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Tao Restaurant: "Hip Asian With a Bar Scene" Tao Uptown & Downtown Tip by TRimer

Tao Uptown & Downtown, New York City: 8 reviews and 12 photos

  Entrance to Tao
by TRimer

Ok. Places like this (featured recently on the Apprentice and on Sex in the City) are just too hip for me. However, I had to go for a work outing and was surprisingly impressed. The bar was jam packed with a mixture of beautiful people and Midtown workers - and it was a Tuesday night. Drinks at the bar are pricey- $18 for a martini. The restaurant itself is decorated beautifully.

Tao makes its residence in what was previously a grand movie theatre. Where once stood the movie screen, now stands a huge 16-foot statue of Buddha. The tables are distributed among three levels. Imagine the ground floor as the orchestra seats - they offer a great view of the statue and extremely high ceilings, accompanied by the roar and buzz of the front bar. The second level of tables is set a bit towards the back, as would be the mezzanine where your views of the Buddha from above are optimal and the atmosphere is somewhat quieter (if that’s possible).

Favorite Dish: We had a sampling of some great dishes. The concept behind Tao is traditional Asian, with members of the table sharing in dishes of Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese cuisine. We tried some sushi as well as cooked dishes. One of the memorable dishes was the wasabi crusted filet mignon with onion rings. The molten chocolate cake is worth going off your diet for the evening.

Address: 42 E 58th Street
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Midtown. A block from Bloomingdales. Next to the Four Seasons Hotel.
Phone: (212) 888-2288
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 4
Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 26, 2004
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