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Tao

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Neighborhood:
Midtown
Asian, Pacific Rim, Asian fusion
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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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4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Large groups
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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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
Most recent review
Cold Night, Warm Inside

We have been to Tao several times and have always enjoyed it. It is not an intimate, quite place to have a dinner, but more for a time out with friends and family. It is very loud and filled with people, the bar area is usually crowded. When you order, the food is served very quickly so if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Panama City
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We have been to Tao several times and have always enjoyed it. It is not an intimate, quite place to have a dinner, but more for a time out with friends and family. It is very loud and filled with people, the bar area is usually crowded. When you order, the food is served very quickly so if you want... More 

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Always a visit when we come to NYC for a visit or business. The food is cooked to perfection, dishes are large enough to have left overs and great presentation. Love that you can stay to have some drinks at the lounge bar after dinner as well! Decor is beautiful and very clean. I don't find it to be too... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

best Asian food around! Everything on their menu is extraordinary. Love their drinks and friendly service! Must try out Tao.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The lunch fixed menu is the way to go here! The portions are enough to take home extras. Includes appetizer, main dish and dessert fo $28.00! Well worth it. The atmosphere is very nice, service quick if you are on a lunch break ot taking a client to lunch.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Simply one of the best thai food restaurants I've ever been. Expensive, but worth every penny. The only con is that you have to wait like an hour to get a table, even if you made a reservation.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

That's a Club but not a restaurant. Extremly loud and anoying music makes every attempt to talk to somebody else simply impossible. We had to text each other (sitting on the same table!). The blond girl at the reception desk can not be topped in its arrogancy. You want be seated until the whole party is complete. Bad luck for... More 

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Pennsylvania
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457 helpful votes 457 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My spouse and I dined for lunch at Tao Uptown on a Saturday afternoon in late December 2014. We had planned to eat farther uptown at a restaurant where we had a gift card, but we realized en route to that restaurant that we did not have the card with us, so we made an alternate plan. We checked our... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I love Tao in Las Vegas and the Tao in New York is a carbon copy, with the big Buddha and sublime food. I was really happy that the restaurant didn't squeeze you in like tinned tuna. There was plenty of room, it wasn't too noisy, the servers were brilliant. Just a great concept with great food.

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went to Tao Midtown for Valentine's Dinner after a play. I had to make that reservation a full month in advance. This place could easily make itself a five star. I would have liked to give it a 3 1/2 star but Tripadvisor doesn't work that way. The Pros - Ambiance was very cool. So was the music -... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Such a beautiful resturant. Got taken here by friends whilst on a visit to NYC and it didn't disappoint. This place has it all, excellent food, great service, buzzing atmosphere all set in the most amazing setting. Cocktails are highly recommended as are the crispy tuna rolls - they are to die for. This place has Sex in the City... More 

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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: Asian, Pacific Rim, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?