TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4396 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 4396 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Family dinner was great and a birthday celebration.

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KimO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Requested that appetizer be served first, followed by soup, followed by main course.
Everything came out at one time, so food became cold and there was no room at the very uncomfortable coffee table where we were seated. We had to lean over the coffee table to dine, not a good look.

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AlleyneT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Great ambiance but the food was really bad except the lollipop chicken!

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Vawn
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Appetizers were good but main dishes were horrible.

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Aviv
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere, we are big fans of TAO

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely ambiance and decor. Food was also delicious especially the sushi

JB
JasonB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing. Took my girlfriend for a birthday dinner and she was beyond pleased. Thanks again

TB
TheresaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The ambiance was great. We enjoyed the setting, food and music.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Superb ambience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food was great but the service was bad this time.
Took too long + my cocktail didn't arrive until further check.
in addition, my deposit wasn't deducted from the bill .
Moreover, IMO, the place was too noisy, which usually I don't mind, but I couldn't hear/understand the waiter (which was with a mask)

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous I love it there

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ShakemaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was not what I expected it to be (specifically my main course- Lobster Fried Rice). I enjoyed the Lychee Martini and my Shrimp Tempura appetizer. Not only was the venue flooding but they rushed us out of the restaurant, so we didn't really get to enjoy our food. Other than that the dj was amazing. I would probably need to experience it another time to know if Truly enjoy this restaurant.

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OfirO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing dinner!! The service was really good, the food and drinks were WOW.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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amieev
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING .. It was my second time at Tao Downtown and everything was amazing the Dim Sum was to tie for as well as the lo mein!

DS
DaciaS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Overall it was an excellent experience. Will definitely be going back.

BK
BKDINE830
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, Food and drinks EXCELLENT

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NastassjaG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They just made my anniversary perfect, we felt like royalty!! The waitress, the food the atmosphere just outstanding 🥰 thank you very much for such a great experience

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SteveW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and food. I thought $24 for a martini was a bit too much.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing & Fast service ! Food was excellent ! Can’t wait to return

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing food ambiance music

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

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MiguelO
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and beautiful place
Food and the service was good

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party

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AliceB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and great date night for my husband and I.

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Ellenn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here, the food & service was great!! Came for my birthday & would go again. I’m so happy I tried this place I would completely recommend!

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yohanna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! The food was everything!! Drinks! The restaurant its so beautiful and unique!! Would definitely go back

DG
DeborahG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friends visiting from LA and everything was perfect. Food outstanding. One of my fav nyc restaurants ! 🥰

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JGrace
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tao is a great place to go with friends…
The food was great and came out quick will be coming here more often

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Roxana
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Dinner with friends. The food is great, but not the service. Waited 35 min to seat and then the food took very long. The food was very good. The desserts too. The noise was too much. Imposible to have a conversation. I love Tao but it was not a good night.

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StaceyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always good at this location. My favorite things are lobster wonton , yellow fin sashimi, beef mangolian, red snapper.

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Taty
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. The lychee martinis are the best.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance here are amazing! We sat close to the pond by the buddah and there are mascitos and little flies around it. Its a little gross.
Besides that 100% must go for everyone.

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LinaA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The girl with the red hair who attended us, is very rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the music was awesome

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TiffanyW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I enjoyed every bit of being at Tao downtown. I had reserved a table for 4 and our waiter was so very welcoming and nice. Although by the end of the night it was a little nerve wracking considering another random guest got up and went towards our table to wish me happy birthday I was very pleased with the service.

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williaml
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food, the staff are friendly

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gusg
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Good decor, the only thing that saved the experience. Over priced food for the mediocre quality. Music had coherence with the place. Disappointing experience.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, amazing atmosphere

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vipCandy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great anniversary dinner! Already planning to come back 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 4396 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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