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  • Asian Fusion, Sushi, Cocktails
  • 42 E 58th St, New York NY10022 40.762634 -73.9713434
  • (Btwn Park & Madison Ave)
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  • (212) 888-2288
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User Ratings (Based on 186 reviews)

3.375
Food 3.5 Value 2.9
Service 3.2 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 888-2288
Fax:
fax
(212) 888-4148
Website:
www.taorestaurant.com
Place Order:
Order From TAO for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Delivery Take Out Private Parties Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Mon-Wed: 11:30am -1am Thu-Fri: 11:30am-2am Sat: 5pm-2am Sun: 5:pm-1am
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Open Late, People Watching, Prix Fixe, Live Entertainment, Gluten Free Items, Bar Scene, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
15.00
Delivery Area:
50th to 66th St; 3rd to 6th Ave

User Reviews

  • TAO

    Posted by Melanie on 08/04/2004

    Birthday Dinner

    The atmosphere is the best part. Very young & trendy - great to take someone to impress them. The food was great except the sushi rolls did not taste fresh.... the Thai fish pot was amazing & the chocolate raspberry wonton dessert was soo yummy.

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    Posted by Dee Mesh on 07/20/2004

    An excellent meal

    Dining at Tao is to join the trendy, high-priced, chic eating scene in New York. As others have noted, the bar is extremely dark, to the point of silliness, as it is difficult to see your friends, and the darkness continues into the dining room, so much so that for certain cook-at-your-table dishes (which seems contradictory to the dining out experience) they provide flashlights. The food was delicious, the onion rings with the wasabi crusted filet was very nice. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and though the service was mediocre, it was to be expected as this sort of place.

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    Posted by mtvbabe on 07/09/2004

    Really nice

    I went there for my anniversary and it was really nice. No problem of getting a table coz I made reservation two weeks before. The waiter was really helpful and nice. My husband is a vegetarian. I thought they have vegetarian food by looking at their menu. Unfortunately, their pad thai and fried rice are made with Oyster Sauce and you cannot omit that. I had a velvet corn and crab soup with crab stick. It was TO DIE FOR. I had the sushi and it was delightful. Their sushi rice is not as much as other sushi place. Tasteful and worth it. If you're too full and want a dessert, you should pick the orange sorbet. Really refreshing.

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    Posted by Poli on 05/21/2004

    Waooo.....Excelent!!!

    This is a restaurant that you always want to come back. Its expensive but the food is really good if you like that kind of food. Not only the atmosphere but also the music is excelent. I recommend to make dinner reservations with anticipation if you dont want to eat at 11pm. They are always FULL!!! You must go!! GREAT SPOT!!!!

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    Posted by Anonymous on 05/18/2004

    Lived up to our expectations

    A friend recommended Tao to us. The food was very good, but not cheap. I had the NY sirloin and was very satisfied. My biggest complaint was with the wine list. Tao was our second stop after cocktails so we just ordered a single glass of wine. The selection was pretty weak. I don't mind paying $10+ for a glass of wine, but at least give me a decent Napa or Sonoma Valley wine to choose from. 2 of the California choices were from "the Central Coast" and one was from Amador County (east of Sacramento?). I am not a wine snob, but these areas ??? The wine my wife ended up with was very average. Perhaps we should have ordered sake, but if you're operating an up-scale restaurant and going to charge $25 and up for an entree, the wine should compliment the meal. And yes, watch your step through the bar. It is very, very dark and filled with lots of people hoping to be seen. This did not distract from my meal. I found it amusing along with the 30 foot tall Buddah.

  • TAO

    Posted by Bill on 05/12/2004

    Nightclub disguised as a restaurant

    I recently visited TAO and felt that I was in a nightclub rather than a restaurant. Its main attraction when you stroll into this establishment is a three story tall Buddha by the front wall. The restaurant is multi-tiered with the top level dedicated to private parties. The entire place was dimly lit with loud hippity hoppity music blaring through its sound system on every possible floor (and inch) of this restaurant. Do not expect to have a relaxing quiet evening or an intimate conversation with loved ones here. The food was overpriced and average for what it's worth. I've tasted better dishes (fried rice, lo mein and pad thai) at chinatown restaurants than here at a fraction of the cost. The appetizers (satay chicken, spring rolls and lobster won ton) were interesting but nothing to rave about. The darkness of this cave like atmosphere did not enhance my dining experience. My guess is that the darkness would hide what you're actually eating from your plate. My wife's biggest complaint was that she bumped into so many walls trying to find her way to the bathroom because of the darkness and the crowded bar area. The bar area by the entrance was overly crowded and occupied by pretentious desperate singles trying to pretend they're there for the exceptional food. If you plan to visit, make sure to bring lots of cash, ear plugs and a flashlight if you want to enhance your dining and/or clubbing experience here.

  • TAO

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/30/2004

    eh

    the sushi was good, but of the many dishes we were served only one was good (the filet mignon)... a lot of the food is very overpriced, although you're mostly paying to be seen at this place. it's a gorgeous restaurant with a great atmosphere and good service, but the food is definitely lacking. to have fun, it's a great place. if you want good chinese food, go to chin chin's or mr. k's.

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