It was the best birthday *surprise* dinner. My husband emailed me asking to meet him on 59th and Lexington.
My presumptuous self figured he was probably taking me to Bloomingdales, also on 59th and Lex, so I could pick out my birthday gift.
I was psyched! He was going to be romantic and thoughtful and blah blah blah!
After a 10 minute downpour and patiently waiting under my umbrella, I received a text message from my husband asking me to come towards 58th and Lex. Say what? But, but, but… Bloomies is this way.
As I unwillingly walked towards 58th and came face to face with him, he grabbed my hand and led the way east on 58th street. And then I came face to face with those magical 3 letters - T-A-O!
I exclaimed, "We are going to Tao?" He responded, "No. We're just passing by, we're going someplace else."
I exclaimed back, "No, we're going to Tao. I thought you were taking me to Bloomies on a shopping spree, but this works too." He sighed!
Yes, I know I dream big, but even though I never went on a shopping spree to Bloomies, I had the most amazing birthday surprise dinner at Tao, my absolute favorite place in Manhattan.
42 E 58th Street
New York, NY 10022
MENU: TAO menu
CUISINE: Asian, Dim Sum, Lounge
RECOMMENDED TO: Bar Scene, Couples, Small Groups, Large Groups, Romantic Dining.
Between my husband and I, we enjoyed 2 drinks each. All the drinks were succulent, delicious, and smooth. I was hit after just one, but I still went for seconds. You really can’t go wrong with the drinks at Tao.
Peach Cosmopolitan – my favorite, twas’ like drinking juice (left).
Lychee Martini – perfection (second to left).
TAO-hito – a classic mojito, smooth (second to right & right).
As for our appetizer, we ordered the Pan Fried Chicken Gyoza served alongside napa cabbage and soy dipping sauce. This delicious appetizer came with 4 pieces and the chicken was highly flavorsome.
At Tao, I don’t mess around and I always order the same dish, the Soy Ginger Glazed Salmon. The perfectly cooked ginger salmon sits over a bed of udon noodles and spinach. The noodles are most definitely cooked in soy sauce, butter, and parsley. Simply Outstanding!
My husband orders rice or noodles at every Asian restaurant, thus he went for one of Tao’s famous dishes, Pad Thai Noodles with Shrimp. Although this dish was good, I didn't think it was TAOmazing. For one, it was way too sweet, and unfortunately he barely ate a fourth of his dish and we took the rest to go.
Can’t leave Tao without dessert, especially on a birthday! We split the Banana Pudding which is literally fried tempura banana sitting over bread pudding topped with fortune cookie crumbs. If you think Magnolia’s Banana Bread Pudding is a 5, Tao’s is off the chart. Heavenly!
VERDICT: 5 / 5
Tao is exceptional, and one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan. The food, drinks, service, and ambiance is all outstanding. The music here is hot, you’ll particularly hear instrumental lounge beats. A great place to mingle with drinks after work or later into the night.
Once we got home, I fixed the leftover Pad Thai Noodles and my husband devoured his new noodles. When I told my friend the next day what happened with the noodles, she said, “wow Nish, you had to fix Tao food?” I know right! Okay I’ll stop gloating. Besides the Pad Thai Noodles being too sweet, everything else here was exceptionally good or as I like to call it TAOmazing, hence I couldn’t give them anything short of a 5.
On my next visit though, I need to expand my horizons and try something new, perhaps the Hong Kong Shrimp, or perhaps the Grilled Red Snapper with bok choy and ginger, or perhaps even the Sea Scallops in a red curry Thai basil sauce. And maybe I’ll try the Molten Chocolate Cake with Coconut Ice Cream which would make the perfect ending to an extraordinary meal. Oh I’m in heaven just thinking about it, clearly I’m looking forward to my next Tao meal.
Thanks again to my husband for an amazing birthday dinner. I love that you know my taste in food.
|Food: Excellent||most dishes are exceptional.|
|Drinks: Oustanding||smooth & delicious.|
|Value: Good||priced accordingly given the décor and service. |
TELL ME: Have you been to Tao – New York or Las Vegas? If so, what’s your favorite thing to order? Suggestions needed.