TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4176 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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Experiences

  • Dinner Reservation

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    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 in order to receive a refund. Any cancellations made after 10pm will not be eligible for a refund. Please note that during these unprecedented times, all reservations have a 90 minute dining limit. Due to New York State Law, all guests must be completed with their dining experience by 10pm. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 4176 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.8
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite amazing! Expected nothing less from TAO.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town
The service and food was great

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Lennie
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

JH
JonathanH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to celebrate wife’s birthday. Had booked outside but the reservation was switched to inside without telling us. Food and drink were outstanding as usual but the only thing I would change was that the MUSIC WAS TOO LOUD! We had real difficulty talking to and hearing each other as a result

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LiadR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loud cool vibe.
Average food but great dessert (fortune cookie)

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. One of my favorite restaurants. Everything we ate was amazing and everyone was efficient and friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience we had the chefs special plates and it was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the food tasted delicious!

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Jane
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Waiting for table take too long time even with reservation. Food is bad……. Too salty………..

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Slump
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greatest place on Earth! Great for birthday dinner

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Tiffany
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TAO Downtown A must was a great experience celebrating my daughter's birthday I would definitely recommend going to TAO

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Michael
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fun place to visit and ambiance was nice.Our food: Spring Rolls (Divine); Glazed Salmon and Orange Chicken (Delicious).

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Giselle
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dine here if you want a premium experience where the staff actually cares about your wants/needs. Extremely patient servers who listen to all of your questions and answers knowledgeably. The food quality was spectacular and worth the expensive prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary very much although we requested a balcony table, my instructions were not taking into account during initial seating, I still enjoyed the table that they seated us at, thank you very much TAO, a very beautiful and elegant restaurant. The food has a very unique taste to it. Tastes delicious. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Better than anticipated.

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SamZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked this restaurant to celebrate my college graduation and it did not disappoint! I loved the food, atmosphere, and amazing location in Chelsea near the Highline and other attractions. My dad wished there were more sushi options and I wished the desserts were bigger (sweet tooth check) but overall the food was amazing and service is stellar! Worth every penny if you like Asian food and want something special

JS
JamesS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was vibrant. Food was great. Definitely the best nightlife experience I’ve had.

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Sofia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were phenomenal. However, when it comes to attire, they are not strict. My reservation was for Saturday night dinner and there were people looking like they just came back from the beach.

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BriannaJ
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Love the decor and the ambiance of TAO. Deliscious food and thankful they had vegan options!!🙂🙂

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, great food and great service! Highly recommended.

KM
KenyaM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At atmosphere at Tao is always a good vibe! The restaurant is classy and the food is amazing.

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Trrn
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i wanted to go here since the day i moved to new york and i saw it and i always thought it looked beautiful, so we saved it for a special ocassion and it did not dissapoint!!! the food was absolutely delicious. definitely would go back

JA
vipJasonA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time at a TAO restaurant and they are simply the best. First time at TAO Downtown, and everything was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great , splendid

MR
MikeR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was fantastic!!
Very very good
We will come back!

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Neshamy
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I had a wonderful birthday dinner here! I will definitely come again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a great time and the waitress Hannah was very professional and did a great job

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant surprise. Was expecting ambiance mostly but the food offerings are amazingly good. Best meal of the long Memorial Day weekend that centered on culinary experiences and included several Michelin starred venues. Enjoyed every single course. Very attentive services. Good wine selections. Looking forward to a return trip before long.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent service; tasty food; Had a great time for my anniversary; first time in Tao downtown; loved it; definitely going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. The food was amazing, the drinks were ok but the dessert was the highlight!

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NickolasV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife and my son B day Sunday evening. TAO downtown has beautiful ambiance. The food was amazing. Appetizers, lobster rolls and veg pad thei were delicious. Main meal beef and broccoli, glazed salmon and crispy orange chicken with white rice was excellent. Giant fortune cookie with two candles was yummy.
Our waiter, Jonathan made our evening pleasurable. He was professional, courteous and friendly. Answered all my questions and was very helpful.
The service from entrance to departure was excellent.
Highly recommend TAO downtown.
Sincerely, Nick

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TranaiW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the ambiance, the music ,and food was AMAZING !! I could not have picked a better experience !

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, drinks and atmosphere! Will definitely be back next time we are in NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Reminded by server twice that we needed to be out by 9:15. We had all our food served and done eating by 8:15. Dinners came at different times. Why?? You pay a nice price to enjoy. I can manage the tune. Don’t need to be reminded especially when we are completely on time. Ridiculous. Won’t do it again. Way to kill what should have been a very nice time.

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Marie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was nice just getting together. Server was not too friendly, it was uncomfortable. Asked him questions and he acted irritated, but that was the only issue we had. Overall we had a wonderful dinner and great laughs!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was so nicely ran. The waitress was very tentative and also came to check on us but she wasn’t overwhelming and hovering. The environment was very intimate yet had a chill ambience. All of the food was great and the drinks 😍!!! Try the TAO tini! It’s amazing !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Customer service beyond good and food was delicious

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viphappydiner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of 10 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Our server Kevin, was amazing. Food was great! We will definitely visit again!!

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vipYummyinmabelly
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Tao does not disappoint!
Service, decor, music and FOOD!
Food is great regardless of what you end up ordering.
This time we tried Lobster fried rice, lobster wonton, Brussels sprouts (do it!) and grilled branzino and filet.
Dessert platter is quite a display and don’t let the size fool you. the taste is heavenly. Giant fortune cookie filled with cream, soft and pillowy donut with caramel dipping sauce and their brownie was similar to molten lava cake.
Can’t wait to dine here again!
Oh and their drinks are quite strong and well curated. (either that or I’m just light weight)

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 4176 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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