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Tao

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Midtown
Asian, Asian 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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Huge, good food but uncomfortable

Visited with some business colleagues. Very impressive restaurant visually with an enormous Buddha. The restaurant is split across 3 levels and I would recommend the middle tier but for the furniture. If you are short then no problem but if you are not then you will find that the seats are suitable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
James D
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Pad Thai, avocado tempura, vegetable egg rolls were all amazing! Wish I could go back right now. Upstairs bar much quieter than downstairs for a Saturday night...easier to get a seat at the bar. Plus, wonderful bartenders!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited with some business colleagues. Very impressive restaurant visually with an enormous Buddha. The restaurant is split across 3 levels and I would recommend the middle tier but for the furniture. If you are short then no problem but if you are not then you will find that the seats are suitable only for those of small stature and hence... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I had read some reviews about service being too quick which did concern me however I couldn't fault the service. The server was happy to wait for us to have a drink first before ordering our food and then wait again when ordering dessert. We didn't order a starter and it wasn't necessary. 3 dishes to share with sides was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Like stepping into a dream or movie set, the place just has a cool vibe. Great for meeting up with friends and food is ok. Go for the atmosphere.

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Drammen
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I loved this restaurant. It was possible to share a lot og different dishes. Service was great and the food perfect. We also got a good selection of wines.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Fabulous experience. The environment is awesome, beautifully decorated. The sea bass was Exquisite! potstickers and all the appetizers were delicious. The service was impeccable-quick, friendly and attentive. The cocktails we're delish ;). Can't wait to go back!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Someone recommended this restaurant but was a bit disappointed. Beautiful facilities. (Suspiciously) quick bringing out the food. Busy and noisy. Good food. Expensive. Got uncomfortable when the restroom personel was too eager helping me with washing my hands...

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Larnaka, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We loved the place. The food was delicious. However i suggest you book earlier a table there because we booked the last minute and we were waiting to sit for about 40 minutes. It was worth it though.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Managed to get a walk in on Sunday night at Tao (ate at the bar). The food as always was excellent - seabass skewers just melt in the mouth and the pad Thai one of the best I've had. Even the ability to take home food was brill and the waitress very efficient and friendly. Also Sunday night and this... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Our server Craig was amazing! Awesome service by all, excellent food, delicious drinks, nice music, and fantastic all around!

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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, Asian fusion, Pacific Rim

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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