Tao Asian Bistro
New York, NY 10022
Village Voice's Description
The 16-foot Buddha statue lording over the dining room is a sign of the opulent experience that awaits you. The space used to be a stable owned by the Vanderbilt family before it became a balconied movie theater; today, it is a three-story restaurant with 300 seats, including a skybox that looks over the whole spectacle. The Pan-Asian menu focuses mainly on Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine. There is a sizable selection of seafood dishes such as ginger-and-soy-glazed salmon and coconut shrimp with spicy peanut sauce, along with meatier fare like a Kobe beef ribeye served with yuzu cilantro butter. As you would expect with such a trendy venue, specialty cocktails are big here, most with Asian touches like lychee and ginger. Asian beers, bourbon, sake and an international wine list complete the ample alcohol offerings. Despite the relatively high price point, Tao does brisk business in take-out, mostly to the surrounding offices in midtown.—Keith Wagstaff
Tips from foursquare
Restrooms are unlabelled downstairs, but it's boys on the left (ying) and girls on the right (yang)
Order the Chilean sea bss, squab lettuce wraps, and one of their wonderfully mixed drinks. Don’t miss the giant fortune cookie for dessert either!
amazing! Must go for the atmosphere and the food is the best!
great food and even better atmosphere
Whether you're trying to get to "third base" or just hanging out with "friends" you're sure to run into super rich famous people like the Mets' David Wright or Jennifer Aniston at Tao.
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