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TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4.6
5055 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 127 times today
Experiences are available.

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Delivery

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Private dining

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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 5,055 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 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. T

    Thais

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great ambience. Love it!!! I would recommend this place 100%
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    I went for my birthday and overall the experience was good aside from the fact that the $20 deposit wasn’t taken out of my bill like the reservation stated. Also, they don’t do complimentary ice cream or any type of dessert for birthdays…you have to purchase your own. The pork fried rice was good but it did get a little salty after awhile, overall the experience was decent. Beautiful amb
  3. J

    Jacqueline

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant. Great quality, inventive cuisine. Delicious!
  4. A

    Alba

    Toronto

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was quite good. Restaurant is beautiful. The DJ was strange in an upscale restaurant like this and the music was way too loud. The whole place seemed to be more about the spectacle and who's there rather than being particularly about the food. Overall, there are other better places to go in NYC.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Waitress was unfriendly and not helpful. Charged $20 for the reservation and was told it would be refunded. It was not refunded. Food was delicious. A little on the pricey side.
  6. MB

    MarcusB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service great. Beautiful restaurant, I little dark for me, but I recommend.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Excellent food , terrible service super noisy
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Waited an hour to be sited Start eating almost an hour and half from the moment we came in. Never again
  9. ES

    EricSharp

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food was fantastic, good amount Of food to the point where one order could feed both people and we had left overs!
  10. TT

    TuvaT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Waited 90 Minutes for a reservation I hooked a month ago.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    Took over an hour to be seated for our reservation. When asking the hostess, she was extremely rude.
  12. JS

    JackieS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my daughter’s birthday! We had the best time!! Food and service always outstanding!!! TAO just never disappoints!! Thank you!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The space is a wow factor, but the food is average. The lychee martini was good. Took out of town friends with college age guys, who loved it. Lots of B & T out for their big night
  14. PS

    PrafullaS

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    We celebrated Father’s Day at Tao. We’ve eaten at Tao many times before, the food just wasn’t as great as usual. Slightly disappointed.
  16. JS

    JohnS

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We were seated 25 minutes after our reservation time. I rarely mind that except when the restaurant itself makes a major deal about not holding reservations. I get it. I did my part and I was on time. Now you do your part and expect the same of your staff as you do of your customers.
  17. G

    Gordana

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant, food and ambiance…they always make you feel welcomed
  18. SM

    SMO6

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great food, good portions, delicious and more than anything the environment was warm and comforting. However, it was a little loud
  19. S

    Sash

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place so much! I definitely recommend 10 out 10 music, food, service it’s perfect.
  20. PR

    PaulaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambiance and food presentation is spectacular. It’s definitely worth the splurge once in a while.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    This wasn’t our first time in Tao. The food was fantastic, but honestly overall we were disappointed. I felt the food came out too quick. I believe the reason was to serve us quick so we would leave quick so the next party can get in. My husband finished before me and the server removed his plates while I was still eating. That should not happen. In fact he almost removed my own side plate. The server didn’t ask if we even wanted a second drink. I booked Tao a month prior as I know it’s popular and hard to get a reservation as well as being expensive. I just wish we were able to enjoy it more without being rushed.
  22. TC

    TommyC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    I thought service and food would be better with how expensive it was. It was like Panda Express food but with outrageous prices.
  23. G

    Gyovanny

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place exelent food service and ambiance.....
  24. BF

    BFoodie27

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great music, drinks, and food. Attentive and customer focused team
  25. AK

    AlejandraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simplemente espectacular, the food was amazing and the ambiance was the best
  26. G

    Greg

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was delicious as always but the service was poor. The waitress would leave us for long periods of time without checking on us, including over an hour while we had finished dinner. We wanted dessert to celebrate my girlfriends birthday but we’re not able to have it because we waited too long for the waitress and it was way too late by the time she came back to our table.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Miserable nasty greeters, awful bartenders,
  28. SM

    SarahM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    It was SO LOUD that we could not speak (4 persons)! We literally were screaming and ate so fast to get out. But maybe that's Exactly what you want.... what a shame, I will never return.
  29. MD

    MitchellD

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food and decor
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Too noisy. Except for that, it is always great to dine at Taos.
  31. l

    lbrealty

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were great. Our waiter was a doll We had a great time
  32. TP

    TrishP

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The menu is so appealing and we shared appetizers, entrees & dessert. The food was incredible!!!! Dumplings were delicious, Peking Duck was perfect, Tokyo Beef tender & I want the recipe for the bread pudding!!!!!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    It was my friends birthday and the host and hostess were so incredibly rude. I get the Tao vibe but “bougie” and “over it” are not replacements for leading with customer service and kindness. Our waitress, food and the entire experience was lovely besides our interaction with the hosts.
  34. KS

    KasheemaS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent variety.... I love coming to this place. I especially love the triple pork fried rice and there fortune cookie for dessert
  35. SB

    SandhyaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! The dishes were exquisite and music was awesome Too!
  36. KB

    KimberlyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing at Tao. The lychee martinis were amazing!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing we over ordered so had way to much as the portions are huge. Thanks for a great final meal in New York
  38. MR

    MahinR

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, good food, delicious drinks and a great time with good company
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Seated immediately at our reservation time…. but it took 20 minutes for the waiter to come by and take our drink order. The music was so loud we could barely carry on a conversation. Id understand if it were a friday or saturday night but 11pm on a Monday was excessive. We deal with the crowds and the noise bc the food is so good.
  40. j

    jimo

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic experience shared by All!

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 4.6 stars by 5055 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 127 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • 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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