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Tao

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Midtown
Chinese, Japanese, 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, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Description: A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese...
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
Tourist spot for Chinese food

A perfect place to complete our NYC trip. We visited this restaurant on Christmas day. We had reservation so got our seat quickly. The giant Buddha with water fountains and music is attraction at this joint. The cocktail was well made. Our food and service was great too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pradeep M
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My sister recommended this restaurant and we just had to visit. We ate there on a Thursday lunch and nearly every table was taken!!! We ate from the lunch menu, all 3 courses were delicious, we will definitely visit a Tao restaurant again

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Incredible huge Buddha, other Eastern artifacts. Great variety of Asian, Thai , Chinese food. 3 levels. Popular place.

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Thank PM3312
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My partner and I visited here for a cocktail midday during shopping and loved the decor and vibrant atmosphere so much we booked it for our last night in new york. The food was AMAZING, the atmosphere was gret, the food was good price and large portions, the drink was very over priced though. The service was great. FAB experience.

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Thank CharlotteK21
St. Maarten-St. Martin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful place. Ambiance and dining room are just amazing! Reservation needed! We'll be back!!

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Roma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Maybe because it was Saturday night but my experience was very bad . Although we had a reservation at 9 pm , after 45 minutes of waiting plunged into a total confusion , we learned that we would have to wait again . Because in addition to the service , the atmosphere and also the other guests seemed more suited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had an amazing time dining at TAO Saturday night. The cocktails were a bit pricy. The atmosphere was awesome, but load. Very popular place for sure. The food was delicious! Had several appetizers followed by Coconut shrimp as my meal. Can't wait to visit NYC again so I can make another reservation for TAO

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Thank sbelli
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect place to complete our NYC trip. We visited this restaurant on Christmas day. We had reservation so got our seat quickly. The giant Buddha with water fountains and music is attraction at this joint. The cocktail was well made. Our food and service was great too.

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Thank Pradeep M
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Food was amazing. The atmosphere and the décor were absolutely impressive! love it! I strongly recommend the restaurant.

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Thank Imercado77
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I think of what a tourist must imagine dinner out in NYC to be, I think Tao fits: trendy decor, loud music, high prices, great food and drink, and snobby service. It's a fun, hip place for a drink or dinner (or both), but the servers act like they're doing you a favor. Even with a reservation, we waited... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to this place before and didn't enjoy it then. It wasn't my choice to go again and once I realised it was the same place my heart sank! The food is distinctly average the service is poor and rushed at the same time and the atmosphere is one of 'let's turn the tables as fast as possible'!... 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: Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Fusion, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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