TAO Downtown

TAO Downtown

Asian Restaurant and Night Club$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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    Ünsun Ç.
    "My favorite was fortune cookies😊😊"(9 Tips)
    May H.
    "Salmon tartare and lobster wontons 👍🏼"(4 Tips)
    "Get the Ruby red dragon cocktail thing.. its delish."(3 Tips)
    Laurie A.
    "Chilean sea bass satay"(3 Tips)
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  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • good for groups
  • healthy food
  • desserts
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 15, 2013
    We wouldn't normally start with dessert, but this can't wait. It's strawberry/orange blossom creme topped with honey-milk powder and cotton candy. It's beautiful...and it's topped with cotton candy. Read more
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍August 31, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Tao Downtown is gorgeous. The mood is set as soon as you enter. The vibe is zen and the environment is definitely upscale. Food, drinks and service are amazing. Splurge and get the fortune cookie!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneOctober 16, 2015
    Nightclub space used for early evening functions. Great art on walls, service and same tasty appetizers served. Miso cod, mini chicken drumsticks, nigiri sushi and lobster egg rolls.
  • Sebas B.heart icon on user image
    Sebas B.January 17, 2017
    Absolutely nothing bad to say about Tao. The music, THE FOOD, the cocktails, design, waitresses and service in general is just excellent. I'd keep visiting Tao for sure and would gladly recommend it.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 12, 2017
    Tao Downtown takes 11:45 p.m reservations on weeknights where you can order some rock shrimp lettuce cups and ask he waiter what pairs best with a Red Bull at the bar. Read more
  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaAugust 11, 2019
    The interior is amazing. Pleasure to the eyes. Music is loud which gives you a great energy. Food and service are amazing. Take out your wallet and enjoy the night.
  • Izabella R.
    Izabella RekielApril 21, 2014
    Amazing space and design, I've had better Chinese in Hakkasan to compare with similar-type restaurants. Lobster wontons are good, as is the tofu and mushroom salad. Cocktail wise - Ruby Red Dragon
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 7, 2013
    Menu includes dim sum, sushi, yakitori, and shareable small and large plates. But the real draw here is the design. The 22,000 square foot space has statues, pillows, fountains, giant vases, & murals.
  • Jay B.heart icon on user image
    Jay BlessedOctober 27, 2015
    Had an amazing birthday dinner here. The ambiance, the food, the drinks and the service. Our table wasn't ready at our reserved time so they comped us drinks. Little things count. Thank you!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinAugust 13, 2018
    Really enjoyed the vibe, coconut shrimp, sea bass in banana life, and salmon sushi roll. If you don't get drinks, it's not outrageously pricy :)
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VApril 15, 2014
    Was a fan of midtown location but downtown trumps it in ambience, decor and somehow palate. Sea bass skewers - amazing. Black cod- amazing. Dessert- amazing. Get the point?!!! Go!
  • Laura K.
    Laura KathFebruary 5, 2015
    They have a great menu. In different ranges of food and price. I personally love the Lamb Chops. The atmosphere is great and it looks so beatiful!
  • Alyssa B.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa B.December 23, 2021
    Luxe asian dining that is well worth the experience. The vibe is everything! The food tasted great and in ample servings for the price.
  • Simran D.heart icon on user image
    Simran DassJanuary 2, 2023
    Great experience as usual. Really liked the crispy rice, ahi tuna, lobster & shrimp wontons & the duck fried rice. Great atmosphere - would come back!
  • Abdullatif A.
    Abdullatif ANovember 8, 2014
    It is all about the ambiance. I like the food as well. Nothing is special. Much better than the Midtown branch. Try the sushi and wagyu beef.
  • Waleed 🇸🇦heart icon on user image
    Waleed 🇸🇦March 15, 2017
    It is one of those restaurants where you can't go wrong with your orders. Everything was perfect. The atmosphere is amazing. One of the finest Asian restaurants in the U.S.
  • Hal K.
    Hal KirklandOctober 16, 2013
    The 26 armed statue makes an incredible latte. Make sure ask for one after ur meal. Extremely lucky patrons may even get a neck massage and yes, it does groups.
  • Laurie A.heart icon on user image
    Laurie AbellardJanuary 10, 2015
    Favorite restaurant in NYC. Best items: Chilean sea bass satay, dumplings, chicken wings lollipops, chicken pad Thai, red snapper. Must have: chocolate layer cake and bread pudding donuts
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonOctober 17, 2013
    Expect a wait, even w/res, did Angry Dragon, pork belly & pineapple fried rice. Rice in maki was amazing, sushi well prepared, pineapple fried rice delicious but pork belly rice under cooked. 7/10.
  • Cat J.heart icon on user image
    Cat JNovember 4, 2013
    Recs: lobster wontons, mango chili martini, fortune cookie dessert. Make sure you have spare $ to tip the bathroom attendant waiting by the sinks. Staff well-trained and courteous. Beautiful interior.
  • Henali
    HenaliSeptember 7, 2015
    Try the ruby red martini! Smooth finish and so refreshing! Ask to get seats by stairs area where the view is fantastic;)
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerJanuary 21, 2015
    Beautiful inside. Definitely an experience. Food was very good - chicken dumplings, crispy rice tuna, shishito peppers, cauliflower side, pad thai, pecking duck is amazing
  • sofie g.heart icon on user image
    sofie geoJune 10, 2018
    "Beautiful ambience" is an understatement, this is excellent. Try the duck, the lobster pasta and the beef starter.
  • citizenM
    citizenMOctober 14, 2014
    Going there is an experience that will impact you, and depending on who you are at that moment in time you might impact ‘them’, while it lasts. Read more
  • Ünsun Ç.heart icon on user image
    Ünsun ÇetinSeptember 16, 2015
    It was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the ambiance was fabulous. My favorite was fortune cookies😊😊
  • Hal K.
    Hal KirklandOctober 16, 2013
    The apparitions that haunt the entrance hallway aren't dangerous. While it's still ill-advised to wear crucifix style jewelry or mumble your favorite bible passages, they will only attack if provoked.
  • Sleepy B.heart icon on user image
    Sleepy BrowneNovember 16, 2014
    The ambience is simply amazing the crowd one of the sexiest in the city.The chicken satay was great and cashew chicken and well made drinks
  • Aleheart icon on user image
    AleMay 24, 2018
    Try the "sirloin" and the "hong kong noodles"; you can't go wrong! great size to share among three people. Kirin beer, not bad
  • Megan M.
    Megan MastersNovember 7, 2016
    Cool place. Massively large and crowded, not great for conversations.
  • Lindsey K.heart icon on user image
    Lindsey KimMay 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for taking out of town visitors. Get a cocktail, wagyu beef, miso glazed cod, shrimp lettuce cups, and chocolate molten cake
  • Dana M.heart icon on user image
    Dana MelaverFebruary 25, 2015
    TAO-tini & Soba. Ask for extra spicy and you get a vegan delight. Yes, I said "vegan delight".
  • Javier M.heart icon on user image
    Javier MunozFebruary 27, 2015
    One of the best restaurants that I've been to in a long time. Food, drinks and the best coconut mango rice pudding in the world:)
  • Eceheart icon on user image
    EceJanuary 29, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Such an exotic place to dine or just for cocktails. Great music and social environment, too. Highly recommended.
  • New York P.
    New York PRApril 24, 2016
    The miso glazed back cod is delicious. The giant fortune cookie is enormous and can be split by the whole table
  • Елена П.heart icon on user image
    One of the best place! Nice food, amazing interior. Take duck is fantastic.
  • Anna S.heart icon on user image
    Anna StrausAugust 11, 2017
    Had my birthday party here, it's a nice spot for outing but the place is so loud it's impossible to talk. Dim sum was nothing special but the sushis were amazing. My husband also lost his credit card.
  • Yannick S.heart icon on user image
    Yannick StricklerJanuary 7, 2017
    Amazing restaurant, Amazing food, Amazing Service, Amazing ambience delicious!!
  • Jackie N.heart icon on user image
    Jackie NapalanDecember 13, 2016
    Trendy. Good for dates or girls night. Their lychee martinis are amazing.
  • Huseyin E.heart icon on user image
    Huseyin EncDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty decent prices for a beautiful place superb service nice people good food
  • Jin M.heart icon on user image
    Jin MoonAugust 12, 2017
    Their desserts are to die for~~~!! Especially their giant fortune cookie.
  • Nikki F.
    Nikki FosterFebruary 1, 2019
    Great food,cocktails, and ambiance. Be sure to make a reservation for quick seating.
  • nova n.heart icon on user image
    nova naomiFebruary 20, 2017
    Honestly the food here is not too good. I just love the interior of the restaurant
  • Adrian S.
    Adrian StumpfMarch 24, 2015
    Beautiful atmosphere of the very trendy nature. Not too loud and open space for great group conversations.
  • Giorgos K.heart icon on user image
    Giorgos KousteridisMarch 19, 2015
    Nice food and a wonderful environment! Great sushi and the most bizarre potato plate I've seen!
  • Pankaj J.heart icon on user image
    Pankaj JainAugust 23, 2015
    Fantastic ambience. Vegetarian options are limited. Shishito peppers were very good. Vegetarian Dumplings were good but a little sticky. Vegetable sushi was good but I've had better.
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PhillipsSeptember 2, 2016
    Praise the set decorator at this place for sure. The decor is tight. The food is on par with Chinese takeout and sushi bars at 3x the price
  • Rajesh M.
    Rajesh MidhaMarch 28, 2015
    Beautiful space, great energy and delicious food. Om shanti om
  • Huseyin K.heart icon on user image
    Huseyin KulogluApril 24, 2017
    One of the best meals i had in nyc. All are delicious; place is cool:)
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanFebruary 26, 2016
    Spicy chili chicken, tuna rice balls, and donuts are all also amazing
  • Divy T.heart icon on user image
    Divy ToliaNovember 30, 2014
    Excellent food desserts are awesome the ambience is superb overall worth the money
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