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Candle 79

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(20 Reviews)

154 E 79th St Frnt 3r, New York, NY 10075

(212) 537-7179

Today: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Candle 79 combines delicious organic vegan cuisine with gracious, knowledgeable service in a gorgeous duplex space. Lovingly crafted food fresh "from local farm to table." Intimate organic wine and eco-liquor cocktail bar. Favorite of East Side regulars and celebrities like Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, and Alicia Silverstone. The only vegan restaurant ever reviewed by former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, who wrote "Candle 79 showed me the light!" We offer an extensive Gluten Free Menu. Brunch available Saturday and Sunday. Take-out & catering available, no delivery.

Regular Hours

  • Candles
Payment method
amex, visa, discover, diners club, mastercard
Price Range
Upper Manhattan, Upper East Side
Restaurants, Candles, Vegetarian Restaurants, Vegan Restaurants, Gift Shops
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Good For Groups: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Vegan Cuisine in NYC

Did I mention that this is the some of the best vegan cuisine in NY? Always delicious, fresh, flavorful and quality. Every single time.



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This place was AWESOME!!!

This place was AWESOME!!! Excellent vagan restaurant The service was good, the environment was great The food is flavorful and cooked to perfection.



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Fancy schmacy vegan

Leave your hemp fanny pack at home, vegans, because this place is clas$y (intentional use of dollar sign). Delicious food, but stick with the cooked stuff since the raw plates are small and heavy on the sprouts and lettuce.



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Best Brunch

My girlfriend, who is a vegetarian, turned me onto this place. For not being a vegetarian myself I really enjoy coming here for brunch. Their lentil cakes are awesome.

Cara Lawton


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My New Favorite Spot

i was first introduced to this place by my die hard vegan cousin in an attempt to sway me from a life of eating meat. Though this attempt was unsuccessful i really enjoyed myself in this this chic restaurant that is without question one of the hottest places to dine in town. When we arrived there was already a line down the block to get into this one level 10-12 table/seated area, so already our expectations had been raised. I have often playfully teased my cousin's dietary choices proclaiming that her diet consists of strictly seaweed, tofu, and celery sticks but was quickly humbled by the array of dishes. I was skeptical that a vegan eatery could fill me up. However, the food always leaves you completely satisfied. I will never doubt them again. If you're looking for a good excuse to turn vegan/vegetarian start here.



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New York's best vegetarian?

I had dinner here with my best friend from elementary school; I was on vacation visiting NYC.

On first impression, the restaurant is decorated quite tacky. I have an expectation for vegan food to have a little more style and excitement, that is, I expect at least one menu item to be new in some way, whether it be an interesting combination or a new ingredient. I think the word I'm looking for is ""refreshing"".

Candle 79, was very well executed food, but lacked menu appeal.

I was very happy to find a Cherry Lime Rickey on the drink menu.



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Interesting on paper but effectively boring

As a meat eater trying Candle for its good reviews and out of curiosity I found the food nicely presented but boring and over priced. I am sure with the interesting list of ingredients and some appropriate spices a more titillating experience can be created. Maybe we were just unlucky but it cost too much to give it another try with dubious outcome.



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Best Vegan in New York, Great Service, Great Environment

This place was AWESOME!!! We are from Memphis, TN, so vegan is hard to come by. We ate at about 7 different places while in New York that were all Vegan, and this place takes first place. The service was perfect, the environment was great and catered to either dressy or casual. The bar was cool and the cocktails made with sake. Go for the Mohito, it was great. The food was very flavorful and cooked to perfection. If you go for desert, I recommend the is pricey, but worth every penny. For my wife and I to dine there our bill was about $125. We had two appetizers, main corse, mohitos and desert. It was pricey, but it was worth every penny. Their seitan is the best I have ever had! Go see them and experience great great vegan dining.



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Artfully prepared

The only vegan food in Manhattan that I have tried so far that comes close to this is Gobo (in comparison, this was slightly better food, although at a more upscale price). Putting vegan aside, this ranks as one of the meals that has impressed me the most---across service and cuisine---of the hundreds of restaurants I've tried in six year in Manhattan.



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Vegetarian food that even beef lovers can appreciate

I took my wife, who is a vegetarian, to Candle 79 for her birthday. I am completely the opposite, loving as much beef as I can put my hands on. Not only was my wife very pleased, but I also loved the food! This is a great vegetarian option that is out of the ordinary and can be a perfect date spot. With nice ambiance while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere, Candle 79 is probably one of the top five vegetarian restaurants in New York City.



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Great Food, HORRIBLE Catering

I'm a regular here, and adore the food. So when it came time to have our wedding catered, it was a no-brainer. What a mistake.
First, the woman organizing asked me about the same things a minimum of three times, having no recollection of what I'd said previously. I even wrote all the details in question down and faxed it, but was still asked. It took 2 months to get her into a contract after we picked out the menu.
The day of, they showed up and even though we had a signed contract, demanded $600 extra for the cake (which was included in the original price) or else they'd take ALL the food. They knew they had us in a position we couldn't say no.
Then, they snuck out a half hour early, taking most of the food with them and not bothering to clean or pack up the rest.
Really horrible.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The best meal I've had in NYC.

From beginning to end, the dinner I had last night was the best culinary experience I've had in almost ten years of living in New York City. And the fact it was all vegan makes it even sweeter. And speaking of sweet, you have not lived until you've indulged in chocolate peanut butter bliss.

This is where to go for special occaisions.



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Great Spot

I'm usually not a big fan of vegeterian cuisine but great food coupled with the ambiance has got me to be a repeat customer. Great place for an intimate dinner.



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The Most Elegant Vegetarian Restaurant Around

There are an growing number of vegetarian restaurants in the city - most are simple, comfortable places that offer good everyday menu options. Candle 79 boldly breaks this mold. The food, ambiance, and service is second to none (for a vegetarian restaurant). Finally we vegetarians can have have our nice place too. Whether it's a special occaision, a romantic date night, or an evening where you just want to try a new caliber of vegetarian food, Candle 79 is the place to go.

My favorite dishes are the chimichurri and the seitan picatta - but really you can't go wrong with any selection. If reading the menu on-line doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will.



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Vegetarian food for non-vegetarians!

This is absolutely the best place to take your non-vegetarian friends who squirm at the idea of a meal without meat. The Seitan Piccata in particular, is better than veal. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and always make excellent recommendations. Run, don't walk.



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If only I could do this with vegetables...

...then I wouldn't have to come here to get a fabulous meal and feel as good after the meal as I do during. Vegetarian/vegan cuisine is only as good as the staff's love and commitment to it and I have been to no other such restaurant in New York where this is greater. 5 thumbs up from our family!



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some of the most delicious food i've ever had in a place that feels great. if you're not granola crunchy, don't worry, they serve wine and excellent meals that just happen to be healthy. you always feel great after a dinner or lunch at candle 79. great mother/baby lunches every few weeks too. the original candle cafe on 3rd is great too, just more casual.



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Great Food, Great Atmosphere

This place is great from the delicious food to the friendly staff. (Especially Brian the waiter, request his section.) Candle 79 is definitely on my list of favorites!



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Yum, yum, good!

This place is delightful! The service was fantastic, there were so many specials to choose from, and it was a very nice atmosphere. The food was great... the only thing we weren't thrilled with was the ""live"" dessert, but that's just because we like the real thing. We're only in town for 10 days, but we'll make sure to go back again before we leave.

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