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

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (115)
Special Occasion (113)
Creative Cuisine (88)
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Fun (86)
Hot Spot (85)
Good for Birthdays (83)
Good for Groups (81)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Vibrant Bar Scene (63)
Romantic (56)
People Watching (56)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Authentic (44)
Business Meals (42)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Late-night Find (41)
Great for Lunch (36)
Casual (33)
Spicy (32)
Tasting Menu (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Scenic View (28)
Happy Hour (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Comfort Food (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Cozy (16)
Healthy (15)
Tapas (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Live Music (14)
Quick Bite (12)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Great for Brunch (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (6)
Great Beer (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Waterfront (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2011

The food was fantastic, but unfortunately it seems Tao is becoming more of a tourist attraction. Definitely fun and great energy, but be prepared to wait at least an hour from the time of your reservations. If you're looking for a romantic meal this isn't your place, but if you're looking to get your night started I'd recommend Tao.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2011

I didnt appreciate the rude hostess and the fact that my reservation was for 9:15 and i didnt get seated until 10:20. I had to go ask the hostess twice about my reservation. We were seated in the lounge watching groups get seated that had just walked in and the lounge was becoming empty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2011

As a tourist i really had high expectations in this place and in its Asian food. in spite of our reservation we waited for obout 1 hour to take a seat, the music was too loud (seemed a night club instead of a restaurant) and the food is all precooked and really bad.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 31, 2011

too crowded, tables too closely packed...not impressed w crowd. Waiter was great, but we couldn't stand the guys beside us anymore so we left.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 31, 2011

Bad Food and the service at the table was terrible and nasty....I have been coming to TAO for over 10 years now...

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2011

It was our first time at Tao New York, and every time we are in the city, we´ll be back there. Great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2011

We waited an hour for our table with a reservation. This is after they called me to confirm the reservation and told me they would cancel it if we were more than 15 minutes late. The bar was small and cramped for the size of the restaurant and the number of people waiting. The noise level is ridiculous; you can't even hear yourself think. The atmosphere is really cool and the food is delicious but I will never return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2011

Fantastic restaurant. A find 3 years ago when on a trip to NY and a must for every return visit. Food and atmosphere fantastic. Always recomend when hear someone is going state bound

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2011

Buen recibimiento, aunque eramos españoles nos dieron lo que pedimos en sugerencias; un camarero que nos traducia en nuestro idioma y una mesa redonda para los cinco comensales.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2011

My experience at TAO was great. The food was delicious and the ambiance was amazing. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2011

I think the seating was awful. We basically sat right on top of others. We were their for our anniversary and it was nothing romantic about it. To make it worse the waiters had to lean up against my husband to take orders from the tables next to us which was very strange. The food was fresh and delicious but the seating made it not so perfect experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

I've travelled the world and have dined in many fine restaurants of every description. Tao is extremely unique. Its a restaurant I will never forget. The ambience is one of a kind. Everything about it was excellent. I can't wait to go back next time I'm in NYC.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Great dining experience, def a place to see and be seen! They were playing dance music very loud though which we could almost not talk to each other at our table and the group next to us had to shout to be heard creating an even louder space, not great!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Reservation was at 8:45 and we got seated at 9:30. Be prepare to wait for at least 1/2hr even if you have reservation. Food is pricey but we expected given the reputation. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Overall, it was a nice experience for my friends who never been there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Good vibe, lively atmosphere enjoyed the DJ's mix along with the roaming bongo player. Food great and very good for veggies.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 26, 2011

We ordered an appetizer (edamame--spelling?) that for some reason was served at the same time of our entree, so we canceled the appetizer. From that moment, the waitress seemed to ignore us; however, the manager came to our table and apologized for the error. I really think the manager should have comp'd a dessert or something.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

This was my first time at Tao and I will be back again food was amazing and staff very nice and friendly

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Visited twice and both times the place is always packed. Good selection of appetizers. Sharing is encouraged. Sushi is amazing. Main dishes were good a bit too salty for me but delicious nontheless.. Great vibe, good music. Make sure to have the molten chocolate cake with the yummy coconut icecream

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Overall everything was good, though I expected alot more from Tao. Our waiter brought out most of our food at one time and then took away one of our plates while we were eating. Just as soon as we received new plates, the main course arrived, leaving no time to digest. Way too fast!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Expensive for the quality of food. Service was overbearing. Bus service hovered over table and plates were cleared in some cases while one of us was still eating. Wait staff coundn't make recommendations.

Wasn't worth the price paid.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2011

My friend wanted to go out for sushi and drinks for her birthday, so, since this wasn't my first time at Tao, I made sure we had a reservation. We showed up on time for our reservation (10:15) so we were surprised when they handed us a buzzer and told us to just have a drink at the bar until it went off. Downstairs was packed as usual so we went upstairs and on our way we noticed an empty table and joked to each other we should just let them know we found a table. Needless to say we waited for an HOUR - only to be seated at the very same table that had been empty the entire time! The food and drinks and waitress were all good and we had a great time but seriously, what's the point of making reservations?! No clue what they're doing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2011

Excellent in every way, except time to seat. Had an 845 reservation and sat at 945. This was expected though, just be prepared to wait.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2011

There is a reason that Tao is still a hard place to get a reservation at on the weekends. Great scene, great food and great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2011

The one negative comment is that we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated even though we had booked our reservation on Open Table.
The food was outstanding and the servers were extremely helpful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2011

Tao is amazing! Dinner was great and our waiter was very polite.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2011

Our favorite restaurant in NYC, hands down.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2011

Was a great experience. I recommend that you have some type of cooperation with the Club a across the street, which is co-owned by Tao owners, to give easy access through a voucher to the club. That way you can increase late dinning revenues (i.e., 11 pm -midnight)and even keep the 2nd floor still occupied by doing this rather than shutting it down. We had a great time at the club as well but waiting in the line is a hassle.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 24, 2011

Tao was great, however, it didn't pay to make reservations. We had to wait over 30 minutes for a table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2011

Dramatic decor helps deflect from the noise and "good" food vs very good food. I enjoyed myself, and service was fine, but the prices are high and my tempura tuna roll appetizer definitely had a "prepared earlier and refrigerated" taste.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2011

Very disappointing...great environment...pretty forgettable and expensive food and drinks...fair service...pass...go to Buddhakan instead.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2011

If you want super authentic Chinese/Japanese food, go elsewhere. BUT the renditions here are quite pleasing and the atmosphere is super hip

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 22, 2011

Great food and loved the fortune cookie.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2011

It was my second time there. The place is excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 19, 2011

close to perfect like ever (only the noodles a little cold)

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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2011

This was our first time dining at TAO- we were in the city visiting family members. We had a wonderful experience. We all really enjoyed our diner!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2011

Super food. Great atmosphere. A lot of fun with a large group.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2011

Expectations high, a little disappointed. Food reminded me of a chain restaurant...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2011

The increased salt on the food is what makes everything taste "good". Great flavors and dish designs/ combinations but just too salty to enjoy thouroghly. Otherwise good food staff and a BIG Buddha

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 19, 2011

Food was good but very overprice. I had Sea Bass my friend had Salmon and my daughter had Orange Chicken.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2011

The ambient is great and the food, fantastic. But you need to be willing to wait, even with a reservation.
I had my reservation for 10pm and was only seated at 11pm.

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