As I recently dined here over a client lunch meeting it had dawned on me that I had never frequented TAO before even after all my years living in NYC. Terrific lunch special of appetizer, entree, and dessert for $27.50 made it an easy choice. Wonderful spot for an early afternoon client business meal for sure and I was greatly pleased. I had read so many mixed reviews of TAO but I must say the experience we had was pretty darn good!
We were seated on the balcony level overlooking the main dining floor below and the views added to the overall ambiance here. Nice landscape of the massive Buddha preciding over the facility. Our waitress was wonderful and took care of us even with special requests. Never had to wait for our water glass to be refilled. Our food was brought out as requested and we were quite pleased with our selections. As I could not just whip out my camera and start shooting interior and food pics during this meeting I had to make do with some of TAO’s stock images. My client would have thought I was a flake posing for food shots!
The three course lunch deal I chose consisted of Vegetable Lo Mein Salad, Hanger Steak with Miso and Asian Spiced Fries, and Chocolate Zen Parfait for dessert. All were prepared just right and that dessert hit the spot! It was a perfect amount of food, and I was more than full and satisfied. The selections were brought out in a timely manner, and offered us more than enough time for small talk mixed in with business discussion. After wrapping up this tasty meal meeting and heading to the subway I really wanted to take a nap back in my office. Food coma! So glad my client suggested TAO to dine at. She knows her stuff.
Sure, this can be a pricey spot for food and drink when coming for dinner, but the lunch deal can’t be beat, and you receive a nice amount of food for the price. Also, it’s an affordable way to check out TAO if you have never been here and don’t want to break the bank. It is a trendy and popular place. Plus, during lunch hours no reservation was really needed even though we made one.
I must admit, sitting on the balcony offers a spectacular view. That’s a big ass Buddha!