Tao Downtown

4.6
2286 reviews
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$50 and over
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Pan-Asian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
TAO Downtown was created to offer its guests a sensual trip through the cuisines of Asia. From the moment one enters, they are transported to another world, designed to relax and indulge all of the senses. TAO locations in New York, Las Vegas & Los Angeles are frequented on a regular basis by celebrities, athletes & influencers alike. The Pan-Asian cuisine of TAO Downtown, which is prepared by Executive Chef Yoshi Kojima, is coveted the world over. The décor has been meticulously designed and is accented throughout by imported artifacts from China, Japan and Thailand; all of this under the watchful eye of TAO’s signature 16 foot tall Quan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Sunday – Wednesday: 5pm – 12am
Thursday – Saturday: 5pm – 2am

Last dinner reservations at 11:45am (Sun - Wed) and 1:45am (Thu - Sat).

Restaurant Bar remains open at least one hour after the kitchen closes.
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Phone number
(212) 888-2724
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ralph Scamardella / Yoshi Kojima
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue
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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.
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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.
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Entertainment
LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our Special Events Sales Dept for parties of 15 people or more.
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Reviews from verified diners
2,286 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
73%
Very Good
16%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
2.0
Dined 21 hours ago

If you enjoy waiting 45 minutes for your table, having to
Get you own drinks in the lounge , then being rushed to
Order it’s great

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OT
New York Area
3.0
Dined 2 days ago

service was meh....not very professional or grand given the price we were paying f9e pur meal

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

First class experience from beginning to end. Ambiance, Menu, service , all impeccable.

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D
1.0
Dined 5 days ago

The service was bad and the waiters are rude the receptionist had a suite 2 hours and a half and we got our food it was nasty

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L
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Service was appauling. The waiter was incredibly rude, he took plates before all were finished, he rushed us to pay when we were there no longer than 45 minutes. He left the bill down while we were not even finished food and drink. I made the lady at door aware and was given a token for a free drink. Will never return. It's a pity because food was good.

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E
New York Area
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

I dined here for early dinner on a Sunday. Reservations are recommended. I had brought 4 guests who have never eaten at Tao before. Overall IMPRESSED WITH VENUE AND FOOD. Successfully ordered several dishes to share, our server was extremely helpful, friendly, patient and attentive to us.
Pan Asian cuisine at its finest! Lo Mein did not disappoint. Food presentation was exciting. Excellent flavor to the simplest of vegetables (bok choy side was amazing) and the desserts are to. die. for.

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TD
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

This was our 1st visit to Tao. It was our daughters 17th birthday, very good place to celebrate! The food was fantastic, way better than you would typically expect at such a popular place. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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S
Miami
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

If I can give this place 10 stars I would

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OT
Adelaide / SA
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

Moderno y amplio, no escatimaron nada en la decoración, excelente y muy divertido ambiente con buena música y buena comida asiática, muy recomendable

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

It was a great ambiance in TAO! The service was excellent, and the decor is amazing. I took my boyfriend for his birthday and he loved it as well. All and all great experience.

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Great time

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Y
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Best restaurant I've ever been to. The food was absolutely amazing. The setting is just so beautiful and perfect for pictures. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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AR
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Excellent food. Great service. Beautiful ambiance. Thanks for making my birthday so special.

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GG
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Perfect place for a birthday celebration. Expensive but impresses. You rarely get better ambiance than this for dinner in NYC. Cocktails are delicious but if would certainly lessen the cost of the whole bill if you give them a miss. All portions are large and you will not be left hungry or wanting more. Enjoy!

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S
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Very trendy restaurant with dark interior and high ceilings. Food was delicious as was cocktail.

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SL
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Always heard of this place but my first time going was last night and it was amazing from the minute you walk in to the first bite you taste! Def will be returning again thank you Tao 💯

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VG
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

I loved every moment of it. I figured the restaurant, food and service would be good. But it actually exceeded my expectations. My friends and I were very pleased, it was pricey, but totally worth it. The food, wine and dessert were amazing!! I will definitely return, oh and each of us had a photo session, everywhere we got a chance lol. Its a beautiful restaurant

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Worth the $$ Delicious

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Naples
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Awesome food, excellent service as always. We LOVE Taos Downtown. Enjoyed Grilled Shishito Peppers, Mei Fun, Asparagus Tempura and Hot &Sour Soup with Shrimp Toast. Wish we had room left to eat dessert!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Sabrina was extremely attentive. 💯

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

My daughter birthday

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J
2.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

So here was the situation, reservations were made for dinner at 7:45 and when welcomed the hostess was of no manners to greet ask how we are doing if we had any seat requests if possible. There was a slow pace with ppl seat at booths mostly in the stairs and sides next to walls and a few bigger families in the middle section. It’s sad to have missed the whole ambiance due to seating for the experience seats matter they can elevate food and flavor with every bite in a nice ambiance with actual views of its center piece. Food was flavorful rice however was full lackluster. Our waitress was exceptionally excellent. And friendly

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JP
New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

In spite of the reservation, we have been waiting for 45 minutes for table in main hall. we sat in lounge because they couldn’t find any place for us.

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h
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

We waited almost 30 mins to be seated. The food was not good. Spicy chicken was the worst. They almost put millions of onions in it. The sauce was so sweet and too much. The first and the most beautiful thing about Tao is the ambiance!

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OT
4.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

I received a no show notice ut I actually attend

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C
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

I’ve been here on a few occasions for dinner. Food was good. The service could of been better!

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JP
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was excellent. Especially the soft shell crab roll and the duck fried rice.

The ambiance was great - lively and fun. EXCELLENT service!

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CP
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Absolutely loved my experience at Tao. Reserved a table for four for my birthday celebration and although my entire party didn't arrive until 30 mins after,we were waited on in the lounge area with kindness and prompt service until we were all seated. The atmosphere is lively and energetic and the servers were helpful and seemed well informed of the menu. The food is amazing and would recommend to anyone who is looking to celebrate an event. Prices are between $20-$50 or slightly above range.

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OT
New York Area
2.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Terrible service this time, I usually come here once a month for business meetings or friends reunions. I am impressed this time that after our meal I order a digestive, had to ask to 4 waiters for the digestive and the check for them to finally give it to us after 45min of asking and the girl serving us threw the bill and digestive to us!! What happened to the beautiful service you had before?? Disappointed this time.. as well as leaving a terrible impression of the place to my client..

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B
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

That’s my second time there and it gets better with each time. Must be food:).
You will enjoy not just a food but energetic atmosphere and good service

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Savanna our waitress was amazing

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AT
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Great service and ambience. Food is very good which is beautifully presented. Tao is a great place to celebrate special occasions.

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ET
1.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Not recommandable, long waiting times, food not special, far too noisy; too expensive!

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FJ
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Amazing food and service!!!

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OT
New England
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

The food was excellent but our server was very aggressive and tried to up-sell everything. We ordered two appetizers and the Peking Duck for two. He tried telling us we should order more food and sides. Luckily we did not because we could barely finish the delicious duck!

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Amazing night!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

We had a great time for my daughters birthday!

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Very cool, especially for teenagers

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OT
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

There was a terrible smell at our table- sanitary plant not working

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f
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Three words DECOR, DECOR, DECOR. I loved the Decor if u cannot already tell. The food was great, tables were a little close but the food, presentation and service was excellent. A definite place that I will go to again and again.

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