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Candle 79 - Permanently Closed

4.7
4.7
4603 Reviews
$31 to $50
Organic
"The only constant in life is change." It is with great sadness and immense gratitude to you all that we share this news. Real estate development has claimed the building we've called home for sixteen wonderful years. On December 31st, 2019, our beloved Candle 79 will close its doors. Since 2003, Candle 79 has been at the forefront of the movement to bring plant-based eating into the mainstream. As we've grown, we've watched in awe as people throughout the world have changed minds, hearts and lifestyles to embrace a way of eating that is healthier, kinder and gentler for all. We are proud to know that our work helped light the fire for this beautiful revolution of the spirit. There's still time to book a table or two and enjoy our fall menu, or celebrate the holiday season with us. We'd love to see you and hope you'll share your own stories of Candle 79. And, mark your calendars for New Year's Eve to help us blow out Candle 79 in style!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 537-7179

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Angel Ramos

  • Catering

    Delicious organic vegan catering for intimate at-home dinner parties, corporate events, weddings, and lavish galas. Recent events include Paul McCartney's private New York concert, David Steinberg's book signing, Mehmet Oz's HealthCorps fundraiser for 1000 guests, fundraisers in Peter Max's Art Studio, and a wedding shower at Norma Kamali's showroom. Regular caterer for PETA and Farm Sanctuary's yearly Galas.

  • Private party facilities

    At Candle 79, we offer on site party rooms for 14-85 guests. Whether it's a bridal shower, family reunion, birthday, rehearsal dinner, corporate gathering, meeting, or wedding, Candle 79 would love to talk with you about your next special event!

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (212) 537-7179

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    6 Train to 77th Street and Lexington Avenue, #79 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street, and #101 & #102 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street or 3rd Avenue and 79th Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as always. So sad to see this place close.
  2. PP

    PotPanKnife

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very disappointed altogether. The food was way below what I expected and really was not worth the price tag.
  3. M

    Mazzie

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Candle 79 is always a delicious experience. I’m sad that they lost their lease because the building was sold. Hopefully they will open elsewhere.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ambiente was very simpel in American Style, Food was excellent, tasty , looked also great ! It is an absolutely perfect place for daily meal time.. thank You very much! We are very selective about food... and this place will be definitely on our list to come next time we are around .
  5. LB

    LindaB

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waaaaah I’m so sad about the closing. Please find another space!
  6. NY

    NYFoodie

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my niece’s birthday, she is gluten-free and lactose intolerant. There were many delicious choices for all of us. The service was excellent. Highly recommend.
  7. TH

    THENYVEGANS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Glad to go there one last time before they close for good. To bad they were out of all the cocktails I wanted that’s what I loved about the place. Dinner was not at all as described on the menu option. Guess we shouldn’t of waited till the last week.
  8. MG

    MikeG

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Perfect for vegans and even those who may be with vegans and are willing to try!
  9. HK

    HannahK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best vegan brunch you'll ever find!! Candle 79 has been one of my favorite restaurants for over ten years!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing vegan restaurant. Will miss coming here for their weekend brunches. Had many memorable meals here and the staff were always so hospitable and accommodating.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was good!! Dishes way too big, the waiter said it was going to be ok and we ordered way too much.0
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    It was the last time at Candle79 - a restaurant we love and we’ve been to many times. Unfortunately, the staff was just very unfriendly as it has been also the last several times we’ve been to Candle79. This was very disappointing.
  13. KC

    KellieC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it. So delicious and the gluten free menu was wonderful!
  14. ND

    NickyD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Candle 79 is always a highlight of our visit to NYC. We were so sorry to hear that it will be closing. Please reopen in another location!!
  15. NB

    NathanB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    good food great space. pricey but to be expected. last time we went there for our anniversary the dessert was free of charge this time not the case. but still good restaurant would and do recommend
  16. KH

    KimberlyH

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Candle 79 is a vegan paradise....a mainstay in the city for years!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! Love the seasonality of the menu. Waitstaff was highly professional and helpful. Seitan Piccata was flavorful and perfectly made. Butternut squash with cranberry relish was delightfully delicious. We’ll be back as soon as we can.
  18. AN

    AaronN

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food. Nice setting. So sad to see it go
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing especially the seitan skewers & Mac and cheese 🙌🏼
  20. CJ

    ChristyJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good but the decor could use some updating. Ripped upholstery on the banquette and the bathroom was dirty.
  21. R

    Rachel

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed celebrating my birthday! All the food was amazing and so happy we got to come here before they leave. So sad to see this place go!
  22. j

    jbsnyc79

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am not a vegetarian but my two guests are and they swear Candle 79 offers the best vegetarian menu and food they've experienced (and I too found my dinner delicious). The menu has something for every palette and the service is attentive without being intrusive. We had an early booking (6pm) and when we left around 8pm there was a line out the door. Highly recommend!
  23. SV

    SusanV

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    The food was tasty and presented artfully, and the service was prompt and courteous, but the quantity of food on the plate was lacking. For the money we spent we should’ve had larger servings. We were three people with two appetizers and three main dishes and we left hungry, and that’s disappointing. I regret having to say I’m not sure we would return.
  24. NY

    NYTraveler

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Possibly the last time we will be able to eat at this fabulous establishment before it closes at the end of this month.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Candle 79 is by far my favorite restaurant in NYC. Perfect place for a special days.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beautifully plated and so delicious! We are sad along with many others Candle 79 is closing but glad we had the opportunity to experience it one last time when visiting NYC. This will forever be one of our favorite vegan restaurants. <3
  27. CD

    ChristineD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We had heard great things about this restaurant and being plant based were looking forward to coming here for a long time. Food was good although I don’t know why they’d make dumpling app soggy by using some soy based liquid that broccoli was cooked in, in the same bowl dumplings were placed? We were told that they are closing 12/31, so I imagine that is the reason for not fixing their second bathroom, leaving only one bathroom to be used by the public. This was inconvenient as both, my partner and I waited to use it. Glad we experienced this dining before it was too late!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Candle 79 was outstanding. The food was delicious, and the waiter was patient with our party’s many questions and requests for suggestions. Our table was a mix of vegans and non, and everyone was impressed by the meal, the drink selection, and the service. The cauliflower appetizer was delicious and the enchilada dish is highly recommended. Especially noteworthy is the staff. We had reservations for 9pm and stayed until 11:30pm. Not once were we made to feel rushed or like we have overstayed our welcome, despite the restaurant closing at 10:30pm (oops, we really didn’t realize!). They stayed attentive to our needs, didn’t clear out our plates mid dining, only interrupted to ask if everything was okay, and asked if we wanted dessert at the end... which we did. It’s rare not to feel rushed or pressed in NYC, and this was an example of the service that every restraint should strive for. We will definitely be back. Thank you!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am going to miss this fabulous restaurant ... there is no other that even comes close
  30. LD

    LizzieD

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch - so many amazing vegan options and our server was so attentive. Will definitely be going back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Candle is one of the classiest healthiest places to eat in NY. We understand they are getting ready to close at the end of this year, and we are very sad because New York won’t be the same without them!! Please find another location!
  32. C

    Chloe

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Love this restaurant. Sorry it’s closing. Sad
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was 5 star. Absolutely perfect.
  34. JH

    JessicaH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place in NYC
  35. BM

    BeccaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    So incredibly sad Candle 79 is closing! I love this food, it's much better than Candle Cafe's food for sure! We will be visiting again before you close, we already got take out last night! Thanks!
  36. AN

    AbiNY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The ambiance was nice. I plan to go back before they close. The food was excellent and filling. My companion did notice that service to our table was noticeably slower than to the one next to us... same waiter. One never knows why these things happen and I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The food was great. The staff did give us a very nice treat which was delicious! I'll be sad to see them go.
  37. NS

    NormaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Creative vegetarian. Bring it back! We don't want to lose this option in our neighborhood. Worth a trip.
  38. WW

    WhitneyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining experience, environment, and delicious food. A nice fine dining option for those seeking out vegan food, and anyone who just wants a lovely classy dinner. The wine we enjoyed was lovely as well, and our service was exceptional.
  39. JS

    JimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful restaurant. Food was delicious, service and atmosphere was superb. So sorry to hear this location will be closing.
  40. AR

    AmandaR

    Savannah

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite vegan restaurant in the world! So sad they are closing:(

FAQs

Candle 79 - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 537-7179.

Candle 79 - Permanently Closed is rated 4.7 stars by 4603 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    6 Train to 77th Street and Lexington Avenue, #79 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street, and #101 & #102 Bus to Lexington Avenue and 79th Street or 3rd Avenue and 79th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Angel Ramos

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 537-7179

  • Catering

    Delicious organic vegan catering for intimate at-home dinner parties, corporate events, weddings, and lavish galas. Recent events include Paul McCartney's private New York concert, David Steinberg's book signing, Mehmet Oz's HealthCorps fundraiser for 1000 guests, fundraisers in Peter Max's Art Studio, and a wedding shower at Norma Kamali's showroom. Regular caterer for PETA and Farm Sanctuary's yearly Galas.

  • Private party facilities

    At Candle 79, we offer on site party rooms for 14-85 guests. Whether it's a bridal shower, family reunion, birthday, rehearsal dinner, corporate gathering, meeting, or wedding, Candle 79 would love to talk with you about your next special event!

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (212) 537-7179

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