About Tao Uptown
A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese carp, presides over the scene at Tao. A favorite destination for celebrities and athletes, this Pan Asian restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Tao has three levels of dining including the prized "Skybox" which offers views of this former movie theater unparalleled in New York. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $27.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday – Sunday: 11:30am – 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday: 5:00pm- 12:00am, Thursday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 1:00am
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$31 to $50
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Enjoy TAO classics catered to the venue of your choice. Our off-premise catering services range from a small drop off and set up for 10 people, to an off-premise event for thousands. TAO signature dishes, including our famous Chilean Sea Bass, Kung Pao Chicken, Wasabi Crusted Filet Mignon, Coconut Shrimp, and our wide selection of Sushi, will be delivered right to your door. Use us for your next birthday celebration, office luncheon, family gathering, or Super Bowl party. Always a Happy Ending!
4, 5, 6 Trains at 59th Street R, N, W Trains at 5th Avenue
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For all parties of 15 or more please inquire with our banquet department at 212-399-3097.
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TAO NY has hosted all styles of private parties, including movie premieres, corporate affairs, holiday receptions, business meetings and social events. TAO has accommodations available for 16 to 1000 guests for everything from seated dinners to buffet receptions and cocktail parties.
Tao Uptown Ratings and Reviews
Food is on par with good Thai but price ...
Food is on par with good Thai but price point is not.
Pro: Great food. Great service. Con: ...
Pro: Great food. Great service. Con: The bathrooms are a hassle. They're down a flight of stairs and the attendant is ready to pump your soap and get a tip. Overall experience was an A.
Lunch was awesome. I highly recommend th ...
Lunch was awesome. I highly recommend the chocolate souffle for dessert!!!
Always a great lunch!
Always a great lunch!
We arrived 5 minutes early as instructed ...
We arrived 5 minutes early as instructed and were seated a very dark alcove. Our server was extremely anxious to have us order, eat and leave quickly. She kept coming back to hurry us and collecting menus and empty dishes. All in all, our meal took about 35 minutes for five and we were all feeling like we weren't really wanted here. The food was ok but getting the bums rush was not fun. And yes we were dressed appropriately and had eaten at Tao before. Won't go back.
Excelent food, beautiful place.
Excelent food, beautiful place.
Great food but too dark and noisy
We had a wait of over half an hour for our table, with no explanation or apology. The food was great but the restaurant was more like a club than somewhere to eat. We were not the only table using the flashlight on their phone in order to read the menu! The DJ and loud music meant that any form of conversation just wasn't possible.
I have eaten at Tao in Las Vegas. It wa ...
I have eaten at Tao in Las Vegas. It was on par with that experience. However the pricing was what you can expect for that level of food. There is no value or steal for the food, but it is definitely worth it if you can appreciate the food. One of the most interesting items to order is the Lychee Martini. They use Absolut Elyx. This is not the same as the regular junk Absolut vodka. It is a very high end, similar to the Stoli Elite. This is a very rare vodka so it is appreciated. I would say that the music was a tad bit lout so we could not hear each other talk very easily.
The food was AMAZING! One "negative" we ...
The food was AMAZING! One "negative" we experienced that night, though was one of our items we ordered didn't come out with the other dishes. When we brought it to our waiter's attention, he immediately looked into it and let us know he did. It was still brought out quite a bit after that.
Very Good Asian Food
Quality Japanese and Chinese food. Attentive service. A bit too dark for my taste, especially the bar area. The music during dinner is a repetitive thumping beat. But the food made up for it. Not cheap.
We got our table 35 minutes after the re ...
We got our table 35 minutes after the reservation, but food and service was very good
receive a bill without asking for it
I found very indelicate to receive the bill without asking for it. It seems they want us to leave as soon as possible to have a free table. The restaurant is good, beautiful, good food but should take care more about the clients and less about the number of tables served per night.
Great place and good food. Service was g ...
Great place and good food. Service was good Price normal for New York
Loved the atmosphere. Great hospitality
Loved the atmosphere. Great hospitality
Amazing food, service and ambiance. Make ...
Amazing food, service and ambiance. Make sure you have a reservation to make your dining experience even better.
I was disappointed with the service.
Despite a reservation I was made to wait for 45 mins. Our drinks, soup and main course were brought all together giving us the feeling that they wanted us to leave and also making it impossible for us to enjoy the food and drinks.
This was my second visit to Tao Uptown, the first having been 10 years ago for my NYU graduation dinner. I was incredibly pleased that the experience at Tao Uptown was just as I remembered it! Starting with drinks in the lounge, before being seated, the vibrant atmosphere of the lounge was upbeat and incredibly fun and exciting. Perfect for setting the mood of the evening. I would love to come back JUST for drinks in the lounge! After being seated, the maître d' and waiters were all incredibly attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. The wine list was amazing--although it would've been nice to have some options to purchase a glass of wine or even a carafe, as opposed to an entire bottle. Nevertheless, the wine we chose was delicious and went perfectly with our meals. Which leads me to the food--EXQUISITE. I could list every adjective possible to express how delectable our meals were. Perfect portion size, and incredibly delicious. As one that does not care for seafood, aside from sushi, I was even impressed with the scallops, coconut shrimp, and shrimp toast. My dish was the Kung Pao Chicken---hands down, the best Kung Pao dish I've had anywhere (and I'm a connoisseur of the dish). The size and texture of chicken morsels was perfect, the vegetables were superb, and the sauce was magnificent---pulling the dish together, like a bow to a brightly wrapped package. Tao Uptown is the place to be--perfect for special occasions, groups (large and small), or just a fun night out on the town! I look forward to dining with Tao again, and possibly even host an event in the future! Bravo!
Absolutely delicious pan Asian good! Ama ...
Absolutely delicious pan Asian good! Amazing drinks. Sushi is fresh and melts in your mouth.
Good ambiance, but not so good service
We made a reservation four weeks in advance. It took them over an hour to sit us after the time of our reservation. We were celebrating a special occasion, so it was very frustrating to have to wait. The food was good. The restaurant was lively and the decor is very nice.
excellent food. Great for sharing and trying a little of everything.
We went there for my wife's birthday. T ...
We went there for my wife's birthday. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic.
I had a reservation for 6:45 and we were ...
I had a reservation for 6:45 and we weren't seated until 7:30. The hostess was incredibly rude, the food was fine, not good or great and it was very loud. Also, it was extremely overpriced, I definitely don't plan to go back.
We loved the food but everything else wa ...
We loved the food but everything else was left to be desired for...our reservation was 7:45 and we didn't get seated until 8:30. The restaurant didn't comp anything or acknowledge anything. I felt that's not how a very trendy expensive restaurant should behave. The waiter brought the bill without us asking, which I also felt was presumptuous and frankly rude, especially when there were many empty tables around us. Lastly the waiter circled the disclaimer of how gratituity was not included, etc. I think that was really cheesy on the restaurant's part - if the restaurant feels so entitled why not just add on tips automatically? After all it seems the level of services is no longer a determinant to tips anymore? I think the service is very disappointing and that's the management's failing.
Great Ambience and great food!
The staff at Tao is tremendous. Low lighting and high ceilings with brick walls. Its a fun place to take visitors because it is unique and never disappoints.
We had a reservation and were seated imm ...
We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Service was fast. Drinks were luscious and the food was incredible. We enjoyed it and will return!
Excellent time and food highly recommend
Excellent time and food highly recommend
Food was outstanding. Short ribs were be ...
Food was outstanding. Short ribs were best ever. Simple dishes like Pad Thai were amazing.
I have been to Tao before but I haven't ...
I have been to Tao before but I haven't been here in years. Reservations definitely help with the wait time. It is pricey but well worth it as everything was delicious. The staff was all great and it's a beautiful restaurant. This location is smaller than the downtown so it's a more intimate experience. Great for a date night.
LOVE LOVE this place!!! Great music amaz ...
LOVE LOVE this place!!! Great music amazing drinks and the service is great!!
Chilean sea bass was great but did not e ...
Chilean sea bass was great but did not enjoy the salmon which was a bit fishy. I thought the noise level was a bit much with club music blaring in the background, therefore, I would not recommend this place if you're planning to have conversations.
Food was fantastic, ambiance was great, ...
Food was fantastic, ambiance was great, but be patient, you typically wait event with a reservation.
Long waiting and no information even if ...
Long waiting and no information even if you had booked a table, very noisy, very young people
Great food but dont respect reservation time
They give you a 15 minutes grace after the time of your reservation, but when you arrive on time they make you wait for 1 hour...never seen that before! This is so much a lack if respect...and the music is too loud; you would expect it that loud when there is a dance flour, which is not the case...too bad because the food is really good!!!
Love this place! I went here last time t ...
Love this place! I went here last time to celebrate my new job. I always enjoy the food and drinks. Hard to go wrong here I think.
We love to get a seat at the bar
Always try to get the back seats at the upstairs bar, great view of the restaurant, good service, great food, normally just have lots of appetizers
the hottest place in town for a diner... ...
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Didn't feel like value for money
If it was priced one level down I might have felt differently, The vibe was nice, design is impressive, service was good - but we came there for the food, and well - it was just not good enough...
Best restaurant we ate at in NYC (we als ...
Best restaurant we ate at in NYC (we also went to Nobu) but Tao Uptown completely won in terms of food, menu choice, cocktails and ambience. We wish you had one in London! 😊
Tao not quite wow but dessert is kapow
Tao is high-end Asian cuisine, and offers top quality food and excellent ambience. The lunch special, consisting of appetizer, entrée and dessert, is not cheap, but a good value and makes sense for a business lunch. If you go this route, you will probably find it to be too much food. I had the vegetable spring roll appetizer, which was quite good. The kung pao chicken entrée was good quality, but too sweet and bready for my taste. Even though it was good quality, the preparation made it reminiscent of fast food Chinese. So, good, but not "wow." The dessert on the other hand (and I am not a big dessert person) was outstanding. Banana pudding with a perfect biscuit. Really special. The ambience at Tao is perfect and the service is excellent.-
I go there whenever I visit NYC and the ...
I go there whenever I visit NYC and they never disappoint. We had the prix-fix lunch which we enjoyed a lot.
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