TAO Downtown is a two-story, 22,000 SF restaurant, bar and lounge in Chelsea. Occupying the former Matsuri and Hiro Ballroom spaces in the Maritime Hotel, the Chelsea location is New York’s second TAO. The restaurant bar and lounge are located on the mezzanine level of the hotel, a large main dining area is on the cellar level, and a separate lounge spans both the mezzanine and cellar levels. Working with TAO’s cavernous space, the firm created a design concept based on a Gotham speakeasy with an Asian sensibility. Our material palette combines raw and industrial elements with rich and lush vintage Asian details.