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, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, 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
192 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (121)neighborhood gem (110)special occasion (58)great for lunch (54)romantic (47)great for brunch (47)good for groups (36)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent Vegetarian
    nyfoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Candle continues to have a creative vegetarian menu. It is deservedly busy and a very good option for vegetarians and also for Kosher diners. Interesting bar with organic wines and spirit choices. We live close by and often order takeout from Candle as well. Overall an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The staff was knowledgeable about food option and the food was tasty. I left my credit card by accident and promptly received a call and was able to return and reclaim my card. Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan World
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends. Great food and wines choices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it
    rinyc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food and service. Happy I finally ate there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    You have to be a vegetarian to fully enjoy this restaurant. It's very expensive. Portions, even desserts, are small and there's not even bread at the table to fill the gap. I went home and had supper. That having been said, some things are special. The mint/melon drink was exceptionally good. The live lasagna tasty and subtle in flavor. The waiter very efficient and sweet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nance
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant is a must if your not a meat eater. The bar is beautiful and the bartenders are excellent mixologist. The food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty, sophisticated veggie fare
    adenizenofharlemVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wonderful to have such an elegant yet accessible vegetarian restaurant on the UWS! Delicious food that satisfied even my carnivorous dining mate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second visit to Candle Cafe West and it was even better than the first! The food is just outstanding and we were left wanting to lick the plate!! I can truly recommend this restaurant both for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores (like my husband) who can't refuse an excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Full of flavor
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Everything we ordered was amazing. It was so nice to have a delicious, healthy meal and not have a gluten hangover the next day. Ryan, our server, was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful vegan Fare
    Oneearleft
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have long enjoyed Candle Cafe on 3rd Ave. The food here is the same high quality, but ambiance is quieter, more commodious and better suited for quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    veggiegal
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Delicious food, wonderful service, amazing wine selections! Loved everything about this place. I'd go again in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My date and I had a fantastic time, my first time at a vegeterian restuarant the food was great, would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Leah675
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Candle cafe west is delicious, beautiful and has great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vegan/Vegetraian
    ARG17
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is a great restaurant. The food and service was exceptional. I'd recommend getting the Market Plate as it's a great variety of different choices. I went with the soba noodles, mustard grilled seitan, grilled zucchini and sauteed greens. Everything was spot on. The Avocado-Quinoa salad was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch, great for vegetarians
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have never eaten at a vegetarian restaurant before. I did not know what to expect besides noodles and veggies. I had a delicious salad and shared steamed dumplings with a sweet sauce. The other dishes looked good, I will definitely try it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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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
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    • 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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    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.