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
832 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (442)good for groups (393)special occasion (391)vibrant bar scene (326)fit for foodies (289)late-night find (206)romantic (200)great for lunch (126)neighborhood gem (99)scenic view (81)notable wine list (44)great for outdoor dining (40)kid-friendly (31)great for brunch (29)Show More
  • asiantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We asked in our hotel for a nice japanese restaurant and we were sent to Tao! When we arrived, we found loud good taste music, mouthwatering sushis in an darkish, yet charming place. Definately a must visit in Ny!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Wish the waiter was more attentive. We had to ask for water, wrong bottle of wine was bought to our table. We had to keep calling him for attn.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great energy, amazing food
    BellaVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Amazing food, great service, The only problem, they were over booked and they made us wait for 30 min although we had reservation. Amazing energy. Don't consider this resturant if u r planning a quite, romantic dinner. I would defiantly recomand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to spend a night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This is a really nice restaurant-bar that will satisfy your expectations if you are locking for a night to have fun with your wife, husband, gf or group of friends. Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before your reservation because it is too crowded at night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very recommended
    MAPM
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Really good place to enjoy a dinner with family or friends. Better even if shared dishes, as the option menu is full of appealling suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OuStanding as it was last time !
    Trionor
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Was in Tao with a group of six girls ! My second visit my friends fiesta time! my gal pals adored Tao it was superb from minute we walked in! Just the best buzz with incredible and fantastic food!! So so fantastic! We all said we would go back anytime ! 😃 our waiter was fabulous! Just so brilliant !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Bird
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Everything was delicious, excellent and a little expensive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was initially undecided on which Tao to go to, but in looking at the decor in Uptown, I really liked what I saw. They were very accommodating with our late arrival for our reservation. I loved the decor, the vibe and the food was excellent. The only thing I was not pleased with was our waitress because she took at least 30-40min to take our order for drinks. At that point, we just put in our orders for everything. I will recommend the restaurant, just make sure you're not too hungry in case you have to wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This place is amazing. The decor is spectacular. A Buddha statue 2 stories high inside the restaurant in Manhattan is the coolest thing ever....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was amazing and the atmosphere was great! I celebrated my birthday here and it was great for the group of us; intimate yet hip scene. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves Asian, seafood and great ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too loud for dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    To cut to the chase, this is a restaurant, with no dance floor, that plays music too loud to hear people round the table! Great place to be seen, but useless for dinning! They even had someone playing bongos at one point, encouraging guests to join in! Food was OK and service was not bad. 20ft Budha was fun! Don't go for a romantic or family meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Can't say enough about the overall experience. Great food, ambiance and very good service. A place not to miss!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd times a charm!
    tmac
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was my 3rd time dining at TAO and each time it keeps getting better. Food, service & atmosphere were wonderful. Enjoyed a great view of the bustling dining room & 60 foot Buddah from a third floor balcony table. Server recommended a wonderful cold sake which was a perfectly complimented our appetizers. Can't wait to return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We celebrated my B'day and this was my first visit to Tao. We went for lunch on Sunday. The ambiance is outstanding and the Restaurant's Decor is stunning. Food and service were great too. Overall we had a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vibrant
    DonMoncho
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It feels like being in a party where everybody is having a great time. Food in general is very good as well as the service, considering the amount of People they have to take care. Certainly will come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Super food - too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had my best dumplings ever and a very good lobster with noodles. The waiter was very nice and attentive, would absolutely recommend this, but the loud music took away a little of the good food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good place
    Futfree
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food and service very good. The feel of the place and ambience of the place, excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Place
    Bocks
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The place was really energetic. Kind of reminded me of a club when I walked in but the upstairs dining area was pretty cool. Food was great and the atmosphere in the upstairs dining room was still vibrant and excited. Definitely a fun place to eat dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great ambience and atmosphere. Good option for a date night. The sea bass is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I've been to Tao a handull of times and the food is wonderful. Not something I can afford more than once a year but worth it. The Vegtable spring rolls and steak was a perfect combination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious ! but a long wait !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had booked our table 10 days in advance and arrived on time, despite this, we had to wait for an hour in the very crowded bar before finally being shown to our table - not a great start ! Thankfully, once seated, the service improved hugely and we could enjoy the buzzy atmosphere . The food was absolutely wonderful, the lacquered roast pork was delicious and the chicken gyoza the best ever. We were very tempted to return, but sadly ran out of time - by far the best meal we had in NYC !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teisha
    Taoloverbutnotmidtown
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Not like the downtown location at all. It was a totally different menu, the service was sub-par at best and the price was more expensive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service food okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Been at TAO for many lunches. This occasion the food continually arrived late. And, the flavor of food did not compensate for the irritation with the lateness. After an hour and half had to leave to return to work, before finishing meal. Waitress while very nice and personable never was available for the question "where is our food". Food was okay, not memorable. Doubtful I will return anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as Always
    Hoopfan1
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Every time we come to NY, we always make it to TAO. We went to the uptown restaurant and we actually seated early. The chilian sea bass was spectacular, melts in your mouth and the coconut shrimp was excellent as well. Sushi was very good and we topped off our meal with the giant ( and it is giant) black & white mousse fortune cookie. Matthew our server was great, we never felt rushed and he was always there when we needed something. A great dining experience, highly recommend but definietly make reservations and stay away from weekends when it is packed and you will probably gave to wait even with reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience.
    Sweets
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great ambiance featuring the floor to ceiling Budha. Always friendly reception. Grilled Red Snapper, Kung Pao Chicken, Peking Duck for 2. All delicious dishes and well presented. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    To cold, to much aircon, to much noice, the food was good looking but to much deepfried and without authentic taste.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tao uptown
    EnglishinNY
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a great table looking over the ground floor dining area. The food was excellent and wine just right for the occasion. A little expensive but I guess its what you should expect in NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Fusion
    UESfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our family of five had a wonderful dining experience at Tao. We celebrated one of our daughter's 16th birthdays there and couldn't have had a more enjoyable time. The giant buddha and koi pond are breath-taking. The waitstaff were professional and attentive. We loved all of our dishes - from the chicken gyoza appetitzer to the noodle dishes, Kung Pao chicken, filet mignon and steak. The giant fortune cookie dessert was a tremendous hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no customer service
    NotHappyCustomer
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had a reservation for 8 people last Sunday night. It was my fiance surprise birthday dinner with our friends. First of all and very disappointing was the hostess who practically ruined the surprise by saying oh yeah that's big table in the middle.It was as 2 of us and everybody, who is not "totally out" and who is visiting TAO often like us, know that 2 people don't get any big table, so that's it he know right away.And yes I give you guys note that it is surprise party while I was making this reservation. Please train your staff. This shouldn't happen in restaurant like TAO. Second was the service! Our server was slow or better slower that slow! For every drink we waited approx. 15-20-25 minutes. Food was fast and delicious like always!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Betty Bal
    Bettyb
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While it took is quite some time to be seated even with reservations, I was disappointed in the fact that: A. The front desk is handle very inappropriately. They tell you how long the wait is and then you have to go up not once but twice to get a real time. B. Our waiter announced how wonderful he was only to disappear for 15 minutes at a time. C. While the food was good it was very disappointing to find a piece of packaging wire in the Sea Bass skewers, only to be told sometimes things happen when you are busy. I have eaten in some of the best restaurants in NYC and this was not my first time there, but I usually go just for drinks. Needles to say I will not be eating there in the future. I think the staff needs a little restructuring.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Disappointed with service, noise and attitude. I definitely do not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long wait, even with a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tao has been known for requesting your entire party to be present before you are able to be sitted. Lately, even if your party is assembled together, prior to your reservation time, the wait will be for up to 1 hour (even if you have a reservation!)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Watch the NYC scene at this upbeat city restaurant. Loud bar music, great cocktails. Excellent food and beautiful decor! A hip scene. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was divine pity about staff!
    Fabulous40
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After waiting almost an hour after our reservation time we finally got our table. Food was fantastic, tasted amazing and very good portion sizes so although it's expensive it was worth it. Some of the staff were pure ignorant though and wouldn't even take a picture of our group who were celebrating birthdays. Couldn't believe their rudeness in brushing us off, I know they weren't looking after our table but I don't think that's any excuse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    leann013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As a vegetarian my options are few and far between. I loved this place and intend to go back as long as my wallet can handle it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Goey
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food and service was fabulous. However it is very noisy - difficult to have a conversation with your partner. Techno music took away from the ambience. Tables way to close together. Can't request the booths for 2 people - although there were only 2 people in some of the booths.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow Tao - Always great
    Bonita
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Love it, love it, love it. One of my very favorites. Went with a large group - everyone very impressed with surroundings, food, ambiance, etc. I requested a large round table for our group. We were given a magnificent table with a very large lazy susan in the middle - great for sampling dishes. We arrived at 12:30 for lunch and were seated almost immediately. Everyone ordered the luncheon special - a great deal. We were not rushed and we found ourselves lingering over our delicious food. We left at almost 3. I can't wait to return and I love to introduce this extraordinary restaurant to others as my friends think I'm a genius when they go here with me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not our best dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Cavernous space, mediocre Asian favorites served fast. Hoped for better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Camila Câmara
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Fomos muito bem atendidos. Comida ótima. Ambiente Maravilhoso.Parabéns pelo excelente atendimento.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wally
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food was just ok. Service was badly timed and much too fast. Waiter removed my wine glass with the remainder of my wine still in it. A definite no-no. Won't rush back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic