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Tao Restaurant

42 E. 58th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
212-888-2288

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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Still waiting for a table.......

By dmseid22 on 12/7/2006

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

When making my reservation for 7 pm on a monday evening, I understood that there may be a short wait--try over 1 hour. When going to dinner at Tao, do not go hungry--you will be sure to wait a LONG time!!

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931 out of 1878 people found this review helpful.

a self-obsessed scene

By mawkowe on 12/20/2006

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

Tao took my reservation for 6:45pm on a Monday night. We waited for more than an hour and finally decided to leave.

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950 out of 1991 people found this review helpful.

Tao will now be the staple of every one of my New York visits

By KyleRobertson on 12/21/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Tao was recommended to me by a friend, and I opted to take my girlfriend there for her birthday. She absolutely loved every aspect of it from the atmosphere, decor, service and of course the food. The service in both the bar area and dining area was superb, attentive and friendly. The food was unlike any asian cuisine I've ever had, from appetizer to desert (the giant fortune cookie is a must), filled with flavour and attention to presentation. Neither of us could have asked for a better dining experience for our first time in New York. Thanks Tao!

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962 out of 2049 people found this review helpful.

My Best Birthday Dinner Ever!

By sparkmstr on 7/11/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The entire experience was wonderful. The bar, decor, Buddah and the food were all great. Loved the DJ - the music made a great atmosphere. Kinda hard to talk to the entire table, but it was exactly what I was expecting and wanted. The only strange part... when we asked the waiter who the DJ was, he said "I don;t know, some guy named Kevin." He came back later with the DJ's website written on a napkin. For a restaurant where the DJ is the center of the evening, they should at least know who it is and have a card to hand out. If anyone knows who Kevin is, let me know. He was really good and made for a great dining experience.

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924 out of 1877 people found this review helpful.

YUM!

By EYEheartNY on 7/26/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had a 730 reservation on a Friday night with 6 people and we were seated right away. We ordered 6 different main dishes, a few different appetizers and two desserts, and every bite was amazing. I must admit that someone else footed the bill and im sure it was rather pricey, but it was worth it!

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920 out of 1718 people found this review helpful.

"Looks: 10, Food: 3"

By littleblackdress on 8/16/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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930 out of 1874 people found this review helpful.

Expensive and just for unexperienced teenagers

By avnegra on 10/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Awful, we had a reservation but still we waited 30 minutes. As someone said it looks like a nightclub that happens to serve food. And the food is really mediocre. Its the place where a bunch of teenagers could play "how to be adult and spend my money trying to look like one". Really pathetic experience. The famous duck for two, wich i order after reading the NYMag recommendation, it is original, but not so special. Not a good value for money rlation.

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Never to return

By jmidwint on 10/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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good food, crap service

By chinkyspice007 on 2/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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By Felixp on 12/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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