Candle 79

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$31 to $50
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Good Vegetarian Options
"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
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and wonderful as always

e
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best food! It was super busy and a little cramped upstairs due to a private party taking up half the space. Also EVERYONE is eating there because very, very sadly this Candle location is closing due to landlord selling the buliding. So sad. This place is great! Amazing, amazing quality and delicious recipes for vegan Food, with gluten-free options too. Eat here before Dec 31, 2019 and savor the memory!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, great wine, attentive staff and delicious food. What’s not to like?

n
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad that this gem is closing due to greedy landlord.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great vegan food. Friendly service.

B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Happy to find a lovely vegan restaurant, but I hear that Candle79 is going to close at the end of this year. That is too bad. It was my first time there, and I would like to try it again, but don't go to NYC very often.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Always a great time. Server could’ve been more personable but everything was great

o
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good vegan food, and lots of variety. Comfortable ambiance and good waitstaff. Extremely pricey, but still a good place to go for a special occasion.

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Candle 79 was absolutley delicious! We ordered the steamed dumplings and mezze platter to start. Both were excellent. They served a sesame crusted seitan special that was great. We also ordered moroccan chickpea cake which was the star of the evening. We will return!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Candle 79 was outstanding! I’ve wanted to go here since I moved into the city and finally took my husband for his birthday. It did not disappoint. The food was outstanding and we had a cozy table for 2 right by the window. It was the perfect end to a weekend of celebrating. We’ll be back!

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO Sorry it's closing--this is one of our favorite restaurants of any kind in NYC.

PM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I came here for our anniversary. The food and service were fantastic. They reserved a special, romantic table for us and also stuck a candle on top of our dessert in celebration. We're devastated that they are slated to close on December 31 due to real estate issues. I dearly hope they find another place to open in.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing dining experience!

WF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We ordered 4 different main dishes .. all were bland ... we were very disappointed as there are so many vegan places we could have chosen for our dinner experience.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was a bit surly as noted on many reviews. Way too much time between apps and entrees. A bit bland and lacking of flavor.
Ginger ale is wonderful and may have been the best part of the meal.

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

Amazing ravioli as a starter and crepe as the main course. Strongly recommend. Ambience is good for dates. Great service. Easily my favorite restaurant in all of new york.

AJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great first experience of vegetarian restaurant dining in New York

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent and creative food!
I love this place.

w
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good vegan choices. Everything I’ve had is delicious.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome and is one of my go to places for date days with my husband, birthday and anniversaries.
It’s a shame the building was sol and the restaurant is closing at the end of 2019.
If you can eat here before they close, I highly recommend it as it has always been a wonderful vegan dining experience

AR
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was in town and wanted to try a vegan restaurant that also had gluten free options. The food was really good. They had a separate menu for gluten free. I saw on the regular dinner menu they had truffle mushroom ravioli but there were no gluten free option for that dish. There were many options to choose from on the gluten free menu. I spent a lot of money for my dinner with the appetizer, salad, dinner, dessert, cappuccino and a glass of wine. It amounted to $100 which is not a viable way for dining. Service was not good as they have aloof men for waiters. The women were only seating people. I couldn’t relate to their waiters because they took a long time to provide service. I didn’t get my wine with my appetizer and no one came to my table and when I got my salad I asked for my wine and they finally brought it. I was unimpressed with their service. I was also seated by the stairs on the 2nd level and there was a lot of servers walking around. Too noisy for me

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food! Big portions for the most part. However, cocktails and apps are overpriced.

HB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very pleasurable vegetarian meal that is anything but boring

PL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good experience. Resonable price, not cheap. Only drawback was a woman at the next table with a very loud voice.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Candle is always the best. Cozy, delicious, and elegant. Always.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious and healthy food served by an indifferent staff.

P
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love this restaurant so much. I always enjoy my meal. The mac and cheese was a bit off on flavor this last visit and it was a little disappointing. Thr very delicious polenta fries made up for it. I mean they were so delicious. As usual the cauliflower appetizer was great. Service was good and of course the peanut butter bliss was spectacular.

N
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to vegan restaurant every time we find ourselves in NYC.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes it was awesome! The food met our expectations, and it was amazing that it was all plant based!

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Great food and service as well as friendly atmosphere. Low noise level and well spaced tables. Perfect place if you are interested in talking with your companions Not common in Manhattan

C
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is such an amazing restaurant we went back a second time and it was every bit as good as the first time. It is expensive but the food is so amazing, I am able to justify it. Bought the 3 cookbooks too.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, attentive service, good tasty food. Neighborhood vegetarian restaurant with a smooth atmosfere. A little bit too dark for reading the menu. Good size portions, regular ues costumers, especially ladies

LH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even my meat eater friend was impressed. I was super happy with my seaweed salad.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous, amazing options for vegan/vegetarian. Everything was delicious and unique

Z
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had an 8 pm reservation and arrived several minutes early. We were not seated until 8:20– the restaurant was clearly overbooked. The staff could not keep straight who we were. The food was disappointing. I do a lot of vegetarian cooking and should have stayed home . The food was overpriced and mediocre at best. Had a much better experience at candle west and candle cafe.

IM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, great service, and even better food!

HA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific and the waiter was excellent, We had two entrees and split it with my dining partner. Both were excellent.

A
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I am not a vegan and enjoyed the food. Atmosphere is nice, waiters and busboys- polite, knowledgable and and attentive, but not annoyingly so.
Price point for what are essentially vegetables- well, a bit high. But it is East 79th Street in Manhattan, so keep that in mind when thinking about eating here. They have a sister cafe nearby that isn't as high end and still enjoyable.
Overall, a very pleasent experience.

DM
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to go to Candle 79 each time we’re in New York because the food is wonderful with service to match. We’ll definitely be back soon.

OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A client recommended we dine here, and I always listen to her! I’m not vegan and neither is my mom, but we love eating vegan meals. I had the seitan piccata and she had the mushroom crepe. WOW they were both amazing and so much flavor! I also had the Pear Tree cocktail, and it was so refreshing! Our waiter was very attentive and polite without being too in your face. I would definitely come back!
The hostesses seemed a little stressed out, but it wasn’t a big deal :)

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