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TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4.6
5184 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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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 133 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.

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What 5,184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Fusion / Eclectic

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  1. RH

    RakhiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything at the restaurant was wonderful but was a little disappointed That after spending so much at the restaurant for food or drinks we couldn’t continue to the vibe at your club First time for ladies to be asked to pay a cover and that too $100 per person
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice romantic setting with exceptional food.
  3. SA

    StephanieA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to visit in the spur of the moment. Made a reservation through OpenTable without a problem. The money you leave to make the reservation goes towards your bill which is great. Food was super quick and very good. Very nice atmosphere and helpful staff. Highly recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Be careful they try to steal us twice! First I put a deposit of 40$ to reserve a table, then they deduce only 0.4$ from the bill !! Second they charge me automatically the tip they want without my acceptance. Looks like a tourist trap!
  5. EM

    EvertonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and creatively prepared. I look forward to dining their again.
  6. RB

    RosmildaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to share, the food is so Good and the drink
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for dinner. The food is excellent and so is the music and the vibe.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Vibe!! The people is beautiful, every server was super super kind. willing to make you feel special. The food was incredible
  9. FT

    FadiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    They did not deduct the $20 that I paid for reservation from my bill.
  10. NY

    NYCVisitor

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    The ambiance was amazing, and a few of the food selections were very good, but the service was not great for the price - several people serve a table but the timing was entirely off with some items coming to quick and huge lag times without seeing a server. The server could not describe the dishes and made recommendations not in line with what we were asking for.
  11. SP

    SimonP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was ok, it’s time to change and update the menu, place is beautiful.
  12. RW

    RainaW

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming here. The food, service and ambience is always amazing. And all the people be so happy in there. Love it !
  13. ME

    MEBZ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Vibe, Food, Staff and Atmosphere. Would definitely go back.
  14. LB

    LeelandB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Always a great experience, atmosphere is impressive, and food and drinks are delicious. I've dined at Tao several times and will continue to go back.
  15. LD

    LanDon

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place had a beautiful birthday dinner very upscale vibe amazing service no problem no complaints
  16. E

    Eleanor

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely service and atmosphere. The two seater tables were a little too close - only constructive criticism
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Stuttgart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my sister’s new job.
  18. RB

    RachelB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Ambiance and food were up to par. Our server was a little underwhelming, did not add our reservation deposit to the bill and stated she couldn't remove the alcohol from my receipt to another one but ultimately had the manager take care of that.
  19. AO

    AshleyO

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our dinner reservations were for 9PM and we got seated immediately. Ambience was on point, place was packed & music was good not extremely loud. Our server was nice he started us off with still water, Lychee Martini & Red Ruby Dragon, both were good. For appetizers we started off with the Crispy Bao Buns, Tuna Tartare on Crispy Rice, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Soy Tuna Roll & Vegetable Dumplings. Everything was soo good but the best ones that I would order again were the tuna on crispy rice, soy tuna sushi roll, and the bao buns!! After first round of drinks we got another Lychee Martini & a Thai Basil Smash. Both still tasted good. Since we were only two people we were pretty full on apps, so for dinner we just got the WAGYU RIBEYE TEPPANYAKI with jasmine white rice. Rice was nothing special but the wagyu ribeye was AMAZING. Tasted like butter, especially with the sauces that came with it. We also got a round of Green Tea shots, tasted like straight up juice. We were indecisive about what to get for dessert so we decided to get it all with the small dessert sampler. A group of 4 could definitely finish this. It came with 2 banana pudding doughnuts, scoop of vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce, chocolate lava cake, big fortune cookie w/ vanilla & chocolate cream & fruit. soo sweet and delicious, loved every bite of it all!! All in all cool experience would come back again; very next day I wanted to go back and eat the same meal all over again.
  20. AM

    AlejandraM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great spot overall, the ambiance and the food was good.. just I didn't like that you can't order your food little by little you have to make just one big order for all the food, you won't have the option to see if you are full already or want more food.. that's inconviniente for me.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambiance and service was excellent.
  22. MC

    MarthaC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner at Tao. The service was exceptional.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were out for a bachelorette dinner for my cousin. Nate (he’s new) was wonderful. He was very attentive and recommended how we should order and what to order. He was amazing. Our whole experience at TAO Downtown was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed food and ambience. The drinks were amazing. Loved the lychee martini and the Thai basil smash. Definitely recommend to anyone trying to go here.
  24. AV

    AnthonyV

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration Great experience
  25. JE

    JimmyEhden

    Miami

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always,great ambience, service and food. My go to NY spot. Tyler took amazing care of us. Snapper in “sand” hands down the best plate.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The place is visually spectacular and the food is excellent and very expensive. It’s High energy with an excellent DJ playing mostly 80’s music. The service was also flawless. My only complaint is that the large Buddha light show was not working and the manager told me it has been broken for a few months while waiting for a new part to arrive. He was very apologetic about the problem but we were still disappointed a bit since we bragged to our friends about it before they arrived and they missed out on it. It definitely needs to be on everyone’s bucket list!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for an anniversary date. The food was great, music was on point, and the waiter was very attentive. I will be back!
  28. A

    Ally

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service, and ambience. We had such a great time and our favorite drinks were the Mango Chilli and the Manhattan-5. We loved the Lobster and Shrip Spring Rolls, the BBQ Duck Fried rice, and the Bock Choy.
  29. R

    Regi

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE VIBE IS SO NICE! COCKTAILS ARE TO DIE FOR AND THE WAGYU BEEF WAS GREAT
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    The host /manager was very arrogant and unaccommodating!! Without an explanation in detail he said that others were Seated where they were for a good reason. We were seated in a bad location with a very small table. then I asked him what is the good reason that they were seated in a better location and a better table when we had a reservation and we came on time for a reservation and was at the restaurant and seated before these other people came and there were many other larger better tables available. There was no explanation there was no accommodation and there was no apology for treating us as they did. they discriminated against us!! They are not apologetic not accommodating.!!! The manager was talking in circles instead of making us feel comfortable and helping us have a good experience.!!! Don’t go the food is not worth being treated as a secondary citizen !I am not a tourist I am a New Yorker and I am very disappointed!!!!
  31. l

    limon

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Excellent food and ambiance.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time! Excellent food and atmosphere!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The on-site “manager” Vladimir is very inexperienced. He tried to up sell us a cheaper wine due to their wine selection being “rotated”. Overall, the place is no better than Panda Express, bring your own Kenzo wine as Tao will try and sell you Charles Shaw for $100.
  34. CP

    CindyP

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Prices went up! Good food though. Excellent ambience and service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The inside and decor is amazing , so chic and nice. This is a great place to go for a special occasion.
  36. B

    Bryan

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for my girlfriends birthday and everything was fantastic. I would come back for sure. Food and service was excellent.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall good experience. Waiter was attentive to my allergic diet. 10/10 would go again to Tao.
  38. MM

    MitraM

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The food, service, and ambiance were all on point!
  39. J

    Jason

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Environment was great. Perfect place for a date with great food and great drinks.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience4
    Amazing place but too loud. And server was all over the place

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 4.6 stars by 5184 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 133 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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