by Olga G. on
We came here with a decent Groupon deal, looking for thrifty entertainment. We left a fair bit poorer, not surprisingly. First of all, they don't take same-day lane reservations. So I shouldn't have been surprised that when we arrived at 8pm on a Friday night, we'd be asked to wait an hour for a lane. Ok, fine. Despite the fact that there were a bunch of unoccupied lanes! So we went to the bar and had a few beers... then some chicken tenders (decent tenders, but the sauces were awful!)... then some more beers (in bottles shaped like bowling pins -- I'm easy to impress). So that killed 45 minutes. Still no call. So there's a little arcade area in the back... we figured it was a decent way to kill a bit more time. The excitement died pretty quickly... so an hour into our waiting, we retired back to the main waiting area to just hang out (for free) while waiting. Again, despite the fact that there were a number of unoccupied lanes. Finally, after waiting for about 1h20m, we got our lane. The bowling was really fun... yet ridiculously expensive. $11.25/per person/per game. Plus $6-something for shoe rental. Yeah, the space is nice -- huge screens alternate between some sports games and music videos, great sound system. Yeah, we had fun... partly owing to the additional pitchers of beer we ordered during our bowling game. So all in all, it made for a good date night and a fun (yet fairly expensive) night out...
by Cassio P. on
I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS A GAY BAR! Why doesn't anybody TELL me these things?! I was led astray here by my Castro-dwelling friend after drinking a bunch of absinthe on St. Patty's day. I don't remember what happened in there, but I woke up (alone, thank goodness) wearing green Mardi Gras beads, so I don't know how I earned them. Oh God, please let them have been sitting in a bowl somewhere or something. In fact, I didn't remember the name of this place until I saw Steve's review. then everything fell into place. Well, it can't have been a screechingly gay bar. I thought it was fun. I think. Damn that absinthe.
by Wilhemina Verry on
I've been to Tao about 8 times in the past 2 years.. with vendors, with friends, and with family. Everyone (including myself) enjoyed the experience. At first the place can intimidate - the high ceilings, dimly lite bar area, and huge statue at the end... but once you are seated... the night just gets better. The seating is tightly packed but that just adds to the fun. The service is great. The food is awesome. The noise can get a bit annoying... but who cares if you are having fun. You have to make reservation! but they are good at honoring it and seating you promptly. I have not seen that many tourists but its very eye catching so I can see how this place is probably in all the tour guides and books. And... yes... its pricey... but its Manhattan and worth it 100% Overall!! You have to go. Enjoy it. Liv it. Love it. Experience it.