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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
6635 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

9:30 PM


Booked 99 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 6,635 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

6,635 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. SchadeT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a blast every time, the food and ambience was amazing.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  4. DevinciB

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the best time for my birthday they made it special

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  7. Carmelo

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  9. OlimpiaParaguayTandyKang

    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
    Keep going with success .. I loved the place the food and the dessert

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  10. DinaT

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  11. VishalM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  12. MarcB

    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
    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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  13. Berryblu

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  14. Greg

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  15. OpenTable Diner

    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
    It was a great experience ! The vibes were amazing Food and drinks top notch !

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    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
    Best restaurant I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t pick a better place for my engagement

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  17. JackieS

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  18. VictorS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  19. Katherin

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. foodyluv

    London

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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 event though I made it clear on the note provided to the booking and ask the waitress when arriving. I would not come here again.

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    THE REASON FOR GOUR ONE STAR REVIEW, IS THE PROCESS OF ARRIVING AT THE COUNTER AND BE SPOKEN DOWN TO BY THE FOLKS AND BEING TOLD YOU MUST BE OUT BY 715, JUST STARTED THE MEAL OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HANDLE A GUEST AND THIS BROUGHT UP EVERYONES BLOOD PRESSURE, SO HOW COULD ANYONE GIVE 5 STARS FOR THAT SERVICE

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  32. MSJJ

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Worst experience I've ever had I went there to celebrate my husband's birthday and valentines day all the way from Long Island. I was stuck in traffic for over 2 hours just to go eat there I also paid $75 to park, $10 to the person who held my jackets and paid tolls. When I got there I was told I had to seat in the lounge after I paid over $100 when I made my reservation to seat in the banquette. I refused to eat in the lounge far trom everybody, a place where you can't even see the main attraction of the restaurant. I left after noone was able to help us. I Spent $200 and couldn't even eat there. This was unacceptable they couldn't accommodate me or give me a better option. The manager did nothing to help me. The girl at the front desk treated me like I was bothering her every time I asked a question. They ruined my husband's birthday and our valentines dinner. Will not recommend this place to anyone and will never visit again. Their customer service is non existent. FYI I have over 5 million followers on Instagram and could have posted you on my page and recommend your restaurant to lots of people.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great this location is better than the LA location

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was lovely definitely i be coming back

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  35. Pris

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! Very attentive and kind. Food was all delicious and had no issues attending to our peanut allergy. Will definitely be returning.

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  36. Krystle

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tao was amazing! The place is stunning. In a city full of closet sized restaurants, it’s a sight o be seen. The food was also amazing, highly recommend the lobster dumplings and wagyu pancakes!

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  37. Rohavos

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    TAO menu prices are at the higher end but totally worth it. The quality of the food and the combination of flavors are fantastic. The interior decor transports you to Asia and the service was excellent. Truly a special experience.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Quite disorganized after signing in. Had a reservation for 9:15 and was told to sit and wait, without any indication of when our table would be ready. After insistently asking, we were eventually seated at 9:45; we wouldn't have been seated had I not kept asking for status updates. It also took around 20-30 minutes after we finished eating to be given the check.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appetizers were delicious! Entrees were ok, but customer service was great!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a unique experience for my 15 year old’s birthday this past Saturday. Food was great, atmosphere was trendy, and our waiter was fantastic. He was super discreet when I told him it was her birthday and picked out a dessert for the table. I would absolutely go back, it’s a 1.5 hour car ride for us but 100% worth the effort.

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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 6635 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 99 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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