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Tao ****

Tao Asian Bistro, New York City

42 East 58th Street
(bet Park & Madison Aves)
212-888-2288

Cuisine: Asian/Fusion

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 City.

Tao's front entrance, New York City

Over the years, Tao's has been frequented by such celebrities as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert DeNiro, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ricky Martin...to name 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!



Alana enjoying a Cosmo with dinner at Tao's, New York City

Once 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 pool filled with Japanese carp (photo below).

Giant Buddha inside Tao's dining room, New York City

The 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.

Beautiful Chinese ceiling murals and lanterns in Tao's dining room, New York City

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.

Inside Tao's crowded dining room, New York City



Dining with groups of three or more 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 onto the room. However, if it's "just the two of you", it's still well worth the dining experience.

Looking down at lower level dining room from 2nd level at Tao's, New York City

Food
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.

Miso-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Wok Vegetables

Standouts include 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 Pork is 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!

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Tao Private Skybox, New York City

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 in the air and overlooks the entire dining room and Buddha.

Giant Buddha inside Tao's, New York City

Guests can enjoy a six-course gourmet feast, available seven days a week for dinner and Mon-Fri for lunch. The SkyBox requires a minimum of 16 and maximum of 26.
Call 212-399-3097 for more info.

Tao's spectacular restaurant - split level dining area, New York City

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.

Tao's Chinese lanterns and Chinese decor, New York City

Beautiful Glass Buddha featured on 2nd level dining room at Tao's, New York City

Hours
Mon-Tues 11:30am-12am
Wed-Fri 11:30am-1am
Sat 5pm-1am
Sun 5pm-12am
Prix fixe lunch menu Mon-Fri

Reservations
212-888-2288
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. 212-399-3097

Inside Tao's crowded dining room, New York City

Parking
Parking garages at 57th Street (bet. Lexington & Park), 58th Street (bet. Lexington & Park) and 59th Street (bet. Lexington & Park).

Service
Excellent

Prices
Expensive

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Tao

Tao's Chinese Fortune Cookie for dessert

Tao Lo Mein with Roast Pork

 

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