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TAO Downtown - New York

4.5
4.5
5166 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Designed by Rockwell Group, TAO Downtown offers a distinct sense of arrival and discovery and is the first TAO venue where guests descend into a multi-level space. The subterranean restaurant, located in the heart of Chelsea, is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within. Upon arrival, guests immediately encounter a long corridor with a dragon scale patterned screen and Chinese calligraphy murals mounted on weathered brick walls.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 128 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 888-2724

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ralph Scamardella / Stephen Yen

  • Private party facilities

    Tao Group has an impeccable record for throwing world-class events with the most influential leaders in in the worlds of business and finance, fashion, entertainment, and technology.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (866) 497-0245

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Cross street

    at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking. Please read street signs carefully for street parking.

  • Public transit

    E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.

  • Entertainment

    LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off the bill at the end of your visit. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund.

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What 5,166 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Fusion / Eclectic

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  1. LD

    LanDon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place had a beautiful birthday dinner very upscale vibe amazing service no problem no complaints
  2. E

    Eleanor

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely service and atmosphere. The two seater tables were a little too close - only constructive criticism
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Stuttgart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my sister’s new job.
  4. AO

    AshleyO

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our dinner reservations were for 9PM and we got seated immediately. Ambience was on point, place was packed & music was good not extremely loud. Our server was nice he started us off with still water, Lychee Martini & Red Ruby Dragon, both were good. For appetizers we started off with the Crispy Bao Buns, Tuna Tartare on Crispy Rice, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Soy Tuna Roll & Vegetable Dumplings. Everything was soo good but the best ones that I would order again were the tuna on crispy rice, soy tuna sushi roll, and the bao buns!! After first round of drinks we got another Lychee Martini & a Thai Basil Smash. Both still tasted good. Since we were only two people we were pretty full on apps, so for dinner we just got the WAGYU RIBEYE TEPPANYAKI with jasmine white rice. Rice was nothing special but the wagyu ribeye was AMAZING. Tasted like butter, especially with the sauces that came with it. We also got a round of Green Tea shots, tasted like straight up juice. We were indecisive about what to get for dessert so we decided to get it all with the small dessert sampler. A group of 4 could definitely finish this. It came with 2 banana pudding doughnuts, scoop of vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce, chocolate lava cake, big fortune cookie w/ vanilla & chocolate cream & fruit. soo sweet and delicious, loved every bite of it all!! All in all cool experience would come back again; very next day I wanted to go back and eat the same meal all over again.
  5. AM

    AlejandraM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great spot overall, the ambiance and the food was good.. just I didn't like that you can't order your food little by little you have to make just one big order for all the food, you won't have the option to see if you are full already or want more food.. that's inconviniente for me.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambiance and service was excellent.
  7. MC

    MarthaC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner at Tao. The service was exceptional.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were out for a bachelorette dinner for my cousin. Nate (he’s new) was wonderful. He was very attentive and recommended how we should order and what to order. He was amazing. Our whole experience at TAO Downtown was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed food and ambience. The drinks were amazing. Loved the lychee martini and the Thai basil smash. Definitely recommend to anyone trying to go here.
  9. AV

    AnthonyV

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration Great experience
  10. JE

    JimmyEhden

    Miami

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always,great ambience, service and food. My go to NY spot. Tyler took amazing care of us. Snapper in “sand” hands down the best plate.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The place is visually spectacular and the food is excellent and very expensive. It’s High energy with an excellent DJ playing mostly 80’s music. The service was also flawless. My only complaint is that the large Buddha light show was not working and the manager told me it has been broken for a few months while waiting for a new part to arrive. He was very apologetic about the problem but we were still disappointed a bit since we bragged to our friends about it before they arrived and they missed out on it. It definitely needs to be on everyone’s bucket list!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for an anniversary date. The food was great, music was on point, and the waiter was very attentive. I will be back!
  13. A

    Ally

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service, and ambience. We had such a great time and our favorite drinks were the Mango Chilli and the Manhattan-5. We loved the Lobster and Shrip Spring Rolls, the BBQ Duck Fried rice, and the Bock Choy.
  14. R

    Regi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE VIBE IS SO NICE! COCKTAILS ARE TO DIE FOR AND THE WAGYU BEEF WAS GREAT
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    The host /manager was very arrogant and unaccommodating!! Without an explanation in detail he said that others were Seated where they were for a good reason. We were seated in a bad location with a very small table. then I asked him what is the good reason that they were seated in a better location and a better table when we had a reservation and we came on time for a reservation and was at the restaurant and seated before these other people came and there were many other larger better tables available. There was no explanation there was no accommodation and there was no apology for treating us as they did. they discriminated against us!! They are not apologetic not accommodating.!!! The manager was talking in circles instead of making us feel comfortable and helping us have a good experience.!!! Don’t go the food is not worth being treated as a secondary citizen !I am not a tourist I am a New Yorker and I am very disappointed!!!!
  16. l

    limon

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Excellent food and ambiance.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time! Excellent food and atmosphere!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The on-site “manager” Vladimir is very inexperienced. He tried to up sell us a cheaper wine due to their wine selection being “rotated”. Overall, the place is no better than Panda Express, bring your own Kenzo wine as Tao will try and sell you Charles Shaw for $100.
  19. CP

    CindyP

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Prices went up! Good food though. Excellent ambience and service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The inside and decor is amazing , so chic and nice. This is a great place to go for a special occasion.
  21. B

    Bryan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for my girlfriends birthday and everything was fantastic. I would come back for sure. Food and service was excellent.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall good experience. Waiter was attentive to my allergic diet. 10/10 would go again to Tao.
  23. MM

    MitraM

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The food, service, and ambiance were all on point!
  24. J

    Jason

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Environment was great. Perfect place for a date with great food and great drinks.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience4
    Amazing place but too loud. And server was all over the place
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice and beautiful place, nice decor and good service, drink were also good.
  27. S

    Shonta19125

    Philadelphia

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What more can I say!! Wow, super duper, amazing and stupendous. The Tao group has always gone above and beyond to make life great and amazing for foodies like myself. I have been a BIG huge fan for many many years! The quality in food, the service delivery, consistency and kind nature of employees and customers alike is a reflection on how well managed they are within the organization. I know I will return and keep coming back because I LOVE YOU all and I thank you for being so relationship driven. I’m loyal to your brand!
  28. JR

    JenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would definitely recommend TAO Downtown and Uptown to a friend.
  29. MJ

    MrJT21

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Over the last 6-7 years I come to NYC for the dinning experience, something me and my wife have enjoyed over the years, and Tao has been one of many restaurants we will to squeeze into our agenda when visiting. However this experience wasn’t like our others in the past. When you’re seated, a server takes your drink order, we’ll that was last only time he ever asked us about drinks. I thought maybe when our entrées came, he would ask again but he did not. In addition we normally have good seating, Tao is beautiful place, with many different ppl. We was stuck in a dark corner were I was facing a brick wall all night. Usually we have a table on the main floor or seating on the step area looking down into the main dinning floor. We’ve dined here for New Years several times, countless birthdays, and special occasions. My experience also felt rushed! A table next to us was celebrating a birthday where the young lady drunk screamed all night whenever they played her favorite song. We enjoyed getting dressed and going out, but the dress requirements was really relaxed. Seen guys in basketball shorts, women in skirts with their hind parts hanging out. It’s definitely not same experience that I’ve grown accustomed to over the years. But on the bright side, the food is always 5 star!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Paying for the experience was well worth it
  31. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice place to eat the food is very good any reasonable prices
  32. NH

    NicoH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible expérience Bad service Slow Too loud Bad clientele
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love so awesome ambience is beautiful
  34. DM

    DM05

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an amazing evening at Tao! Great ambiance and great vibes. Will definitely return.
  35. CL

    CristobalL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The local was top noisy. The table service was slow and the table was in not good conditions.
  36. CC

    CharlesC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That was the first time we visit this restaurant for my wife's birthday, it was a great experience from the quality of the food to the atmosphere and the decor which is out of this world. The servers were very attentive and kind. I highly recommend it
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome place!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Everything was amazing besides our stuck up server.
  39. N

    None

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I reserved a table for my boyfriends birthday and they didnt do anything for the occasion & the server was never around
  40. DE

    DEOKIE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this was the my first time at TAO, and had an amazing time with my coworker. love the ambience, food was delicious that was recommended by the staff. It was AMAZING!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

TAO Downtown - New York does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

TAO Downtown - New York is rated 4.5 stars by 5166 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 128 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for TAO Downtown - New York

92 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Additional information

  • Cross street

    at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking. Please read street signs carefully for street parking.

  • Public transit

    E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ralph Scamardella / Stephen Yen

  • Entertainment

    LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 888-2724

  • Private party facilities

    Tao Group has an impeccable record for throwing world-class events with the most influential leaders in in the worlds of business and finance, fashion, entertainment, and technology.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (866) 497-0245

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