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About Candle 79

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.

154 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Vegan

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

Cross Street:
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 537-7179

Website:
http://candle79.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Angel Ramos

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

Candle 79 Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (109)
Good Vegetarian Options (89)
Organic (81)
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Healthy (71)
Creative Cuisine (64)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Romantic (43)
Gluten Free Options (42)
Special Occasion (41)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Quiet Conversation (40)
Good for a Date (38)
Cozy (35)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Authentic (28)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Casual (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Tasting Menu (12)
Fun (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Seasonal (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Tapas (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This spot near central park is our favorite spot in upper east side. Their food is vegan, but super tasty. The service is great as well.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 3 days ago

Just a great experience overall. Food and atmosphere was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

Really delicious and cozy. Intimate environment and trashy menu.

Tags: Organic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

wonderful service and great choices for vegans- everything we had was delicious- I think even non vegans would be pleased here

Tags: Hot Spot, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

This place continues to be my favorite. I just love everything about it and all of those that I bring with me love it too!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Seated promptly...my daughter and I split a guacamole timbale with crunchy plantains ... delish! I ordered Wild Mushroom Crepe (crepe was soggy, had no mushroom taste, did not taste truffle oil). Daughter ordered Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake. Was tastier than mine, but very dry. Not impressed. However, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss dessert was heavenly as was the Vanilla Cinnamon Crepe. Was very pricey for a bunch of vegetables. Not sure if I would return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good clean food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My daughter who is 19 is a newly converted Vegan. The menu was a bit complicated for a teenager. I think that she would preferred a vegan burger and fries joint. The food was edible but not overwhelming. My test is always... would I come back again? Probably not, I was underwhelmed and the food was overpriced.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrated becoming Vegatarian at Candle79. The food was great and the music was also great and quiet enough to have an actual conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very pleasant

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Exceptional vegan food, probably the best we’ve ever had.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

good vegetarian food, very creative. good service. high level of noise. crowdy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our first visit to Candle 79. We have been fans of other NYC vegan restaurants and will certainly be returning to this one. Excellent in all respects.

Tags: Organic, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a pleasant find. We had Guacamole Timbale, Pomegranate-BBQ Seitan Skewer (amazing!), Wild Mushroom Crepe (Nice!), and Cannoli (Great!) for dessert. Overall, this place was fantastic in every way and we will likely visit again. Kudos to the server who recommended Skewer. Absolutely delicious.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Three of us enjoyed dinner here Dec 29th. An exceptional experience all-round. Menu was extremely interesting- it was difficult to make a choice and we were all thrilled with our selections. Excellent quality and presentation. Decent wine list and very good service. I would definitely return and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

My Number One employee is having a baby! And....she’s vegan, so I had to take her to my very favorite restaurant :-)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We appreciated the attention to our early arrival and shifting our 6:30 reservation up to the opening time of 5:30 as we braved the very cold temps last week. The service was outstanding, the food was delightful and the ambiance quite soothing. Thanks for a splendid dinner after a day with Michaelangelo's drawings...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Pedestrian vegan fare. Selections were uninspired. I expected much more because the online reviews listed it as the best vegan restaurant in New York.

Tags: Vegan
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious nutritious salads. Had lunch to celebrate my sisters birthday

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was incredible. Definitely give the Flatbread and Live Rollatini a try!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (London)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of my top restaurants in New York- I love the food and the service. Exquisite vegan cuisine. Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Was not enamored by the place. Rhis was our second venture to this place after a span of almost 10 years. While options have improved, quality has not. Also for the price of the food i had higher expectations of the flavors and presentation. Felt like eating corner food at high-end price

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Tasty food, my vegan date was delighted and I didn't find myself wishing for meat. Left surprisingly full.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was great, though the dessert left much to be desired. Went with my parents and my vegan sister who can be a nutter about her vegan stuff. Service was pretty poor though I’d probably be cranky too if i had to serve meat lookalikes all day and not the real thing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always love dining here!!! My friends, who are not Vegans, loved everything about the restaurant and want to come back!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Late-night Find, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great great great upscale vegan food. Amazing plant based options, rather expensive but you get what you pay for. Would highly recommend for dinner! Where else an you get vegan cannolis?

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went the night before Christmas eve to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. Was not happy with the outcome of our experience even though the food was phenomenal. We ordered a number of appetizers, entrees, dessert and drinks. During our meal the restaurant next door went on fire, their restaurant was evacuated, the street closed down and fire trucks lined the street. Our restaurant filled with smoke, and the smell of burning rubber was awful. The hostess had to continually prop the door open because the smell and the smoke was so bad, so we had to either eat with an awful smell or be freezing cold. Several times we and other groups asked if we should be evacuated and we were told everything was fine. We weren't comp'd a drink nor did we get anything off our bill. For the noise from the sirens, the horrible smell, the smoke that filled the restaurant, and the freezing cold temperature we had to eat in due to the door being propped open.. you would think management would want to do something to keep patrons happy during the experience. I was a bit surprised considering this restaurant was quite pricey and the experience was so awful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Succulent food. Vegetarian meals, innovative kitchen. The atmosphere was mostly quiet. The waitresses were dressed as for Christmas which was sweet and gave a nice little festive touch. I recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This has been my favorite restaurant since I first discovered it in 2007 while living in New York City. I now live almost 400 miles away along the Canadian border, and make sure to visit Candle 79 at least annually. This visit did not disappoint. Came in on Christmas Eve with my fiance, and we gorged on seitan skewers, empanadas, biscuits and gravy, and Benedict 79. Everything was absolutely delicious: this, coming from a vegan of 17 years and her fiance, an omnivore with an appreciation for all foods but who was blown away by the creativity of flavor and presentation of every dish here. We had a fabulous time and can't wait to come back again!

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

You will never think of vegan food the same after eating here. The delicious way the food is prepared leaves you very satisfied. My new favorite place on the upper east side, don’t know what took so long to come here. Highly recommend eating at Candle 79 and their sister restaurants.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Seasonal, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Candle 79 has an amazing menu to choose from. Each signature drinks are made with passion and perfection. Staff is very friendly. Portions are just the right size.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Overall, we really enjoyed our meal. The service was great and food was good. I would say this place is priced too high in my opinion for the level of food and the ambiance when you compare it to other vegan options available. (Dirt Candy, Modern Love, ABC V)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Special holiday dinner for my vegetarian husband. He loved it:) But my two skeptical adult sons were pleasantly surprised also!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful and attentive staff. Delicious food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Enjoy this cozy spot for a friendly meal- nice for conversation and always great to have an entire menu of tasty vegan choices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Organic, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always wonderful. Beautifully prepared and presented delicious and imaginative healthy cuisine. Very generous portions. If you are not already a vegetarian, you'll want to be after dining here.

Tags: Organic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Brought my sister for her birthday and had an absolutely wonderful time! Jenny, our server, was lovely and sweet. My sister's dessert crepe came with a candle even though I only mentioned it was her birthday in the reservation made almost six months ago, we were both so happy to see it! Plus we got a great seat upstairs by the window and those sweet potato latkes are to die for. Thanks for everything!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food is delicious and very complex. Amazing combinations and flavors. And so healthy!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Just lovely! We had a new colleague who was newly lactose-intolerant, and it was great knowing she could order anything without worry.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Love, love this place! The creamy Herb-Grilled Cauliflower is the ultimate comfort food (wild mushroom-squash risotto, cashew cream, kale-pine nut pesto, frizzled leeks- yum). The beet salad was delicious, even though I'm not a huge fan of beets. Their fresh and creative flavor combinations never disappoint!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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