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“Very ordinary food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tao

Tao
42 E 58th St, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
(212) 888-2288
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Ranked #377 of 11,771 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Asian, Pacific Rim, Asian fusion
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Park & Madison
Transit: 4, 5, 6 Trains at 59th Street R, N, W Trains at 5th Avenue
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.
Princeton, New Jersey
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“Very ordinary food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Friends from South America were visiting the NYC and made reservations at Tao

The decor was dark/spirtual with a statuesque women greeting us at the front desk. Trendy and cool might be the right word.

I went with the fixed 27.50 menu
The vegitable rolls were not crispy

Moo Shu pork, not very flavorable

The Banana Pudding, very good, rich and filling

One of our hosts got the Peking Duck. Which was suculent, but the portion very small. She was told it was enough to feed 2-3 people

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“it WAS amazing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Very fashionable place, great location. It became very famous after the tvshow Sex & the City used it for one episode. The food quality is good, but the old glamour has gone! now very very tourist oriented and average service which doesn't match anymore with the average price, which is still the same as it was before.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Nothing special!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The food is average, very expensive and not a good value for money.
We ordered the sea bass that was recommended as the thing to have there but it was nothing special.
We didn't enjoy the flied rice( too oily and not mush taste).
The service was good but i won't go back.

Visited March 2014
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Oslo, Norway
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“Really cool restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Interesting food served decorative in a cool atmosphere!

Nice waiters and a good variety on the menu.

Rather busy on a saturday evening, so make sure to book a table good in advance.

A must in NYC!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Love the food!! Makes other Chinese restaurant food boring!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Saw advertisement on TV and decided to try it out. Made booking on line which was easy and had confirmation within 30 minis.
This is not your typical run of the mill Chinese restaurant. Cannot class it as "fusion" type food but probably traditional Chinese with a "modern twist". The menu was initially difficult to understand but with a little help from our excellent wait person, it started to make sense. We basically took most of his recommendation which was spot on. Tried the vegetarian dumpling which was delicious and perfectly steamed. The Lobster and shrimp spring roll was incredible - with nice chunks of lobster. The Satay Sea Bass was also terrific. We finished up with fried rice with Pork and Peking duck which again did not disappoint. Again, many thanks to our top wait person for his recommendation.It was an expensive lunch $120.00 for 2 with no alcohol but worth every cent.
Only gripe is with the attitude of the front "hostess". All 3 of them could not even raise a smile when we arrived and the same again when we left. A nice .... "goodbye,thank you and come back again..." would have been nice. Perhaps as tourists we were not dressed well enough for the PYT's to care.
Nevertheless,will come back again when visiting NY.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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