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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great Peking duck! I also highly recommend the avocado tempura and the giant fortune cookie for desert."
    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 ."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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! =)"
    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."
    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."
    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!!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    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"
    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."
    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!"
    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!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We arrived just in the hour of our reservation buy ele had to wait more than half hour. The previous reservation didnt work."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The restaurant is decorated in an amazing way! The food was delicious and the atmosphere is very good"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My experience here was very disappointing. The ambiance here is good but the food was very mediocre at best. it was so loud inside you could barely carry on a conversation. The shame of it is it gets so crowded, there's no incentive to improve! Our waitress was good and did her best to accommodate us. Although we threw them a curveball by sitting after our reserved time and nearly doubling the number in our original reservation, we were told they could seat us but had to leave after 2 hrs. When our time was up, instead of graciously offering us incentive to leave (a drink at the bar?) they essentially kicked us out. Could have been handled better."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "It was restaurant week and my birthday. They actually read the notes that we needed a space with lots of room to spread out and quiet to hear ourselves speak. Back corner with a view of the whole room, outstanding. They make you wait until your entire party arrives to be seated but we were seated right away. It was perfect."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I went here for lunch, which is the only way to tolerate this restaurant. The food is fine, but I can't get over the velvet rope-like way they treat you when you walk in, even when you have a booking."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I Love the ambience in this energetic hub. It's like being in a club but not really. Great for groups & couples. Favorite: Giant fortune Cookie."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The ambience is just great ,the food is always good"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "High energy, dizzying atmosphere. Food and service were food."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I dined her for restaurant week with a few coworkers. The food was very good and brought out at a good pace. It did, however, take a very long time to get drinks and the check. I really loved the decor and would love to sit in the lounge on a date. I doubt I will go back when it's not restaurant week. For the regular prices the food seemed like something you could get anywhere for much cheaper."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food and the ambiance in this place was excellent!! We had to wait 30min for a table, eventhough we had scheduled reservations. But it was worth our wait!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Fantastic sushi and amazing ambiance...would recommend highly to anyone."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Although Tao is not the most affordable Asian bistro around, it offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant is very beautiful, the service is very good and the food is delicious. The servers offer good advice, so it wise to ask about what's good."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, generous Restaurant Week lunch and quiet upstairs."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Even with a reservation expect to wait. We had a reservation for 9PM, arrived a few minutes earlier, and we were not seated until a little after 9:30PM. The place was really full and really loud, which we didn't mind but just be aware. The food was delicious, but the service could be better. Our waiter had too many tables to serve so there was a lot of waiting. Overall it was a good experience."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food. The white bean hummus was excellent. They offer 3 pasta dishes all u can eat, great choice. The hanger steak was also excellent served on polenta and finished with shoe string onions and potatos. Fresh gratted horseraddish offerd table side."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "ALWAYS a great time at TAO. Whether I go for Lunch or dinner, the staff is always fun and friendly and the food is always out standing!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Excellent ! The food was delicious the drinks were great !!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We went for my wife's 50th birthday celebration with some friends and could not have had a better time. All of the staff were doing everything possible to make the night special and it really showed. From the great cocktails to the nice sake list and super-tasty small plates, we were all on cloud 9. Great Job Tao !!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere were very good. The service was incredible. We had tickets to a show and the wait staff was amazing getting our order in and allowing us to enjoy our meal!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I had a table reserved for 10:00. I arrived at 09:40 because everybody told me that it's usually full. The atendents were veryyyyy unpolited. They didn't care about me and my reservation. I just got seated at 10:35...im a terrible and small table. The waiter was also unpolited. My vision about everything is that they think that are doing a favor to service you. I don't know. I'm one of the owners of a famous Sushi in Brasil and will use this experience as: how you shouldn't treat a costumer. Bad times. The food saved the night."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal very much but the service was pushy (just wanted to turn the table) and not very friendly which had a negative impact on our experience!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Placed reservation on Yelp for special occasion and mentioned on comments in opentable. Meals throughout the evening were great! Kung Pao chicken was awesome... Awesome because to end the night we ordered the spectacular Giant Fortune Cookie and they were able to surprise me and my date with candles for the occasion. It was very nice and made us both very happy. Thank you for great service."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Overall quite satisfied with atmpshere vs. price and quality of food. Very good."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I went to there with my friend for eating lunch during Restaurant week. Restaurant week lunch menu was wonderful!! I ordered Ban ban chicken salad, Grilled Salmon and Banana pudding. Especially, Ban ban chicken salad was tasteful. I highly recommend go there with your date. If you go there, you can enjoy elegance atmosphere. I think, going there at lunch or dinner is doesn't matter!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food was excellent, delivered in a friendly manner, delivered hot and nice size portions....will definitely go again. The price fix lunch is a great bargain!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend & I had lunch here during Restaurant Week. The food was good and the ambiance was excellent. However, the food wasn't SO good that I would spent the money to eat there when it isn't Restaurant Week. It had a high price point for food that was was yummy but not outstanding."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The ambiance is great and the food was good. We ordered from the fixed price menu which came with dessert. The appetizer and main were very good. When our main plates were cleared the server brought our bill as he said a lot of people were on lunch and would be in a hurry. We then waited 45 minutes for our dessert. We watched numerous other desserts go by and repeatedly asked where ours were but it still took 45 minutes. Very frustrating. It ruined our otherwise good experience at this restaurant"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious, and nicely presented. Music piped into dining area was much too loud however."
    Dined on 8/7/2014