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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
  • "We visited the midtown restaurant and were wowed. Food amazing, service impeccable, ambience lively. Not for kids. A little on the expensive side but well worth the splurge. Music quite loud but we were sat under a speakers felt like a fab club with food. Will definitely return when we are back in New York"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The service was attentive and engaging. Very diverse menu. Food came out promptly and hot. One of our favorite NYC restaurants. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our experience at Tao began badly. We were handed a buzzer and had to wait about 15 minutes in spite of having a reservation. Our drinks arrived just before the buzzer went off so we had to settle up with the bar waitress and carry our full bottles (no glass for a beer without requesting one) to the table. The bar has annoying electronic music which unfortunately is the soundtrack for the entire restaurant. It is too loud and does not coordinate at all with the decor (described as a "majestic Asian temple" on the website) and the pseudo-zen verbiage on the menu. The food was decent enough, with the exception of a mediocre sushi roll, but the noise and pomposity turned us off. We won't be returning."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "After making a reservation for 8:30 on a WEEKDAY, we were not seated for another 45 minutes after our reservation. None of the staff informed us or seemed to care we were annoyed by the situation. What's the point of a reservation? Our waitor was hardly around, and we shared a table with another party once we were finally seated. The food was good, but not worth the experience. Not impressed."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Tao came highly recommended but: -tables were too close together -too noisy to talk at the table -appetizers were excellent but the main course (orange chicken) was very average. I have had equally good for half the price -the service was slow - I asked for a drink refill twice and it took forever"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was extremely good, and I recommend working with Erik Sisco, as he was very professional. All of the food/wine Erik suggested was incredible...right down to dessert!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Took my wife on her birthday and was a bad decision to do so. Had made reservations for 8:30pm, reached there early (by 8) and were asked to wait and we should get our table closer to the time of our reservation. The beeper went up @ 8:15 and we thought we were lucky to get a spot before time. But since it was a false alarm. The hostess replaced our beeper and said that we might get our table 10 mins late as things are behind schedule (in a a very arrogant tone). I had requested (even had mentioned it on opentable while making the reservation) that since its my wife's birthday, can we get a table on the corner and not in the center. After a 35 minute wait (8.50pm), we got a table and it was in "Center". Even the service was very slow ."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "over rated compare to boubakkan, nobu and similar palces"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had a resevation for 9:00pm. Arrived at 8:45. Was only seated at 9:40. Hostess kept saying that the table was getting ready. Great food, but bad service. Had a much better experience at the downtown Tao"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The service was very bad We had to wait 20 minutes the waiter was not nice and we asked for thedesert menu he was angry on us , like we didnt order enough ifood After he brought the desert menu he didnt bother to come back and ask us what we want for about 20 minutes Very dissapointing place"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was very good but the service was not. We had an 8:45 reservation and still waited almost an hour to be seated. Our waiter, Craig, seemed irked to be there. He never asked if we wanted drinks, none of the meals came out at the same time and he was nowhere to be found when we wanted the check. He was at least civil to us, he was embarrassingly unpleasant to the table next to us. No need to ever return"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was my 5th or 6th visit to a TAO restaurant (4 in Vegas and 2-3 in NY). We ordered 6 items to share b/w 4 people. Server brought all but one of 5 things we ordered at one time. I've never been served Kobe beef with other entrees and it really diminished the dish. Further, the table was much too crowded. We had to choose b/w letting our other 4 hot entrees get cold or load up a skewer to cook in the hot pot. In the past, the server always timed the dishes so as to only serve a couple at a time."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food, service and atmosphere fantastic. Tables are very close together!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Took my daughter to Tao for 16th B-day dinner. Our 2nd time dining there. We loved it 3 years ago. While the food lived up to our expectations, our meal felt extremely rushed like they needed to turn our table in 45 minutes or less. We were seated upstairs next to chaotic servers station along balcony although I booked this online weeks earlier and made a special birthday request. The bus boy first tried to clear our appetizer plate while we were still eating. I asked him to leave the plate and slow down. Next, he tried to reach and grab my daughters dinner plate when she took a break from eating. I told him not to but he grabbed it anyways. Last, he tried to clear my $10 cocktail while I was still drinking it. Slow down busboys!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Been there many times and always liked it, but this time they gave us a table next to the waiters station( I had asked for a nice table for sp occasion), and they kept moving chairs and dropping the dirty dishes right behind us. We asked to be moved, and they did that(the second table wasn't much better!!). I ordered the same dishes as I had had in the past, but this time, they were extremely sweet and supper salty that we had a hard time eating them!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Tao is a NYC classic. I've been here before and it's still a fun place to eat at and hasn't gotten stale after all these years."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food even better service, we will be back! Waitress was great, only downside was wait for table when place was 70 % empty! must be a ploy to get you to drink early but annoying since we had to pay tab and carry our very full drinks"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I was a but skeptical on what kinds of food they would be serving there, I thought it would've just been sushi. The food was amazing! It was well cooked and tasted very good! Definitely coming back again!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I definitely recommend Tao. Food was terrific. Loved the sea bass skewers, orange chicken, and pork spring rolls. The 16 foot Budhha was cool"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "great experience night we had with friends; perfect in all means"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed our lunch. Our server was charming and helpful."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My wife and I use Tao Uptown as one of our special occasion restaurants. The imposing statue of Buddha dominates the restaurant and adds a unique atmosphere. The food is excellent. We both had the miso Chilean Sea Bass which is our favorite. Service is attentive."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food and service is always amazing here, the bar scene is always energetic"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It's a great spot for sushi and other asian specialty. The food is really outstanding but the AC is so powerful that one can't enjoy as it's too cold"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "we love Tao, Las Vegas, NYC wherever. consistently very good to excellent food, service in NYC Uptown this time was outstanding, sat between a couple from Hungary and another from Brazil. had all small plates and very good white wine. fun time."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I took my daughter to Tao as part of her college graduation gift/NYC trip. The interior is worth the trip but the food was a bit disappointing. I'd stick with a signature cocktail and sushi, if I were to return. The staff is attentive and pleasant. Sitting by the Buddah and coy pond was a treat at the end of a long day!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Tao Uptown is always a restaurant that I like to take a group of people to. Being able to share so many very good dishes and having a very attentive and knowledgeable wait staff make for a great evening of food, sharing and fun. The atmosphere is upbeat and lively and the space is wonderful for first timers within the group who love to take pictures. Overall always a pleasant experience that has not let down its standards over the years I have been going there."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Fantastic place, wonderful food but music should not be so loud and dancing type. I was expecting a subtil Asian music to allow discussion at the table."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Dining at Tao was really awesome. Food and drinks were great as ever. Only issue I had was that two ppl in my party of like 7 were late so they wouldn't seat the rest of us. We kind of had to wait around. Outside of that, I had no complaints. The decor is absolutely amazing."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The building is spectacular. The food lacked flavor. Wait staff was not warm and friendly. Will not return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food is sooo delicious! I've always enjoyed every meal I've eaten here."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Everything was beautiful. People. The food. The staff Perfect"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a 7:15 reservation for dinner for a party of 6 on a Saturday night, Tao called to confirm that they would not hold a table more than 15 minutes if we were late. Arrived on time and waited over 30 minutes to be seated. We were right next to the front desk yet luckily I checked my phone and found a text that my table was ready. Not sure anyone would have came over if I didn't check my messages. We ordered a large selection of small plates, all very good. I had salmon for my main course which was cooked perfectly, and more than adequate. The noise level was another issue. It was difficult to have a conversation with the noise level of the music. Not sure if I will return with the level of noise even though we enjoyed the food."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I live a block away - just looking for a quick dinner and have not been to Tao in a decade. I now know why. Lots of shorts and flip flops, and more mid-west moms than a suburban soccer game. I suppose the sex in the city thing is still alive and well in midtown. Also - table booked for 6:30, arrive to be told we should spend some time in the lounge with my ten and thirteen years olds (who were better dressed than 90% of the other loungers) 20 minutes later and still no table. I cut my losses and walked over to Nobu57 instead."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had an 8:45pm reservation and had to wait about 45 mins before we were seated. Not quite sure how the restaurant can insist on patrons being prompt and yet make them wait this long to be seated. That being said, the ambiance was pretty fabulous--club music, amazing decor, vibrant clientele--as it was a Saturday night and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Had a great time celebrating a birthday and a graduation. The Food and service was great but very noisy!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Live DJ playing great mixes, Buddhar bar-type ambiance, pricey but excellent food. On Fri & Sat nights, expect to be seated 45 mins after your reservation time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food, drinks, service, and atmosphere. Can be a bit noises, but enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was good. Had reservation at 9pm but didn't get seated until 9:45. Knowing this we would have gone somewhere else instead. Hostesses did not apologize for the wait and acted as if it was normal to wait that long even with a reservation."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It was a surprise dinner for my fiancee. I find the place very nice but it was just too crowded and the noise level was very high. The tables were too close with each other and every time I moved, I would hit the lady's arm from the next table. Not comfortable. You cannot stay long as another reservation has to be accommodated. We had to leave after half an hour. It was not a very good experience, overall. We had to eat at another restaurant later that night after hitting the bar somewhere else."
    Dined on 6/27/2014