International architectural practice, Rockwell Group, has designed the Tao Downtown project. Completed in late 2013, this is New York City’s second Tao.
Like its Midtown predecessor, Tao Downtown exhibits dramatic design accents and elements that evoke Asian culture, while also connecting to the unique space it occupies – in this case, the Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri spaces at the hip Maritime Hotel in the Meatpacking District.
Before entering the restaurant lounge and bar, guests pass through a long corridor leading to a hostess station and ending with a series of wooden portals. Behind the hostess station, a small dragon-scale-patterned screen offers a brief glimpse into the main dining room below. This long entrance serves to create suspense and anticipation for guests’ arrival into the restaurant lounge, where they will encounter a custom-made, 20-foot-tall, reclining, gold-painted Buddha sculpture. Behind the Buddha, a mural by a commissioned artist on an exposed brick wall enhances the drama of the space. Tufted leather sofas with studded metal side panels offer cozy seating while guests dine at the restaurant lounge or wait for tables in the main dining room.
The luxury New York restaurant encompasses a restaurant bar and lounge on the ground (mezzanine) level of the hotel, a large main dining area on the cellar level, and a separate lounge spanning both the mezzanine and cellar levels.
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