TAO Downtown - New York

4.5
4009 Reviews
$30 and under
Pan-Asian
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 4009 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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YVONNEROGERS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good.overall

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EbonyM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

JR
JoseR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it good was really good and the place is beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service overall experience

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JoseN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Beautiful experience will definitely come back enjoy the night great food

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AllisonS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Funky, artistic atmosphere, incredibly fast and efficient service, wonderful experience!

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vipAgnes
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best night for a special occasion! Ambiance is amazing, food is great and wait staff is so pleasant. Highly recommend!

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bryong
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Felt great to get back out in the city so Tao was the perfect dinner spot. If you have never been, now is your time because it wasn’t too busy. Food was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great here, but nothing beats the service in this place. Hands down the best service in NY, and our server Amanda was an absolute doll !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience so much better than the last time. The outdoor dining experience was subpar. The food was delicious and came in a timely manner. Back on the top of my list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Y

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SavionR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! The food was amazing and we didn’t wait long for our dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a bday dinner for my partner. It was great, food was delicious, service was great, our server he was kind and polite. Had a bday surprise but was surprised they didnt sing, im assuming its part of the restaurant the no singing but still was cute and elegant. Everything was perfect.

BB
BianB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The service was horrible for them prices is should be good service
We was waiting 45 min for the waitress to come to the table to take our orders
We told the manager and thy just send her down no sorry no nothing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was really good. Went there with someone special for an special occasion.

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anasm
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I did not like the rush they told me that I can only done in for 1h:30 min

AR
AnnetteR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Top Notch. The crispy rice with the tuna tartare is outstanding. Another favorite is the yellowtail sashimi and the steamed vegetable dumplings for appetizers. Must try!!!

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adrianahW
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Waiter was very nice and recommended our entire meal. Overall experience was amazing. Definitely recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was good. We felt our waitress was moving a bit fast trying to get the order

SA
SiddA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Waiter could have checked to see if we needed drinks refilled, paid us not much attention

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was amazing service was great food was delicious drinks even better definitely can’t wait to go back

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BeverlyS
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great! They did a great job of trying to keep the experience the same.

KL
KatLaNegra
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the sushi rolls, dumplings are divine, the kober ricebis outstanding!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was amazing! Food was great!! Service awesome!!!

However, New York SUCKS w the 11pm curfew!! Ruined the whole vibe! Last call was at 10pm 🤬🤬

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience and dinner. I wish the time limit was extended to two hours, but I understand TAO has a 1.5 hour time limit as many NYC restaurants do now opening at 50% capacity. The ambiance and music made it wonderful to sit and enjoy with friends, family, or a date. The establishment is gigantic and there are staff members every step of the way from the entrance to coat check to hostesses. Bring some cash in order to tip the bathroom attendant who was very helpful and showed you the way to the stalls. Every dish was delicious. Lo mein was wonderful as well (no pic). I posted a pic of every other dish that we ordered.

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STEVEF
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was required to leave a $20 deposit to reserve our dinner after paying my bill the $20 deposit was not applied as a credit and I attempted to call the restaurant directly but they dont have anyone to speak to

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HashaniR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My son enjoyed his 17th birthday dinner at Tao Downtown.

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vipYvette
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve enjoyed dinner here plenty of times and it never disappoints! The staff always go above and beyond to make every customer feel welcome and special ... and even during the craziness of pandemic dining it still managed to feel just as special! Well done TAO!

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vipJazz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!

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Kate
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went with a friend to celebrate our birthdays. Our waiter, PJ, honestly made the night so memorable. He helped us out with the menu, gave amazing recommendations, and just overall was great.

It was fairly busy, every table was packed, but it wasn’t loud to the point you couldn’t speak in your own groups.

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IreneW
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect time to go eat at 7pm. perfect time to order food

SB
SophiaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Tao Downtown was very memorable. What a beautiful restaurant, and the food is amazing!

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 4009 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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