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TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4.6
4952 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic

Designed by Rockwell Group, TAO Downtown offers a distinct sense of arrival and discovery and is the first TAO venue where guests descend into a multi-level space. The subterranean restaurant, located in the heart of Chelsea, is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within. Upon arrival, guests immediately encounter a long corridor with a dragon scale patterned screen and Chinese calligraphy murals mounted on weathered brick walls.

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Booked 153 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 888-2724

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ralph Scamardella / Stephen Yen

  • Private party facilities

    Tao Group has an impeccable record for throwing world-class events with the most influential leaders in in the worlds of business and finance, fashion, entertainment, and technology.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (866) 497-0245

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Cross street

    at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking. Please read street signs carefully for street parking.

  • Public transit

    E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.

  • Entertainment

    LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    All reservations require a deposit of $10 per person, regardless of the party size. This deposit will be taken off the bill at the end of your visit. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason we ask that you do so by 10pm the day prior to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund.

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • Hot & Sour Soup$12.00

    Shrimp toast

    • Hot Edamame$12.00

      Maldon sea salt

      Dim Sum

      • Imperial Vegetable Egg Roll$16.00

        • Bamboo Steamed Vegetable Dumplings$20.00

          Noodles & Rice

          • Lo Mein$18.00

            Roast pork, choy sum

            • Olive Fried Rice$20.00

              Olive leaf, French beans and egg

              The Land

              • Beef Mongolian$43.00

                Snow peas, shimeji mushrooms

                • Wagyu Rib-Eye Teppanyaki$93.00

                  Sophisticated dips and sauces

                  The Sea

                  • Honey Glazed Salmon$36.00

                    With lotus root, green beans and baby sweet peppers

                    • Thai Sweet and Spicy Shrimp$37.00

                      With tamarind and bell pepper

                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                      What 4,952 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                      4.6
                      4.6 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.6Food
                      • 4.4Service
                      • 4.7Ambience
                      • 4.3Value

                      NoiseModerate

                      Loved For

                      • New York / Tri-State Area

                        Fusion / Eclectic

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                      1. T

                        Thomas

                        Miami

                        67 reviews

                        vip
                        1.0

                        67 reviews

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall1food5service1ambience5

                        Rip-off do not go. I paid the bill and the next day the charge on my credit card was much higher. I called 3 times for them to email my detailed receipt. They said ok in an hour. 3 calls no email. Dishonest establishments . Avoid.

                      2. SH

                        SophiaH

                        Miami

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                        Great food, lovely cocktail, stellar service, good aesthetics!

                      3. AS

                        AshishS

                        Atlanta

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall1food1service1ambience3

                        didnt like vegetarian option, everything was sweet.

                      4. SS

                        SandraS

                        Vancouver

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This restaurant is spectacular and the food is amazing the only thing I did not like was that the waiter asks you to order the whole meal right away and it is not fun that way but we managed to get our Appies :-) it was incredible

                      5. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Toronto

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall1food2service1ambience4

                        My husband and I are from Toronto and went Saturday night and had a wonderful time! We wanted to do it again Sunday night after the Rangers game. The service was terrible!!!! The girl operating the front computers would not accommodate us, she was very rude! we made multiple attempts to be seated when the place was clearly dead not busy at all! She refused without a reservation, she did nothing to be kind and say I can move you aside and put you on standby, nothing! we made a reservation in 5 minutes on open table after she told us it was not possible to get in that evening. Terrible way to treat guests! We then asked kindly to be seated at a table on the stairs and she refused multiple times saying 200 people were coming! no one came after us! a lovely waitress gladly moved us to a table on the stairs with zero issues! that one girl ruined our night by being so rude.

                      6. AK

                        AnastasiiaK

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall3food1service3ambience1

                        It is actually very expensive for simple food. I think it would be better. There is a lot of good places with lower price and better taste.

                      7. CM

                        ChristerM

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                        Stunning settings, but the entire staff was uninterested in you as a guest. Food was ok, but not good value.

                      8. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Amazing place, very pleasant and fun!

                      9. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlantic City

                        13 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        13 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great birthday Dinner! Great music! Good food, good drinks! Terrific service! Love this place.

                      10. JL

                        JohannaL

                        New York Area

                        6 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We went to celebrate a special birthday at Tao for the first time and after last night's service, it won't be the last time. Tao was amazing from the moment you walk in till the end. The Tao Tini drinks and food were delicious. Our server was excellent and checked upon us to be sure we were good even when he was busy with other tables. He provided excellent service.

                      11. MD

                        MD2020

                        New York Area

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food, awesome service! Loved everything we ordered - from the dimsum platter, shshito peppers, chilean sea bass satay to the peking duck, grilled ahi tuna, red snapper, triple pork fried rice, and crispy red snapper! Loved the Thai Basil cocktail! Dessert was amazing as well!

                      12. K

                        Katt

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall4food3service2ambience5

                        Ambiance was great, but our server seemed put out when we ordered cocktails and a starter, as I wanted more time to look at the menu. Good ambience but music was loud- so if you want to have a conversation, this is not the place.

                      13. CB

                        ColinB

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall3food5service2ambience5

                        There as a group of 8 and we were rushed out. Ambiance is great and food was quite good.

                      14. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We loved it! Dope vibe! Amazing atmosphere! Drinks and food were amazing!

                      15. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Birthday dinner

                      16. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        2 reviews

                        4.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                        Incredible food!

                      17. AK

                        AnthonyK

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall4food4service3ambience5

                        First time being back post pandemic, and while prices have climbed services has fallen. Yet I still enjoyed myself with my family

                      18. OT

                        OnikaT

                        New York Area

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        My son’s birthday

                      19. TS

                        TS123

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        overall1food1service1ambience3

                        Bad experience. The waiters were rushing to take away the plates n the food from the table. The tables are too close to each other. Would definitely not recommend this place for a nice evening.

                      20. MS

                        MartaS

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Todo muy bueno. Rapidez en el servicio y amabilidad. Perfecto

                      21. SS

                        ScottS

                        New York Area

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        Fun, night club atmosphere.

                      22. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        London

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall3food5service4ambience4

                        Food was beautiful but we had to wait too long for a table even after reservation!

                      23. BM

                        BeatrizM

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall4food5service4ambience3

                        Best: Very good food, fantastic decoration and space. Light projections were really nice. Worst: Excessively noisy, and tables for two too close each others. I would recommend your place to family and friends. (Music style could be fancier)

                      24. LH

                        LauraH

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Que restaurante tan espectacular!!! La comida deliciosa, el servicio muy bueno, el lugar super lindo!! Super recomendadooooo!

                      25. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        3 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                        Terrible service.

                      26. SH

                        ShamecaH

                        Charlotte

                        5 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Came to Tao for a birthday celebration as well as a pit stop toward final destination out of the country! Loved the food, ambience, and service

                      27. i

                        isired

                        New York Area

                        3 reviews

                        3.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                        overall3food4service2ambience3

                        All of the food was very good, though I'd say the small plates and rice/noodles were excellent. The special rolls were good, but nothing special. Our waiter was less than attentive, we had to ask bussers several times to send him over while we sat with empty plates and water/drink glasses. And he forgot to put our sushi/sashimi/rolls order in, though he took the whole order at once and wrote it all down. His ex0lanation was that he 'wrote it on the side' - though it was just another column next to the rest of our order. We were 5, not a huge table/order. Definitely expected better service.

                      28. A

                        Asteria

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        I loved the experience the place is dope , the music was litt. It was giving what it should !! The food was valid & the big cookie was poppin & bussinnnnn

                      29. BP

                        BairP

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                        overall3food3service4ambience5

                        Our entrees were much too sweet and the people around were constantly photographing and filming

                      30. IV

                        IVega

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Astonishing experience. Really nice place and good food !!

                      31. AC

                        AndyC

                        Las Vegas

                        4 reviews

                        4.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        Beautiful decoration and style, great friendly and experienced staff and the food was to die for. Expensive but worth it, wine was a little over priced like 4 X shop price in a lot of cases so could tone that element down a little but overall experience was great

                      32. TS

                        TeoS

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Felt rushed due to the holidays we only had one hour and thirty minutes to eat we was told didn’t not liked the rushed dinner.

                      33. C

                        Cami

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall2food2service1ambience2

                        We came to our apportment but the table wasn't ready. When we finally got the table we were notified that we could only have the table for 1h 15min because of new clients. Which was very unfortunate. They were not very friendly and it was really expensive there. The only positive thing during our dinner was the lady service us at the bar, she was really cute and kind. And the table cleaners were kind. The food was very expensive and far from tasty. The place has an awesome inside decor and looks really cool. But the service was so poor so will not return.

                      34. RS

                        RayS

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Every time I eat with my lady in there, the place appearance hits me like a first time. And the food is always amazing… and the drinks are too…. Two thumbs up in my book.

                      35. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Mothers day

                      36. f

                        foodlover34

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        This was my second time being here. Just as amazing as I remember! The food was excellent as well as the service and ambiance. Would highly recommend it!

                      37. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Was a very good night

                      38. FB

                        FrankB

                        Los Angeles

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall3food5service1ambience3

                        This was the worst experience I ever have at a Tao restaurant. The concierge and hostesses were the rude and we waited 15 minutes to be seated and they refused to seat half of our party that arrived 5 minutes before us. There were three concierge personnel standing at the desk doing absolutely nothing and they said that they couldn’t see us because it had to be a hostess so we waited. I specifically requested a table on the side that was a booth and they said they could accommodate that and then when we got there they sat us right in the middle of the restaurant. We saw there were three other booths that were not occupied throughout our entire dinner that we could’ve had but the manager refuse to sit us there. Our waiter was fantastic but the front of house staff were unacceptable

                      39. A

                        Andreas

                        New York Area

                        2 reviews

                        1.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall1food2service1ambience5

                        I paid $80 for 8 people to be deducted from my bill and it was never deducted

                      40. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        I took my mother here for the first time! Amazing deliciously flavorful food. So so good. Highly recommend this place!

                      Safety precautions

                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                        • Contactless payment available
                      • Physical distancing

                        • Limited number of seated diners
                        • Distancing maintained in common areas
                        • Extra space between tables
                      • Protective equipment

                        • Waitstaff wear masks
                        • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                      • Screening

                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                        • Staff temperature check required

                      FAQs

                      TAO Downtown - New York does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

                      TAO Downtown - New York is rated 4.6 stars by 4952 OpenTable diners.

                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

                      Make a reservation

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                      Booked 153 times today
                      Experiences are available.

                      Order delivery or takeout

                      Delivery

                      • Logo image for Postmates
                      • Logo image for Uber Eats
                      Google Map for TAO Downtown - New York

                      92 9th Avenue New York, NY 10011

                      Additional information

                      • Cross street

                        at 16th Street; Entrance is on 9th Avenue

                      • Neighborhood

                        Chelsea

                      • Hours of operation

                        Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 am–1:00 am

                      • Cuisines

                        Fusion / Eclectic

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Dining

                      • Dress code

                        Business Casual

                      • Parking details

                        Parking Garage is located on 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue across the street from Dream Downtown Hotel. Please be advised that we do not validate parking. Please read street signs carefully for street parking.

                      • Public transit

                        E train stop at 14th Street at 8th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on the NW corner. F train stop at 14th Street at 6th Avenue; please exit towards 16th Street on NW corner and walk west on 16th Street, then make a right on 9th Avenue.

                      • Payment options

                        AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                      • Executive chef

                        Ralph Scamardella / Stephen Yen

                      • Entertainment

                        LIVE DJ Nightly beginning at 8:00pm.

                      • Additional

                        Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                      • Phone number

                        (212) 888-2724

                      • Private party facilities

                        Tao Group has an impeccable record for throwing world-class events with the most influential leaders in in the worlds of business and finance, fashion, entertainment, and technology.

                      • Private party contact

                        Private Event Coordinator: (866) 497-0245

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