New York City Restaurants
42 East 58th Street
(bet Park & Madison Aves)
Description & Atmosphere
Tao's is one of the most dramatic restaurants
in Manhattan — it's
also the largest and most popular Asian restaurant in New York
Over the years, Tao's has been frequented by such celebrities
as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert DeNiro, Sir Anthony Hopkins,
a few. Carrie and the girls from "Sex
in the City" used
to hang out drinking Cosmos together at Tao's fun lively bar. And
speaking of Cosmos...the ones at Tao's are
amazing — and big!
a balconied movie theater, today Tao's has the feel of a spacious
Asian temple. It's focal point is a giant 16-ft. Buddha
and a reflecting
carp (photo below).
Buddha is visible from all three dining levels — Tao seats
up to 300 people. The restaurant features an intimate Sushi Bar
on the main level and a second bar upstairs. Decor throughout
the restaurant features Chinese, Thai and Japanese influences.
Lighting is subdued and noise levels
are quite high — the music is loud, though not obnoxious.
We don't recommend you come here for intimate conversation.
with groups of three
may get you
better seating options — seating for two downstairs faces
the bar (photo below) and upstairs seating is against the far wall,
so only one of you will get to look out
the room. However, if it's "just
the two of you",
it's still well worth the dining experience.
Food is sensational — a combo of Chinese and Japanese
that is meant to be shared. To get the most bang for your buck,
we suggest you order a combination of Small and Large Plates so
that you can sample a wider selection of tastes.
the Thai Stuffed Shrimp with Garlic, Lime and Thai
Chili Sauce, the Lobster Wontons with Shiitake Ginger
Broth, and the Bamboo-Steamed Chicken and Water Chestnut
Dumplings — all
incredible. Miso-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Wok Vegetables (photo
above) is light and flavorful and the Tao Lo Mein with Roast
a great accompaniment (photo right).
Signature dishes include Kobe Beef and the Grilled
Kobe Ribeye — we haven't tried either of these yet...guess
it's a good excuse to visit Tao's again on our next trip to NYC!
Private Tao SkyBox
Tao's SkyBox (photo above) is considered one of New York City's
hottest spots. The private glassed-in room is perched 35-feet
air and overlooks
gourmet feast, available seven days a week for dinner and Mon-Fri
SkyBox requires a minimum of 16 and maximum of 26.
Call 212-399-3097 for more info.
Multi-level Restaurant & Bar
Tao's can accommodate up to 1000 guests for a standing cocktail
reception, 600 guests for a buffet lunch or dinner, and 300 guests
for a seated lunch or dinner.
Prix fixe lunch menu
Reservations are recommended one month in advance. For prime time,
call at least one week in advance.
Parties up to 15 can order a
la carte, groups of 16+ should contact Tao's Special Events.
Parking garages at 57th Street (bet. Lexington & Park), 58th
Street (bet. Lexington & Park) and 59th Street (bet. Lexington & Park).
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