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“Faultless service, food and smbience”
Review of TAO Downtown

TAO Downtown
Ranked #209 of 14,125 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Chelsea
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

You could easily walk right past this Asian fusion restaurant hidden as it is behind huge solid doors that when open reveal stairs that lead down to an underground maze of dramatically lit and ornately adorned walkways.

Once coats are deposited at the cloakroom, where the staff are welcoming and friendly, the walkway opens up to reveal a reception area, a large bar, bar seating and then stepped tiers complete with seating which looks out over the cavernous space, leading even further down to the main dining area.

We enjoyed delicious cocktails prior to dinner, sitting amongst plenty of interesting figurines and statues depicting the Asian influences of the place. Mood Lighting is used to create a very theatrical but quite dark environment so be prepared to tread carefully as you descend into the restaurant.

Once seated, the servers were extremely helpful in terms of advising on portion sizes, the style of service and how the food would be cooked.

We nibbled on some very tasty hot, salted edamame beans whilst we tried, with difficulty, to chose from the many exciting sounding dishes on the menu. Eventually we settled on teriyaki scallops, tempura prawns, dragon tail ribs and satay chicken all of which were so delicious we ended up passing tasters to each other.

Mains included the exceptional lobster, served three ways, which was truly divine and unlike any other lobster dish we have had before. Two of us shared the Peking duck, also sublime and generously portioned, and finally a spiced sea bass, jasmine rice and stir fry greens.

Washed down with beers, wines and spirits from an extensive menu we were absolutely stuffed. However, dessert was just too tempting to resist and how delighted were we when the Michelin standard chocolate feast arrived. A beautifully delicate chocolate box which was tempered to perfection and housed hidden chocolate goodies and a delicious ice cream which were to die for.

All of the theatre, ambience and quality food does, however, come at a price. With the pound at parity with the dollar the meal for 4 with pre dinner drinks cost in excess of £600. However, for a special occasion or for those who regularly spend this amount on dining out, well worth every penny.

Enjoy!

1  Thank Jannipoohs
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

One of my favorite restaurants... A nightclub vibe with insane food! My family and I celebrated my aunt's birthday here. She's still talking about what an amazing time she had!

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Thank andreamccollum1
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I visited TAO with some friends during the summer. We didn't really no what to expect but it was very good. If you aren't into dark restaurants with loud music, then this place is not for you but it was right up our street. We had a couple of drinks in the bar before being shown to our table on the balcony overlooking the main floor. Our waiter was great and recommended we have the Peking duck - which was brilliant! Would also suggest trying the wagu beef!

Thank Jamie T
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Tao is a restaurant and a night club, and a very chic place at the momen. We went there to eat and had made a reservation. We enjoyed som drinks in the bar while waiting for our table. A little disappointing that we had to wait 40 minutes to get our table as we had made a reservation, but the place is clearly popular and it was crowded that night so it is understandable. The staff was friendly and welcoming and we enjoyed some drinks in the bar while waiting. The food was alright, not the best we've had. I am glad I went for the experience. It was a cool place with good music playing and a nice atmosphere. It looks a bit like a restaurant/bar/night club that you see in the movies. Definitely a nice place to visit if you're going out with friends, just to have been there.

Thank Junifol
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

we have fun here ,Amazing Asian Fusion food ,and nice DJ.noisy.but we have great time.so we will plan next time to vist again

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Thank DAVE G
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