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Candle Cafe West
Candle Cafe West

Candle Cafe West Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.candlecafe.com/west
  • Phone: (212) 769-8900
  • 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: American, Vegetarian, Organic
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My favorite vegan restaurant ever. The Vegetable Ravioli was the best meal I've ever had...ever...amazing"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Nice quiet atmosphere, interesting and delicious vegan food, good service and almost glamorous look. It is one of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Perfect restaurant for anyone looking for quality vegan/vegetarian food. Very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Last night was not a good meal but most of the time the food is over the top fabulous!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Two friends of ours from SF and they're vegetarian. They want to spend the evening with 5 of us. So I picked this restaurant and made a special request for a round table. They said the round table is good for six people but I asked to let us have it for 7 people. They didn't argue and went for it. It was perfect. WE had a blast time catching up with fabulous food and service. The service was amazing! We definitely will come back!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Tasty, creative vegetarian but quite expensive. Be sure to ask for the cost of specials (like at many other restos, server does not volunteer this info) so as to avoid sticker shock when you get your check!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Candle cafe has great food even for non vegans. Their replica of the piccata was amazing as well as the ravioli. Sure will delight even the most sceptical person!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The ambience and decor is warm and inviting. The service was excellent at all levels - what you would find at a very expensive establishment. That being said, what you come here for is the food. You won't miss the meat at this upscale vegan restaurant. The dishes went from sumptuous to bright and lively. A truly wonderful experience. We will definitely come here again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been to Candle Cafe many times on the east side; I remembered it was pricey, but honestly, I was hoping for a little more from my meal. For the price I paid, I would expect a little more. I felt like some of the vegetables were not fresh and had been frozen. Overall, service was great, meals tasted good...I just felt like I wanted a little more bang for my buck. I'd try it again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Vegetarian to me has always been equated with healthy and less so with "exciting!" However, the food here was exciting and tasty! I ordered two appetizers since I have a smaller appetite and they were ample and delicious."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My 3rd time in, this was for my girlfriend's birthday. The food was outstanding, our service attentive and sweet, and an excellent drinks selection. I will absolutely be in again, at some point in the future -- hopefully sooner than later."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "What a great ambiance, the staff is very friendly as well.They have gluten free options which is great and everything was super tasty."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Service (Debra) was delightful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Notably very good service. Staff are very helpful, friendly, informative and co-ordinate very well with each other to make your experience seamless and enjoyable. Food is very good too, especially the ravioli and the potato fries."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you are a Vegetarian or not this is heaven. The food is unique and delicious. Hard to believe this can be achieved without any animal ingredients."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "candle cafe is one of the predominant vegetarian restaurants in the usa. We went with a friend who is hard core carnivore, he totally enjoyed his meal."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "my non veg friends didn't notice that there is no meat until after I told them."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We took my husband here for Father's Day. All of the dishes we ordered were beautifully plated and delicious. He had a brunch special. I had the Mezze Plate, my daughter had seitan skewers. We started with dumplings and ended with a hot strawberry-rhubarb cobbler a la mode. Service wasn't rushed, but our waitress was attentive and enthusiastic. A very enjoyable and delicious vegan meal."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "awesome food always but need more bean entrees and fewer tofu/seitan/tempeh entrees--give us the real stuff"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "To have a place in the neighborhood that serves healthy/ vegan food that is presented beautifully is a gift. The atmosphere rivals any other place and dining at the bar is great. The staff is one of the most responsive and pleasant I've experienced. It seems like they're doing well and I'm not surprised. Go Candle Cafe!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food at Candle Cafe West is excellent! Everything is fresh, tasty, and original. It's hard to believe how many foodstuffs are not used in the preparation- no meat, no fish, no milk, dairy, cheese or eggs;yet the food is so tasty! The vegetables and grains are amazingly good ! So are the desserts and coffees. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our waitperson didn't tell us specials tho he told next table. We thought the tempeh dish wasn't as good as other dishes we've had. Tge bitter greens were too much and too strong a flavor. The cobbler was delish. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014