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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (123)
Good for a Date (116)
Fun (94)
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Creative Cuisine (93)
Hot Spot (91)
Good for Groups (90)
Good for Birthdays (89)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Vibrant Bar Scene (64)
Romantic (61)
Fit for Foodies (52)
People Watching (52)
Authentic (45)
Business Meals (43)
Late-night Find (38)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Spicy (33)
Casual (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Great for Lunch (30)
Happy Hour (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Tasting Menu (29)
Scenic View (27)
Bar Seating (25)
Comfort Food (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Cozy (20)
Healthy (18)
Live Music (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Tapas (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Vegan (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (5)
Seasonal (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
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Waterfront (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was great HOWEVER I work in the hospitality industry from the hostess, bartender and server they were not friendly at all. The bartender who served us barely spoke and had quite and attitude. The server was nice but was slow and not attentive at all. I was really surprised at the service we received. I would go back to try to see if I had a better experience but I hope the staff remembers that you never know who you are serving especially someone who is well versed with customer service and runs a bar and lounge.

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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

Whole experience, as always, fantastic. One of my favourite places to eat. Will always visit when I am in NY. Delicious food, great service and a vibrant scene. Not cheap but worth the cost.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fun, People Watching, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrible check in process even with a reservation. Absolutely chaotic !

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

The manager was very kind and very friendly.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food!! Service could not be nicer !! Delicious all around and fantastic ambience.

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·Dined 4 days ago

lovely meal, super ambience, only downfall was tables quite cramped together for just two people, but super food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Has the name but nothing else. Don’t bother. Every time I’ve been here the reservation time has been a joke. I had a reservation for 8.45pm and they seated us at 10pm which is completely unacceptable. This isn’t the first time it’s happened - the other two times I’ve been here they have made us wait a ridiculously long time despite having a reservation. I had a friend visiting from out of town and we wanted to go for drinks after to the plaza and she wanted to see the Rockerfeller tree. None of that happened due to how late we finished due to being seated at 10pm. I made my reservation WEEKS in advance and never would have made it for 10pm. It’s the fact that this is a regular occurrence. Also the food is average is best. The only good thing about Tao is the ambience.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Booked a table for 8.15 arrived at 7.50 hoping to get a drink before hand. We were greeted by the doorman and asked to queue shortly for check in. We were told to wait through in the bar area, grab a drink and our table should be ready on time. When entering the bar area what we found was a dark area with little to no available seating and a very loud ambience. At 8.30 we were given a pager to identify when our table was ready and told it would not be much longer. At 9pm after complaining to the manager we finally got a table. Sat down, looked at the over priced menu, ordered, ate and left. I don’t wish to comment much on the average food as the damage had already been done at this point. A birthday meal spoilt.

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·Dined 5 days ago

My daughters sweet 16 , we had a blast!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to celebrate my Birthday . I had been there before but my friends hadn’t. The food was great and our server explained everything we needed to know.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food. Good service. Great ambiance. A little expensive for the originality of the plates but still very tasty!
The Giant Fortune Cookie is a real treat - for 2!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

I made a reservation for 6 pm and I was told when I called the day of to confirm that our reservation would only be held till 6:15. We arrived at 5:55 (party of 4) but we were not seated until 6:30. I was not very pleased with this but the food and our server was so fantastic it made up for our initial disappointment.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

Excelent Food , place is a beauty,service greate and good prices

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Spicy
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·Dined 5 days ago

I would absolutely return. My only complaint and it's very minor is that I went with a group of four. We asked if we could each have a check and our waiter said no. That he would bring one check and we could divide it out ourselves and write on the back of the bill how much went on each card/cash. I don't understand how we can pay seperately off one bill but he couldn't just give us separate bills. Seems like it would have been easier with separate checks.

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·Dined 5 days ago

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Tapas
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was not as good as i expected.

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

Great food...never disappoints...our waiter made great drink and food suggestions. Will go back - I always do!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very poor service. Was sat, but essentially ignored for over 10 minutes, seated next to wait station

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

I was there with my fience for lunch and it was such a wonderful experience! Specially for me since I am not very familiar with Asian dishes. The service could not have been better! And the place looked amazing!!! We are definitely going back there soon !!!

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

I Love the scenery, service, and food. The location is also convenient. This is a great spot

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Waiting 45 minutes after our reservation time with no concern or acknowledgement

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Mom's first time back to NYC in 30 years

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

It’s my second here and I love it. The food and ambiance is fantastic.
The only thing I was not happy about was the wIt for the table. We waited 45mins. Not good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a great night at Tao. Our favorite place to go when we are in NYC.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was delicious and came out in reasonable time. However, I felt that we were not getting the proper treatment compared to other tables around us. Our water and fountain drinks were never refilled, we sat for 30 mins with empty glasses while other tables were getting wine poured in their glass every 5 minutes or so. Overall the server was nice but I’m thoroughly disappointed at the lack of service that we received.

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

It was absolutely the worst food i have ever eaten and i have eaten all over manhattan and Long Island. We were a party of 7 and not one person enjoyed their meal. We order Peking duck, pad Thai, steak and various other dishes. All horrible.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have been coming to Tao as a special treat to our 12 year old daughter as it became her favorite restaurant after our first visit.

For this trip we made a reservation on line through open table and was easily accommodated and was also able to leave a note to ask for our dessert to come out with a candle for the birthday that we were celebrating.

We all loved every course, the staff, and particularly our server Vladimir, were very friendly and accommodating and helpful in making our order decisions.

We love Tao and will be back many times!

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very good except we had a reservation for 9:30 we got there on time but still had to wait 45 minutes to be sited , despite that issue food and service was excellent

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Upon arriving I was pleased at the way the place seemed, until I met the receptionist who was really cold and impolite. I waited till 9.40pm for my 9.15pm reservation and it was frustrating that you had grown hungry by then. My friends are from Europe and the dinner experience was a total fail for us.

Sorry I wouldn’t recommend this shabby place to anyone.

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, cool location though a bit busy if you want to talk to each other. Service was only ok, nothing special.

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

I went to Tao Uptown with three girlfriends that were visiting from out of town. The food was great and there was a lively, fun vibe. The reason I gave it a 4 star overall and not 5 is because we had to wait for an hour and a half after our reservation time to be seated because they overbooked so many tables (there were 6 other tables in our same situation and a lot of people being turned away at the door). It was ok for our group because we weren't in a hurry to be somewhere else and the food was worth it in the end. They compensated us by bringing out a very nice assortment of dessert on the house. I just wouldn't try to go here for a quick dining experience!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was better than expected. Staff was under pressure as even though we had a reservation, we ended up waiting two hours to site unfortunately. Not the best especially when they keep thinkging out table would be ready. Not ideal so don't know if I'd go again.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing food. Great atmosphere. Our waitress was very knowledgeable on the menu and made great recommendations for us. We started with the pork dumplings which were delicious. Main dish of the sea bass with vegetables was so good and they offered a Nantucket scallop special also very good. We had desserts, chocolate lava cake and the apple crisp Spring roll, both were amazing. Will be going back again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Some of the best Asian food we've ever had! We ordered sushi, hot and sour soup, coconut shrimp, and orange chicken. The shrimp toast that came with the soup was also amazing. Attentive wait staff as well.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing time and as always the food and drinks were amazing. Tao never lets you down.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic. Great food and atmosphere. Fun place. A must

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

All good except table for 2 was way too close to others. Felt like I was dining with strangers especially since lady was so loud. We asked to move down one which was much better as had quieter couple next to us

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Muy buena opción entre las mas destacadas.
El lugar divertido

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful as always. Consistently excellent

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 (London)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very disappointing. Value for money is not worth it. $100 per head for bland fish, some small starters and a cocktail. The presentation is not attractive and looks like no care went into it at all....which you would expect with the prices they charge. Service was good- but I’m not going back. Used to be much, much better. Has lost its spark.

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