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42 E. 58th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plan on waiting even if you have a reservation...
By dvrx11 on 1/19/2009
Booked a table for 14, two months in advance, for my birthday. Running late, I called numerous times to say we would be a few minutes late. They said the reservation was good for 15 min. after the booked time, and when we arrived 10 min late, we ultimately lost our reservation, and had to wait at least an hour and half to get seated, in a very tight area. We waited in the bar area for a little while until we were forced to go upstairs and stand for the rest of our wait. Once we were seated, everything was pretty okay. Personally it's not worth the hype and if you're not into the whole singles scene or being in a crowded area to the point where you're pressed up against someone else's body, i advise not going, at least not on a Saturday night.
Swear on the Budda !!!!!!!
By michellecirella on 1/27/2003
Fun, loud and pushy, just what the New Yorker ordered!! perfect for the guys and gals dressed in black with no curfew cause the food taste good around midnight!!!!!. ( what reservation ??)
Great Party Space
By edohnyc on 3/23/2004
None of us was expecting more than a cool room for a last minute largish birthday party but all us were pleasently surprised by great food and attentive service! Usually only Barneys would get us devout downtowners so far uptown! But there truly are few spaces where a group of adults can get together and get loud, eat great food and enjoy each other's company without disturbing the whole room. Bravo TAO...Not dead yet! Only drawbacks were aggressive bussing and questionable "Kobe" beef.
Terrific delivery experience
By NYC_Traveler on 10/23/2009
I had heard good things so decided to try Tao when I had a craving for Asian, a staple in my native Oz. It was DeliveryWeek so I took the fixed price special and it was great value. The chicken dumpling appetizers were good but the filet beef and udon noodles entree was fantastic - the beef was surprisingly tender and top quality. The banana pudding with fortune cookie crumble was an amazing surprise - layers of sponge and fresh banana and banana cream. Yum! So good that I tried again a few nights later and was not disappointed. This time tempura shrimp and Kung Pao chicken with delicious dipping sauces were wonderful. The delivery time was quick and the delivery person courteous. My only question is whether they cook with MSG as I got a bad headache each night after I ate.
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