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
834 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (442)special occasion (393)good for groups (366)vibrant bar scene (326)fit for foodies (258)romantic (202)late-night find (202)great for lunch (130)neighborhood gem (88)scenic view (85)notable wine list (44)great for outdoor dining (36)great for brunch (35)kid-friendly (28)Show More
  • 40 minutes delay before sitting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Too much noise and dark. We wait for more than 40 minutes although we had made reservation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was great and the service was amazing. We were seated as soon as all in our party made it to the restaurant. Since it was early dinner the noise level was moderate. The best thing about Tao is the ambience, besides food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good Food, Great Ambience and Awesome Design, we spend a Fantastic Night at Tao.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My friend and I were placed so far in the back that the only thing we could see was a dark wall, scrunched in between other people so tightly that I could eat off their plates. I rather have been denied a reservation than not to be able to enjoy the full restaurant. Our waiter was rushing us, he wouldn't even let us finish a sentence and he was gone. He brought out the wrong meal and then told me that's what I ordered. I have worked in customer service long enough to know that is not the appropriate response to a paying customer.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love TAO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is one of my fav spots in the city. Everything on the menu is spot on! Love the crispy orange chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Restaurant in Midtown!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    5 stars. Every time. Sushi is phenomenal, always fresh. Their dessert menu is amazing (try the giant fortune cookie!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Birthday meal for my husband, booked three weeks in advance and had our hotel concierge to reconfirm the booking and when we arrived got a table in the corner of the room facing a wall. Food and cocktail was average for the price. Huge disappointment as there are missed opportunities to go to other restaurants in NYC who would've made the night memorable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant
    Vandacsvm
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I recommend! Everything was great, the decor, the dinner.... Everything. It's like a club but in restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My first visit to Tao was a memorable one, and my husband has visited numerous times since and the restaurant has had it's good and not so good nights. We visited recently with my daughter and were so glad it turned out to be one of those great dinner nights! Our service was excellent and the food was wonderful! We had sushi rolls, dumplings, entree and fried rice- all was so yummy! The only down side was that although the music was good, it was somewhat loud and made it hard to converse while dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service. Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our waiter told us oriental food food was "going to be salty". We felt rushed and a bother to the staff. Tao midtown has lost its luster. Too big too fast. Will not be going back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always late!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It happens all the times: we get a reservation for a set time, we get there 5-10 minutes before and we get a table 45 minutes to 1 hour after our original reservation. This is totally unacceptable and it clearly means at TAO they do not care at all about their customers. Unbelievable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great lunch
    Rica
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The lunch menu, was great, awsome food, good service, not expensive, we were very happy about the choise
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WONDERFUL!
    Chris
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    TAO food and atmosphere was incredible!!!! Sushi was delish. Reasonably priced and service was great!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meeting place
    dhymanpr
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food is very good, especially the orange chicken and red snapper. I didn't care for the pork chow mein but it's not a deal breaker. The ambiance is awesome. The food service is fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oldie but a Goodie
    GeorgiaLVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I first went to Tao Uptown in the early 2000s. It's a great place, very cool, with a fashion executive scene vs. super models. This is a power lunch and dinner spot. The food is delish and the service is great (although one of our entrees seemed to have been forgotten about, once it was cleared up, we were offered something gratis - which was very kind). An excellent experience overall.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The waitress who served us is very rude. Removed our plates and brought the menu dessert without we asked ... threw us because we were not spending much and it would tip little... I will not recommend to anyone, on the contrary, I will criticize in the tripadivisor.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
  • Excellent food
    Juba77
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Tao is a nice place and we had a wonderful dinner. The food was delicious and the service was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok
    Erik
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was not bad at all, but nothing special either. These kind of dishes are found for haklf the price at many places and I would have wanted something special to give a higher rating. Service was without complaints and the decour is somethingspecial. I'm not sure if I like it but it's not standard at least...
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Way too noisy in the evening, lunch was very pleasant. Everything deteriorates in the evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Culinaryislife
    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
    Love2eat
    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!!
    Squashman
    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.
  • Tao
    Eatable
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This restaurant had a lot of hype to live up to and it mostly did. The waiter needed a little bit of encouragement to be attentive and the first few dishes were delicious but the last two were very disappointing. The fortune cookie messages did save the meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    2fromCologne
    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
    Micral
    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.