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Tao Restaurant

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

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6
Food: 6
Service: 6
Décor: 8
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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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high expectations, poor performance

By avisasha on 8/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

First review I have ever written about anything, and only doing it now because I feel compelled to inform. Went here for a special anniversary. While the decor, vibe and the cocktails were exceptional, the food and the service were disappointing to say the least. From water glasses that sat empty for 10+ minutes to practically begging a waiter that wasn't ours for a drink menu, there is great room for improvement. The worst was the food. We ordered the Peking duck for two, which is a platter of sliced cucumbers, scallions, some sauce, some tortilla wraps, and a fairly pleasant looking duck which was drier than a Mojave desert bathroom. If that's not a shame at 34 bucks per person, the worst part is that this duck had bones! A dish that you expected to wrap with veggies and sauce, how can you have bones in the meat? after wrapping it all together, I took a big bite and chipped my tooth! A complete failure of a dish, which is disappointing at a restaurant of this caliber. Overall, save your money and your teeth. If you want Asian food and something trendy, go to any given Thai food place in Tribeca.

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67 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

The Emporer has new clothes

By JohnSrand on 1/8/2006

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The epitome of New York pretense. The emporer has new clothes and he wears them at Tao.

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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.

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.

"Burger Kings" is better

By Aram on 12/22/2004

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

First they want you Credit Card to make a resrv over the phone, then i was waiting for 20 min in side, then why do i need resv?, then a freaking waiter pass by me 4 time and every time he paased me his ass was on my shoulders, and when we got food, you have to see those portions cat will ask for more, very loud music, hell no I will go back there, Cuba de Asia here I comeeeeeeeeeee!

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