Permanently Closed - Candle 79

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$31 to $50
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. "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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Vegan
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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
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Phone number
(212) 537-7179
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Angel Ramos
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
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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 Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PP
New York Area
4 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.

M
New York Area
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.

OT
Munich
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 .

LB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NY
New York Area
11 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.

TH
New York Area
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.

MG
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HK
San Francisco
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!

OT
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.

OT
New York Area
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

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 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.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ND
New York Area
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!!

NB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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

KH
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
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.

AN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Nice setting. So sad to see it go

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing especially the seitan skewers & Mac and cheese 🙌🏼

CJ
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.

RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 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!

j
New York Area
2 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!

SV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 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.

OT
New York Area
6 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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
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!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 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!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LD
Houston
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!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 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!

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Sorry it’s closing. Sad

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was 5 star. Absolutely perfect.

JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in NYC

BM
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!

AN
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.

NS
New York Area
3 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.

WW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 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.

JS
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.

AR
Savannah
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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