TAO Uptown

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Asian
A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese carp, presides over the scene at Tao. A favorite destination for celebrities and athletes, this Pan Asian restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Tao has three levels of dining including the prized "Skybox" which offers views of this former movie theater unparalleled in New York. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $31.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM
Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM
Fri 4:00PM - 4:45PM

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S
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it perfect for a nice meal in nyc food was just amazing

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe was a wonderful waiter!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice venue but pretty average food quality

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always spot on and never disappoints. Service could’ve been better with refills but the food was amazing and came out fast. We always love it and it is truly delicious

JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated daughters 21st birthday with family and friends. Great time, family style serving was perfect!

MC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Have always loved going to TAO, however when they will not sit you down because the entire party has arrived and I mean 1 out of 5 people, it just leads to poor customer service and a loss of revenue. We could have been on our second drink but unfortunately "it is there policy" - and this is after guaranteeing the reservation with a credit card ?? They also told us it was because we had to put in our whole order at once, which is also untrue as we had multiple things ordered at various time. Our server was great, but the hostess' and floor manager really left a bad taste with my entire group. It is unfortunate, but I will not be going back.

R
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion or birthday!! Food and service were great!!

AK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great sushi; cool decor inside. Reservations are hard to make.

Z
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very accommodating folks. I went with 2 blind friends and their guide dogs. The folks at TAO we’re understanding and made us feel welcome. Our server was very polite and helpful. The food was delicious and our time spent at TAO was worth every second. I have always recommended this spot and will continue to do so.

A
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a very cool, very loud restaurant and bar. Excellent Chinese fusion food, good drinks and will set you back plenty. The floating Buda and live DJ reign over the dinning as well as the tables of tourists and business people mixed with hipster, mid-town club scene and lots of dates with energetic couples.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday - Lovely meal with attentive staff. Great cocktails and the food was scrumptious with very generous portions.

FR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The food is not very good. I ordered pad thai. I didn’t like it and it was overpriced

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

While the appetizers on the prix fixe menu were hits, the entrée did not deliver. Both the spring rolls and beef appetizers were delicious but the Kung Pao chicken was too spicy (although the waiter advised it was not) with tough chunks of chicken.

AA
London
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love the location and the food!
Miss a sharing platter in the menu since that is very common to do.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always amazing. Especially Kevin and Stephanie. High touch
And keeps me coming back

LG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner with a long time friend who was in from Pittsburgh. We ordered lettuce wraps, sushi, scallops and wasabi steak. Everything was very good.

s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal and great drinks but it’s still Chinese food and it’s expensive for Chinese food. Awesome fortune cookie dessert

PL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

I want to love TAO Uptown. After seeing so many rave reviews, perhaps my evening was an off- night? The chicken wrap was overly salty and heavy on soy sauce. Although our mushroom dumplings were quite delightful-no complaint there. So we assumed it was a fluke with the chicken wrap. Then our mains arrived, the sea bass and the ahi tuna was similarly overly salty. Kept having to drink 3 glasses of water to wash down the sodium. Not wanting to return our dishes, we ate what we could and omitted eating the sauteed vegetables which was drowned in some thick overly salted sauce. Throughout the meal we were waiting for the hectic waiter to ask us how our meals were to no avail. He never bothered asking and the bus boy quickly cleared our tables. The waiter did come to drop off the dessert menus and off he went to deal with another table. After a bad taste in our mouths (pun intended) we asked the passing waiter for our check and it was dropped off on our table. I tried to tell the waiter but he seemed like he was in a hurry as it was a full house that evening. I excused myself to go to the restroom and pass the manager, so I told him in detail which meals were very salty and that we couldn't enjoy it. He responded by saying "he'll let the chef know". In good business, it doesn't cost much for a restaurant to compensate a dissatisfied customer by giving a small plate of fruits or a couple of pieces of chocolates to take the sting of a bad meal go away. Or at the very least, take off the appetizer charge since the chicken pieces were drowned in sauce and we didn't eat it. Considering we were paying almost $40 for each main the execution falls flat here. The ambiance was great with vibrant energy from the crowds, but the food sadly did not deliver. Overall was disappointed as I had anticipated coming to TAO Uptown for quite some time. Unfortunately I will not return and I don't think they really give a two hoots.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my top favorites! Always a pleasure!

JC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I used to frequent this Tao often but years ago! The decor is warm and intimate. We were seated at an early dinner time because we had tickets to a 7:00 show. I’d definitely return, though must say some of the sauces were too sweet/salty. I wouldn’t mind a healthier approach! But I also didn’t make a reservation here assuming I was ordering healthy options. Staff were very friendly and attentive :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Great food but Too loud music!

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I had a 9 PM reservation and I wasn't seated until 9:40 PM. I was extremely disappointed as I had plans following dinner that I was late for.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

My reservation was 08:45 my friends and I arrived at 08:25 but our table only was ready at 09:20! I went 3 times to ask the ladies about it and they were not supportive.

MS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very average

MP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Special night out for a birthday. We flew from Austin TX for the weekend and only went to great restaurants/locations, this one certainly was one of the best! Loud, energetic, fun ambiance. Waiter was helpful and very friendly. We were seated when we arrived (we had a booking made 2 weeks in advance) and overall had a great time. Food is excellent with a lot of variety.

ST
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint! Always a favorite in NYC. Our service was exceptional and the food is always the freshest and unique.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Table took longer than expected, despite reservation. Service was ok, but not great, as the place was too crowded. Food was quite good.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Seated 40 minutes after our reservation time with no acknowledgement or apology for the long wait. Bar server was fairly rude, and table server was slow and indifferent. Food was very good, but would expect a better experience given the price.

RC
London
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and environment are very good but is not reasonable that we made a reservation for 8:30 PM and we have just 15 minutes for any delay (that is absolutely fair) and need to wait more than an hour to be seated.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server and great food

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I brought my mom here because I knew she would love the giant Buddha. I made a reservation for lunch and when we got there they sat us at a table for two. But one of us had our back to the Buddha. We asked to move and they offered to put us in the back corner. So we stayed at our table. But as I was walking back from the bathroom I notice all of the tables in front of the Buddha were empty. I was disappointed we were moved to a table where we both could see the Buddha!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Reservation for 730, didn’t seat us until 815

SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch experience. We both ordered the lunch special which is a good deal for the amount of food you get. Good service too!

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere. Fun. Food was great cocktails were tasty

PB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Hostess stand is snooty and aloof. If it wasn't a cold Monday night I would've left! Was seated 30 mins after my reservation time because we showed up 10 mins late!
The food is good - but way over priced. Frankly there are much better options in this city, and I probably will never return (this was maybe my 5th time there, and the worst experience out a many sub-par visits!)

DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy going to Tao!!

Thanks for everything!!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!!

PE
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food have I had while staying in nyc food was amazing highly recommend to anyone looking to go

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