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Published September 30, 2013

Dynasty
Tao’s Big Brother in Chelsea

Tao DowntownA revered principle in Taoism is that of the Three Treasures.

Those treasures are compassion, moderation and humility.

So when you tear into two-man Peking duck in a 22,000-square-foot palace...

That’d be like the total opposite of the Three Treasures.

But still...

It’s possible at Tao Downtown, a ginormous chunk of Chelsea dedicated to Asian party dining. It’s opening soon in the old Matsuri and Hiro Ballroom spaces beneath the Maritime. Here’s how it stacks up...

The Real Estate
In Midtown, you...
Share wasabi-crusted filet in a massive brick-and-gold temple.
Downtown, you...
Descend an imperial-palace-worthy staircase to a palatial floor that’s almost double the size of the original location, complete with towering geisha murals.

The Religious Iconography
In Midtown, you...
Dine and occasionally get down under the smiling gaze of a large gold Buddha.
Downtown, you...
Dine and occasionally get down under the gaze of many more Buddhas. Also a huge, multiarmed Quan Yin with her own digital-video-projection thing going on.

The Secret Lounges from the Electric Room Guy
In Midtown, you...
... don’t have one.
Downtown, you...
Do.
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