a very NYC restaurant. Good for young visitors, or for date nights. Lots of noise, but still manages to feel cozy. Be prepared to wait even with a reservation, though-- this place is THAT popular. Buddha's elixir is AMAZING."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The best place to be seen and people watch. Great food! The waiter was hot too!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. Our waiter made us feel as if we were his only customers."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant last Friday night with my mum while on a 5day trip to NYC and I will say I was not disappointed! When we arrived we were greeted well and shown to the bar area, which was vibrant if a little crowded but we managed to get served drinks straight away with a good bar selection. The décor was amazing, the music was good, the staff were friendly and the food was great, if you were unsure of what or how to order the waiting staff were more than happy to help! Tip: Order the giant fortune cookie dessert it was amazing! I'd definitely go back again the next time I'm in the city!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went with my husband...electric atmosphere, outstanding food, great cocktails, good service. On the pricey side but nothing unusual for New York. Portions v large for main course. You could skip the appetisers, share dessert instead or have a fab cocktail."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a great meal and enjoyed the unique ambiance of Tao."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Still great after all these years! Its perfect for large groups. Took my Sales managers out for a Thank you dinner and they all loved it! The food was great and the service was on point. Love it!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Me and my partner had a great dining experience there. We were late for our reservation but were still accommodated quickly. We sat in the skybox (way up top) where we had a great view of the enormity of the space. We were taken care of by Spencer who was bubbly and friendly and also has great recommendations. Our meals were delicious and so were the drinks!! I was surprised that with the restaurant being so loud and bustling, there was still time for attentive service and a bit of a romantic feel. Thanks Spencer! Thanks Tao!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Even with the reservation we had to wait standing up in a bar full of people. The waiters were not so polite and the receptionists girls confused with not providing good service. Food good. Tables close to each other in order not to have any private conversation. You look at them and they look at you.prices ok for New York. Good ambience . A lot of noise"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "NYC is a great place For foodies, shopping and long walks. TAO is the definition of classyy and sophisticated eating. Great place to dine with the family or just your significant other for a special occasion. The service was very efficient and menu was well done."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday at Tao! Everything was great food, service, atmosphere! All guests we satisfied with the restaurant! Highly recommended to everyone:)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "the shushi was verry good, bat the noise of the terrible loud music destroyed all the mood of the evening. This was not a restaurant for a Romantic dinner"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The atmosphere was hip and trendy; the staff warm and friendly. Drinks at the bar were awesome. I wish my table took longer or I arrived earlier to take advantage of this great spot. Dinner portions were plentiful and delicious. Pick a dish and share with the rest of your party. Place was crowded but you never felt neglected. Birthday desert was to die for. Excellent find!!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our first time in NY and Tao restaurant and it was fantastic. The server gave us a sample of their most popular entrees and main courses, this was a perfect way to taste things we have never tasted before. We made our reservations online and that worked very well for us. The food was excellent with the exception of the lettuce wraps."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The variety of food and excellent quality should make most any diner happy. Truly above the normal dining experience. We were in a side booth which allowed us to talk. Would have slightly lower noise level for ideal rating."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Must be on time with your reservations or you'll wait for about an hour and thirty mins. for a table. But the overall experience wasn't bad. The waiter was extremely nice and helpful."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Although I made reservations for 9 p.m., my party had to wsit almost 30 minutes to be seated. What's the point of making reservations if you're not seated right away."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great place to go with your friend for a little party... Or not little )) Great food. At the level of best asian restaurants in Asia. Sushi are great! Tuna, chicken as well. One of the best Lychee margarita! A bit too loud so it is difficult to talk to each other. But with life music it is still good to sit there."
    Dined on 3/21/2014