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
171 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)neighborhood gem (101)special occasion (57)great for lunch (48)romantic (45)great for brunch (36)good for groups (33)notable wine list (23)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The best vegan dining in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Candle Cafe West is a neighborhood staple for us, at least for special occasions or treat dinners out. My husband - an omnivore - and I - a vegan - love their beautifully prepared dishes, extensive organic/sustainable wine list and super-chill ambiance. The staff is always tremendously helpful and friendly, and they do a great job of accommodating food allergies and special requests. My favorite of all their dishes is the Spiced Indian Pea Cake; my husband's is the Portobello Steak. It's a great place to take non-vegans to expose them to really well-done plant-based food, and a nice place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything we hoped for
    Wonderful
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was wonderful. Even our carnivore friends loved it! The wine, the appetizer, the enter, &other dessert were all fabulous. Our waiter was friendly and informative. The restaurant was classy without being stuffy or pretentious. Not what people would expect from a vegan restaurant. Upscale dining. Delicious vegan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kailuagirll99
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great vegan food and wonderful atmosphere. Great NY veg place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What A Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Must-eat restaurant on Upper West Side, plant-based menu executed for refined palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great veg / organic restaurant
    morels711
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Probably one of the best organic and/or vegetarian restaurants I've been to. It is hard to find a restaurant that sources both organic/local and is exclusively vegetarian and the quality is very good. Candle West has all three.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, with one reservation
    MelsaysVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We've been coming here for years. We have found it to be an excellent Vegan restaurant, though don't confuse it with health food. One member of our party of six ordered the mushroom salad. This was a huge disappointment: it was a plate of greens with a few mushrooms slices, very few. If one calls it a mushroom salad, an entree course, it should have a significant number of mushrooms. Alas... Other than than, it was fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service!
    CTdineINny
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Candle Cafe was a great experience! The food was outstanding. Lots of flavor, color and presentation of the plates. Even if you are not vegetarian or vegan you can definitely enjoy this restaurant. I absolutely loved Candle Cafe! Everyone should try it at least once!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For omnivores too...
    BlueCat
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    There were three in my party: one vegan (who is also gluten-free), one omnivore, and one semi-vegetarian who eats fish, but no meat. We were all happy diners and the meat-eater cleaned his plate! Our server was unusually helpful in guiding our menu choices and the restaurant was generally very welcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious dinner!
    casbar
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A relaxing, pleasant setting and delicious healthful food with a nice wine and beer and mixed drink list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    sabtnycVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food is fresh, beautifully prepared, incredible combinations and beyond delicious. Not a vegetarian, but the food here is simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Delicious whether you are vegan or not. Creative, fun menu. Energetic and friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious, healthful food
    SensitivePoetType
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I love this restaurant. It's a bit pricey -- a glass of wine costs between $13 and $15 -- but everything is fresh and delicious. Also, the service is excellent. Our waiter was knowledgeable and completely attentive. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious vegan fare
    Lunaeats
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Each of the Candle restaurants offers exceptionally delicious, very imaginative vegan food. I really enjoy the ambiance at Candle West--it seems somewhere between the very relaxed and casual original Candle Cafe and the more "special occasion" feel of Candle 79. They make a delicious mole sauce at Candle West---I always order whatever menu item features it; this time it was pomegranate-chili tempeh over roasted veggies and sautéed greens in mole sauce---so tasty! Followed by pumpkin breading pudding, the perfect autumn dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Jamming
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I was entertaining people from out of town. They will go out of their way to get to Candle Cafe West next time - and it will become a regular for me. Food and service cannot be topped. What diversity in the gluten-free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go Vegan
    Terry56
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The ambiance was great but more importantly the food was amazing . My wife and myself first time at a vegan restaurant and I say who needs meat , I recommend the Ravioli out of this world and the fall Risotto off the charts. Highly recommend will be back !!terry56
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming food and people
    EpicureVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    How often do you visit a restaurant where the staff seems genuinely happy to see you? The appeal of Candle Cafe begins at the door. You are welcomed and from that moment on the comfort of great food and a warm buzz continues. This is our favorite restaurant in New York. We leave fully sated and yet healthy. The "live"lasagne is not a traditional lasagne--no pasta, no tomato sauce, uncooked. But the freshness and liveliness of the vegetables make the dish improbably light yet filling. We always leave happy and walk out citing what we will try the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't believe it's vegan
    kidsnave
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Candle Cafe, like the original Candle, creates unbelievably tasty, original and beautifully presented vegan dishes. Here you will find something for every taste, something that will meet or exceed similar dishes on traditional menus. Our friends, one of whom is a vegetarian, were both skeptical until the appetizers arrived. From them on it was all smiles and raves. They took several business cards with them to share with their friends - spread the good word.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Only for Vegans
    Babs
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My non vegan husband enjoyed his lunch just as much as I (vegan) did. We both ordered a burrito which was stuffed to the rafters with seitan, black beans, corn and other veggies, just the right seasoning, drizzled with some "sour cream," and the result was perfect. Dessert--cheesecake with chocolate sauce and carrot cake, was also excellent. Service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    foodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Candle Café Wast never disappoints. The dishes are always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan World
    livegan
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends. Great food and wines choices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • 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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  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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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