TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4078 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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  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    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 in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. Due to New York State Law, all guests must be completed with their dining experience by 10pm. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 4078 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Simone
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I loved the ambiance! The drinks were good, food reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was great as always.

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vipMitchel
Caribbean
20 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service impeccablelovet

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great

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vipLovegoodeats
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I've been here many times and the food at this party location has gone down. Ambiance is great as is the service, but the food unfortunately is not. And certainly not worth the expensive price.

However ate at Tao Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago and it was perfect!

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Cece
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was pricey but it was worth it .
If you want something good you’re going to have to pay for it

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Jvfoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been in a few years and it was still great. Service was on point . Food was delicious.

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RobB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was outstanding. What a beautiful restaurant. The food was amazing. Will definitely have to go back again. Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice experience, decent food, great for celebrating an occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating my best friends birthday! That Tao-Tini was my favorite drink!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

No major complaints. Really wish they can give more than an hr and 30 minutes per reservation, I do understand that they are trying to give everyone an opportunity to dine in. Other than that I am happy to see the restaurant business back.

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AlexaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, food is outstanding. Parking is a very overpriced, overcrowded hassle. Take an Uber

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty great experience especially for a second time dining there

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wendyc
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place , very elegant and classy, server was very professional

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JimLen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server is the best. I was surprised he got me a “happy birthday” written on the dessert plate because we didnt tell anyone that its my birthday lol. Food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was excellent. Ambiance was perfection. The carrot cake is so great!

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TomTom
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menus is very creative and the cocktails are delicious. Ambiente is cool, but I can get very loud. It’s a huge restaurant and it gives me little feeling of a chain. The Buddha statue in the restaurant is a cool attraction. Overall it’s good.

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LisaE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant ! The staff was wonderful ! ❤️

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ElizabethM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to celebrate, puntual in the reservation time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

It was a special occasion for my fiancée and I and Tao was just not worth it. The food was absolutely horrible. We ordered about 7 dishes and most of them were bland. The waiter was so slow throughout the meal and messed up our order. Overall hated the experience and realized Buddakan is similar and wayyy better!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was awful !food was average

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Steph
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent from the moment we arrived. Food was spectacular and so flavorful. We ordered chicken satay, chicken gyoza, chicken wing lollipops and Singapore Rice. Will be returning very soon.

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JyssicaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff! Really were accommodating for our party. Food is always top tier as well

JG
JoanG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time! Every food item was delicious! Would definitely go back!

JP
vipJosePD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I took my daughter and her husband out for a celebration dinner. The dining experience could have been better. Host reception was very good, but the initial service was very slow. Perhaps our waitress had to cover more tables than usual. Initially, I ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir from Oregon, because the vintage year was an excellent one. It took quite a while for our waitress to bring the bottle. She was going to open it and serve, but I was able to inspect it quickly before it was opened and noticed that it was not the same vintage advertised on the menu, but a much younger one. I told her to please check to see if they had a bottle from the vintage advertised on the menu... that took more time. When I was told that they didn't have it, I changed the order to a Malbec from Argentina. She came back with two other bottles, from two younger vintages, because they did not have the vintage advertised on the menu. At this juncture, I ordered a Chianti Classico with the hope that they would have the vintage that was on the menu. Not to my surprise, another server (not a sommelier), came back and brought a Chianti Classico bottle of a younger vintage--not what was on the menu --and told us that was what they had left. I pointed out to him, that the younger vintage of this red wine cost less, but I was told that we would have to pay the same price as the one on the menu, which was a much better vintage. At this point, I would have left, and go to another restaurant, but it would have ruined the evening for my daughter and her husband. I have dined at Tao Uptown (on E. 58th St.) on many occasions, and I never had any problems. The food eventually came, and it was good but uneven. For the main courses, the shrimp was excellent, the beefsteak was ok, and the fried rice less so. I expected a much better overall experience from Tao Downtown... maybe next time.

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NgMd
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, excellent food, great service. Definitely what a high end dinner experience in New York should be like.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambience and food .

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vipIsaacB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance.....will return

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Angel
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing from start to finish, would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was super quick and food was delicious.

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YVONNEROGERS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing time. Great atmosphere, amazing food, and amazing service. The red snapper was delicious and so visually appealing. Can’t wait to come back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good.overall

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EbonyM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I’ve been to Tao Las Vegas, Tao Los Angeles, and Tao Midtown. The food at this location topped all the others, as I had a horrible experience at the Los Angeles location. The food and the ambiance were both amazing. The service could have been better, I felt a bit rushed when ordering. The waitress came over to alert us that it was last call for the kitchen, however, she failed to pause to see if we indeed would like to purchase additional food items. I would definitely go back.

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Valentinatomaselli1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food was amazing and so was the service. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.

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JoseR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to eat. Food was amazing & love the vibe 💯

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Spend 400 on a dinner for them to tell me we have a 1 hour table limit .. then it was my girlfriends birthday and was told she can’t take a picture without a mask unless we pay for their photographer to take the picture. I didn’t know Covid didn’t exist if you pay .. complete rip off food was good but nothing special

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TARRENA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it good was really good and the place is beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my expectations were blown out of the water, the ambience is breathtaking! The Shanghai fried rice, lobster fried rice, and Thai chili chicken were all delicious and the plating presentation was exquisite. Really loved the fortune cookie for dessert 🥰 staff were all polite and friendly, definitely coming back for my next special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Very nice ambience and perfect for a date night.

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 4078 OpenTable diners.

TAO Downtown - New York does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://taogroup.com/giftcards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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