Wonderful food but don't go alone
I arrived 15 minutes before my companion--with a reservation for 2. I was offered a table tucked into a corner at the front of the restaurant--the kind of table I'd have expected if I were a walk-in. The crowds (there are always crowds) hadn't started to arrived. I asked for and got a better table (but in the back). I waited 15 minutes before anyone offered a drinks menu. Many restaurants discriminate against single diners, but I hardly expected that here; guess I thought vegans would be beyond bias. After that, everything was fine; the food was as wonderful as expected; even my omnivore friend was impressed and delighted, and I over-tipped just to make them feel worse about their shabby treatment. That probably didn't work.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not a vegetarian myself, but this is some of the finest vegetarian food in the city. Happy hour was so good and our barman was so nice, we ate our dinner at the bar, foregoing our reserved table. The flavors were so tasty and delicious, I wanted to order a take-home meal. As that would have been overkill, I just decided i'd have to come back for dinner again very soon!! Doesn't matter whether you eat meat or not. The Candle chain serve up a wide variety of very tasty, and health food!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you like vegan
Like Candle 79 or Candle Cafe, Candle West upholds the tradition that vegan can be very tasty and exciting. We have eaten here often and it never disappoints.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Candle Cafe West ALWAYS delivers
This was about our 25th visit since the restaurant opened. We had a quiet lunch that was delicious!! I had the appetizer special of artichoke on a bed of julienned vegetables with a lovely tomato sauce. We also enjoyed black beans, brown rice, corn on the cob (one of the only few places and times I ever eat it because I can trust that it is not GMO) and the fried potatoes. Instead of my usual glass of cava or Gruner Veltliner, I opted for the Green Goddess juice. The service was great!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
favorite Candle yet
I've loved this restaurant for a long time, but just got to the west side version. the decor and atmosphere is fantastic.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner for One
I had dinner alone after my companion had to cancel at the last minute.. Everyone was most gracious. I never felt unwelcome as a solitary diner. The food was very good, as always at this handsomely appointed restaurant. I especially like the selection of drinks, from biodynamic wines to organic Scotch. Highly recommended.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
as ever, fabulous vegan food
I love Candle Cafe West (and East)--smart, creative, immaculately prepared food and superior service. Always a treat!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vegan and Gluten-friendly
We had an excellent experience at this restaurant. Despite the majority of our party being completely disinterested in drinking, they were very happy with the vegan menu (none were vegans). The restaurant is very careful with gluten allergies and our gluten-intollerant diner enjoyed her meal. The live lasagna was exquisite. Carrot cake made my day.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
On my favorite list
Delicious, even my carnivore friends thoroughly enjoyed. Not my first time here and definitely not my last. The artichoke appetizer was amazing!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where's the beef?
I am a carnivore, but when I wanted to take my Vegan friend out for her birthday I was skeptical. We decided on Candle Cafe because I had good things about the east side restaurant. It was lovely. I might have needed to add a little salt at one point but for a meat eater I was completely satisfied by the flavors and the textures and definitely very full! The dumplings were awesome with the bok choy, that was cooked perfectly. The spinach ravioli was also quite delicious. Then we shared the kale salad and market plate and we could barely finish. Would definitely go again, but I'm not going vegan anytime soon. ;)
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was SO good! A wonderful restaurant. Can't recommend this enough!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
vegetarian/ artistic/ creative
This restaurant has become one of my favorites to which I have returned several times. Monday night was a lovely space for lively conversation; not crowded or loud in the dining room. The food, as always, was beautifully presented and artfully created. The servers attentive and helpful, but not intrusive.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The 3 A's celebrate dinner
We wanted to celebrate my girlfriend's moving to nyc with some clean, healthy, scrumptious food and drink. Dinner was great, food was well prepared and presented. The gingerita drinks were wonderfully refreshing. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and accommodating.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing vegan food
My favorite vegan restaurant in NYC so far, and I'm not even vegan!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vegan or Not
This is a great restaurant PERIOD.
Clean food, delicious food, superior ambiance and a source of whole real ingredients that was raised with consciousness !!
Thanks for opening in this location.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner on Friday
A friend and I decided to dine here prior to the Opera. The staff seated us immediately, but was a little slow taking and delivering the drink orders- this is a minor criticism. The drinks and the meal were wonderful and we would definitely come up here again before heading to Lincoln Center. Overall, a wonderful experience and a great introduction to fine vegan dining for an omnivore!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Candle Cafe West is fantastic and it may just be my very favorite restaurant. The seitan piccata is absolutely delicious, and the desserts are a real treat. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd be wanting to eat at this restaurant for quite some time and it did not disappoint! The food is organic and farm to table - the menu has a wide selection of food, it even includes Spaghetti and Wheatballs, which is a safe dish for those who want to stay close to something they know. If you go, make sure to try the Mexican Chocolate Cake for dessert - delicious!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Candle Cafe affirmatively good.
Oter than a being bit pricy for a vegetarian/vegan restaurant ($9 plus tax and tip for a vegetable juice medley?), the food, service , ambience and decor are way above average, and despite the restaurant being quite busy when we went, the acoustics were such that you could hear your own table's conversation without hearing those of nearby tables-- a rarity in most Manhattan restaurants..
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great last stop on our trip to NY
We were on our last day of our trip to NYC and didn't need to take off to the airport till later so we made a mad dash to one more vegan restaurant before heading home - Candle Cafe. We had a wonderful experience, from the service to the food. I am going to miss NYC's vegan restaurants. Our two favorites are Candle 79 and Candle Cafe. And I think we hit just about all of them in the six days we were there!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Candle Nachos are fantastic; Chimichurri Seitan is delicious. We loved it so much we went back for brunch next day.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
great place for birthday
The servers were helpful and energetic and the place was packed. I tried the saitan steak, the dish of the day. it was very good, but without foregoing appetizers is non recommended if very hungry. I also tried a pumpkin type alcoholic beverage that was heavy on the bourbon, less so any pumpkin. Admittedly, I had no idea what to expect. After dinner, I ordered coffee and was not able to get real milk. I also had mentioned it was a birthday celebration, which they had not mentioned.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of the top vegan spots in NYC. never disappointed everything we tasted was great! seitan skewers, wheat balls, and dumplings could not get enough. server had great insight for the menu making things easier!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
As a frequent traveler I am always looking for places to eat that are both interesting and healthy. Candle is somewhere I would definitely go back to. There were lots of options on the menu that would be great to try and everything we ordered tasted great and looked good. We also walked away feeling that we had eaten a healthy and nutritious meal.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always look forward to dining here.
This is one of the most creative and delicious restaurants in New York. I feel comfortable knowing that no animals were harmed and the food is truly cuisine. I especially recommend the grilled kale salad and have asked that they never remove it from the menu!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Vegan Option on UWS
We were in town for a very short time and had to choose just one vegan restaurant this visit, and we were glad that our choice was Candle Cafe West. We went on Saturday when we could order either brunch or their standard menu. Everything was delicious! We'll return!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great vegetarian restaurant with lots of dining options. Large portions. Staff was very efficient.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative vegan food
Great food and wine and service! Very creative dishes that are vegan, and some that are gluten free as well. Only negative is that it is a bit pricey for vegan food and portions are on the small side.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Im not a vegitarian or vegan and still the food was outstanding! everything was freshly prepared and presented beautifully. Definately reccommend it to anyone and the vegitarians/vegans in your life will thank you for it!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a first to Candle Cafe West - we've always eaten at the one in the upper east side. I lived in the upper west side awhile ago so not only was it great to be back in the neighborhood, we had a wonderful time from start to finish. The restaurant is beautiful, the ambiance a delight, and the service and food, incredible. Every single thing we ate and drank was delicious! And, it's so easy to make reservations online. We'll be back the next time we're in the city!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place
Ive been vegan for 8 years and this is where I bring my nonvegan friends because the food is amazing!!! I am never disappointed. We were a little ignored for the first 30 minutes but once someone came over to us, everything was perfect. The food is ALWAYS perfect and really that's the reason to go to a restaurant. I cant say it enough: the food here is PERFECT.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
All meals should come from CCW
I am in love with all the Candle restaurants - but this one in particular is perfect. It's a gift to find a place that has brilliant vegan food, gluten-free options, attentive staff, and really chill ambience. Delish delish delish.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
we love having candle west in our neighborhood.
the food is very consistent, and delicious.
the bar scene is very inviting, and it is easily a place to sit and eat alone.
just love it!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vegan food that is divine.
Vegan food that is divine. Worth the noisy atmosphere. Good service.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best vegan meal on West Side
Food is consistently good. Presentation is wonderful. A little pricey but worth it for Veggies and Vegans.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely vegan restaurant
I took my friend to Candle Cafe West for her birthday. She is vegan; I am not. My friend totally loved it, I had mixed feelings about the food but loved everything else. Lovely atmosphere; perfect noise level. We shared a great appetizer with artichokes. She had some kind of dish with black beans, sweet potatoes and a grain, which she loved. I had portobello mushroom prepared as a steak, potatoes, and brussels sprouts. It was decent but I didn't like the cashew cream on it; too rich. The Mexican chocolate cake was fantastic. It is surely vegan heaven; but as a non-vegan I would have preferred food for omnivores. One thing that seems to be common to all vegan restaurants is that there was no bread; I always find that disappointing.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not just for vegetarians
The decor was lovely, and the ambience perfect. I went because I was treating my vegan-trending vegetarian niece, and was amazed to find that the food was fantastic even for me. Highly recommended.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great resturant with excellent staff. The manager (Michael) does a fantastic job in ensuring that the proper level of attention is given to all clients. The bar and waiter staff are professional, friendly and knowledgeable about the wines, drinks and menu. Overall the food is unique and delious. I really enjoy dining at the Candle Cafe.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently delicious vegan food in the Upper West Side. Service is always gracious and attentive.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
A favorite of mine.
I've frequently eaten at the East side branch of this chain, usually for supper. All-vegetarian (not even a fish or egg dish), much vegan food, with gluten-free options. Look for raw emphasis elsewhere, though. At this my first brunch at the chain I found a menu with about the same choices that I see on the East side in the evenings (open daily 11:30 with no breakfast menu), but I enjoyed a salad plus potato-leek soup. My guest (I usually dine alone) also seemed happy with the choices, including camomile tea. East and West cost about the same, and a little more than the similar Angelica Kitchen (lower east side). It was sparsely attended at this lunchtime; may be noisier at others. Your move.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our prix fixe Thanksgiving meal. The harvest plate was a winner that I hope will be repeated for a long time. It had all my fave Thanksgiving foods. The food was excellent and the service was attentive even though we were a large group.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Candle always has excellent vegan food and never fails to please
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh, Creative Taty Vegan food
Although I am not vegan, I loved the food. It i pecial, creative and freh. Loved the Ravioli (took it as an entree rather than a starter) and the sea eed salad. I will return to eat there again.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience for meat eaters and vegans alike! The food is delicious.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful healthy meal!
Candle Cafe is a wonderful friendly fabulous restaurant if you like healthy, innovative food! Salads and main dishes were delicious and creative. We couldn't have had a nicer experience. Great place to bring friends
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorites
I don't know where to start with recommending this place:
The Chocolate peanut mousse is amazing! and so is the cobbler (I can't believe the ice-cream is not dairy)
I highly recommend the seiten piccata, BBQ Tempeh and the Forcini tofu, oh right, forgot about the delicious risotto!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a great meal. The non vegans I was with struggled just a touch but that's understood. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was packed. The space that the waiters walked through with plates of food was a little crowded by the tables and winter coats so we were constantly having to duck out of the way. Annoying, but not enough from keeping me from returning.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent. Waitress
The food was excellent. Waitress answered all our many questions and the ginger ale was amazing!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great inventive, vegetarian
Great inventive, vegetarian food. Salads are delicious and both the entrees and smaller plates were delicious and satisfying. It was a little loud due to some larger parties that seemed to forget they were dining in a restaurant. I would definitely go back to try other items on the menu.
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was afraid!
I am not a vegan--nor have any plans to be on--so some of the ingredients sounded foreign and frightening, but the meals that I have had at Candle West have been superb! Vegetables never had itso good!!
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM