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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
    212-650-1988

    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
  • "Love this vegan restaurant - probably our favorite in NYC! It never disappoints and the service is always top-notch."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Went for dinner: The vegan and the meat eater both enjoyed the meal! The meal was delicious and the portion size was perfect. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Best vegetarian food I have ever had! Gluten Free and Dairy free options abound! Delicious!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We loved the food so much we bought the cookbooks for Candle 79 and Candle West. As a total vegetarian 100% of the time, who is a well traveled foodie, I thought the food was outstanding. It is wonderful to get great vegetarian without needing to go Indian, Japanese, or Mediterranean. What a treat! We had four people and particularly loved the veggie crepe, and the seitan piccata. We are eager to try all the other items as well."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "It is wonderful to find a restaurant where a couple of knucklehead vegans like us can go to have a romantic dinner, just like we used to be able to do in the carcas-munching days of our past. Plenty of fantastic selections from which to choose (instead of the usual "we have salads you can eat"). Good wine list. And open late enough to go after seeing "Hedwig"! A great treat for us and, for those about to Rock Vegan, we salute you."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal, in particular the dessert and cocktails were spectacular. One of the best vegan desserts we've had! We booked ahead and got our table bang on time. Service was great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I have not been to every vegan restaurant, but I have been to several (I am an omnivore, but my daughter is vegetarian) and I have to say this was very good. Each dish we had and shared was flavorful and to the point. I left satisfied to have had an extremely pleasant dining experience. And, best of all, the cocktails were really, really good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Light and tasty vegan food, perfectly prepared. Seitan piccata and blueberry pie were outstanding. Service amiable. Air conditioning a bit too strong."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I've been a vegan for a few years and I've been to many vegetarian and vegan places, but this was some of the best vegan food I've had so far. Literally everything on the menu sounded amazing. Great service and ambiance! Will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The staff was so welcoming and nice."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "the food is incredible !!! you don't have to be a vegitarian or a vegan to enjoy this fantastic creations!!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was my first visit and I found it intriguing and terrific. Good service, interesting menu, and ample food. So good that I booked a visit to the West Side version for the same week"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It's inventive and delicious! I had raw stuffed squash blossoms, taking raw food to another level. Book ahead."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We tried a sampling of their appetizers and entrees and were really pleased with our selections. We'd def. return and I think even an open minded carnivore would like this vegan restaurant. Almost all the dishes looked tempting so it was difficult to choose. The service and atmosphere were not as upscale as we'd anticipated but, no matter, it was really fun to try creative dishes with absolutely no egg, cheese etc. Not your 70's type of vegan cuisine that's for sure! And you will not leave hungry."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was great, the ambiance was great, the service was great, and the venue was clean. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Candle 79. I am a non Vegan and yet I had my best meal of my 4 day stay in NYC. This was my first Vegan dining experience and I would go back again and again, my dinner was great, my tea divine and the dessert was so good I wished I had room for more. My husband who is a Vegan said it was one of his best meals ever also. The wait staff was great and I think the owner or manager came by to chat with us. It was so great. I would whole heartedly recommend Candle 79 to anyone Vegan or not."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great for those who like to eat healthy clean food. While I am not a vegan, I do eat healthy clean food and thoroughly enjoyed my meal; especially the home made ice cream. I don't believe you can make a poor choice when deciding what to eat here. This restaurant has been added to my list of favorites."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "While the food at candle 79 was good, I was hoping it to be better. I have to seirtan burger I found there was too much sauce on it and the bread was not homemade. Also the planter fries that came with it were not that flavorful."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I had never met such a poorest restaurant, especially service is the worst ever."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • " The two of us shared the incredible appetizer special of purslane quinoa salad & as usual, wanted everything off the menu for our entree. This place is always consistently outstanding--hands down, our favorite NY restaurant. We recommend to everyone we know."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Amazing veggie food and creative options in the middle if the concrete jungle. Just look past the flat service. Ask for upstairs front room has nice view."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Delicious all organic all vegan food. Very creative. Seasonal veggies. Healthy food and naughty treats. They also had a great gluten free menu!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This was an outstanding dining experience. The vegan menu is creative, innovative and delicious!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Dinner at Candle 79 is always excellent! My husband, my son, a friend, and myself thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We shared starters and desserts. Each of us selected a different entree (all delicious). Always save room for dessert at Candle 79. They are outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "MY WIFE IS VEGAN AND ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO CANDLE 79. WE HAD DINNER THERE ON OUR 35 TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. THE FOOD WAS TERRIFIC AND WAIT SERVICE WAS GREAT. IT'S RARE TO EAT IN A RESTAURANT WHERE THE WAIT STAFF DO NOT CLEAR THE TABLE UNTIL EVERYONE HAS FINISHED EATING. CANDLE 79'S WAIT STAFF DID NOT CLEAR UNTIL WE BOTH FINISHED EATING. IT WAS A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE. NON VEGANS DON'T BE AFRAID, YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT MEAL AT CANDLE 79."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Vibrant and diverse menu, expertly prepared and deftly served. You do not have to be a vegan(I'm not) to thoroughly enjoy this Upper East Side gem."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "A good vegan restaurant is hard (nearly non existent) to find. The food here was really good, lots of flavors, creamy despite no dairy and tasted amazing. My anti-vegan boyfriend was highly impressed and loved it, too. Highly recommend the ravioli!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The apps were delicious, the entrees were mediocre. I didn't like their drink menu so I asked for lemonade with vodka. Their drink prices averaged around $15 so I was a little surprised that mine came to $20. The decor needs some updating. I love taking my non vegan friends to try vegan restos but I don't think I'd bring them here. It wouldn't make a good first time vegan impression."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "For my vegan assistant's farewell dinner, I decided to take him to Candle 79 (after realizing that Dirt Candy was booked solid). For a downtown girl like me, it was quite a trek but upon arrival I was greeted by a very lovely host team. The service was overall impeccable and the food was excellent and filling, much to my surprise. The cocktails are great and not overly sweet. Definitely a destination for the vegan foodie in your life. If I had one critique, it would be to remove one of the bar stools at the bar. Its a little stuffed to be comfortable."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The dishes prepared here were all done with great care and everything was delicious. The server was excellent, providing wine tasting when we were undecided about wine selected."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The best vegan food around! Seitan piccata and avocado salad. Also had the steamed dumplings and seitan chimichurri."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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
  • "Food, cocktails and selection for both of the above was an A+. Service was fine if a little inexperienced. Giving two stars because the waiter did nothing to quell the obnoxious and large high school reunion group seated next to us. There was loud hand-clapping, braying laughter and at several points a member of the party would actually get up and put their foot up on the chair, raising their voice to shout at the other end of the table. Keeping it REAL classy. I also specified on the reservation that we were there for my boyfriend's birthday, but we didn't get any acknowledgment of that fact. I'd go back for the food. Would request to sit in a quiet corner."
    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