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About Tao Uptown

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 $27.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.

42 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Pan-Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday – Sunday: 11:30am – 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday: 5:00pm- 12:00am, Thursday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 1:00am

Cross Street:
Park & Madison

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(212) 888-2288

Website:
http://www.taorestaurant.com/

Catering:
Enjoy TAO classics catered to the venue of your choice. Our off-premise catering services range from a small drop off and set up for 10 people, to an off-premise event for thousands. TAO signature dishes, including our famous Chilean Sea Bass, Kung Pao Chicken, Wasabi Crusted Filet Mignon, Coconut Shrimp, and our wide selection of Sushi, will be delivered right to your door. Use us for your next birthday celebration, office luncheon, family gathering, or Super Bowl party. Always a Happy Ending!

Public Transit:
4, 5, 6 Trains at 59th Street R, N, W Trains at 5th Avenue

Executive Chef:
John Villa

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For all parties of 15 or more please inquire with our banquet department at 212-399-3097.

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Private Dining

TAO NY has hosted all styles of private parties, including movie premieres, corporate affairs, holiday receptions, business meetings and social events. TAO has accommodations available for 16 to 1000 guests for everything from seated dinners to buffet receptions and cocktail parties.

Tao Uptown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (136)
Good for a Date (121)
Good for Birthdays (106)
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Fun (102)
Good for Groups (100)
Hot Spot (100)
Creative Cuisine (93)
Good for Anniversaries (81)
Vibrant Bar Scene (70)
Romantic (65)
People Watching (62)
Fit for Foodies (61)
Business Meals (53)
Late-night Find (46)
Pre/post Theatre (44)
Authentic (44)
Casual (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
Great for Lunch (38)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Spicy (29)
Cozy (28)
Scenic View (28)
Good Vegetarian Options (28)
Happy Hour (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Tasting Menu (25)
Healthy (19)
Comfort Food (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Live Music (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Tapas (10)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Vegan (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great Beer (4)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Waterfront (2)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 16 hours ago

Almost all food was good except dessert.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing place, amazing food, service was excellent

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food! Nice vibrant environment! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The wait for our seat felt unnecessarily long, but the food was all AMAZING!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We absolutely loved our meal. I miss the asparagus that used to come with the Chilean Sea Bass Satay and was sad that there were no chocolate spring rolls on the dessert menu, but our waitress made a great suggestion and we had the molten chocolate cake instead. Presentation was off the charts!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The lunch price fix meal is an excellent bargain. Although some items are spicey, peppery u can ask to hold off the hot spices. Very good sized portions. Skewered shrimp and vege egg rolls very good. Hanger steak and Branzino dishes also good. Have been at Tao before for lunch and will go again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Too loud food was OK but overpriced The jasmine rice that they gave my husband was cold and hard

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Dishes were either exceptional or pretty good. Friendly efficient service, very busy. I love the decor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Love coming here! Always worth the trip :)

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·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food, great staff!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Over-priced midtown destination, service great but that was about it. Food mediocre at best, go for the after-work bar scene and find something better for dinner. Expense-account only place. Has gone downhill in the past few years.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Best best best best best best best best best best best best best

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

So beautiful and Zen. Great food and atmosphere

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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Kids had a lot of fun with the ninja waiters and the ambient. Food is ok, a little bit expensive, but it is worth for the kids entertainment.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Food is really so so, nothing special. I believe Tao is anage by a big corporation should do it better.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always enjoy going here. We love that we can get many small dishes and create a tapas style meal. Good service, vibrant atmosphere and location add to the dining experience.

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

Lovely lunch here. Great service and food. Will definitely be back

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food, trendy ambiance. Took my friend here for her birthday and she had a nice time. Just wish they had a restroom upstairs.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Maria the hostess was extremely Accommodating and wonderful to deal with. Our waitress Catherine gave us unbelievable service place is extremely busy and they made it feel like we were the only ones there. Highly recommend. All of my guest that I entertained felt the same way

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We always have a great time when we visit Tao Uptown - my favorite Taotini is delicious. We had Hutch as our server the last time and he is by far our favorite server - even though we had never had a bad experience with service. It is a great place to dine with a group as well as a nice dinner for two.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The restaurant has an outrageous cool decor. It was a fun and tasty experience.

Tags: Spicy, People Watching, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Beautiful restaurant! Upscale. Excellent food.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Went there for lunch. Enjoyed the ambiance! Our server took our order and then suggested we add the Peking duck ad an appetizer (6 people). Don’t let Jessica over sell you on the duck!!!! $82!!!! She didn’t mention a price.
It was a scam~

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

More party for the birthday boy

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Bartender service was terrible. Arrived at 5pm to have a cocktail in the bar prior to dinner reservations at 6pm. Bartenders stood around talking to each other for 30 mins before coming over to say sorry I thought you were already taken care of. how could you think that when they were the only 2 working the bar and was more worried about there personal lives.

Restaurant server was much better and the food was excellent

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were four older folks at Tao for a pre jazz concert dinner. The wait staff were gracious and guided us through our options as first time guests. The cocktails and the food were excellent and we enjoyed the vibe as more diners filled the room. The Buddha is awesome too!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food is always really good. Portions aren't big, and prices are Very high. Place is fun with cool atmosphere. Gets very crowded.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We truly enjoyed our meal!!! Service and drinks were great too. Such a fun place to go and have dinner

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and wine!

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My friends and I had a reunion here and absolutely loved it! Not only was the food amazing, but the service was as well. The aesthetic and ambiance was perfect for a fun night out and the decorations were impressive. Overall 10/10!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Everything is doused in salt.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Perfect table upstairs with the view of the whole place for my date.

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

Just perfect!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overpriced food

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was enjoyable

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful bday dinner for my Wife, great time with family and friends

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lovely from start to finish

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I have been coming to Tao for over 15 years and am never disappointed. This time I came for Sushi which was all outstanding. We ordered the chef’s choice sushi platter along with a couple of rolls and everything was delicious. I miss the original towel music soundtrack and question whether or not the music they’re playing right now is appropriate for this type of restaurant but other than that I love towel and will continue to be a regular customer for as long as they are here.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Un ambiente ideal, con un servicio magnífico y amable. Y la comida excelente. La Giant Fortune Cockie de postre fue impresionante

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Veramente da 10 e lode , tutto buonissimo, atmosfera ottima e servizio eccellente.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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