[All photos by Bess Adler]
Feast your eyes upon Tao Downtown, the Ninth Avenue spinoff of one of Manhattan's highest grossing restaurants. The 22,000 square foot space beneath the Maritime Hotel has statues, pillows, fountains, giant vases, murals, arches, alcoves, and oh so much more. The dining room seats about 300 people, but the space also has two special "sky box" rooms that each seat 20, plus a pair of PDRs named "East Quan" and "West Quan." But all the models, celebrities, and whales will probably flock to Ink Bar, a lounge off the eastern mezzanine of the restaurant.
Just like the uptown restaurant, Tao Downtown has a menu from chef/partner Ralph Scamardella that includes dim sum, sushi, yakitori, and shareable small and large plates. The menu also includes a quote from the Buddha: "With our thoughts, we make the world."
Tao Downtown opens for business tonight. Check it out: