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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: 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

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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
Rewarding culinary and atmospheric experience

The atmosphere alone is reason to go, so you can sit there with the giant Chinese statue hovering over you. But then the food came - fast - and our dishes were all varieties of fresh Asian fusion, both spicy and soothing. Loved the meal. Loved the portion size, the flavors, the atmosphere, and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Kendall B
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Richmond, Virginia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere alone is reason to go, so you can sit there with the giant Chinese statue hovering over you. But then the food came - fast - and our dishes were all varieties of fresh Asian fusion, both spicy and soothing. Loved the meal. Loved the portion size, the flavors, the atmosphere, and the people-watching. A great place to... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The food is fantastic and the people watching is interesting. You have to reserve well in advance. The menu is varied with some original things as well as the standards such as the sushi.

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Varese, Italy
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191 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Ambience is unique, wonderful food (though I must say the quality has somewhat worsened), service was kinda slow. But overall we love it here. MUST go

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New York City, New York
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163 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We tried Tao for the first time during restaurant week. $25 for 3-course lunch special. We made a 12pm reservation. I even got a confirmation. When we arrived (we were nearly the first there as 12pm is the first seating) the hostess said she did not have my reservation. As I tried to look for the confirmation on my phone,... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Our concierge booked this place as we asked for a lively late night venue with great food and ambiance and it did not disappoint. We had a drink in the busy bar which while we waited 15 minutes for our tables. We were booked in for 10.45pm and people were queuing still for tables. When shown to our table we... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I've always wanted to come here and finally did during restaurant week for lunch. They have a 3-course lunch special with many options. I had the spicy thai dumpling soup (I found it more salty than spicy), the steak with fries, and mango sorbet. Everything was delicious. The restaurant is a little dark, but no too dark which you can't... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I visited the place with my sister for an early dinner and I must say it is one of the best places I've visited in NYC. The setup is beautiful and the food was so good! I would highly recommend the place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The Tao in NYC is one of the best restaurants that I have had the pleasure to dine in. All of the food was fresh and savory. Great place for groups of 4 or more since it allows the diners to enjoy more of the selections available. Be sure to make a reservations and get there on time!! This is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

one of the best restaurants i have ever eaten at in my entire life!! the spicy tuna tartar is a clear delight

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Easily the most impressive restaurant I have ever been to in terms of interior and styling. Food was good, however my lobster was overcooked and the chicken lollipops pretty standard fare. Would recommend a visit, but maybe just to the bar as there are so many gems in NY.

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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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