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Tao

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Midtown
Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Fusion, Pacific Rim
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42 E 58th St, New York City, NY 10022 (Park & Madison)
4, 5, 6 Trains at 59th Street R, N, W Trains at 5th Avenue
(212) 888-2288
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with...
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.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Asian food with ambiance

NYC people watching heavan Slightly on the noisy side Excellent Asian dishes Ok if atmosphere is as important to you as the food,

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had previously enjoyed a dinner here; this time we tried the fixed price lunch. The options are great, the food wonderful, and the atmosphere excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

NYC people watching heavan Slightly on the noisy side Excellent Asian dishes Ok if atmosphere is as important to you as the food,

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Went to Tao on the advice of a friend who lives in NYC...It did not fail to live up to its expectations! Always make a reservation to be able to get a table as it can get quite busy. We went for lunch and was shown to our table after 5 mins: ordered spring rolls for starters, the salmon for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The building and internal decorating is absolutely beautiful. You could almost believe you were in Thailand. The food is extremely expensive, so be prepared to pay more than usual. If you like cocktails, The Red Dragon is a must.

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Oslo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Don't go here for a quite meal. This is the kind of place to go for a fun and lively evening. We had a drink in the bar. A bit too crowded so it was hard to get anything ordered, packed, so no seats available. When our table was ready after 45 minutes waiting, the service and the food was... More 

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palma de mallorca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A friend who knows NY well recommended the place and we loved it! If you enjoy Asian cuisine, you will like this restaurant. The food is tasty and the presentation of the plates very original. The decoration is magnificent, and the ambiance absolutely something not to be missed. The service could be friendlier. Music is super but too loud to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It's pricey and tables are close together (welcome to New York), so quiet dinner conversation can be difficult, but the food and cocktails are outrageously fabulous and the vibe is super cool, making this one of my top choices for an Asian meal in NYC.

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was simply a terrible situation. The staff was horrible, made a comment about hating strollers. We waited more than 48 minutes for our table which we had a reservation for. Honestly I hope the management is simply embarrassed of the staff that was working last night and it's not reflective of their values. Because if they're not, Tao is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The food was unreal, enjoyed it thoroughly, loved the atmosphere and the decor, can't wait to return. Only issue, was table we booked wasn't ready when we arrived so had to wait in the bar area for a while, but this was a nice area with seating so didn't mind too much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Just dined here last night and its really good. Ambience is cool but a little bit crowded. Food is really delicious and the signature cocktail is refreshing.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 E 58th St, New York City, NY 10022
    (Park & Madison)
  • Public Transportation: 4, 5, 6 Trains at 59th Street R, N, W Trains at 5th Avenue
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 888-2288

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 80
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Fusion, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Romantic

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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