Wednesday 30 January 2019
Location: New York, New York, USA
Address: 92 9th Avenue
Date: November 2014
We arrived at TAO Downtown on a busy weekend evening. TAO offers Asian cuisine like dim sum, sushi and more all in a mysterious setting. We encountered a long corridor which was lit by candles. We slowly moved down the dark corridor towards our dining destination.
Tucked in behind the candles were different sculptures and artwork. Sitting men and elephants watched us as we made our way deeper into the restaurant.
We turned a corner and there was a reclining Buddha. According to TAO's website, the Buddha’s position signifies tranquility and serenity that comes with enlightenment and represents the final passage into Nirvana.
We turned around again and found ourselves at the top of a grand staircase looking out across the restaurant. It felt like we were entering a large temple. We were led down the staircase to the main dining area below.
At the far end of the dining room stands Quan Yin. Quan Yin is the goddess of compassion and has 24 hands.
3D projection makes Quin Yin appear in different colours and outfits. At some points it looked as if birds were flying past her or if a waterfall was flowing over her. All of this and we haven't even ordered our food yet.
Our group ordered various items from the menu and everyone was pleased. We also loved the cute little chopstick holder man even if he was a bit cheeky. After our meal we climbed back out of TAO's temple and into the busy Manhattan streets having had a memorable dinner adventure.
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