Candle 79

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"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!
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Sorry it’s closing. Sad

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was 5 star. Absolutely perfect.

JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in NYC

BM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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:(

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious but upset to learn they are closing due to real estate developers in the neighborhood. Hope they reopen in a new location because the food was amazing and I’m not vegan but thoroughly enjoyed eating vegan

CL
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The organic, plant-based food and beverages at Candle 79 are amazing! By far, it’s my favorite restaurant! Our party of six shared a variety of starters and salad. All were delicious. We each ordered our favorite entrees, and enjoyed every bite. Both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were special. Dessert is always a highlight. The service was excellent.
At the end our meal, we were sated from the wonderful food and drink, but so saddened because Candle 79 is being forced to close at the end of the month. In fact, two of our party flew in from the west coast, specifically, to have one last meal at Candle. It’s that special.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Went for a late dinner for 2 and it was wonderful. Upscale vegan dining usually tends to impress, but this was something else. Every single dish was incredible. I will definitely be back again. Also, the cocktails are unbelievably inventive and taste great.

SS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite NYC vegan restaurant. We are so sad to hear that the building has been sold and they will be closing December 31. I would head back to NYC just to have dinner there if possible :(

UE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. The food was amazingly tasty. The portions were huge. Lots to take home for tomorrow.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my first visit. Unfortunately, I took Candle 79's existence for granted. I thought I would have many more years to eventually dine there. Good and service were fantastic! Thank you! One drawback, as with many upscale establishments, portions were on the small side. Dessert was awesome. I will be sorry to see Candle 79 close. I certainly would have returned. All the best!!!

AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We cane in post work out with huge appetites so we ordered a lot of food but honestly it was hard to eat this food. I want to like candle 79 so much- i have given it many tries and I will probably be back again just because there aren’t a lot of vegan restaurants in the upper east side, but honestly this food is offensively over priced for what it is. It is extremely sugary and not many healthy options. Vegan food can be so healthy and delicious. I don’t understand this trend of putting loads of sugar and oddly combined spices on vegetables!

NH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The booking was a last minute find, trying to find a good veggie/vegan restaurant. We decided on Candle 79 based on the previous reviews and we certainly weren’t disappointed! The food was fantastic, the waiting staff were attentive, but not pushy and whilst it was busy, it was cramped and crowded like some others. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an alternative veggie/vegan meal!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mourning the loss of this restaurant

D
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flew in to eat there before it closes end of the month. Best vegan restaurant!! Will be missed!!😩

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended!
Amazing, delicious food!! Great wine selection and tasty drinks!

L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Candle 79 has been my family's go to place for special occasions for years. Birthdays, graduations, Thanksgivings, showing visitors how great and imaginative plant-based meals can be. This time I had
a friend visiting who has celiac disease and I was so pleased to be able to take her to a place where she could get a great meal that suits her diet. I'm crushed that this fabulous place is closing. I hope that it will appear again in a new spot.

G
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything at candle is delicious but The prices are ridiculously high!!I've been a vegan for many years so I get it...I know that vegan restaurants are expensive but candle 79 is on another level....My entree was so small and I think my appetizer was bigger than my entree... And my entree was $25.
Yet everything was delicious...That's not the problem.
Friendly weight staff always a pleasant experience.
It's just that the prices are insanely high.

E
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had and loved the “live” (raw) zucchini enchiladas and the chocolate-peanut butter mousse dessert. Also liked the homemade ginger ale—very gingery! Service was fine and my seat in a corner by the window was cozy.

I
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is one of my favorite places to eat. The menu is full of good options. The food is flavorful and creative. The service is consistently excellent.

MH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Only our 2nd time here, but loved it, sad to hear that they may not be open after 2019.
Food, service, overall great.

JN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant. Sorry to hear they are closing at end of year.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you must leave your current location please please tell us where you move! Everything was fantastic!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Shame it is closing.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend it before it closes at the end of the year!

b
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best vegan food in NYC! Service impeccable. Only problem is the temperature--on a cold day, the downstairs tables are uncomfortably cold.

RN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great vegan meals and outstanding service. The food was prepared quickly too. It's a great place for a date.

M
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is delicious but the prices are way too high considering that it doesn't include any meat, chicken or fish.... We paid $180.00 for exactly 4 dishes and one dessert..... way overpriced !

TM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Friendly service though not very attentive. Food was awesome!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner celebrating Thanksgiving and my daughter's birthday. The whole experience was wonderful, including the kindness and attentiveness of the waiting staff, the excellent background music (New Orleans Jazz) and the delicious 4-course meal. The wine-meal pairings were also excellent. We were seven people and one of us has celiac disease. The fact that gluten-free options were included in the main menu made everyone feel welcome.

l
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, space was a little tight.

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