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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
"Mixed Reviews"

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"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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610 out of 1253 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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926 out of 1869 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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948 out of 1987 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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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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59 out of 123 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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921 out of 1871 people found this review helpful.

Please read!

By DMTC4883 on 3/11/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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 fiancé 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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56 out of 106 people found this review helpful.

nothing but show

By captaingeek on 7/20/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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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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The BIG FREEZE

By RaquelRenee on 1/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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