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TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4.6
5284 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Designed by Rockwell Group, TAO Downtown offers a distinct sense of arrival and discovery and is the first TAO venue where guests descend into a multi-level space. The subterranean restaurant, located in the heart of Chelsea, is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within. Upon arrival, guests immediately encounter a long corridor with a dragon scale patterned screen and Chinese calligraphy murals mounted on weathered brick walls.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 102 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 888-2724

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ralph Scamardella / Stephen Yen

  • Private party facilities

    Tao Group has an impeccable record for throwing world-class events with the most influential leaders in in the worlds of business and finance, fashion, entertainment, and technology.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (866) 497-0245

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Cross street

    at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking. Please read street signs carefully for street parking.

  • Public transit

    E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.

  • Entertainment

    LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off the bill at the end of your visit. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund.

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What 5,284 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Fusion / Eclectic

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  1. BO

    BOGOTA1

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Forty five minute wait to sit down…. Be ready for a loud crowd with lloud music on a Saturday night .. food continues to be excellent…
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife birthday
  3. L

    Lynnier

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great loved the food the place just outstanding
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The ambiance was amazing. One of a kind. Must experience. The food was equally as amazing. Finding both of these in one restaurant is rare. Service was amazing they were all very nice. only thing i did not appreciate was the lack of making each individual feel special. We were there for our anniversary and we didn’t receive not one “congratulations” or a decorated dessert. but overall we loved it and will be back on our next trip.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Music TOO LOUD, impossible to enjoy a meal because you just want to finish your plate and run. If you want a nice dinner where you can enjoy your company and taste your food, don’t go to this restaurant.
  6. MS

    MarcelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect dinner. Liked it very much. Only music to loud.
  7. J

    Jodi1013

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The energy at TAO cannot be beat. What a wonderfully vibrant spot to have dinner. We shared several small plates,..loved the Bao Buns, Chicken Gyoza, Pad Thai and the shanghai rice! Absolutely 10/10.
  8. RS

    RonenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, the food was excellent and the venue design was impressive.
  9. FL

    FernandoL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was beautiful but tao need more ligth for some poepel
  10. FL

    FredrikL

    Berlin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dim sum. Very nice ambiance. Will try other branches.
  11. SG

    SharnonG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My family and I really enjoy my dinner at TAO. It wasn't my first visit but the whole experience was great.
  12. SD

    SarahD

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute treat to dine here when visiting the city. The Dim Sum platter is chef's kiss!
  13. MS

    MattS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On time table seating. Great service and excellent food
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my family to celebrate my birthday and it was just amazing! From food to atmosphere and my kids enjoyed everything there.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was not good over priced for what we received expected a better quality of food. We left knowing we was going home to find something to eat. Music went from disco to rap. Service was excellent very attentive. Drove 2 hours and 48 min not worth it. People with mushroom allergies don’t waste your time.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with Steve!
  17. N

    Nyja

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The restaurant had a great atmosphere but our server was trash. So disorganized and always took forever to come to our table. The food was pretty good we loved the dessert best.
  18. R

    Rosanne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My girlfriends and I booked a weekend in the city and made dinner reservations here. The atmosphere was beautiful and the food and drinks were delicious! We highly recommend. Such a a fun and energetic vibe too.
  19. MC

    MariaC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    It’s an experience. The food is great, same with the drinks. Expect to pay at least $100 pp. at the very minimum. Our server was not so great. We felt rushed by him, he didn’t seem happy to serve us at all.
  20. SG

    SheelaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Worst customer service. Do not recommend. Drinks are really good however.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, delicious food and lovely staff.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    I will start with the pros: we were seated right away and the food was great. Cons: no attention to detail, did not inform us of what the dishes were when they were brought to the table. I am vegetarian and a mix of non plant based foods were ordered so that was extremely concerning. We couldn’t touch the food until the server finally came. We also had to flag down the waiter for another drink because again there was no check in. At the end of the night had to flag down the serve again for the bill which you would think will not happen in this type of establishment. Staff was def not up to par. I had high expectations and this definitely disappointed.
  23. AN

    AnniN

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Had a great birthday celebration with the family
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Anniversary
  25. LC

    LaCreciaM

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Everything was great except for sitting in between to other couples with vulgar and loud conversations.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything
  27. SS

    SamanthaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, awesome ambience, very cool building and great service. Very loud though! Lots of echo because of high ceilings Overall great experience
  28. AB

    AmitB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Such a overrated place.. The restaurant prefer quantity over quality
  29. KK

    KristyK

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    tao is the best restaurant, good food, lively inside, good drinks, very nice decor, recommend
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great. We just felt rush by the server.
  31. A

    Andres

    Austin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best NYC restaurants, especially if you'd like to have dinner a little later than senior hour most Americans do.
  32. CS

    CrystalS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding atmosphere and the food was delicious! Definitely recommend and will be back soon.
  33. AF

    AbFabDiva

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated immediately! Our waitstaff was second to none! The food was delicious and the suggestions made by our waiter was spot on!
  34. BA

    BenA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Way too noisy. Basically you have an overpriced dinner in a loud club. The place is super dark and you can barely see what you eat. What is the point of a nicely presented dish when you can't see the colors? You can't talk to anyone you are dining with. I would not recommend this restaurant. If I want a club darkness and loudness, I would go to a club
  35. IL

    IL1953

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The music was very loud it must be much lower so visitors can speak
  36. EL

    EmmieL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved this place. The food and service was amazing !
  37. AI

    AnyaI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Turn the lights up a bit; it’s a bit dark in the restaurant.
  38. GL

    GabrielL

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It is always top notch. The food and the service above all. Great ambiance. Maybe I am getting old though because the music was too loud and I couldn't even hear the waiter or have a conversation.
  39. JS

    JannekeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service and fantastic ambiance. Airconditioning could be less cold and music a little bit lower, but we really had the time of our lives. We will come back!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Do not go for the food... mediocre at best. We will not be going back. Beautiful restaurant tho.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

TAO Downtown - New York does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

TAO Downtown - New York is rated 4.6 stars by 5284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 102 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for TAO Downtown - New York

92 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Additional information

  • Cross street

    at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking. Please read street signs carefully for street parking.

  • Public transit

    E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Ralph Scamardella / Stephen Yen

  • Entertainment

    LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 888-2724

  • Private party facilities

    Tao Group has an impeccable record for throwing world-class events with the most influential leaders in in the worlds of business and finance, fashion, entertainment, and technology.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (866) 497-0245

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