TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4268 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 4268 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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food
4.5
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife birthday

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vipgabby
Miami
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Waited too long for our table that I saw was available the entire time

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vipStella
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday celebration the food was phenomenal the service was great

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RodolfoC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. I love it!
Ill be back soon thank you for everything

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Mashmi
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always love this place! the ambience is amazing and its a fun place to be!

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

It was exceptional as usual, we had the luck to have Pablo as our server and he was great with a beautiful energy and of course, the food was delicious. I’m happy they had vegan options as well.

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Katherine
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I visit Tao before , But this time the food was Bad. We where party of 9 and none of us like it. We order different food and it was not good for all.

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AmnaJ
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Tao was excellent… food and atmosphere (adults only)was incredible. Took my young teenagers and didn’t realize it was gonna be so loud, conversation impossible. Also I feel it really isn’t family oriented… perhaps I’m more conservative but I don’t feel that a woman (with her breasts falling out of her dress) grinding a man to music in the dining area is appropriate. Awesome place for dates and couples, families …absolutely not .

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MikeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our faves! Great food with a wonderful experience

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StaceyM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Tao Downtown is always a good time. Most of the food is good. The snapper, the beef and the steak were all very good. We took our kids this time around and the ambiance is not kid friendly. They mainly complained about how dark it was. However, if you want a romantic dinner then the ambiance is appropriate. Overall, it was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Me gusto, fui por mi cumple pensé que darían algo especial porque al reservar lo mencioné pero nada!! La comida deliciosa

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JennL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she was soooo amazed with the ambiance cleanliness and service that she requested to come back VERY soon…. The only thing that would make this place better is Hookah service!! AMAZING PLACE DEF RECOMMEND!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and atmosphere. I will definitely be back for more visits.

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vipMaryD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tao still holds up after all these years. Beautiful setting. Great service. Food was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice vibe I loved the sweet shrimp. My cocktails were amazing too!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in New York. Vibes & food both incredible

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BNick
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. We were smart to ask the Server about how to order. Explained that family style works best for a group (we were8)
It kept the cost down and everyone got to try everything! Excellent food and service!!!

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Diana
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! I came here for my boyfriend’s birthday. For appetizers, we got the crispy lobster roll and seared salmon sashimi and they were both delicious. For entrees, we got the red snapper and filet mignon. Both were absolutely delicious; the steak was cooked perfectly. We honestly don’t have any complaints about the the preparation. The presentation was beautiful. We can’t wait to come back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had really great service. The waitress was attentive and answered all of our questions. The food was very tasty and well seasoned. Only complaint I would say is that the music is very loud

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gran menú.
Muy buen servicio
Gran ambiente.

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syedM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

They definitely need more staff, hence very slow service and attention to any table. Menu was very small with very few choices-Not good. No Thai dishes-not good.

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JulissaC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food amazing
Ambiance amazing
The waiter seemed to not care much about our table. He paid much attention to everyone around us, but would pass by us constantly without paying us any mind. Our drinks weren’t brought over until we were already passed 2 appetizers and halfway through our meal. Maybe he assumed that such a young group of girls wouldn’t tip well,‘so he prioritized his older tables. It was unfair but, what can you do.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was nice except they were stressed that we would leave the table even before the dessert came out!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday experience was awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a pleasure at TAO!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ambience. No silverware at table. So the expectation is that everyone wants to use chopsticks. And we had to request silverware since no one offered. I think that’s unreasonable! But the DJ and ambience made up for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday dinner for my girlfriend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was great but the lobster fried rice was bland

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DeNayjaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my niece's 18th birthday and the service there was impeccable. They have family style meals that can be ordered which is cost efficient for a party of our size which was 10. The ambiance is lovely and breathtaking and I was also able to bring in a cake. They do charge a plating fee of $25.00 though.

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Luisa
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great experience, food was tasty and the ambience was really nice!

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NatashaH
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The ambiance and food was great. Service could have been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Felt rushed while having dinner making it a really uncomfortable…

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RhiannaS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended for family and friends for hosting any celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great Menu…
Couldn’t ask for more!!

Thanks Tao!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food! Nice atmosphere. Worth the visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my 18th birthday with my boyfriend and had a great experience. the food was sooo delicious and some of the best asian fusion food i have ever tried. the ambiance and design of the restaurant was out of this world. the music was energetic and fun and the server was great.

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MarjorieM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great ambiance and atmosphere, good music

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HeaherW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

While we’ve been to several Tao locations, and always had excellent service, we were disappointed in the service at this location. The hostess/ greeters were fantastic and really friendly. Yet, Our server seemed put out that we were taking time on deciding what to order (even though the restaurant was fairly empty). We were rushed through the entire meal. Entrees were coming out while we were finishing apps, dessert was on the table as entrees were being wrapped up. I think we were done (3 course meal AND drinks) in 45-50 minutes. Our bill was over 300$ but I felt like the experience did not match the price!!! Disappointing.

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 4268 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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