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42 E. 58th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
good food, crap service
By chinkyspice007 on 2/7/2008
My best friend and i had booked a table at tao 3 weeks previously to celebrate our sex and the city trip to NYC, after a really long flight and hotel check in we got ready and made our way to our 9.30pm reservation. We were given a pager and asked to wait in the bar until our table was ready, the drinks were really expensive and the music loud but hey its a cool place to go right?? after repeatedly complaining for 90 minutes we were finally shown to our seats. The food was great i would def reccomend the dragon ribs and the peking duck but the service was shockingly bad. Truth is if i wasnt so tired i would have walked out to find other food.
Never to return
By jmidwint on 10/28/2007
My fiance raved about TAO in Las Vegas and said we had to try it. After getting engaged in Central Park, my fiance booked Tao for our celenbratory dinner. We had reservations for 9:45pm and we seated at 10:30pm. So, be prepared to wait. The drinks were overpriced. Seating was cafeteria style. The music was so loud it thumped through my chest. The people sitting beside us had to shout to have a conversation. We decided to leave and ended up at THE HARRISON and had a fabulous experience.
By Cleo on 10/5/2006
Tao has everything, decor, the food (it is quite ok given the factory size of the restaurant), the service. The only thing to really complain about is the crowd, too often an older non stylish crowd unfortunately.
Reservations Don't mean anything
By DonnieI on 2/4/2010
I have read many reviews and several mention how long a wait, even with a reservation. I totally agree. If you have a reservation and arrive on time, you should be seated on or near the time. Not have to wait an hour or more. After 25 years of managing restaurant's and kitchens, this wins the award."Longest Wait" Drinks are to small, lack flavor and alcohol content seemed lost.
"Looks: 10, Food: 3"
By littleblackdress on 8/16/2007
OK, so the food was actually more like a 6, but I couldn't help but reference that famous line. Tao is a nightclub that happens to serve food. The atmosphere was lively and the decor very dramatic, but the food itself was rather forgettable. The only dish that created a stir at our table was the molten chocolate cake with coconut ice cream. It was delicious! I may go back to try different dishes, but I will probably try many other restaurants first.
Mass Market Zen at Tao yields Zero
By martin_chamois on 10/19/2004
First this is a scene restaurant, a place to be seen and hopefully see some celeb. Second it is really a bar not a restaurant. Third it is where tourists and people coming over bridges and thru tunnels come to for a night in Manhattan. Therefore, it has little to do with a true Manhattan dinning experience. Dinning has little to do with it. When an inept waiter mis-time the entrée order, which arrived two minutes after the appetizer, where the entrée was sent back to was not the kitchen but rather a service stand where it sat for 20 minutes. When the cold mess was again sent back, it went through a microwave experience and for a third time was place on the table. Hey, the kids from Bethpage don’t complain, so why are you so upset. Hey the Buddha is great and that’s all that matters.
The BIG FREEZE
By RaquelRenee on 1/28/2003
Tao has beautiful, impressive space featuring the largest Budda I have ever seen. Walking in I thought this would be a very nice experience. Instead it became one of the most uncomfortable restaurant experiences I have ever had. It was 5 degrees cold outside today, and just as cold in this restaurant - the heat was not working. They informed me that coffee, but not tea, was on the house because it was so cold inside. The food was ok, not great, though the portions were substantial. The salmon entree was fair, the steak entree was tasty. I enjoyed the salad. The service was friendly and personable. It is definitly a place you can take a child. The dining area is very large so your tot will not attract too much attention and they have high chairs. The asian menue is challanging for them, though my daughter loved the steak (and I don't serve her that at home)! After just a so so meal, and my toes absolutely frozen, this was not a pleasant experience at all. With so many great restaurants in New York, I will not be rushing back to Tao.
Learn more about Service
By Felixp on 12/21/2008
I took a few business partners for an evening of fun, boy was I wrong. As a writer for the national travel magazine, can you guess which restaurant I wonÂ’t be sending my readers? This restaurant should retrain their staff and get their customers in the seats on time, especially with a registration. I would pass, pass on this placeÂ…New York City has way to many places for us to eat and have a enjoy and wonderful time.
nothing but show
By captaingeek on 7/20/2004
when i walked into the place i thought id be in for a treat. the decor is great, but the food . . . not so much. Never order the seafood thai hot pot. I cant believe that they would have that inedible garbage on the menu. The spring rolls were ordinary and youd be better off having dim sum in chinatown if your interested in the dumpling sampler. I'm just glad I didnt have to pay the bill.
By DMTC4883 on 3/11/2012
Timing: 10:30pm reservation, seated at 11:25. Appetizer came out at 12:30, dinner at 1:15am, birthday cake at 1:45am. Food: Mediocre at best. DEFINITELY over rated. Music: Like a club, can't hear the person across from you. These are all things that go with a trendy place with a crazy atmosphere. 1 star because of the bouncers! We were leaving at 2am right after cake and while I was using the ladies room the bouncer came in the bathroom as I was peeing and said I needed to get out, they were closing. My fiancÃ© who was waiting for me asked him to leave the bathroom until I came out and he literally got in our face. He was telling us they're closing and to get the hell out while we were walking up the stairs to leave! We asked him to calm down because we were going and he started calling us b*tches and was grabbing my fiances arm and standing inches from his face, it was outrageous and ridiculous! He was so aggressive and uncontrollable like he was on something. Immediately found a manager who literally had to hold back his bouncer who was still cursing at us and saying to hit him and 'let's go.' Manager asked us to leave saying they're from a security company and not direct Tao employees and he couldn't control them. What an experience. Have never been treated this way especially after paying $1,100.00 for a birthday dinner for 10 people. All this place cares about is their money and obviously not their costumers safety.
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