TAO Downtown - New York

4.6
4291 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 4291 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
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing I want to live here

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Jonvrgs
Miami
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

I went there for my birthday with a group of friends and it was very nice. I saw them do a special birthday presentation to another table which I thought was really nice and was hoping would happen to me but did not. Unsure how to request that or why did not happen but overall experience was great.

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LizS
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grown and sexy crowd. Our waiter Johnathan was awesome. Food and drinks came out right away. Taotini is the best drink ever.

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ZeaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time. Great food as always! We’d love to be back soon :) Thank you!

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AnkitaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was really good, the spice level was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We loved the ambiance and the food was delicious, but service was terrible. They wouldn’t come over to our table ever. And every staff member was snooty. Had a feeling of “you’re not good enough to be here.”

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Ruzana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love tao! Wish the club was open on weekdays as well

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JWMR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful Tao Downtown survived the pandemic as we return to our former lives. It is still amazing and we had a very memorable time. They dont provide menus which makes its a little hard to review and select meals from their generous menu using your phone, but that so minor. Kudos to the staff and management!!!

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Amaka
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, surprisingly quite affordable, service was fast and friendly, overall i was super impressed, will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time!!

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Siddhant
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a special person along with me. She found this place beautiful and that is all it mattered!

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Angel
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My fiancé and I come here all the time for our anniversary. The food is delicious but very expensive. They raised the price of our favorite drink the Tao Tini. Otherwise great. The waitress was a little confused and took a long time to check on us. Great photo ops and always leave full. Will be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience! The staff was wonderful, food was delish and we will definitely be back again!!!

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SoniaL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it 🥰 will always go there when I am in town

JB
JuanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to go back
I need to go back
I most go back
My wife will die if we dont go back

KG
KimberlyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was really great the place looks so nice and romantic with great music. Also great service amazing food and drinks

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Lady
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The service was great and our food came out in no time. Food was also very good, everyone ended the night absolutely stuffed. Would definitely come again!

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Kelby
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome place to be whether its the weekend or a regular day of the week. Service was top tier in my most honest opinion.

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TaraR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Our server barely checked on us.. another staff member was helpful in stepping up. Overall would not come back.

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PaolaR
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is incredible and the crew are awesome. The food was great and the experience was an other level. 100% recomended to have a good dinner have fun.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Reservations mean nothing, had a friend a bit late, and we not given a table until all arrived, dafaq? Then when friend arrived had to wait an extra 45m-1hr after reservation time.

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ShontivaP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, music and customer service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife birthday

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vipgabby
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Waited too long for our table that I saw was available the entire time

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vipStella
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday celebration the food was phenomenal the service was great

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RodolfoC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. I love it!
Ill be back soon thank you for everything

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Mashmi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always love this place! the ambience is amazing and its a fun place to be!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

La comida extraordinaria, pero el servicio muy muy lento, adicionalmente el mesero se le cayo los tragos sobre uno de mis invitados. Me gusto pero deben mejorar

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exceptional as usual, we had the luck to have Pablo as our server and he was great with a beautiful energy and of course, the food was delicious. I’m happy they had vegan options as well.

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I visit Tao before , But this time the food was Bad. We where party of 9 and none of us like it. We order different food and it was not good for all.

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AmnaJ
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Tao was excellent… food and atmosphere (adults only)was incredible. Took my young teenagers and didn’t realize it was gonna be so loud, conversation impossible. Also I feel it really isn’t family oriented… perhaps I’m more conservative but I don’t feel that a woman (with her breasts falling out of her dress) grinding a man to music in the dining area is appropriate. Awesome place for dates and couples, families …absolutely not .

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MikeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our faves! Great food with a wonderful experience

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StaceyM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Tao Downtown is always a good time. Most of the food is good. The snapper, the beef and the steak were all very good. We took our kids this time around and the ambiance is not kid friendly. They mainly complained about how dark it was. However, if you want a romantic dinner then the ambiance is appropriate. Overall, it was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Me gusto, fui por mi cumple pensé que darían algo especial porque al reservar lo mencioné pero nada!! La comida deliciosa

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JennL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she was soooo amazed with the ambiance cleanliness and service that she requested to come back VERY soon…. The only thing that would make this place better is Hookah service!! AMAZING PLACE DEF RECOMMEND!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and atmosphere. I will definitely be back for more visits.

MD
vipMaryD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tao still holds up after all these years. Beautiful setting. Great service. Food was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice vibe I loved the sweet shrimp. My cocktails were amazing too!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in New York. Vibes & food both incredible

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BNick
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. We were smart to ask the Server about how to order. Explained that family style works best for a group (we were8)
It kept the cost down and everyone got to try everything! Excellent food and service!!!

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 4291 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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