Openings

First Look: TAO Downtown Opens In Chelsea

By Anne Roderique Jones  |  October 10, 2013
Credit: Cherie Cincilla

TAO Downtown, set beneath the Maritime Hotel, brings the glamour of the UES location down to Chelsea. While both tourists and trendy locals will be diving into the Pan-Asian cuisine (think dishes served with cotton candy, and lobster with cereal), it's the decor that's really the main attraction here. The restaurant spans an entire city block and houses oversized statues that tower over plush banquettes. Only the photos do it justice - take a peek at the slide show below.

92 9th Ave.; 212-888-2724

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    Dining area

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    Chefs at the ready

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    Just hanging out, NBD

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    Cereal lobster with curry leaf and chile

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    Strawberry orange blossom creme with honey-milk powder and cotton candy

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    Hamachi roll with avocado tempura and pickled vegetables

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    Tuna sashimi with parmesan, tomato wasabi salsa and sesame stick

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    Leather sofas and sociable elephants

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    Where to get boozy