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Candle 79
Candle 79

Candle 79 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://candle79.com/
  • Phone: (212) 537-7179
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Angel Ramos
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Delicious organic vegan catering for intimate at-home dinner parties, corporate events, weddings, and lavish galas. Recent events include Paul McCartney's private New York concert, David Steinberg's book signing, Mehmet Oz's HealthCorps fundraiser for 1000 guests, fundraisers in Peter Max's Art Studio, and a wedding shower at Norma Kamali's showroom. Regular caterer for PETA and Farm Sanctuary's yearly Galas.
  • Private Party Facilities: On site party rooms available for 14-85 guests. Bridal showers, family reunions, birthdays, rehearsal dinners, corporate gatherings, meetings, and weddings.
  • Private Party Contact: Benay Vynerib (212) 537-7179

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 6 Train to 77th Street and Lexington Avenue, #79 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street, and #101 & #102 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street or 3rd Avenue and 79th Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Zeta Parking
    213 East 80th Street between 2nd & 3rd

    Parking fees with Candle 79 stamp:
    up to 4 hours - Mon-Fri $15, Sat-Sun $10
A word from Candle 79
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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Thank you Candle79. One of the best vegan meals I have had ever in NYC. Everything was amazing, and I am so glad I stayed for desert!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "For a guy who has his beautiful wife to thank for not eating meat going on 4yrs I can say this is great tasting and fresh food"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Candle 79 has a great variety of hot and cold vegan appetizers and entrees. Staff are cheery, helpful, and well informed. And the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Have been to Candle 79 three or four times now and they never fail to provide an excellent meal! This time we took my teenage nieces and they enjoyed it as well. If you are new to vegan food and are curious, this is a great place to have an amazing meal!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Love the food here & the staff are absolutely excellent."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food is healthy, sparse yet attractively presented. You feel as if you are eating but not really."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Lovely food, ambiance and service. Kale with tofu is hardy and delicious. Nice iced teas."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "While we were dining, many couples and groups walked in, trying to get a table. It's a small restaurant, so it was tough to accommodate walk-ins, especially those who were not willing to wait. Because we were seated by the door, we saw many disappointed would-be diners, and we wondered, "how did we get a reservation?" The food and service were both amazing, but since it's a small space, you do feel a bit cramped. That said, the clientele is very lively and interesting, and we made a business connection over seitan piccata."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The dishes were very unique and delicious, however, the staff is lacking in general people skills... the hostess told my date and I we couldnt be seated at a small (and crammed as the space is small) table near the window and then proceeded to tell the next couple "sure, but I need it free in an hour and half". Hmm. The waitress brought the app and my main dish together, apparently uncear on what was what... dont look for friendliness here. But the food is pretty great."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing! I am craving another order of the Cornmeal Poppers!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was one of the best vegan restaurant experiences we have ever had. The food is unreal and there is a very romantic ambience. Our server was thoughtful, professional and friendly. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very blend food,lack of flavors. Menu looks very good only on menu page."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Seriously! I am a foodie and turned vegetarian/vegan in my eating. Between us we had 6 items off the menu and each one was spectacular! This is the place for a meat eater that thinks the won't like vegetarian to try - as any foodie will be so impressed with the presentation and taste."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We were a party of four and each had different main courses. We shared two appetizers and two desserts. Everything was perfect and tasty. We have been there before and will go again. We save them for special occassions."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I had a friend visiting the city. We needed a gluten-free place in the área. I had red some good reviews and we tried. Nice and quiet. The menú have lots of gluten-free options. We shared 2 dishes (the quinoa pancakes and the mushroom creepe). We loved them. I highly reccomend it for lunch. Happy we decided to try it."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Such an amazing treat and the staff are so helpful with the choices!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had a delicious dinner at Candle 79 before heading over to a broadway show. We enjoyed every morsal of food and took leftovers home! This is a place everyone must try, even non-vegans! I'm a vegetarian, but my gf is not, and she loved it too!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I came here after getting married with my grandparents for lunch. The food here is amazing. Delicious and there is plenty to select. Fried Seitan on the sticks was brilliant! I must admit I found the place pretty cramped and dark. The service could have been better; they made many mistakes, such as bringing us tap water after ordering 2 mineral bottles and they weren't too patient with my grandfather who is no vegan and needed more help with the menu. I don't recommend coming here if you have a special occasion with a group."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I chose the restuarant because I had been before a few times and loved the healthy, clean and delicious food in the lovely, peacful setting ~ with patient, knowledgeable and helpful staff. It was our monthly mother-daughter luncheon with our dear friends ~ another mother-daughter team. Well, long story short ~ after an amazing meal ~ on the way back to New Jersey ~ 'lets go again next month'!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Candle 79 is one of the best vegan restaurants I have ever eaten at. They make vegan food actually taste amazing. The food is fresh, the quality is undeniable and the taste is simply divine."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I love the daily pasta by the chef. It's pretty good."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I liked the cocktails, but they were overpriced. The appetizers were good (had the cornmeal poppers and guac). The entrees were gross - I can't believe I paid $23 for the signature dish (seitan with creamed spinach and potatoes). It tasted like lemon and was mushy. The other diners with me tried different dishes and they were also not good. I've been to some tasty vegan places and sadly this was not one of them. I dont understand all the hype around this place. I will say that the staff was very friendly and service was great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful, especially the Mexican brownie sundae!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Visited Candle 79 on a recent trip to NYC and didn't think the food was amazing just average. Having visited a number of veggie restaurants around the globe I wouldn't say the food was great and not sure I would return. I am not saying it was bad, just average. The staff were friendly and they had a good selection of cocktails."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Came here with two friends. I'm vegan; they're not. We ordered 4 appetizers: cornmeal poppers, seitan chimichurri, lobster mushroom ravioli, ramps/fiddlehead fern special. Each was extraordinary and delicious in ingredient combinations, presentation and flavor. My favorite was the seitan chimichurri. I wished there had been more of the jalapeño aioli served alongside the poppers. We ordered three salads: the kale/lentil/avocado, the seaweed, and the beet/watermelon. My fav was the kale--the dressing in particular was outstanding. We split the seitan piccata entree and that was the least interesting part of dinner. For dessert: trio of sorbets and the chocolate/peanut butter/caramel thingie. Cocktails were memorable! Service was excellent!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Candle 79 is all about the vegan food, and with freshness and care of preparation, that part of the experience met every expectation. My wife had a 'raw' dinner, that was simply ethereal. The house made ginger ale was the perfect beverage. Desert soared. Even the espresso was terrific. We drove from Philadelphia for a honeymoon dinner, and called ahead because heavy traffic meant we would be late. The host rearranged our reservations, and made sure we were not disappointed. Go. Go often. Eat well!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been planning my NYC trek from LA for months now and the one thing I looked forward to most? Celebrating here with my new husband and daughter(s as I'm also pregnant). We are here two years ago... Not once but twice, and even had our chef cater our wedding with a version of the famous lemon caper piccata because my husband and I loved it so much. I chose the dish again, my husband had the special & daughter had the nachos. However, I was severely disappointed this time around. The food just wasn't up to par like I remember it being... The dessert, however, was decadent and devoured in 19 minutes by us - we had the Mexican chocolate brownie. I may try this place out one more time next visit but it will be the last on my list."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Delicious, complex dishes that would please the palate of even a non vegan or vegetarian. Lovely service, attractive setting."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "very good, we were late because we had a late flight and they still fit us :) nice food."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Delicious inventive vegan food. My dish included a "cheese" that was the most delicious thing I have tasted since I have not eaten milk products in the last 30 years."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My girlfriend's mom was visiting NYC and we wanted to take her to a high-end vegan restaurant to show her what it's all about. We were sorely disappointed. What was really poor was the service. Our waitress was a small African American girl with short curly hair. It was clear we were being forgotten about in favor of the downstairs patrons. We were starving and nobody approached the table for a good 20 min. We decided what we wanted and when she came to the table she told us the specials and took off, not letting us tell her we were ready. It was nearly 1 hr before we finally got some food. She seemed poorly suited for the role of waitress, she was socially awkward and didn't engage with us at all. At the end she didn't even thank us."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very disappointing. Went here for dinner in March and it was delicious. Went back for my son's birthday for brunch. My son has celiacs disease and we are very happy that they have a full gluten free menu but the brunch menu for gluten free as well as the regular menu was not only limited but not very well prepared. Two of us had the waffles which were hard as a rock and not very flavorful. It is extremely expensive for what we got and the service was very slow on top of everything else. We will not be returning any time soon."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I live in Mesa, Arizona. I bought the Candle 79 cookbook a few years ago and was excited to actually eat at the restaurant on a recent trip to New York. The food exceeded my expectations! The flavor and presentation were outstanding and my friend (who is not a vegan) and I enjoyed every minute of our meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was a diverse and enjoyable menu. Every dish was healthy and delicious. The atmosphere and service staff are also very nice."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "At this restaurant, they perform almost impossible vegan tasks such as a crepe, muffins, waffles and pancakes. All were excellent. They even fake sour cream and I am a lacto vegetarian. I like milk products but didn't miss them in this brunch. The brunch menu is small. One of the entrees was a crepe with fiddlehead ferns, artichokes, etc. All grilled. Really a fantastic place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Amazing food for vegans and non vegans alike. Good wine list. Great service."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The vegan community speaks reverently about Candle 79. I was very excited to eat at this 'classic'. Sadly our meal, which ended up at $120 for 2 people, was fairly disappointing. Our appetizer - ravioli - was the highlight of the meal. It was fantastic. It should be a main dish. Both of our main dishes were terrible with the exception of a few details. The jerk seitan had a very poor excuse for jerk seasoning. The sauce on the seitan was overpowering and unappetizing. The fricassee lacked substance, was uninspired and boring. It felt like more of an appetizer than a main dish. I would not recommend it even as a first course. Dessert was good. We had a brownie and ice cream. We had no complaints about it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful, imaginative creations for vegan preparation"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The menu looked amazing as I was waiting outside for a friend. The host was very friendly and helpful, even though the place was packed. A short wait later, we were at the table. We waited a long time for water, even longer for drinks, and an eternity for food. If we hadn't ordered everything together, we would have been there for hours. The food was not that great. The miso dressing on the salad was very good, but overall, the rest of the food was overpriced and had no special qualities -- other than being green."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our dining experience was almost perfect. I would consider this restaurant a special occasion restaurant due to it's high prices."
    Dined on 6/19/2014