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TAO Downtown - New York, New York, NY
TAO Downtown - New York, New York, NY
TAO Downtown - New York, New York, NY
TAO Downtown - New York, New York, NY
TAO Downtown - New York, New York, NY

TAO Downtown - New York

4.5
4.5
6643 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 113 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 6,643 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
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

6,643 Reviews
  1. AliceC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An experience not to be missed in New York city :)

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's always a pleasure to eat at TAO downtown.. The food Is just simply delicious and literally melts in your mouth .. Very good pic for Saturday night

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  3. CristianP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Tao with my lady for our anniversary i must say, loved the ambiance, the food, drinks, the music was hella good! The entire experience! We’re looking to return soon!

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  4. First

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tao was enjoyable. Tiered seating made the setting intimate. Food was good. Drinks were strong. Server was attentive even with the busy tables. I would definitely recommend Tao.

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  5. Cassy

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was amazing! The food was enjoyable and the service was great. I look forward to going here for my birthday just to get the cookie, it was delicious !!!

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  6. DoreneH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I lo ed the whole atmosphere at this TAO downrown. This TAO is larger that the one I went to. The service was good and the food was very tasty.

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  7. Flo23

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place so much The food and drinks are amazing. Taste is consistent

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    As you can see i regularly visit tao But today it was so noisy and the service very bad They bring the food after 40 minutes and it was so cold !

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  9. SchadeT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a blast every time, the food and ambience was amazing.
    TAO Downtown - New YorkResponded 6 days ago
    Hi SchadeT, We're overjoyed to hear that you always have a great time at TAO Downtown - New York! It's wonderful to know that our food and ambiance made a positive impression on you. We always strive to provide an amazing experience for our guests and your kind words are a testament to our efforts. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to serving you again soon. Best regards, The Management Team

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was amazing food good I loved the vibes And the staff

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  11. DevinciB

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a nice date spot, the food we ordered was Okay, meh nothing outstanding except the LOLIPOP wings are AMAZING!! we ordered the fried rice & orange & spicy chicken but nothing about was special or deliciously good. TBH you're only paying for the ambiance and the experience walking in and out looks expensive but the food isnt all that, I could go to a cheaper spot to get the same order and it was taste 20x better but its a small little restaurant. I wouldn't really recommend it

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  12. EmilyA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner was amazing! Thank you so much for accommodating my boyfriends bday with a delicious dessert :) The food was out of the world - the short ribs were delectable.
    TAO Downtown - New YorkResponded 2 days ago
    Thanks for the feedback, EmilyA! We're thrilled to hear you and your boyfriend enjoyed your dinner at TAO Downtown - New York. It's great to know that our short ribs hit the spot! We strive to provide delicious meals and it's wonderful to hear that we hit the mark for you. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  13. MargaretaR

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Horrible experience. The food was great (!) but I’ve never had such bad service as we had this night. After we sat down at the table we were asked if we wanted some water while deciding our orders, which we said yes to. So far so good. The waitress comes back with water, takes our food orders and quickly disappear without taking any drink orders. After a long wait, a food runner comes out with our food, put it down on the table and quickly disappears again while mumbling something about that someone will come with plates. Still no drink orders. We are waiting for plates and to make a drink order but nothing happens and we sit there for another 5-10 min with hot food on the table but no plates and no drinks. Long story short, with long and several tries to get the waitresses attention in a polite way, we reach a point having to stand up and walk over to the waitresses to ask for plates to be able to eat, as the waitresses clearly saw but ignored our regular polite calls way too many times. When reached she was clearly annoyed about our initiative to stand up. But there was honestly NO other way to get their attention at this point. We got plates, but still no drink orders. Music was SO loud we couldn’t hear ourselves (literally) and we wasn’t attended for any other service during the whole dinner other than food runner bringing next meal. Only when we finished and asked the food runner for the bill, a waitress came with the bill, and from that point attend us 3-4-5 times checking if we’re ready to pay although we told them we need a minute. Worst restaurant experience we’ve ever had. No waitresses attending our table. No drinks for the whole dinner and music was BLASTING loud as in the night club. It literally hurt our ears. The staff was clearly too busy attending promoters tables having promoting dinners, as it seemed way more important for the waitresses than our table who actually were there to pay. Never going back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the best time for my birthday they made it special
    TAO Downtown - New YorkResponded 6 days ago
    Thanks for the feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time celebrating your birthday with us at TAO Downtown - New York. It's always our goal to make special occasions even more memorable. We're glad you enjoyed our food and service. We look forward to welcoming you back for more celebrations in the future!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful night at TAO. Our waiter Michael was amazing and give us a really good service! I recommend

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  16. Carmelo

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was pretty good, nothing made me go WOW, but overall we enjoyed our time.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibe is amazing, food was delicious and great service!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place. Services food and environment were so good that we recommend it. We had a great time there. Thank You!

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  19. OlimpiaParaguayTandyKang

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Keep going with success .. I loved the place the food and the dessert

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  20. DinaT

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious. Vibe is fantastic! Can’t wait to go back .

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  21. VishalM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The seating we initially found appealing ended up being positioned right next to a trash receptacle where empty bottles were being tossed. With the trash bin merely three feet from our table, each time the servers disposed of glass bottles, it created a disruptive and frightening noise, unsettling everyone present. Despite our request to relocate the trash container, the server disregarded our concern, and the noise persisted, greatly detracting from our enjoyment of the experience.

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  22. MarcB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would highly recommend this restaurant. Prices on the food menu are very affordable. The ambience is amazing. Food was super delicious, I can’t wait to come back.

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  23. Berryblu

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed my birthday dinner here. Was loud but the ambience was good. Food was good, service was good. Lychee Martini is now my drink

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  24. Greg

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Couldn’t experience the club because of the restaurant rules. How you have club and restaurant together but separate it from each other. I didn’t like that and had a door in the restaurant said nightclub. But everything thing else was ok.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience ! The vibes were amazing Food and drinks top notch !

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t pick a better place for my engagement

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  27. JackieS

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    TAO is my go to for any celebration because they never disappoint and we always have the most amazing time!! We celebrated my son’s birthday and it was just amazing!! The food the ambiance everything!! Thank you Reina you’re the best!! Thank you TAO for always treating us like royalty!! Can’t wait to comeback for many more great memories!!

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  28. VictorS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A little bit confuse when you arrive. You don´t know what to do, where to wait

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  29. Katherin

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner and drinks. Perfect for any occasion.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a maintenance experience. The ambience was great.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was a great place. Very unique the food was delicious. This is the place you must try a great vibe and good food.

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  32. foodyluv

    London

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for my daughter's 16th birthday! The food was average, the service was good but no attention to details, we came all the way from London UK to celebrate but no birthday acknowledgement even though I made it clear on the note provided to the booking and ask the waitress when arriving. I would not come here again. Zavion from Tao contacted me to correct the experience. Thank you for taking our complaint seriously to improve customer experience.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The front desk lady almost ruined our Valentine’s Day But our waiter saved it she was the sweetest person ever and the food was amazing overall a great night

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed my Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was amazing and great service. Love the ambiance

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great ambiance! Their shrimp tempura sushi and chicken gyoza was sooo good!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    everything good but it was too loud and the lighting was a bit too dark

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  37. ChristopherT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My valentine & I had a wonderful romantic evening in a private booth. The ambiance from the rose petals on the floor to the lighting set the perfect mood. The food & service were amazing, especially because we were constrained to a pre-fix menu.

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  38. Dre90

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    My girlfriend and I first went to tao after the pandemic (I think late 2022-mid 2023 or whenever it opened again( and the service were superb, we get to reservations they were attentive, the security, waitress, everyone was great. Fast forward to 2024 and service has been a steep decline, the front greeters just brush you to the side, security is just on their phones ignoring people. And our server was bad she stacked a ton of plates on our table with no space, wasn’t attentive at all and also told us we had to order EVERYTHING at one time and couldn’t make a order later into dinner for a to go back. Then my girlfriend ordered her food and it got there first and after 20-25 mins we had to ask the waiter for my own order which was weird why would they wait for us to ask. And last thing they didn’t gradually take plates as we finished them from the table just let it stack up until towards the end…however I will say the food STILL taste amazing, however I’m not driving to NYC from Long Island and paying a bunch of money for Applebees level customer service. It felt worth it before but the quality of service now has dramatically declined

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very romantic valentine date in Tao We loved the vibe and service and atmosphere Food was very good Came out pretty fast Drink were also very tasty

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  40. Simba

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing down to the food, service, and etc.

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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 6643 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 113 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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