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About Tao Downtown

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.

92 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Pan-Asian, Sushi

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.

Cross Street:
at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 888-2724

Website:
http://www.taodowntown.com/

Entertainment:
LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.

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.

Executive Chef:
Ralph Scamardella / Yoshi Kojima

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact our Special Events Sales Dept for parties of 15 people or more.

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Tao Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (63)
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Good for Birthdays (57)
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Late-night Find (29)
Romantic (28)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Authentic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Casual (15)
Scenic View (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Spicy (11)
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Healthy (9)
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Notable Wine List (4)
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Paleo Friendly (3)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined a day ago

I made a 10pm reservation, they didn’t seat us until after 10:30. So we started out annoyed, then the service was excruciatingly slow. The Uptown Tao is significantly better in that regard.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

We were seated 90 minutes after our scheduled reservation which is unacceptable.

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·Dined 2 days ago

We made a reservation for 8:30 p.m thru open table, arrived 15 minutes early because i was adviced to do so because of the grace period.
We waited for over two hours and because of it we were given a round of complimentary drinks and free dessert. The food was very good but our overall experience was bad because the only night we had to share with friends that were in town for that night only was pretty much ruined by the time we had to wait.
Once we sat down was about 10:30, starving by then we just ate really fast and left with a sour feeling.
I hope they learn not to overbook the restaurant so much, we were not the only frustrated group of people.
The restaurant does have amazing ambience and decoration.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 2 days ago

Enjoyed Tao Uptown a little better perhaps because of the service and maybe a bit more design. Definitely a cool spot to hang out and people watch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Been to Tao many times. It never disappoints. Good food and good service.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was good, although the restaurant itself is very loud. Would recommend for a group outing looking to have a good time.
The wait was decent although I arrived 30 mins late. I would come again. Oh btw veryyy attentive waiter!!! Awesome!

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Terrible experience.
I had reservation for 10:45pm. I arrive 10:15pm. The hos told me my table will be ready soon, even my reservation was for 10:45pm.
What time I got my table? 11:40pm. Many people complain about the same trouble.
I need to give my credit card as a guarantee to make this reservation. Tao did not respect their guests and opentable customers. Of course we understand 5, 10 or 15 minutes delays. But we want respect and courtesy.
I really think if a restaurant does not respect opentable reservations, it should be removed for their list.
Never go back again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent atmosphere and beautiful restaurant. No detail was overlooked!
Service was mediocre. We were given the wrong drinks twice. Seems like they need better trained service staff to keep up with the demands of the diners.
Overall, a great night. I would recommend and come back!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Spicy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Had a 9:30 reservation. Host said in her computer it was 10:30. Showed her the 9:30 confirmation but she didn’t seem to want to help. Got seated at 11:15. Very disappointed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Had to wait 45 mins after our booking time to be seated!!

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a very nice dinner balance in quality and price. The ambient was very nice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Lovely meal and the service was excellent. I would definitely return and recommend to friends.

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy
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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food and amazing place.. expensive but very worth it
Had the black miso cod which was lovely followed by a giant fortune cookie

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (México)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Muy buen lugar. Con reservación esperamos aprox 45 mins para que nos dieran mesa y el bar muy lleno; pero aún así vale la pena!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Check in staff stink.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Mother Daughter Date

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a wonderful time celebrating my sisters bday. Food was great:)

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We waited for an hour (!!) although we had a reservation. After 4 times that we complained about waiting so much, we finally got our table and some free entrees but they weren’t as good as we hoped (too much salt in the spring roll , sashimi with bad smell).
Won’t go back ..

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was very cold in the bar area. Kept my coat on and was still shivering.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Felt like server pushed us to order more food than we could possibly eat. Food is good but overpriced.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Tapas, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

It was fun

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Make sure you bring your bank roll with you to pay for the sushi rolls

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nice atmosphere, food, service,music, ambience ! Top!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had been to Tao New York and Vegas before and wanted to take my girlfriends who were visiting NYC from London.

We booked a table for 11pm but didn't get seated until after midnight because it was so busy. We weren't impressed....

However, we we're giving a voucher for cocktails at the bar while we waited and got an amazing sharing desert at the end of our meal.

The downside of waiting for so long was more than covered by the staff, the food, the ambience and the free drinks which were delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Worst experience of my life uptown is better

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I went here for my birthday dinner. The food & ambience was very nice. The only complaint I have is the wait! We waited for our table for more than an hour with having reservations & being on time! It got so late that we didn't end up doing anything else for the night. Just hope they get better at time management.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The atmosphere was amazing, and the food was great too.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Just awesome! Great food, great ambiance. Pricey though, but worth it.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Less than average food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great waiting staff and excellent service .... unfortunately couple sitting opposite me were a bit trashy and the guy insisted on taking multiple photos including having the flash shining in my eyes for prolonged periods .... asked the staff to speak with him which they eventually did

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Ambience and environment are amazing even the food is outstanding but if we talk about service is pretty poor .
Such a shame because the restaurant actually is very fancy, and busy at the same u can see really good looking people good music and feel the vibes,with a lot of potential

As experience it was ok but not great the waiter it was completely absent as soon I took seat nobody came to approach the table, just after 15 min the waiter come to us for take the drinks orders, I asked a recommendation about the wine but he wasn’t sure, he was little bit lost , then I waited another 15 min for the bottle of wine and then finally we gave the food order , during the service he was in always in rush and to the end without ask he drop the bill on the table .
Apart from that how I said everything it was amazing, people except a lot from this restaurant and the first impression is “wow” but then service let me disappoint.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great fun experience travelling from Australia was a great atmosphere

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We had a fabulous time thank you for great food and service

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

I visited Tao in many locations and this one just didn’t come up to scratch. Didn’t rate the service to be honest. Felt rushed and not what I expect from such a place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Awesome night - food was amazing and loved the atmosphere

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very good !

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and presentation were just fabulous. My son and his girlfriend asked me to join them as they dine at Tao's frequently and now I know why! Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Staff was amazing and respectful, food was amazing, and the ambiance is fantastic !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Waiter was very helpful. Fortunes from fortune cookie dessert were very funny.

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