All Reader Reviews of...
42 E. 58th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Madison Ave.
"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.
By EYEheartNY on 7/26/2007
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!
My Best Birthday Dinner Ever!
By sparkmstr on 7/11/2007
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.
Tao will now be the staple of every one of my New York visits
By KyleRobertson on 12/21/2006
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!
a self-obsessed scene
By mawkowe on 12/20/2006
Tao took my reservation for 6:45pm on a Monday night. We waited for more than an hour and finally decided to leave.
Still waiting for a table.......
By dmseid22 on 12/7/2006
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!!
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.
The Emporer has new clothes
By JohnSrand on 1/8/2006
The epitome of New York pretense. The emporer has new clothes and he wears them at Tao.
By Kimsem on 4/29/2005
Fab bistro, loud, fun... and all around sexy! Loved this place! Will be back...
Trendy, noisy and fun...and great food!
By coladin on 3/16/2005
The tao-tinis to start were good. A bit of a wait but worth it in the end. the sushi was excellent and while my wife ordered an 8$ spring roll, it was probably the size of 6 spring rolls from takeout. Lobster dumplings were divine. Salmon was cooked perfectly as was the kobe beef, a real treat. Friends had the sirloin which they both said was excellent. A little surprised at the reviews up to now, on our night it seemed the place to be in New York!
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