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Tao

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Midtown
Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, 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, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, 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
What a find!!

Was in NY visiting friends and my girlfriend suggested we have lunch at Tao, a place she discovered a few years back. On approaching the restaurant, I was not too impressed with the appearance and walking in, I found it too "dark"...no natural light at all, But then the food came, and I got hooked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Magenta33
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Milan, Italy
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The giant Buddha, ambient lighting and high ceiling create the awe effect. Unfortunately can't say the same thing for the food. It is very average with no surprises.

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New York City, New York
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22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I hear all those people complaining about service and it being overbooked, but that's why I go to Tao Uptown for dinner on Sunday through Wednesday only. Otherwise it's crazy. When it's quieter the food tends to be better too. Sushi is great, Kung Pao chicken is so tasty, squab lettuce wraps are great, as is the chicken satay, so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

seen on Google map and investigated - so very happy that we did. What an amazing restaurant and space. Industrial, beautifully decorated and lit, fabulous food, fun staff, great playlist of tunes to accompany and add to the buzzy atmosphere. A lunch can be had unreserved but definitely need to book for dinner - its very busy and popular with... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This place appeared at first sight to be snobby or even fine dining place. We were glad that this impression was wrong. Or at least for the lunch (30$ + tips + taxes) this impression was wrong. Place was crowded with business and other people having their lunch so service was friendly and swift. And above all, lunch was delicious.

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I would never go back to Tao / Midtown. This is simply based on the service we received by a server named Alen. I could have gotten similar service at my local take out Chinese restaurant. When asked for Sake recommendations h e recommended a $240 bottle. He never told us of any specials. We didn't even know of specials... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Our first time in NYc and following a friend recomendation I booked a table for 2 with more than 1 week in advance for my boyfriend 30th birthday. We got to the place and both the restaurant and waiting area/bar were over crowded. The hostess asked us to wait as she would let us know once our table was free.... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Every visit should bring special memories. Mine was dinner at Tao's in Uptown NYC. Yes, it was $$$ but it was worth that feeling from a special evening. Reservations are required. My two friends and I decided to maximize our experience by ordering from the Dim Sum menu so that we could sample several different dishes. The ambiance is absolutely... More 

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Adams Basin, New York, United States
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Met business associates here during a trip to New York. Had the fixed price lunch and it was excellent. 30.00 for 3 courses wasn't too bad at all. I had fried veggie egg rolls to start and moonshi pork. Very good and was not disappointed. The dessert choices were unusual and delicious. Would definitely go back.

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Milan, Italy
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44 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Was in NY visiting friends and my girlfriend suggested we have lunch at Tao, a place she discovered a few years back. On approaching the restaurant, I was not too impressed with the appearance and walking in, I found it too "dark"...no natural light at all, But then the food came, and I got hooked on this place! Amazing Asian... More 

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New Jersey
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46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A friend and I were looking to splurge, and TAO was the perfect place - we both enjoy Asian fusion cuisine, and TAO excels at this. The specialty cocktails were delicious, albeit pricey, but hey, this is NYC. The Ruby Red Dragon was my favorite, and my friend had the TAOtini. Pork potstickers were excellent, as were the Chinese Five... 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, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Asian fusion, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, 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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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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