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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (134)
Good for a Date (119)
Fun (101)
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Good for Birthdays (100)
Good for Groups (97)
Creative Cuisine (96)
Hot Spot (96)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
Vibrant Bar Scene (69)
Romantic (65)
People Watching (62)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Business Meals (51)
Authentic (46)
Late-night Find (43)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
Casual (41)
Great for Lunch (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Spicy (29)
Bar Seating (27)
Cozy (27)
Happy Hour (27)
Scenic View (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (27)
Tasting Menu (24)
Healthy (19)
Notable Wine List (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Live Music (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Tapas (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Vegan (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

Beautiful restaurant! Upscale. Excellent food.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

More party for the birthday boy

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

Great food and wine!

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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

Everything is doused in salt.

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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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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great resteraunt, great food, strong drinks!
We will definitely be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We went on our last night in NYC and it was sensational. The food had the “wow” factor that I had been told about and it was brilliantl. Our waiter Scott, was great and the night was superb. The next time I’m back in New York, I’ll be heading straight here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

FOOD was delicious as always. Service was great. I definitely recommend it.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a great time having dinner there. It was recommended by two different sources, so we tried it and loved it! We each ordered something different and were all happy with our choices!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Absolute gorgeous food and service beyond and above!
Thanks for such a great night !

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was great and the staff was very attentive. Pad Thai was amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very slow service, average food, very high prices! Never again!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very nice environment, very friendly staff, awesome food selection.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very knowledgeable waitress. Excellent food! A must stop when visiting NYC!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on January 1, 2018

After years still one of my favorite pan Asian restaurants worldwide. The atmosphere is outstanding, perfect service nearly a litte bit too fast and the food is excellent. As the uptown location is so convincing I never tried the downtown spin-off.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Brillianttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttffftf

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and drinks! Fantastic atmosphere

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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good time for kids first trip to New York

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was amazing! We had the $31.50 lunch special and it was worth every penny! Appetizer, meal, and dessert, good size portions and the chocolate peanut cake was the best thing I've ever eaten in my life!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were meeting some out of town relatives for lunch and decided to go to Tao Uptown for the prefix lunch. We’ve been to the restaurant before and thought our family might enjoy the ambiance and food. We enjoyed the food, drinks (Tao-ini!), and great service. We will definitely dine at Tao again.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent as we have come to expect from Tao! Loved the Pepper Steak Filet. Great Atmosphere. Would have been 5 stars if not for the 2 person table where we sat; too close to other tables with no privacy and much too small.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The place is super alive and beautiful! Food was very nice and not to pricey in comparison with the rest of rest around the area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had to wait a long time for our table upon arrival and the bar area was overcrowded - not a great start to the evening.

Once seated, service was great, food was average.

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