42 E 58th St
|Cross street:||between Madison and Park Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Tue 11:30am–midnight; Wed–Fri 11:30am–1am; Sat 5pm–1am; Sun 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to Fifth Ave–59th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, MC, V|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
I have been going to Tao's for years and I have come to the conclusion that it is a great place for a first visit. It is so colorful and busy that you are overwhelmed the first time with the sheer amount of people waiting for a table and yes, everyone has got a reservation! You would wait between 30 minutes -if you are lucky- to over an hour -the norm. And do not think about leaving the place to come back, until you are all guests there they will not give you your pager to call you for a table, so you must be in the place waiting by the overcrowded bar where you will pay over 18 dollars a pop... Once in the restaurant you have two floors with a huge 30 ft Buddha presiding the main room. The floor upstairs is theatre-like so you can look down to the main restaurant. There is also a private room in a third floor for small parties.
Food is your typical good Asian food, a bit of Chinese, a bit of Thai and all Americanized for good measure. I always enjoy the food even if the price is high.
In short, a noisy, young-ish crowd place that will make you look like an "insider" to your out-of-town friends and colleagues.
I always love the food, but when my card was blatantly charged over $100 on a $300 check, hard not feel that it was deliberate. Especially as no one will do anything, Worse, Mohammad in their corporate office can't seem to get me a refund. Keeps blowing me off, saying they are trying to find the server, not that that has any bearing on it. Been a month now. So beware of servers ripping you off at TAO. I even Tweeted to their corporate handle, and was ignored. Not a classy organization. A classy place would apologize and credit the meal, it's called creating good will for your brand, good PR. But no, not TAO. Screw 'em.