Candle 79

4.6
4263 reviews
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Candle 79 combines delicious organic vegan cuisine with gracious, knowledgeable service in a gorgeous duplex space. Lovingly crafted food fresh "from local farm to table." Intimate organic wine and eco-liquor cocktail bar. Favorite of East Side regulars and celebrities like Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, and Alicia Silverstone. The only vegan restaurant ever reviewed by former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, who wrote "Candle 79 showed me the light!"
We offer an extensive Gluten Free Menu.
Brunch available Saturday and Sunday.
Take-out & catering available, no delivery.
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MG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place! Went to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Great service, excellent food - so creative and so delicious! Will make this place our monthly family dinner place.

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MD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our second visit to Candle 79 was just as delicious as our first. The wild mushroom crepe contained very few mushrooms and disappointed me a bit. Everything else was amazing. The cheese plate and polenta fries are minor miracles.

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BL
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is always great at Candle 79 - best vegan food around! However, the service is spotty and inconsistent. Hostess was curt (to say the least) and waitstaff just seemed to disappear at times!! We were entertaining friends who had never been to Candle 79 and we were embarrassed by the poor service!

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Los Angeles and a friend recommended Candle 79. We loved it!

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JH
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great vegetarian cuisine! Our waiter couldn't have been nicer and was very solicitous. Candle 79 is one of my favorite restaurants because it's very dependable and the quality never wavers.

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AS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Candle 79 has really good food in a lovely setting, but it is a bit expensive. I prefer the lunch menu. It is usually quite quiet, but on this visit they were having trouble with their smoke detector and it took far too long to fix it.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

We were a party of 2 adults seated next to a very loud family with 2 rambunctious children. Spoiled our whole evening. We get to NYC perhaps once a decade and this was our first time dining at Candle 79. So this was quite a disappointment.

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JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent vegan food and great service!

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LM
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The fryer wasn’t working ......
No regular ice tea and no regular coke..... wasn’t prepared to take my guests to a completely vegan:)
Food was good, service mostly ok - one of my guests was picky and a little rude so I think the waiter stayed away in the end.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food incredible service was great!

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was looking forward to go to this place since long. The food was delicious but not worth the money you spend and the service was disappointing. Every few minutes, different waiters were coming and asking if I was still working on my plate which was really irritating. Also, the waitress gave me attitude when I asked her to heat my brownie.
Hope they can improve.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food.

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IC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place with girlfriends.

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IS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding for both taste and presentation. The service was excellent. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Standard quality service Thank you!

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know why a review needs 50 characters - it seems excessive. I highly recommend Candle 79.

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m
New York Area
214 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A very vegan restaurant with an interesting menu. The food was pleasant but just lacked that extra taste which would have made it very good. Service is very attentive and helpful. The upstairs room is very cozy and comfortable without the usual noisy clamor of many restaurants so it made it a pleasant place for conversation. In all it was an enjoyable if not out-standing experience.

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JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely. Thank you for great food and great service.

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AS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Interesting / unique menu with quality food. Portions are small considering that prices are on the higher end for vegetarian / vegan food. The low rating, though, is primarily based on service. Although the restaurant wasn't exceptionally busy, our drinks arrived AFTER our entrees (with no apologies given). Our waiter took our order for drinks and food simultaneously because he was so slow to arrive to our table initially. Surprised at the lack of table cloths as well... these weren't "diner" prices!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with the food. I had the ravioli app and the special vegetable risotto app. The 2 were perfect for the amount of food for 1 person. Steven was my waiter and he was great. Totally recommend.

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BK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at candle 79 is one of our favorite parts of visiting New York City

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Absolutely lives up to the expectations. Service is attentive with out being intrusive and we were very comfortable through out he meal. They paid attention to my young daughters with out playing down to them. You have to try the Piccata, by far the best I've ever had.

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sure to have a great meal regardless if your guest are not vegan. Food is healthy and yummy.

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NL
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a nice ambience. I woukd definitely recommend for any vegan or non vegan.

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CP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat at Candle 79 frequently. Sometimes with business associates, all of whom are vegans, sometimes with my best friend -- and neither of us are vegans. We love the food and the ambience is conducive to spending a few hours chatting over drinks and enjoying really fresh, creatively-prepared vegan food. The lunch crowd (and the menu) are different from the dinner crowd and menu, but both are fine with us. My only thought is that their lunchtime double vegan cheeseburger, which I love, should also be available for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service..highly recommend the polenta fries.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at a vegan restaurant. Food was delicious and the service was great. I highly recommend coming here! We are definitely coming back.

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LM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb!! Thank you for making our anniversary extra special

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, lovely service, amazing vegan tasty food. The mexican brownie is delicious! The ravioli amazing.

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N
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary vegan food. This is the restaurant we go to every time we go to New York City for a show.

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AH
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cute place has the greatest vegan dishes !!! Tried others even in Peru! Thank you NYC and Candle 79 !!! Thank you cab driver who knew where to go!!!

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CH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and great value in an enjoyable environment. Can highly recommend this place!
Chris

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RJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious food but poor service that needs to be improved. Would recommend on basis of good food.

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G
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great vegetarian / vegan restaurant. Most dishes were great (skip the pasta) and we had a blast. The jalapeño margarita drink was terrific. Upscale casual dining.

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NE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was spectacular. We had the ravioli, eggplant parm and Mac n cheez along w appetizers and dessert. Can’t say enough good things about the Mac n cheez. Better than any vegan version we’ve had (my two teenage daughters fought over it and wanted to give the chef a tip). The manager was even kind enough to recommend a couple of other vegan restaurants to try (we did - she was spot on!). Highly recommend.

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want a creative and delicious plant based meal then this is the place! The seitan BBQ was fantastic, had a texture just like ribs. The mushroom crepe was a vegan delight, almost like a pot pie. Very rich but just right. Decor is classy but a little uninspired. Our waiter was very informed about the menu and gave helpful advice. Next time we go back we might get just four of five appetizer dishes and eat like tapas. Very impressed.

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Comfortable but bland - describes the food as well as the ambience.

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HT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I thought the food was overpriced and bland. The cocktails were super expensive (as expensive as an entree ins come cases! and not that flavorful. I arrived right when they were opening and the door was locked. I had to wait outside for several minutes, past the appointed opening time, and then when they finally let me in, they did not greet me or ask for my name. It was an odd and disappointing experience overall.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a nice place to chat as the no use level is pretty low.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants Ive ever eaten in. Not just one of the best vegan restaurants.

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