TAO – now that’s a big ass Buddha in NYC!

Photo credit – TAO

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!

Photo credit – TAO

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.

Photo credit – TAO

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!



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27 thoughts on “TAO – now that’s a big ass Buddha in NYC!”

    1. Hey Claire!

      Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting!

      Glad you enjoed my review! NYC is filled with so many great lunch deals. I’m eating my way through many!

  1. Hey! TAO looks amazing and the food looks great too–sounds like you guys had a good time. I’m only familiar with the Vegas spot, so I always thought club. But this looks like a pretty chill place to have a nicer meal. What a view– that IS a big ass Buddha. Do you think you’ll go back, or was this a one-time thing? I love Asian cuisine, so I’d be worried I’d love the place and keep wanting to return, regardless of the bill. I buy into the ambiance too much sometimes. :/

    1. Hey Jean!

      Yes, I have been to the Vegas spot too which is also more of a nightclub in the evening. Both are cool in their own ways.

      I would like to go back for sure. To either one! Love Asian eats!

  2. I should never drop by your blog when my evening meal is some hours away. After reading your review, and ogling those pictures, there is a real danger I could start devouring my furniture!

    1. Hey AK Andrew!

      Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and commenting!

      I post a lot about food and drinking. It’s a blessing and curse of living here in NYC!

  3. The food looks amazing, but I have to admit that great service always seals the deal for me. I go out to have a pleasant experience not just great food. Sounds like this place has it all.

    1. Hey Karen!

      I always will rate a restaurant higher if the service is above and beyond, even if the food was just average. This place had both good food and service and it was an enjoyable meal!

    1. Hey Notavogon!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

      I’m planning a Boston trip soon for biz. If I hit up some good spots there I’ll write about them! I am sure there are great eats there!

  4. Not being a NYC guy, I’ve researched some places I’d like to eat … and the difference of price between lunch and dinner shocks me at most places! Sounds like the same here!

    1. Hey PJ!

      Yes, dinner at some places is like another mortgage! Doing a lunch pre-fix is a great way to dine at some of the more spiffier places!

  5. I’ve heard that the brunch at tao is also supposed to be really good. I’ve never been to the NYC branch though, only the one in Las Vegas:)

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