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TAO Downtown - New York

4.5
4.5
5624 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

7:00 PM


Booked 103 times today
Experiences are available.

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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.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner 2023

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    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. We thank you in advance for your cooperation, and look forward to seeing you soon!
  • Valentine's Day Booth

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Valentine's Day A La Carte reservation. This $50 per person deposit is an upcharge for a guaranteed booth and may not be used towards food & beverage. 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. We thank you in advance for your cooperation, and look forward to seeing you soon!

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What 5,624 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
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Fusion / Eclectic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was beautiful, definitely will be coming back
  2. YF

    YannisF

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Charming atmosphere with good music, just take your time to bring the food to the table, delivery it’s too quick! We ordered 4 plates and they were all brought to us within a couple of minutes
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, tasty experience I recommend this restaurant highly. The ambience was extraordinary at this restaurant and the music was nice.
  4. KJ

    KarolinneJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it, thought it was a great place to celebrate my 29th birthday. Quiet, elegant and classy.
  5. BL

    BrookeL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved everything think about tao from the food to the music and the ambience
  6. TA

    TriniAries

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I have been to TAO quite a few times and enjoy every time. One of my favorite restaurants. But my last visit, Feb 4, 2023 was AMAZING!!! The DJ that night was so good!! Great DJ! Food was good and came out timely. Waiter was good and got our drinks to us on time. I have actually never seen it so alive and pumping. Told quite a few people that a return on a Saturday night must be arranged. Sidenote: TAO NY Downtown certainly did redeem since I took my husband to TAO Vegas for his birthday and was thoroughly disappointed.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to have a date night. Very sexy ambiance!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent birthday dining experience at Tao Downtown! Most definitely recommend for anyone to celebrate special occasions.
  9. AG

    AngeliqueG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went out for a date night and we enjoyed everything!!! From the drinks, to dessert and everything in between! We are a young couple big on atmosphere and this location is amazing for it!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional restaurant. Food was fresh. Luxury!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my birthday dinner with my boyfriend at TAO Downtown on a Thursday evening and everything was amazing! Absolutely beautiful place and experience. Will definitely be coming back in future. Thank you TAO for such a lovely birthday celebration!
  12. L

    Long

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe / ambiance and exquisite food & cocktails. Waiter could be a little bit more attentive
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service2ambience5
    It was beautiful per usual, I think my waitress was a little overworked she seemed unavailable and disoriented. The shanghai fried rice I asked for no pork and it still came with pork, once the correction was finally made I enjoyed the meal. Whoever designed the honey wasabi shrimp tempura rolls is amazing .
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cumpleaños
  15. IK

    InaraK

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    This is the first time I have had such a negative experience at TAO and frankly it’s changing my whole outlook on ever returning. I booked my reservation over a month prior to the event date via open table, it was for my birthday as was noted. I’ve celebrated my birthday here several years in a row, so its sorta become a tradition, let alone come here for dinner on date night. I’ve never had issues and staff was always accommodative. One day prior to my reservation I found out that another person from out of state will be surprising me at dinner and that I need to adjust the reservation, so I called to modify the reservation since it’s not possible to do it online after the deposit is paid. The girl who picks up the phone which mind you, all the rest of the girls were able to locate my name based on my phone number, claims she can’t find my reservation meanwhile I have an email confirmation and the deposit changed off of my card. So I hung up and called back she picks up again already full of attitude in her tone. At that point I decided to deal with it on the spot after all it’s not 3-4-5 extra people I’m bringing it’s just one person. The day of my event I check in and inform girls of an extra guest. A red haired girl with bangs who I’m sure had lied about her name claims they cannot accommodate and that we have to seat by the bar area, clams that they can’t pull an extra chair and that no tables will be available for the rest of the night to fit an extra guest. I go up to the only manager I found no the floor and he sends me back to the hostess. Claiming he’s in no power to do anything, later on trying to provide me his email to ensure a “smooth experience.” Dear manager, if you were in no position to help me on the night it actually mattered. I doubt you’re in position to provide any experience to me at all. I’m only upset bc I have so much history with this place, but will be staying away going forward. The quality of the staff had worsened and not up to par.
  16. BF

    ButterflyFoodie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    50th Birthday Celebration
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Terrible service
  18. CR

    CarolinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Tao! My Favorite restaurant to go in the city.
  19. BE

    BELCOB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and just say we'll definitely be going back. Good was delishhhh and staff were so nice work our waitress.
  20. NG

    NGray

    Portland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere!! Very fun, festive, and elegant. It was really loud, but provided great people watching. Food was really good, not as interesting or different as I expected based on the atmosphere, but good. Service was very efficient and good- not particularly friendly, but good.
  21. M

    Mjas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I requested a candle on dessert for the birthday girl, due to lack of details it wasn’t accommodated
  22. a

    anindaroy

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Atmosphere and Good Food , Value for money and good seating
  23. j

    jorge

    New York Area

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as expected. The food, the service and the ambiance where all above expectations
  24. RB

    RoyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Every piece of food was excellent and the ambience was wonderful. The noise level was just a tad too loud but the service was excellent.
  25. D

    Danidee

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tao was great as usual ! Love the ambiance!!! Food was great , as well as the vibe!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    The only complaint I have was that I made a reservation for 10pm and didn’t get seated until 10:45 but other than that the food/drinks and atmosphere was great!
  27. M

    Matt

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual. Always recommend Tao.
  28. MD

    MirkoD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience. Atmosphere 10/10. Food has been delicious.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Atmosphere is always top notch. Service was good . Great place for drinks and few appetizers. But main food is just overpriced Chinese food
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Celebration!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Overall ok - we were however very rushed from ordering and we just finished our starters when the main courses were placed on our table - no time to digest or enjoy the experience - then the bill was placed on our table without us even asking for it - very very annoying- then… the waiter said “ the card machine was broken” trying to force us to pay cash - we had no cash only credit card. I spoke to reception and all of a sudden the card machine was working ! Service and experience not great - food and Dinka were good
  32. HT

    HenrikT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I use TAO Group very often (Beaty & Essex, TAO Downtown and Cathedral in NY) for business dinners. This time the service was not great. I ordered starters and sides for the entire table so that all 11 could taste and the server promised to optimize the sharing size since I don´t know the eg. the amount of Tempura shrimps or Gyozas a serving contains. I think we were served ca. 30 Gyoza´s and 6 Pad Thai and 20 Bok Choy. When 2 of the guests asked for Sushi Omakase they were recommended to order the 159$ omakase EACH, so the drowned in food. No serving of water during dinner - only when asked. Its not the spending amount of 3500$ (+ drinks at bar before and after) - I expect a better service. I love the concept and will of course return because of the ambience, but with a spending of 4000$ I need more concrete service - sorry
  33. E

    Ebony

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Perfect place to take pics! Eat before coming. Try not asking the servers for things outside the menu they’ll make sure to tell you they are not the owners. Try sitting in the waiting area alert and looking as though you have a reservation or security will ask you annoyingly more than once “Do you have reservations?” Even tho you walked past front desk confirmed your reservation and are instructed to sit in waiting area for the rest of your party. Overall wouldn’t go back to this location and pay my money.
  34. DG

    DeborahG

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it
  35. R

    Raphael

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very memorable meal-- the ambiance is SPECTACULAR. And the food is wonderful. Hope to come back again! Really loved the evening at Tao!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Everything was really good, some of the vegetables in our fried rice were a bit hard but other than that, the flavors were good and the ambiance was amazing
  37. EM

    ElsyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was good as always but it was very crowded and for this reason I'll give 4 stars since the service was not the same as before , but the food was very good.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    We were seated at 9:40 with an 8:45 reservation. Once we were seated it was about 25 minutes before we were able to order. Food was good, but for the price I would expect much better service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place absolutely delivered on what I was expecting! Had such an amazing time, the atmosphere was perfect! Cannot wait to visit again!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible! Love love love!

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 5624 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 103 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • 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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