TAO Uptown in New York City offers both a lovely atmosphere and excellent Pan-Asian cuisine. Your ears will be treated to the most wonderful buzz of people chatting with their friends and families. The positive energy around TAO can be likened to walking out of a movie theater and listening to everyone around you saying, “that was great!” and “I absolutely loved it.” The layout of the restaurant allows for this effect because quite frankly, the size of the establishment is enormous.
As you travel across the ground floor, you see people unwinding after a long day at work while perched upon lounge chairs. At the same time, the conversations from the second floor trickle down to the ground floor to give the feeling that you’re in the heart of somewhere special.
The most incredible sixteen-foot Buddha statue sits beside the stairs. Surely, the purpose of placing the massive statue in the restaurant was trifold. The statue promotes Eastern culture in a Pan-Asian restaurant, fills you with a sense of wonder, and emits Zen. In fact, the designers’ efforts to create an Eastern culture environment isn’t limited to the Buddha statue. Magnificent lanterns and delightful bamboo plants are dispersed throughout the restaurant.
Of course, I haven’t even mentioned the glorious food yet. With Chinese, Japanese, and Thai food, there ought to be a delicious meal for everyone in your party. Although I will say that the sushi should be banned because no other sushi in New York will ever be as good in comparison. The sake salmon offers an unrivaled freshness and the unagi tastes like sweet, light chicken. Most refreshingly, the sauce refuses to overpower the tuna. If you prefer something heftier than sushi, the pad thai noodles are satisfying. Adding chicken or shrimp to the noodles makes for a mouth-watering combination.
If you somehow have room for dessert, the giant fortune cookie deserves consideration. The giant fortune cookie is stuffed with white and dark chocolate mousse as well as a fortune. Personally, I always picture someone mashing away mischievously on a typewriter generating these fortunes, but that’s part of the fun.
On a more serious note, the attention to detail cannot be questioned in terms of the food, the atmosphere, and the service. TAO Uptown has a unique quality about it. After all, you’re able to dine alongside a sixteen-foot Buddha statue.
Photo Credits: Leonard Zhukovsky, Tae PY15MU, and Kckate16 respectively / Shutterstock.com
By: Kishan Patel