by Claude Dannunzio on
came here with restaurant week with my friends. was a bit weary, as i disliked tao in vegas because of the crowding and claustrophobia, but decided to give it a shot! the decor is pretty cool looking and zen/loungey, but again, was SOSOSOSO crowded that if there was a fire, we all would have died and been trampled to death...they definitely do not follow fire hazard instructions. we had reservations for 6:30 and got seated at 8:15, so you should make a res 2 hours before you actually want to eat. i really dislike places that don't honor reservations. not cool. we got drinks at the bar which were yummy, but had to stand waiting for 2 hours in the OVERcrowded downstairs bar/lounge area with nowhere to sit. so needless to say, i was cranky and hungry. when we finally got seated, all the food came out in a decent time and was GREAT. yummy yummy. got the tuna sashimi, sea bass and banana pudding. all were AWESOME choices. i've never before compared fish to candy, but the sea bass is. the mojito i got was great as well. would have given 5 stars for the food, but the wait time was ABSURD and when the downstairs got crowded, people had to wait in hoards upstairs by the stairs, which is also ABSURD. so, i do not think i will be coming back. there are lots of places to get yummy food that observe the reservation time and are not fire hazards....like buddakan.
by Carey Leubner on
FANTASTIC view of Union Square, convenient location. Drinks: Asked the lady what kinda Scotch they had she said, "Oh, we have a WIDE selection. McCallan 12, McCallan 18 . . . ummm" "Do you have Yamazaki 12?" "Never heard of it." "Laphroaig" "Huh?" "Talisker?" "..." "Nevermind, just gimme McCallan 12" After a couple o Scotch and pacer diet cokes, I asked the same lady, "What kinda tequila do you have?" "Do we have to do this again?!?!" "Nevermind, just gimme Patron" She was super nice though. PIZZA OF DUCK CONFIT, PIZZA PARMA, and CHILLED MONTEREY BAY PRAWNS were quite yummy. We liked the green crystal rock salt on the BIG prawns, very festive and punctuating.