Any establishment Sofia Vergara, Alicia Keys, and Olivia Munn have dined at is a place I definitely want to go to. These sexy starlets and a handful of other stars showed up to the grand opening of Tao Downtown, the brother restaurant to the location in Midtown. Chef Ralph Scamardella promises to offer new and tantalizing dishes to the menu, flavors that the American palate has never tasted before. Take, for example, his “Snapper in Sand,” a flash-fried snapper covered with crushed peanuts and dried Chinese olives. The dish literally looks like a sandbox, but it is delectable and has become Tao’s signature dish.
But the new Tao Downtown has much more to offer than wasabi-crusted filet. Guests receive so much more than just the Asian dining experience here, complete with towering geisha murals and gold Buddha statues. The new "secret lounge" additions to the restaurant will definitely have visitors feeling like a VIP. The opening of Tao Downtown was definitely a night to remember with stars like Ashanti and Naomi Campbell shaking what their momma gave them to Samantha Ronson and DJ Vice's pumping DJ sets. Alicia Keys even belted out a few tunes and performed at the opening, with the support of her beau Swizz Beatz, who made an appearance as well. The new Tao had such an amazing opening, and it seems like it's only going uphill from here. With that said, whip out the chopsticks and bring your best dance moves for the ultimate party/dining experience at Tao Downtown.
Tao Downtown, 92 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Check out some pics from the star studded opening below!