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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

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (131)
Good for a Date (111)
Good for Birthdays (110)
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Fun (102)
Good for Groups (91)
Hot Spot (90)
Creative Cuisine (87)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
Romantic (70)
Vibrant Bar Scene (70)
Fit for Foodies (56)
Casual (50)
Late-night Find (49)
Business Meals (48)
People Watching (48)
Authentic (44)
Great for Lunch (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Cozy (37)
Bar Seating (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Happy Hour (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Scenic View (28)
Spicy (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (25)
Tasting Menu (24)
Comfort Food (16)
Healthy (16)
Kid-friendly (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Quick Bite (10)
Tapas (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Live Music (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Vegan (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Went for dinner after theater with 3 teenage girls. They accommodated us and the girls loved “the scene.” We danced in our seats to the songs and had a great rime. Thank you to the staff for making us feel welcomed.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great experience. The ambience was perfect for a get together with friends.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Memphis)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved the food, the atmosphere and the whole vibe of the restaurant 👍🏼👍🏼!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 2 days ago

Went before broadway and it was amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Anniversary

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Seated on time. Great atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Their lunch special was inadequate and bordered on the lines of fast food. But that would be disrespectful to fast food. Bland overpriced and uninspired.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

13th birthday

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was fantastic. Very attentive service . We were going to a show and they were mindful of it and brought our food quickly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Always having a great time at Tao!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Neil was awesomely

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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food in excellent surroundings

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 (Gloucestershire)·Dined 3 days ago

Just superb.

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

Service and food was great ! Would def recommend this place

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Table wasn't ready when we arrived. Bar area where we were asked to wait was packed. When we were shown to our table there were 3 empty ones there. The 4 dishes we ordered all came at the same time and didn't fit on the table. Food taste was average and 1 was very greasy. Overall it was disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food & service. Cramped seating. The bill was presented without request after the last plate was taken and we were still drinking.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Exellent my favorite restaurant ever exeptional service and very elegant

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Overrated!!!!!!!
Ok food, I was still hungry when I left.
Good atmosphere overpriced food...mojito was garbage n so was the margaritas
Disappoint! I had better Asian food at lots of cheaper spots

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Super friendly staff, average food.
We were slightly disappointed with this restaurant. We went expecting a lot, but left feeling like we had been to an average place in Midtown Manhattan. The food was just ok, oily and not creative. I could not finish my dish because it was too oily. The steamed bamboo / vegetarian dumplings were good though! Staff was very friendly, efficient and nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We waited over 45 minutes for our reservation while there were plenty of open tables. The food and ambience are wonderful but the front desk is a mess and makes the whole thing a one -time only experience. As much as we loved the food we won't go back. Management needs to fix the front desk!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing service and over the top food. Highly recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Very expensive version of pfchang great ambiance and great service just very overpriced

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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·Dined 5 days ago

What can I say but "WOW" been there several times there before and it's always a very good experience every time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Had an amazing time! The staff was very friendly and informative. Beautiful place and the food was delicious. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The place was really nice.The shrimp entree was delicious also the sushi.The service could have been better.Our server came to our table only once then disappeared.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We come to New York at least twice per year for medical conferences. We are going to make Tao Uptown a must stop each time.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 days ago

Very nice place. Quiet and the food was great.

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

Trendy restaurant at New York City, with a great selection of Asian food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Waiter disappeared after rushing our order. The fortune cookie dessert had very inappropriate fortunes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, ambience, decor, service. Highly recommended for a first date.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I was under the impression that Tao was one of those Buddha bars, hip, dark, and noisy party spots. How I was wrong! At the entrance, people came out of the place was a family with small children. We were greeted by friendly hostesses, and escorted to a second floor table overlooking the first floor dining room with a huge Buddha. Dimly lit space was calming, and we had no problem conversing among us while keeping somewhat privacy.
We all ordered drinks and fish dishes, and they were great. Fresh and tasty, and portion was spot on. For the price that they charge, however, it was only expected. I appreciated that it wasn't salty nor overly asian flavored, however.
Maybe they wanted to give us privacy, but for Sunday evening (shouldn't be so busy), service wasn't so attentive-when we needed them, that is. But it was OK overall.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Unbelievable restaurant. Can’t wait to go again. Mind blown by the atmosphere and music. Our waiter Neil was incredible. Never have I had someone so nice and patient. Seriously this guy was awesome. Restaurant and food was unbelievable as well

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing well served

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vip
·Dined on February 10, 2018

Visiting New York for mother daughter trip. 2nd time visiting Tao and it didn’t disappoint! Will visit again!

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 (Guadalajara)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good service and desserts omg amazing !!!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great Food and atmosphere!

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

Upstairs is chilly and strange request from security to sit across eachother instead of next to eachother on couch

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I've been a loyal TAO patron for years in Vegas and New York but the service & the food quality was so deplorable. The wait to get to our reserved table was an additional hour!

Our waiter was overwhelmed, and inattentive. He would not give us suggestions on food choices based on taste. Rather, he would leave us unattended for lengths of time to let us decide. By the time he came, we had specifically told him that two of us wanted to split pad Thai, and get the garlic shrimp tempura tapas, while my other friend went on to offer shrimp and lobster rolls & another entree. Our issue: birthday girl is allergic to peanuts and he didn't tell us or at least clarify! Another issue was we did not know he can not place an order unless he took all of our orders.. so it took another hour to order.

We received our food, obviously turned away the pad thai away after noticing which I had a bite of.. it tasted like sticky fish broth in flat noodles that even the shrimp was flavorless. Everything else was mediocre at best... not 5 star quality. What bothered is was that he didn't even provide two plates for the pad thai (prior to realizing there were peanuts) knowing we were sharing. I couldn't get his attention so I asked another waiter..

Only thing he got right was the fortune cookie for my girl's birthday.. other than that, he also never physically handed us the bill so we sat there for an additional hour waiting for it.. when it was placed at the corner of the table. That's lack of etiquette. Another waiter dropped glasses and silverware tripping on a chair and the big spoon smacked my ankle. I picked it up, put it in the table.

An 8:15 PM reservation pushed to 12:30 AM, and while I loved the company I was with, not a single waiter offered to help us take a photo & they did notice me getting up so many times too. You just don't treat people like this. We still promoted y'all on Instagram for the beautiful decor which deserves a star so one star's where it's at.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a girls nite out last night and it was packed as usual. We had raspberry mojitos at the lounge, our table was ready on time. The food was great, the wine selection was pretty good. We tried dumplings, duck, and tempura rolls. For dessert we had the giant fortune cookie and the molten cake. Everything was very delicious. Our server was friendly and polite. Even though it was packed, the tables are far enough from each other so the conversations don’t mix up. We found a reasonable parking garage two blocks down. It was very convenient.

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

Love Tao never disappoints me! My favorite is Tao uptown!

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