Tao New York

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Tao New York

Originally a 19th century stable for the Vanderbilt family and then a movie theater, Tao New York was transformed by Schoos into a majestic Asian "temple" in 2000.  The focal point is a towering 16-foot tall Buddha which can be seen from any point in the restaurant and that "floats" above a virtual reflecting pool complete with Japanese carp.  Artirfacts from China, Japan and Thailand are artfully placed throughout the space.  Seating in the prized "Skybox" offers views of the entire restaurant from its two-story perch, including the huge ceiling canvas with hand-calligraphy. Tao remains one of the largest and most popular Asian restaurant in New York City.