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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

4.2

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (64)
Special Occasion (62)
Hot Spot (53)
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Good for Birthdays (48)
Fun (43)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Vibrant Bar Scene (37)
Good for Groups (35)
Romantic (32)
People Watching (31)
Late-night Find (26)
Authentic (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Bar Seating (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Scenic View (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Casual (10)
Spicy (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Tapas (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Healthy (8)
Cozy (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Live Music (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

People,who are working are arrogant,the food is not so good as it was.Other restaurants are better now

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Let me start the review of this restaurant by saying I’ve been to both TAO uptown and downtown many times previous to this reservation.

We arrived on time for our reservation and was seated promptly. We waited over 15 minutes and no one even showed up to our table to bring us a glass of water. My girlfriend and I tried to get the attention of several waiters, but no one paid any attention to us. One waitress looked at us and then turned and walked away. The service is absolutely atrocious at TAO Downtown. You could not pay me to sit down at TAO Downtown. Management is non-existent at TAO Downtown.

We left the restaurant and on the way out stopped at the hostess desk to let them know we were leaving. I asked for the manager and they said he was walking around somewhere. At no point did anyone attempt to alert the manager to the fact we were walking out because no one came to our table for over 15 minutes. No one asked for our name or phone number or an opportunity to correct the situation. This is because the people working at TAO Downtown are not professional and are not properly trained in restaurant management / customer service.

New York City is filled with amazing restaurants and the management of TAO should realize people do have a choice. I’m making my experience known to friends, family and business associates.

At the end of the day people have a choice, but at least I have made an honest attempt to provide accurate feedback about an absolutely atrocious restaurant experience at TAO.

I hope this review helps people make a choice!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I waited really long to get service.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Well, I've always said I wanted to try a Dining in the Dark experience - I just didn't realize it would be tonight! The restaurant was very dark and very loud. We couldn't see any of what we were eating. I actually pulled out my phone to have a look at our meal.

As for the food, it was just alright. It was about on par with P.F Changs, but triple the price. Our server was slow, although the food came quickly once we were able to order it.

The decor was nice, but one of the big decor pieces we had come to see was decorated with someone's tacky birthday decorations.

All in all, the place is a tourist trap. It felt like it was trying so hard to be trendy that it just felt kind of needy. You would get a much better meal from almost any vendor across the street at the Chelsea Market.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing as always!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The staff did a great job with making my daughter’s 16th birthday very special

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was a great atmosphere, good food, fun night out.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We’ve been here twice now for special occasions and had excellent meals both times. We especially love the sizzling chicken small plate

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Card was taken to hold reservation, table wasn’t ready until OVER an hr later. Was expecting to celebrate a really special occasion, unfortunately, Tao obviously couldn’t accommodate.. so I had to quickly find another restaurant. WE MISSED the plans we had after dinner. Unfortunately, I will not be returning nor recommending this place to anyone. There were 12 hostesses standing around, you’d think at least one would have a common courtesy to at least call to let me know they are behind so I could decide if I still wanted to dine in or not.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was bad, lot of waiting and average food quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday this past weekend and we had such a great time. When I made the reservation I requested the Birthday fortune cookie ahead of time so my boyfriend would be surprised. I appreciated that I didn’t have to remind them during the dinner and the surprise wasn’t ruined. The food came out quickly even though it was very busy, and our waitress made great suggestions when ordering food and drinks. We live in the city so we will definitely be back!

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We come into NYC for a night at the Rubin. It was early but started to fill up by 6. Great atmosphere, amazing food. We will certainly be back for s romantic evening or to meet with friends

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was amazing from the drinks to the food everything was amazing

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We were celebrating my girlfriends birthday
Good times

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Amazing in all ways, it doesn’t feel like you are in Ny!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Birthday party

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic food and service. I had my birthday there and it was great for our group of 9 people. They even accommodated an extra person at the last minute. Excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Ottimo ristorante , l’ambiente è fantastico se vi descrivessi come è fatto non renderebbe l’idea bisogna andarci per vederlo e per provare il loro cibo veramente buono. Fantastico

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Waiting to be seated took too long. Had to wait 45 minuets

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I had dinner at Tao downtown on one of my many trips to New York on December 30th. By far this restaurant is the best and I have been to many a list restaurants. The atmosphere and the food is a 10+
I can’t wait to return 👌🏽

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Overall we had a good time as we usually do when we dine at Tao, however the wait to be seated was a very long 40 minute wait. We had reservations for 10:30 pm and were not seated until after 11:10 pm. I was very displeased by this as they are constantly reminding you of your upcoming reservation with them and give you a 15 min grace period. I would expect to be seated upon arrival or at least 10-15 minutes after. Our food was delicious, however my glass of prosecco was on the flat side. Anyway I always enjoy the lively ambiance of Tao, which is another reason I enjoy and return to dinning there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Restaurant was lovely, food was good but waitress was less than friendly. The supporting staff-staff that brought the food out, refilled drinks, coat check etc was wonderful & quite friendly.

The rating in the beginning for service only refers to waitress.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Lovely place, lovely food. Just perfect!
The price is not high, and the menu is 5 stars.
Good music and beautiful people as well

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was my daughter’s birthday, and every aspect of the TAO dining experience was outstanding. The choice of music was outstanding, and the overall atmosphere was very energetic.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Exceptional service combined with an upbeat atmosphere and a very diverse menu. Can't beat it especially if your into sharing menu items with your guests.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The hostess was amazing and very courteous!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Tao is an experience ebmvetyone must try once. From minute you walk in, walk down the stairs into the main dining area and then to your seat...all of your senses experience something really incredible and unique.

My Daughter wanted to have her 18th birthday there and Tao exceeded expectations...

Great service...food...a must. Thank you!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent service! For the price, very mediocre food.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Place is beautiful, food was great, waiter was snappy and on the rude side but overall a great place.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Atmosphere was electric and lively yet not too loud for table conversations. The food was unbelievable and the plating superb. If you are in NYC, you have to eat here. About $50-60 per person with no alcohol and worth every dollar. Young, professional crowd looking their best.

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 (Key West)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have to say that I was disappointed! We visited NY for the holidays and had one dinner date night that we really wanted to enjoy! The atmosphere and decor is really nice and unique but the food was not better than any other casual Chinese/Thai place in NY. Everything was too sweet and just OK. Ended up having some appetizers in the bar down the block after our dinner there. ;(

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Had a reservation at 9.15 pm but we had to wait 30 minutes for the table... :( everything else was fine but I won't go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Loved the Restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Birthday dinner . Food was great . Atmosphere was great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service ruined the night. Our waiter brought the food and we couldn’t find them again for over an hour. I asked repeatedly for refills from other waiters around and no one seemed to care. We physically had to get up find somewhere to pay and left nearly 1.5 hours with no interaction from our waiter.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

It's a very nice place, nice ambiance, the food is awesome, very amusing surroundings... Overall a great experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Good service, overpriced mediocre sushi.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Definitely would like to come again

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful food and good service

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