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“Fantastic food and atmosphere”
Review of Tao

Tao
Ranked #297 of 13,678 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and atmosphere”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

The food was amazing. The music and atmosphere was just buzzing all night. Don't over indulge on the starters like we did, save room for the main course!

Visited February 2013
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pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Took my daughter for her 16th birthday. She loves Asian food and Tao did not disappoint. Great vibe and decor. Very cool skybox seating (this location used ti be an old theatre). Food was fabulous! Duck spring rolls and crunchy tuna app were both amazing. We were a party of 4 and all ordered something different. All entrees were equally incredible but the sea bass stood out and was hands down the best I ever had. Even the mushroom side dish we ordered was delicious and I don't even like mushrooms!
Would definitely recommend making a reservation and double checking on it the day of your arrival. This place definitely draws a crowd!
Cost was expensive (about 100 pp with drinks) but what we expected for a NYC restaurant. Would highly recommend this establishment!

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Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Perfect for "Mom's Gone Wild in NY!"”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

It was girl's weekend in the city, and we asked the hotel concierge for a great dinner recommendation. We had no idea what to expect and were pleasantly surprised with the energy and vibe in what we discovered to be one of NY's finest hot spots. The Ruby Red Dragon is a good way to start your evening, and we did lots of small plates for sharing. We wanted to taste a variety, so this was a great way to go! Take your smart phone and get pix with the Buddha! By the way, I heard the sake drinks are deadly!

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good but loud”
Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

The food was great especially the sushi but be warned its loud here hard to hold any kind of conversation. It's crowded and a good time but leave the old farts at home.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

The crowd at the restaurant was great. Lots of business dinners. I will say that it was a little difficult to get around in between tables. The food was great.

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