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TAO Downtown - New York

4.5
4.5
5601 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 129 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 5,601 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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Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Fusion / Eclectic

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  1. NG

    NGray

    Portland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. M

    Mjas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    anindaroy

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    jorge

    New York Area

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    RoyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  6. D

    Danidee

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  8. M

    Matt

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    MirkoD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Atmosphere is always top notch. Service was good . Great place for drinks and few appetizers. But main food is just overpriced Chinese food
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. DG

    DeborahG

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible! Love love love!
  21. L

    Lidz

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tao is always consistent they never disappoint! I have been going to Tao for almost 10 years wether it’s for everyday dining or a special occasion. Their food is delicious, the service is great, the ambience is everything!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Has deteriorated in terms of quality and presentation of food and service towards what it used to be when I was last there a couple of years back
  23. V

    Viewtiful

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service and great food. Kinda too dark and dim but I understand the scenery it was great. Thanks
  24. PR

    PaulR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    TAO is simply the best :) We visit the restaurant each time we are in NYC
  25. NN

    NitabyNature

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Great for the aesthetics, photos and atmosphere. Drinks 10/10, Food was just okay. Not rushing to go back
  26. A

    Alexandria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, waitress was stellar and the vibes were impeccable. I will always come back to this location.
  27. JM

    JeffM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Too loud. Servers need to take more interest in the patrons and the menu. Sushi flavours outstanding. Peking Duck over cooked.
  28. r

    renchi

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    Food and service are a massive let down for what you pay. The venue is the only thing keeping it alive. If I was served these dishes at a China town I wouldn’t notice the difference
  29. DL

    DL2016

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience
  30. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Normally, I love everything about Tao. Last night, something must have been off. The food, energy and overall vibe were great, but the service was terrible. It took over 45 minutes for us to put in our food order. A manager had to take over our table. At the end of the meal, it took more than 20 minutes for them to bring our credit card back to us. Again, food - always amazing. Service - disappointing.
  31. EL

    ElizabethL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food and overall experience I’ve had at a NYC restaurant.
  32. CW

    CherylW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Went for my daughter’s 21st birthday with friends. Ambiance was fabulous and all of the food was great. We had several different martinis and cocktails and they were delicious and fabulous. At one point someone in our party asked about a vodka being gluten free, as she had Celiacs. The waiter told us all vodkas are GF. She looked it up to be sure, and it’s the one he recommended was not. It seemed like once we told him that, he was annoyed with us. The service def took away from our experience a bit.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must-go for any celebration. Fun and worth it. Bring money.
  34. TD

    TanyaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good, atmosphere was a vibe. My only complaint/issue, I asked my server for a booth table & was told it’s for larger guest but I saw two people at a booth and I felt some type of way but I didn’t complain I just went on with my evening. Service was good and I will go back.
  35. JD

    JoelD

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Coolest restaurant in nyc so far. Felt like we were eating in a nightclub. Food was really delish and we left full!!
  36. T

    Trailmix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Music was amazing, staff was friendly, and food was fantastic! Our waiter barely came around to check on us and when we paid we thought we would get a copy of our receipt, so we were waiting but she never came back.
  37. SP

    SeleneP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location is amazing and I ate the best pad Thai ever
  38. RC

    RobertChoi

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    The hostesses should better understand the logistics of table turnover to accommodate customers who spend more and eat faster over the number of people seated at a table. Better table management helps allow all to be accommodated. The wait staff is generally lackluster, seemingly devoid of joy, rude in the sense that they speak to customers in sort of a, “I hate my job but here you are”, attitude, sometimes acting overly professional to avoid criticism at the expense of engaging and understanding the customer experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Locale bellissimo, ottimo cibo ma servizio così così…..
  40. MF

    MichaelF

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    What a lovely restaurant. Great setting and atmosphere. We went as a family so maybe not so much a family place with teenagers but still they enjoyed it. Slightly strange way of having to pay by scanning a QR code which wouldn't connect for us and drinks were expensive but food and atmosphere more than made up for that.

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 5601 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 129 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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