Candle Cafe West
Candle Cafe West

Candle Cafe West

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.candlecafe.com/west
  • Phone: 2127698900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30 pm


    Dinner: Monday thru Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm


    Brunch: Satuday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Sunday Dinner - 4:00pm - 930pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Jorge Pineda & Angel Ramos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Party Platters are available as well as full service off-site event catering. Including eco-bar service and cocktail parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 89th street
  • Public Transit: Both 86 and 104 bus lines will stop along Broadway and 86th



    The Subway 1 line stops on 86 and Broadway.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available along the side streets. Please pay attention to the parking signs along these streets.



    Nearby Parking lots include the following:



    Parking Lot 700 is located just off of 86th street between S. Main street and Broadway. It has 21 spots and is open 24 hours Monday- Sunday. Maximum stay is 2 hours.



    Lot 665 (87th and Grand) is open Monday- Friday 8am-6pm and is located on 87th street just off of S. Broadway.
A word from Candle Cafe West
Candle Cafe West combines delicious, organic, vegan cuisine with gracious and knowledgeable service. Just as the sister restaurants, Candle Cafe and Candle 79, on the east side have done, Candle Cafe West lovingly crafts “food fresh from farm to table." They also offer an intimate organic wine and eco-cocktail bar. The Candle’s passion is to sustainably create scrumptious, vegan cuisine and an unforgettable dining experience. All of which will have the conscientious foodie coming back for more.
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Candle Cafe West reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)neighborhood gem (111)special occasion (56)great for lunch (54)great for brunch (53)romantic (49)good for groups (35)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Special for vegetarians/vegans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a fabulous meal here, a special occasion celebrating one of my vegan students passing his qual exams. Other diners were non-vegetarians, but found the meal, as did I, satsifying, creative and delicious. I saw some complaints about the price in reviews, but I found it inline with other upscale NYC restaurants (perhaps only if you think "vegetarian food should always be cheap"). I'm sure they invested in quality ingredients, and I found it good value considering the high quality of what we got. Standout dishes: the quesidilla, portobello burger, spicy cilantro "refesher".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan Virgin
    christocinoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am really a vegan virgin, but we had a reservation at a French restaurant for dinner and I knew I would probably be eating plenty of red meat and organ meets then, so we decided for something healthier for brunch. Imagine my surprise when we discovered how tasty a meal could be without animal stuff. I had the nuevos rancheros and my partner had the curry dish and we were both impressed by the quality of the ingredients and the creativity of the cuisine. The servers were also extremely helpful and patient even when I insensitively asked whether there was any pork lard in the tortillas. While I am not about to convert, I will continue to explore vegan cuisine from time to time, and I do plan to revisit Candle when I visit NYC again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Candle Cafe West. Easily one of my favorite restaurants. Brought a friend here for her first visit and she loved it too :) Service is always top notch - thanks Amena for always taking such good care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST Upscale Vegan in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food here is unfailingly delightful: tasty, creative, beautiful presentation and excellent service. Never disappointed! Never.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food as always
    OpenStudioVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It's hard to judge the restaurant this time since we came in so early that we were the only ones there (4:30p). The food was excellent as always with the appetizers tasting even better than the main meal. The service was excellent and the waiter was particularly helpful in selecting our wine. Will always return to this restaurant as long as it stays this good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Run by amatures
    HIN421VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Even if you have reservations getting seated is always complicated. It seems difficult to find a table even when the place is half empty. Food is flavorless.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great and interesting
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The imaginative uses which the chef makes of all sorts of vegetable products is amazing. At night, try to get a table in the front away from the bar, in order to avoid the very high noise level in the rear.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Health food for foodies
    brusselsprouts
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Tis is a vegan / organic restaurant that is so delicious that no one of any food stripe would complain (unless you really need red meat!). I've taken meat and potatoes friends there, and they are blown away by the food. Though I usually go for lunch and don't drink wine, their organic wine list is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Vegan Gem
    MCanEat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If you enjoy a healthy vegan alternative, then this restaurant is made for you. Five of us shared a couple of appetizers; everything on the menu was an option, so settling on only two was difficult. My Live Lasagna entrée was fresh and delicious. I knew I couldn't go wrong when the first ingredient listed was heirloom tomatoes. Yum.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and healthy food
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Came here for the first time last week, and I will definitely be back! The cocktails were delish (I tried the one with chia seeds and my friend got the one with tequila, cilantro and lemon). I highly recommend the nachos, BBQ quesadillas and the seitan sandwich. The sesame tofu needed salt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Healthy Food
    Alie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Bet Vegetarian food I've discovered on the Upper West Side...worth a return visit, definitely!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Haven for uptown vegans
    Roxie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was amazing and our server was so friendly. My favorites were the nachos starter, the vegetable curry cake and the peach crumble for dessert. As a vegan it is nice to dine out somewhere special, where your choices are endless and everything tastes great. You will be seeing more of me Candle Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fablous vegan for everyone
    LuvsToEatandDrinkVegan
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Candle Cafe West is always busy and why wouldn't it be? Food, ambiance, service, wine and cocktail list, this healthy, organic vegan has it all- except for one thing… there is not hint of preachy. That is why my guests, who are avid omnivores, were entralled. They will go back and I certainly have become a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Vegan Restaurant in NYC!
    Willsing4supper
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've been vegan for 7 years and Cafe West offers the best combination of food, service, ambience and price of any vegan restaurant I've found in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Vegenut
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The service was friendly and efficient. The ravioli, an appetizer, delicious and the special artichoke tasty as well. We made a reservation, was sedated right away and didn't wait long for food. A lovely restaurant which I would go to again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding meal!
    BasbcaseyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    As a non vegan who went here with my vegan friend I was more than pleasantly surprised. The food was fantastic! We both loved it. The restaurant itself is lovely. Service was great. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food!
    Junegirls
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our party of four had lunch here and it was amazing. We loved the choices and will certainly come back to try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegan haven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Candle Cafe West is a fabulous restaurant that deserves all the praise it gets. The welcome was very warm, our waitress was fun, friendly, helpful and attentive. The decor was young, fresh and classy. The choices on the menu were so numerous, and all so very tempting, and all of them lived up to their expectations. The food came reasonably fast, and looked and tasted phenomenal. All the staff was incredibly professional. Two big thumbs up for this vegan haven in the upper west side. Trendy, but not pretentious. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggie Ravioli
    staceyVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My favorite vegan restaurant ever. The Vegetable Ravioli was the best meal I've ever had...ever...amazing
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  • exceptional
    DivaDoc
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was an exceptional dining experience overall. The food menu was unique from the content (kosher and vegan yet also diverse ethnic tastes) to the presentation and our waitress was superb. We were a party of 6 and shared all the dishes so had an opportunity to sample many different dishes, best one hands down was the tortellini, absolutely savory! The ambiance is very comfortable, dimly lit, pleasant music. The only criticism is the cocktail drinks were not very tasty and took too long to bring out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fitting end to a fun day
    Epicure
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We walked from the bottom of Manhattan --an unusual activity for us--to our final destination, Candle Cafe. And what a feast we had. Steamed dumplings, mezze plate, "live" lasagne, burrito, paella, key lime pie and carrot cake. Sublime. Every dish was superb. (Indian curry cake was the only sub-par choice.) The Rockaway cocktail with greenhook gin was excellent (hold the agave.) And beer selection was terrific. We groaned with delight. We'll be back and will even stroll six miles to do so!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent vegan restaurant
    2hbs
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nice quiet atmosphere, interesting and delicious vegan food, good service and almost glamorous look. It is one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Candle Cafe West Rocks
    Debbie1328
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    An outstanding destination for vegetarian food. This is not a "meat eaters will love it place." It's a place for people who appreciate how delicious fresh greens and veggies are. The service is friendly, warm, and very "white glove" which you don't find a lot on the Upper West Side. I would eat here every day if I could
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Good4Udining
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I have been a long time customer of the eastside cafe and also the restaurant on 79th. I was meeting an old friend so I wanted it to be at a nice friend. The food, the service were great. Good choice. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West Side Candle
    NewyorkchickVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    If you're a Candle lover, this ranks up there with the East side restaurants. Great food, more comfy than the Cafe but not as private or special as 79. More families and kiddies dropping food here, which at avg of $80 per dinner for 2 is a turnoff. Different menu than the others, still great. But PLEASE seat the family crowd in the back?! Or maybe that's the West side vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MothersNDaughters
    MothersNDaughters
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The four of us shared everything and agreed all to be delish ~ grilled kale and avocado quinoa salads especially. The chocolate almond joy cake was totally scrummy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A vegan restaurant that succeeds
    DNMIS
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is the second time I have been to Candle Cafe West and it succeeds where other restaurants of its genre fail. There is no attempt to make faux meat or fish. All that is served is a wonderful combination of vegetables and spices, both cold and hot, that titillate the taste buds and leave one pleasantly satiated. The cold avocado soup and roasted artichokes were wonderful. For the main course I wanted to try a variety of things so I opted for the sides. I had a plate of greens, soba noodles and sauteed mushrooms and they were excellent. Others in our party enjoyed the seitan scampi special, the farfelle special, vegetable paella and wild mushroom salad. The recommended dessert, Live Coconut Key Lime Pie, was yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andrew
    Andrew
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love all of the Candle locations. We are staying on the upper east side (8 days) and this location is closest. We are dining at Candle 79 (east side) on Thursday with friends/colleagues from Long Island. We feel like Candle is a treasure/gem for vegetarian, healthy food. One of our go-to spots when in New York. We love it. Started going to Candle Café many years ago when I lived nearby at E 74th and 1st Avenue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan Delight
    Suzanne
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent food! This was my first time to this restaurant and I certainly hope to return. It came highly recommended and want to pass that recommendation along to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan heaven
    CBartelsVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I always try to get to Candle Cafe West at least once when visiting NY. You don't have to be vegan to enjoy delicious, fresh, healthy and gourmet food! Their wine list is quite nice...daily specials are great and some tried and trues that are also delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan/vegetarian?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Perfect restaurant for anyone looking for quality vegan/vegetarian food. Very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to East Side Candles
    Marla
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Sadly disappointed in food and service. Food not up to par at either east side location. Service a joke. We ordered 6 small plates between us and asked waiter to stagger them. He brought all dishes within 10 minutes of our ordering. We returned plates because they were cold by the time we got to them.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lost opportunity
    ak4dinner
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great ambiance as a special neighborhood find - for vegetarian guests this was a real positive start. Downhill really fast - maître d was too slick and disinterested, then cheerful waitress seemed like a winner but turned out to be the worst - hurried us to make decision then didn't come back to take order for 20 mins - but had time to hang with the maître d! Repeatedly bad service - took almost 2 hours for four of us on a straightforward meal. Her food suggestions were insincere as everything seemed to be her favorite. Tofu was excellent and vegetable paella was simply tasteless mush. Price was ok. Not rushing back there. Attitude problems usually mean management problems.
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  • Gluten free Vegetarian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant has a gluten-free menu and their food is good. Staff are helpful and friendly. Menu is also vegan. If you have celiac disease let the staff know that you are not gluten-free by choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place to meet for first date
    goodfoodandfun
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This restaurant is not too noisy, with great food and good service. If you get a front window seat, you can sit and eat while watching NYC go by. Nice first date place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great healthy spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Amazing food, delicious and healthy. Lots of great options, and the service was fast and on point. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Bland uninteresting food
    BoulderVegan
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was really hoping this restaurant would be great. It wasn't. Everything we had was a bland. The Kale salad was dull and lifeless and the dumplings were bad imitations. We also tried the Picatta which had a decent flavor (could have used more lemon) but the size of and thickness of the seitan was overpowering and had a rubbery consistency.
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  • Good organic restaurant!
    UWSVeganVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Last night was not a good meal but most of the time the food is over the top fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Candle Cafe is wonderful!
    itschocolate4me
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A wonderful restaurant with great choices for vegans--delicious for us non-vegans that don't want too many tofu products! Lots of choices--lots of yummy foods!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal!
    Teddi928
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Since discovering Candle Cafe West a year ago we've remained faithful to its good food and fine service. We've never had a disappointing meal or overall experience at the restaurant, and friends we've referred have been similarly pleased. Candle Cafe boasts non-meat food that is both tasty and attractive, ad carnivores may be surprised by how delicious non-meat alternatives can be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet