Candle 79

4.6
4178 reviews
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Organic
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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EB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend is vegan... I'm not, so if I say the meal was excellent, it was!

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F
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner as usual! Best restaurant in NYC for gourmet vegan food, incredible service and awesome vibe!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service! Prices are on the higher end but the portions are very generous with immense flavor profile! The waiter Steven or Stefan was extremely attentive and helpful, we really enjoyed the evening. 100% recommend for anyone

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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Postponed valentines day

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e
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed my birthday lunch on holiday in New York. My mushroom crepe was full of tasty mushrooms and veggies with a creamy drizzled sauce and nice side salad. My non vegan partner enjoyed his beyond meat burger. The fries were yummy. I was treated to a fabulous vanilla ice ‘cream’ with a candle

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at this restaurant 3 times now and each time I really enjoy it. When you walk in, the aroma is wonderful and enticing. The restaurant is cozy and inviting but not right. I always find the waiters extremely helpful when describing the food for a non-vegan vegetable lover. Everything I have tasted down to the coffee and the espresso martini are delicious! I will go back, often and recommend to anyone that enjoys a wonderful dining experience.

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JA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omggggg if your vegan or non vegan this place is just perfect ! THE FOOD IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !!!!!!!! I’m going back again lol . Service is excellent! I never had to wait plus my food came quick . Prices is good .

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the drinks as well and the service accommodating. The first half of our stay we spent in a cozy kind of atmosphere, unfortunately someone decided to turn on some music later on..... We will definitely come back!

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DD
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit and the food was delicious!

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B
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious and VEGAN!
Having moved away from NYC, it's very important to me to enjoy some quality food any time I am back in the City. I started eating vegan 6 months ago and so haute cuisine is now a bit harder to come by...but not at Candle 79! My meal consisted of a stellar rosemary gin cocktail, a dumpling appetizer, mushroom and butternut squash ravioli and asian pear pie and decaf espresso. My 13 year old son had the artichoke appetizer, a mushroom crepe and the apple cranberry pie. While my son's dining etiquette still needs a little work, his appreciation of good food has been and is stellar and we both enjoyed our delicious Candle 79 meal and see it as one of the highlights of our trip!
I must also note that the "creamy" tomato sauce is something Candle 79 has absolutely nailed...do not miss it!

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are not vegan. We are fasting and wanting to celebrate "valentine's day" with a romantic dinner ; while respecting our fast of meat and fish. The food was AMAZING !!!! I never thought that vegan food could taste so good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my god, this is the best money ever spent. Seriously if my stomach allowed me to I would’ve simply gone down the whole menu. Everything from the service to the dishes are nothing short of phenomenal.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious vegan food. Wish I could eat there more often but I live far away.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best vegan restaurant I have been to thus far. Wish there were more locations as i live on Long Island

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MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent choice for a vegan birthday celebration

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good as usual. Highly recommended The timbale and mezze platter are my favorite as the crepe. Delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious and the staff was warm and friendly. Will definitely be returning!

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CP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is excellent, always super-fresh and creatively prepared. The place is lovely, too, great ambience. Prices may be a bit high for, well, vegetable products, but everything tastes great. My only complaint is about their drinks. I usually order saké when I am there, as it is an excellent brand and very flavorful. But each time I go there, the glass it is served in has shrunk from the time before. So, over the last three months, the portion served is less than half what I was getting earlier. And saké prices haven't risen so much that this economizing is justified.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So far, my best dining experience in NYC to date. It certainly lives up to its name! Outstanding.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Great place to dine if you like sitting at the counter at a diner. Literally inches from table next to us and the ridiculously loud and finicky patrons.
Loud party of 10 made noise unbearable
Food was okay but bland and some dishes were unrecognizable
Was a very special night out and we were asked to leave by hostess even though it was their slow service that caused the delay..
Surprised they didn’t ask us to take our dessert and cappuccino with us

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Exceptional service and food.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! The food, service, atmosphere, it was all fabulous. Very creative vegan dishes. This is one of those restaurants that you can bring your non-vegan friends to and they won’t miss the meat.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great table!
Thanks for helping to make our visit with our friend such a pleasure.

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was simply awful. My wife's seitan piccata was difficult to cut and was barely lukewarm. My black bean burger was barely warm and gave me cramps afterwards. The taste was, at best, mediocre. The dishes are extremely expensive and we felt thoroughly ripped off. Years ago your food was excellent but something happened. The last few times we ate at Candle 79 the food has not been good. Yesterday, it was awful. We will not be going to your restaurant again and will discourage vegan friends from wasting their money

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GW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent . A wonderful restaurant for people who are vegetarian! So many wonderful choices. Very gourmets!!!

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CL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was rushed and rude. We had a reservation at 5pm and arrived at 4:45p to be denied a seat at the bar to wait and instead told to come back at “5pm sharp.” It’s winter, so just dumb to send guests out into the cold for 15 minutes for some formality instead of showing hospitality and letting them wait somewhere warm. The table was only given to us for exactly 1hour and 45 minutes, for which I was reminded twice not to overstay. It was embarrassing. The host was staring us down at exactly the time she needed the table back. The food, albeit good, was overshadowed by this ridiculous service throughout and several visits by our server to get an order...yet still laced basics like bussing courses when finished. We had high expectations, but were sent off with a final cocktail at the bar to finish our conversation which came out to $20! A manhattan anywhere else is $14 on average. Unacceptable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great overall experience. The food was delicious as always and the staff was very attentive and professional

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding but very expensive food; efficient and effective but unsmiling and unfriendly service. Great atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brother in town

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons birthday , we have been to Candle west side twice and Candle 79 last night and 3 out of 3 OUTSTANDING food weather your vegan or not they make food that tastes and textures almost like meat it amazing just go!!!

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MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Overrated and dated. I was extremely excited to dine here based on the photos online, but when we arrived, I had to check to make sure we were at the right location. Extremely dated space and in need of major renovations! The ceiling leaked on me while we were dining and my sweater and coat were soaked. The food was below average (I’ve been cooking and dining vegan for years. IMO LA has the best vegan dining options. Gracias Madre, Crossroads Kitchen and Cafe Gratitude are amazing!). The staff was very pleasant and accommodating, but we felt so awkward dining with a view of roofing construction, a leaky ceiling, and no music playing in the background, so we felt we had to whisper so everyone wouldn’t hear our conversation.

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but desserts. Nice and quiet ambiance .

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Certain appetizers and entrees were a hit like the breaded cauliflower appetizer and Moroccan chickpea cake. Others not so much and needed flavors desperately. Not worth the price.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience. Ordered the house made ginger ale (wow!), the enchiladas (they’re raw, and absolutely fantastic), and then the pumpkin cheesecake. Likely one of the best meals I’ve had as a gluten-free/vegan. 10/10 recommend.

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NB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The decor was dark and dreary for my esthetic. We dined in a large room upstairs which was loud with large groups at two tables on either side of us . It was just the two of us so we were drowned out. Very disappointed in my experience there.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my fully vegan son celebrating

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food!!! As a French trainer chef, it's hard to find quality vegan upscale food. This restaurant hit all the points!! Will absolutely be back!

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BS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend for dinner here -- food was yummy and interesting.

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B
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We both enjoyed our meal there. The food is creatively prepared and delicious!! It was nice to have so many options!

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant

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