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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, 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
Good food but service too rushy

Went at this restaurant for the 2nd time. Very good food, but service was too much rushy! Our reservation was at 8 pm and left the restaurant at 9h15!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
ericlebourgneuf
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Quebec City, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The place was awesome as a spectacle, however the food was okay. The place plays great music, and there's a party feel to it. But if you're going there to eat food, than the restaurant is just average. If you're going there to be seen and dance, then this place is the one for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

As soon as you walk in you feel you have transported outside of New York which is great. Don't be scared of the loud music or noise I think it creates the atmosphere. For a drink at the start you need to order the lychee martini it is amazing! For food if you are a couple get a few dishes... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Sorry..... Didn't enjoy it at all. The place is very noisy so it was impossible to have conversation. Our server was disinterested and missing most of the time. The food was essentially greasy Chinese. My salmon tasted over refrigerated and stale. We will not be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Went at this restaurant for the 2nd time. Very good food, but service was too much rushy! Our reservation was at 8 pm and left the restaurant at 9h15!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you are in NYC for the first time.....I recommend going! Its only okay if you go more than once. So so chinese food....if you have better choices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

An amazing restaurant, an even better vibe and outstanding food! I have never been in a more zen but, fun place in my life. They had awesome waiters, great music, delicious cocktails and the perfect dishes.

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North Bergen, New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Tao uptown was a beautiful restaurant. The decor of the place was absolutely beautiful. We arrived late to our reservation but the hostess were so accommodating and understanding. They sat us promptly after that too. The drinks were incredible not watered down at all. We ordered the Lychee Martini and Lotus Blossom. The food was amazing from the presentation to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I visited the tao restaurant few times and i love the food and atmosphere. The food is very good and the service is great. The only bad thing i can say is related to the noisy environment that make conversations a bit difficult. Don't miss the banana pudding.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The giant Buddha is awesome.The dark setting is romantic. The food is very good .The menu has many Asian choices, The service is good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We enjoyed the Tao, It wasn't our first time.. the food is good and the vibe is fun.. Good music and nice crowd. the menu is very varied. It was fun to be back.

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Additional Information about Tao

Address: 42 E 58th St, New York City, NY 10022
Phone Number: (212) 888-2288
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 80
Cuisine: Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Fusion, Pacific Rim

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Fusion, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, 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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